Covid-19 situation in Thailand and how to prevent it

For the past months, Covid-19 has spread around the globe. As a result, many countries took different measure to prevent the disease including promoting social distancing. While being quarantined or working from home, you can take this opportunity to improve your Thai.

In this blog post, you will find updates in regards to the Covid-19 situation in Thailand as well as a video to learn Thai in regards to how to prevent it in Thai.

If you would like to learn Thai vocabulary regarding health and medicine, check out my blog: Learn Thai words from Covid-19 (Thai Audio)


Covid-19 updates from Thailand

Many nations including Thailand are fighting hard to defeat the pandemic disease, Covid-19.

Thailand has so far more than 934 infected people in the country (last update March 25, 2020) and the situation seems to become worse and worse as the number of infected people is continually increased.

However, the government has announced a couple of updated rules and regulations that are enforced strictly: 

  • The Ministry of Interior has issued an order to temporarily suspend the Visa Exemption of South Korea, Hong Kong, and Italy until September 30, 20202. (March 12, 2020)

  • The grant of a visa on arrival is also temporarily suspended for passport holders of 18 nations; namely, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China (including Taiwan), Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Vanuatu. (March 12, 2020)

  • The government just announced to postpone Songkran Holidays (Thai New Year) aka. Thailand’s water festival in order to avoid a massive spread of Covid-19 due to the movement of people going back to their hometowns. (March 17, 2020)

  • Schools, universities, pubs, bars, cinemas massage and spas as well as entertaining avenues are closed in Bangkok for 2 weeks: from March 18-31, 2020. (March 17, 2020)

  • The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) issued an order for 26 types of venues including shopping malls, markets and an expanded list of sports, entertainment and service shops to be closed from 22 March to 12 April 2020. (March 22, 2020)

  • Supermarkets, pharmacies, food takeaways and deliveries, and other essential services used in daily life remain open. (March 22, 2020)

If you would like to keep yourself updated with the latest official news from Thailand, please take a look at Thailand’s tourist update by TATnews.

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How is the daily life in Thailand?

Thai people are quite active in terms of preventing themselves from Covid-19. Here are things you need to know about how Thais react to the situation:

  • Thai people almost always wear a face mask (mostly the hygienic one). It is quite common to wear a mask in the public areas, on a public transportation, at work or at any places that are full of crowds.

  • When showing related symptoms such as having a fever, coughing, and sneezing, you should stay home and work from home otherwise you will be asked to leave. People started to get paranoid.

  • I got back from Vietnam last weekend and there are 90% fewer people than usual at the airport. Thai people avoid taking flights or going to the airport.

  • Even though there has been not yet an official announcement from the Government for the closure of restaurants, many restaurants are empty. Some of them are even closed as it is not worth it to pay the same costs when there is no customer.

5 Ways to prevent the Covid-19

In this video, I will show you 5 easy ways to take care of yourself during the spread of the virus, of course in Thai language.

  • ไม่ตื่นตระหนก (mâi-dtùen-dtrà-nòk) = Do not panic
  • กินร้อน (gin róon) = Eat cooked (hot) food
  • (chái chóon-glaang) = Use a middle spoon (when sharing food)
  • ล้างมือ (láang-mue) = Wash hands
  • ไอจามปิดปาก (ai jaam bpìd-bpàak) = When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth
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