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COVID-19 Coronavirus | Thailand | Update 05

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update 05
Bangkok, Thailand
April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020 (Sunday Afternoon)
Happy Songkran! This is the New Year holiday celebrated in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, parts of northeast India, parts of Vietnam and Xishuangbanna, China. Generally, it always falls on April 13-14th, but can continue for a several days (varies from year to year). Unfortunately this years “official” nationwide celebration has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

The Songkran Festival is a time when family and friends gather to pay gratitude to elders and visit temples for prayer and offering (with sprinkling of water). It represents purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck. As a festival of unity, people who have moved away usually return home to their loved ones and elders. Paying reverence to ancestors is an important part of Songkran tradition.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately (I can’t believe it’s been 25 days since my last post!). I guess like most people, we’ve been busy keeping up with all of the news regarding COVID-19.

We are not taking any chances here in Bangkok – we have not ventured out of our condo building in 43 days! As of today (Sat, 12th) there are 2,551 people infected (33 new cases) and 38 dead (change of +3). Over the last few days, the number of infected have been dropping, hopefully it is an indication that the curve is flattening in Thailand. Let’s hope that it continues.

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha announced an emergency decree on Thursday March 26th. With this came a nationwide overnight curfew from 10 pm to 4 am. Other than essential businesses (grocery stores, etc.), everything is closed in Thailand (schools, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, etc.). Masks are now required to be worn in public. Governor’s from 14 different provinces (such as Phuket) have imposed total lock downs (no travel in or out of province). Most all national airports have been closed. They’ve even banned alcohol in most areas for the next 10 days. This is an effort to prevent social gatherings for the upcoming Thai New Year (April 13th – 15th).

It’s looking more and more like this global event could last a long time (months, maybe years). It’s a tough spot for the world to be in, if you try to open things too soon (schools, businesses, etc.), you risk reinfection or spreading the virus again. If you continue to keep everything closed/shutdown then the economy continues to suffer. It’s a doomed if you do, doomed if you don’t situation… until a vaccine comes along!

Website – Soon, I will be getting back to posting updates from up our trip to China (40-50 more posts to go) and from our family trip to southern Thailand (earlier this year).

Until next time…

Mythical Dean

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