Back in April when the Thai government strengthened Covid-19 restrictions, the daily Covid caseload increased.
The government then strengthened the restrictions even further, and cases rose even higher.
As Thai economist Chartchai Parasuk explains in his article ‘Time to accept we can’t beat Covid-19‘, the government should probably have re-examined their strategy when cases first began to increase.
Instead, they doubled down on it.
This month, in yet another effort to lower the rapidly increasing caseloads, the Thai government has implemented another lockdown. This time in Bangkok and nine Thai provinces.
The lockdown means most shops and services are closed, and life in the Thai capital and the nine provinces is severely restricted.
Meanwhile, 87 more Covid deaths were reported in Thailand this morning, as well as 9,317 new cases.
Should the case load continue to rise, will the Thai government make the Bangkok lockdown even stricter?
Or will they, this time, reexamine their strategy and look at different ways to stop the spread of Covid?
The new Covid-19 deaths recorded today were in Bangkok, which recorded 55 new fatalities. There were also six in Pathum Thani, five in Yala, four in Narathiwat, three in Pattani and one each in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Chon Bri, Tak, Nakhon Phanom, Rayong, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri and Udon Thani.
Meanwhile, Apisamai Srirangson, a spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said Bangkok hospitals are reporting 17% of people arriving for treatment are testing positive for Covid.