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Government facing backlash as third wave of COVID-19 threatens to engulf Thailand

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Cabinet Meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House

Cabinet Meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House. Photo: ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา Prayut Chan-o-cha / Facebook.


COVID-19 has been around for more than a year already in Thailand. Since it began spreading in early 2020, experts have been warning about more dangerous waves of infection to come. Yet, when the third wave finally hit this month, the government was seemingly caught ill-prepared.

“We are not that confident. But we are doing our best,” Deputy Public Health Minister Dr Sathit Pitutecha admitted on Sunday (April 11) when asked whether the COVID-19 situation could be controlled. His boss, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, is now in isolation after attending an April 6 event alongside Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, who then tested positive.

Full story: thaipbsworld.com

By Thai PBS World


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