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PM: Third-stage Covid-19 would justify countrywide lockdown

PM: Third-stage Covid-19 would justify countrywide lockdown

THAILAND: The government is making preparations to cope with a third-stage outbreak of the coronavirus, should it come to that – and it would include a countrywide lockdown, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday (Mar 18).

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 19 March 2020, 08:39AM


Normally crowded Siam Square shopping area of inner Bangkok was deserted on yesterday (Mar 18), as people stay away, scared of catching the coronavirus disease. Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut

Normally crowded Siam Square shopping area of inner Bangkok was deserted on yesterday (Mar 18), as people stay away, scared of catching the coronavirus disease. Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut

“The third stage means disease transmission to a second person, third person and so on. Thailand remains at a controllable stage,” he said.

However, the prime minister said, he had already ordered preparations be made to cope with a third stage, should it eventuate.

“It concerns the preparation of facilities. It includes beds at existing facilities and additional facilities. That can be military hospitals, some private hospitals and even some hotels. They would be used as additional places for quarantine,” Gen Prayut said.

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“Information must be collected and preparations must be made beforehand, starting today. If the outbreak reaches its third stage, it will be hectic and the country will be locked down,” he said.

Present disease control measures did not mean a national lockdown, rather the serious examination of people entering and leaving the country, Gen Prayut said.

He said no one wants a national lockdown, but if the situation requires it, it will be done.

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Kurt | 19 March 2020 - 09:46:41

Lock downs can be done local.
Lock down Great Bangkok, no one in/out anymore. Lock down provinces. Only allow people to travel in own province. Developments can make it needed to lock down cities in provinces. But a lock down of the whole Thailand is so far not needed, despite the fact that Thailand is in '3rd Stage' already. Denial of that is not clever. It will bounce back multiple.

 

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