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Over a quarter of people in red-zone areas don’t wear their mask properly, survey finds

A recent survey conducted by the Department of Health shows that 26.5 per cent of people in Thailand’s four red-zone provinces do not wear their face masks properly while outdoors.

The survey on 4,776 samples nationwide from May 18 to 31 showed that 70.9 per cent wore their mask properly, while 14.8 per cent did not cover their nose or rolled it to under their chin.

In the four maximum-controlled provinces – Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan – 66.8 per cent wore their facemask properly, while 26.5 per cent did not.

“People are urged to wear their mask properly before leaving their home and should carry spare masks to wear when the first one gets dirty or after leaving crowded places,” the department’s director-general Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said.

“People should also observe other measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, such as cleaning hands with alcohol gel regularly, maintaining distance from others and refraining from talking, eating or drinking inside public transport.”

Published : June 04, 2021

By : The Nation