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In Germany, Thai expats feel the pain of lockdown

 

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Toilet paper, flour, sugar and spaghetti have become a rare sight on some shelves as shops in many cities in Germany are hit by panic buying.

 

Like many of the 80,000 Thais living in Germany, Nattaporn Wolf was worried when Covid-19 began spreading across the world. She has been monitoring news about the virus ever since it first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan. After it reached Italy, just to the south of Germany, she began stocking up on necessities for her family – food, toiletries and medicines.

 

Nattaporn, who has been living in Germany for nearly 20 years, then developed the symptom that the whole world now dreads. She caught the cough during the cold weather of spring, when she left her house in a rural area outside Munich early each morning to jog. Her aim was to boost her immunity.

 

However, developing a cough during a pandemic is no joke. Her boss and friends immediately urged her to have it checked. But finding a doctor during a health crisis was no easy task, and when she did finally find one, a face-to-face appointment was not possible. Instead, she could only speak to him over the telephone. After a long series of detailed questions, the doctor concluded she did not have Covid-19, but he prescribed her medication that she had to go and collect from the clinic.

 

Again, Nattaporn was not allowed to enter the clinic. She rang the doorbell and waited. The assistant greeted her through the window and then dropped her medicines through the newspaper slot in the front door. There was absolutely no contact.

 

Nattaporn’s case might be extreme, but social-distancing measures are being obediently observed across the country. They are part of sweeping measures issued by Germany after the number of infections worldwide rose sharply to more than 60,000 cases with over 500 deaths.

 

Source: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/in-germany-thai-expats-feel-the-pain-of-lockdown/

 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

but social-distancing measures are being obediently observed across the country.

Have a mate working in Burkina Faso he has been locked down in his room for 7 days now everything delivered to his room and dropped out side , orders for meals done through what's app, a 2 gallon bucket to do washing of linen and clothes,

he still has no signs of the virus, but was seen talking to one person who has the virus, there are 4 of them infected in camp, for him another 7 days to go, and luckily he has a laptop to be able to communicate with outside world, here is a poor nation in Africa following the social distancing rules, yet you get educated (supposedly) western countries peoples flouting the distancing rules, 

knowingly doing so, should be an instantaneous jail term in isolation.  

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3 hours ago, leeneeds said:

Have a mate working in Burkina Faso he has been locked down in his room for 7 days now everything delivered to his room and dropped out side , orders for meals done through what's app, a 2 gallon bucket to do washing of linen and clothes,

he still has no signs of the virus, but was seen talking to one person who has the virus, there are 4 of them infected in camp, for him another 7 days to go, and luckily he has a laptop to be able to communicate with outside world, here is a poor nation in Africa following the social distancing rules, yet you get educated (supposedly) western countries peoples flouting the distancing rules, 

knowingly doing so, should be an instantaneous jail term in isolation.  

I feel for him I am a yearly visitor to the mining camps in Burkina Faso. It was bad enough when the locals striked and blocked all of the exits to the mine site. He will be doing it tough.

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Oh, I am just SO SO SO sorry for them.  You would think they are the only ones who are suffering.

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