Latest opinion poll conducted by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University confirmed well over 90% of respondents fear the second wave of Covid-19 and support a full ban on foreign arrivals in Thailand.
The poll measured the concerns of 1,459 Thai adults of varied educational backgrounds and occupations about the possibility of a second outbreak. Last week saw two local transmissions, Egyptian military personnel violating the quarantine guidelines, and a Sudanese diplomat’s family, who stayed at a Bangkok condominium instead of a state quarantine facility, with 1 member of the family testing positive for COVID-19.
The ballot confirmed 52.2% of the respondents are “very concerned” about the 2 incidents, 39.7% are “quite concerned”, whereas the remainder are “not concerned at all”.
Regarding methods to prevent a second wave of infections, 94.5% stated all foreigners should be banned from entering Thailand, 86.4% suggest a stringent screening process, 83.8% say people must wear face masks and frequently wash their hands, 81.4% recommend the government keep people updated on the pandemic and 76.7% want free access to Covid-19 testing.
Asked to mention “5 things” that would worry them if there were a new wave of COVID-19, with each respondent allowed to provide more than 1 reply, a whopping 95.9% cited the degree of the spread; 94.45% unemployment; 92.05% shutdown of businesses; 84.17% their children’s education; and 84.17% one other lockdown announcement. About 73.8% “consider there will be another round” of lockdowns, whereas the remaining dismiss the possibility. To ease public concern, 47.4% of the respondents suggest the government should tighten screening measures without exceptions.
Online keyboard warriors were quick to comment on the issue, supporting the ban of foreign arrivals.
“Keep Thailand safe, keep the foreigners out”, a Thai commentator wrote.
Source: Thai PBS World
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