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    Emergency Measures

    Thailand to Impose Broad Lockdown to Fight Novel Coronavirus
    By Randy Thanthong-Knight
    March 25, 2020, 4:26 PM GMT+7 Updated on March 25, 2020, 4:48 PM GMT+7


    • A state of emergency will be implemented from Thursday
    • Social gatherings banned and travel between provinces curbed


    A sanitation worker uses a high-pressure water hose to wash down a market in Bangkok, on March 25. Photographer: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo

    Thailand will become the latest country to go into a broad lockdown when a state of emergency is enforced from Thursday to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    The nation’s borders will be closed to foreign visitors, social gatherings will be banned, domestic travel restricted and all but essential shops shut until the end of April. The details were spelled out by the government Wednesday, a day after the planned emergency was announced.

    “Thailand is at a turning point in the outbreak and the situation could get a lot worse,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said in a televised speech in Bangkok. “It’s important that we impose stricter rules to reduce the spread.”




    Describing the challenge as unprecedented, Prayuth said the state of emergency could be extended if needed. The central bank earlier underlined the economic damage from the disease known as Covid-19 when it predicted a 5.3% contraction for 2020.

    Confirmed infections have surged toward 1,000 in March from the low 40s at the start of the month, and the death toll has climbed to four. Much of the country was already shut down before the state of emergency was declared.

    No curfew has been implemented yet but one is possible, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam said in a briefing, adding it could be a 24-hour prohibition with exceptions for essential activities like buying food.
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    All a bit up in the air today. I have customers in 5 different provinces outside Rayong waiting for urgent engineering services, and no one is sure how to proceed..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    ...no one is sure how to proceed..
    ...please: leave Prayut out of this...
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    The Royal Thai Armed Forces command has set up seven checkpoints in Bangkok and 350 more in other provinces to check inter-provincial travellers and help contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).


    The announcement said the checkpoints were in response to the prime minister tasking the command with supervising security measures relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The checkpoints are being manned by soldiers, police and civil servants who check travellers for symptoms of Covid-19 and behaviour leading to risk of Covid-19 transmission, the annuncement said.


    The people at risk of infection or transmission would be kept at appropriate locations, it said.


    "Measures will be implemented only when it is necessary, to minimise the impact on the everyday life," it said.


    In Bangkok the checkpoints were on Chaeng Watthana Road near Klong Prapa canal, Suwinthawong Road, Kanchanaphisek 39 frontage road, Sukhumvit Road at the BTS Bearing station, Rachaphruek Road in Taling Chan district, Suksawat Road under Bhumibol Bridge and Rama II Soi 92 Road.

    357 checkpoints monitoring travellers nationwide

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    In Bangkok the checkpoints were on Chaeng Watthana Road near Klong Prapa canal, Suwinthawong Road, Kanchanaphisek 39 frontage road, Sukhumvit Road at the BTS Bearing station, Rachaphruek Road in Taling Chan district, Suksawat Road under Bhumibol Bridge and Rama II Soi 92 Road.

    357 checkpoints monitoring travellers nationwide
    ...convenient: scofflaws will know which roads to avoid...
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    There's a massive check point right by us which has completely fucked traffic.

    A lot of TV cameras and stuff there which all just gives the impression it's for show.

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    So, I was in the process of having root canal work. Next appointment (for fitting a temporary crown) was going to be on April 4th. Just been summoned to go in now (2pm) to get it done. Doc got some sort of formal notification, and thinks/knows?? that she will be shut down for April.

    Everything I am seeing in place (at work) is up to last day March. It might be that this is just a forerunner to a total shut down in April.

    Next month might be a real bad time to get toothache.

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    ^Just thinking that also. 6 month cleaning / inspection due here.

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    As I understand it every year there are 105,00 young men conscripted into the armed forces and are barracked in dormitory rooms sleeping around 30 to a room.

    The overall complement in the armed forces is about 350,000.

    The potential for transmission is clear and one wonders just how they will manage this.

    In any public hospital, in any major urban area, any day of the week there are crowds of people seeking help who are corralled in waiting areas, some with up to 500 or more in attendance, from 0600-0700 hours until 0900 hrs waiting to see a doctor who may not begin their surgery until 0900-0930 hrs and as the day wears on the crowds are replenished hourly.

    One wonders how they will manage this.

    The Thai prison population is around the tenth highest in the world with about 350,000 incarcerated at any one time, in many instances in grossly overcrowded conditions.

