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Govt condemned for putting people’s lives at risk for comfort of ‘privileged’ foreigners

Jul 14. 2020
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By The Nation

Thai social media on Tuesday (July 14) was filled with messages slamming the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the Army and the government for allowing Covid-19 patients to enter the country just because they are privileged.

More than 30 Egyptian Air Force members were allowed to enter Thailand on July 8 for three nights, and one of them tested positive on Monday.

The incident sparked anger as the infected man was allowed to leave his hotel and visit public venues in Rayong province.

The Royal Thai Air Force reportedly allowed the Egyptian Air Force personnel to enter Thailand due to military ties between the two countries.

Netizens also slammed the authorities for allowing diplomats’ families to self-isolate at embassies or in their residences instead of insisting they be quarantined in state-run facilities.

Several people also attacked the authorities for being careless and prioritising the convenience of privileged people ahead of the safety of Thai citizens.

Meanwhile, Phumtham Wechayachai, adviser to the opposition leader, said the government should not punish the country’s people with its inefficiency, adding that the confusing statements from state organisations over the last few days only proves how unprofessional they are.

He also said that the government should not use this incident to generate fear and extend the state of emergency.

Separately, Palang Pracharath Party MP Sira Jenjaka said the efforts of public health officials and the people should not be wasted.

"If the government measures are not effective enough and they put foreigners before Thais, then we will have to start working on resolving Covid-19 issues all over again," he said.

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