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Anutin promises ‘no lockdown’

Anutin promises ‘no lockdown’

THAILAND: Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said yesterday (Dec 6) COVID-19 infections among Thais returning from the Myanmar border town of Tachileik would not cause a second wave of the new coronavirus in Thailand, nor result in another lockdown.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 7 December 2020, 09:13AM


Asked if stricter measures would be implemented to prevent the virus spreading, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said none was necessary if Thais followed precautionary guidelines, such as wearing masks and practising social distancing. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Asked if stricter measures would be implemented to prevent the virus spreading, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said none was necessary if Thais followed precautionary guidelines, such as wearing masks and practising social distancing. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Mr Anutin, who is also public health minister, said that although COVID-19 infections had been found in several northern provinces such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phayao, all had been transmitted from the same source in Myanmar.

As a result, a second virus wave had not occurred, he insisted, and the government did not need to enforce lockdown measures.

Mr Anutin said the ministry had attempted to repatriate more Thais from Myanmar and when arrived back in the country, they were all being taken for virus tests. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also assisting in their return.

Asked if stricter measures would be implemented to prevent the virus spreading, he said none was necessary if Thais followed precautionary guidelines, such as wearing masks and practising social distancing.

Regarding speculation the government was considering reviving measures to ban major events like concerts, Mr Anutin said no such action had yet been taken but people must still be careful for their own health and everyone else’s.

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Meanwhile, Worawit Chaisawat, deputy governor of Chiang Rai, said two more women from Tachileik, both aged 25, were yesterday found to be COVID-19 positive in Mae Sai district near the Thai-Myanmar border.

Mr Worawit said the two women had been at the same 1G1-7 hotel in Tachileik as other returnees who sneaked into Thailand via natural border crossings and lived with their friends in Mae Sai before they were found to have COVID symptoms. Mr Worawit said there were currently about 400 Thais in Tachileik.

Another woman in Chiang Mai, aged 26, was also found yesterday to have contracted the virus, said Dr Kittiphan Chalom, assistant chief of the Chiang Mai Public Health Office.

Meanwhile, more than 130 people who came into contact with a 25-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Tachilek have tested negative, said health officials. Officials are still locating others who might have been infected by her.

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DeKaaskopp | 07 December 2020 - 14:49:47

@Fascinated    It's an old file photo ! The original post on BP doesn't even have a picture !

Fascinated | 07 December 2020 - 11:48:18

Mr U-Turn surrounded by people with no masks. Funny how in the article above he says Thais should wear masks and practice social distancing to prevent the virus spreading. He really does suffer from foot in mouth disease.

goldwing | 07 December 2020 - 10:43:03

sad to say very few people follow these guidelines, many without masks and social distancing is just a joke, but you do get your temperature taken lots of times, but this is a meaningless test

Kurt | 07 December 2020 - 10:29:52

Is it wise to promise now 'no lock downs' and later have to come back on his words and initiate needed lock down here or there? Of course with saying that people should not panic. Something people out there never do anyway.

 

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