    One wonders how they will manage this.

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    Basically they canceled this year's conscription and added a year to those currently serving it.

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    I'll be carrying my passport and displaying my stamps proudly to any police officers who request it.

    "Not me, sir,. I hardly leave the house let alone Thailand".
    I'd like to see what morning looks like
    Don't wanna drink pint after pint
    I wanna wake up without feeling sick
    But I can't cuz I'm a drug-abusing alcoholic

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    One wonders how they will manage this.
    Mans puny and illogical efforts to combat natures latest fightback will come to nothing. Too little too late.

    Nature always wins.

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    They'll be happy bunnies then, and all cooped up hugger-mugger in their dorms, coughing away......

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    Mans puny and illogical efforts to combat natures latest fightback will come to nothing. Too little too late.

    Nature always wins.
    Lol... Keep shining that light of hope there, taxi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    The Thai prison population is around the tenth highest in the world with about 350,000 incarcerated at any one time, in many instances in grossly overcrowded conditions.
    It looks like visiting has been stopped, which is probably more of a benefit to the visitors and staff than the inmates (from a purely health aspect of course). But should a warder become infected it will likely go through the prison like wildfire.

    I am surprised that the opportunity to release non-violent (which is pretty much everybody) prisoners on a probation basis has not been taken.

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    Update on the Dentist, she said closed from 1st April for two weeks, maybe four.

    Plus, the normally busy dentist was on a clear "one in one out". I came in early, nobody in the waiting room until I went in, and nobody in the waiting room when I came out, but I could hear another person being drilled in the second room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    As I understand it every year there are 105,00 young men conscripted into the armed forces and are barracked in dormitory rooms sleeping around 30 to a room.

    The overall complement in the armed forces is about 350,000.

    The potential for transmission is clear and one wonders just how they will manage this.

    In any public hospital, in any major urban area, any day of the week there are crowds of people seeking help who are corralled in waiting areas, some with up to 500 or more in attendance, from 0600-0700 hours until 0900 hrs waiting to see a doctor who may not begin their surgery until 0900-0930 hrs and as the day wears on the crowds are replenished hourly.

    One wonders how they will manage this.

    The Thai prison population is around the tenth highest in the world with about 350,000 incarcerated at any one time, in many instances in grossly overcrowded conditions.

    One wonders how they will manage this.

    They're managing this mess much like every other country is - some better than others.
    There's no measured standard as to whose handling more effectively, be it strict mandated policies or voluntary compliance.
    It's not a culture comparative competition.

    What we do know, of the last couple of weeks, that this pathogen is waning considerably throughout Asia - because of practices applied up to a month ago - whereas, it's ravaging upon Europe and North America and continues to spread unchecked with little heed. Clearly, the world leaders in confirmed cases/deaths - and growing. Unpreparedness and indifferent mindset is coming back to bite these societies.

    No one seems to be taking a lesson and learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Update on the Dentist, she said closed from 1st April for two weeks, maybe four.

    Plus, the normally busy dentist was on a clear "one in one out". I came in early, nobody in the waiting room until I went in, and nobody in the waiting room when I came out, but I could hear another person being drilled in the second room.
    Dentists are or should be considered an essential service, no less than front line personnel tackling the virus, and should be prepared to take on emergencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Dentists are or should be considered an essential service, no less than front line personnel tackling the virus, and should be prepared to take on emergencies.
    Does that make it compulsory for them to open? Or just allowed?

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    Allowed is enough for dentists to put their heads together and organise local surgeries by area for emergency treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Dentists are or should be considered an essential service, no less than front line personnel tackling the virus, and should be prepared to take on emergencies.
    Are or shoulddoes not cut it. I can only report on what she said directly to me. I do note that she said if i have a problem to call her. So maybe she can do emergency only. Think we will all need to find out as it happens.

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    By the way. I think we have an ex-dentist on the board, taxexile maybe, so o e for him.

    That saliva suction tube they use, do they change it for each person?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    By the way. I think we have an ex-dentist on the board, taxexile maybe, so o e for him.

    That saliva suction tube they use, do they change it for each person?
    Cant be sure that they change it for everyone, but can confirm that Tax had to dispose of his one as it kept getting bogged up with shite.

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    Yeah I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock in anything he has to say.

    He, well, lies. A lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Allowed is enough for dentists to put their heads together and organise local surgeries by area for emergency treatment.
    At emergency prices of course. Danger money.


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