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4 hours ago, nobodysfriend said:

That's an easy to answer question ...

Thailand's current approach is the best and only way in the moment .

Quarantine on arrival is scaring away many potential tourists , but so are packed flights .

Tourist related businesses would suffer even more if there is a major outbreak in Thailand , because nobody would come anymore at all ...

Thailand's population would suffer from taking that risk ( and from the then re-imposed restrictions ) , and the government would be held responsible for that . And it would ruin Thailand's reputation as being a safe destination .

They cannot just open the border and let tourists in again . Not yet .

May be if a working vaccine is found , potential tourists who have been vaccinated and tested can be allowed to board a plane and enter the country without quarantine ... but for the moment it is still far too early for that .

Nothing safer than a plane with good venrilation system..scaring tourist? There are no tourists actually... working vaccine? Hope you know that a vaccinated person who gets covid can infect other people...

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That's an easy to answer question ... Thailand's current approach is the best and only way in the moment . Quarantine on arrival is scaring away many potential tourists , but so are packed f

You say you have common sense on the one hand but do you? "common sense" = "a common-sense approach" good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.   On the surface most might

Don’t rush to open the country, warns former WTO chief By The Nation   Former director general of the World Trade Organisation, Supachai Panitchpakdi. File photo.   Forme

1 hour ago, khunPer said:

Very sensible; the costs of too fast reopening – and a new lockdown due to spread of virus – could costs a lot more in both finance and life, than keeping strict border control, and probably a vaccination passport together with a negative test for incoming visitors without the need of quarantine...🤔

Do yoy realise that vaccin ONLY protect the vaccinated?.....and if he s infected he still can infect others.... 99.95% of people under 70y does not die...i guess it will even be higher in sunny countries where people lives outside...

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With a 15 nights /16 day quarantine. And a mandatory negative Covid 19 test in home country. What in earth is the risk? Turn hotels in Bangkok into quarantine accommodations. Open up those Phuket ALQ hotels. And after quarantine let people travel freely. Problem solved. Numbers of tourists are limited due to quarantine. Not all tourist can stay for a long time. Have Thai people tested before entering. Because in SQ are the most infections found.

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"...human resources are the most important factor. It takes about 20 to 30 years for human development, and if those people die it will be very difficult to restore the lost human resources,” he said."

 

How many people does he expect to die? Really? For people under 50 or so with no other significant health problems, the likelihood you will catch COVID and live a normal healthy life for many more years is well over 99.9% ... isn't it? We should do all we can to prevent even one early death but we can't all live in a bubble. At what point do we take our chances with this flu just like any other flu?

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I agree with what he is saying.

Channels are opening now for real families fo be reunited.

Quarantine options are cheaper here than NZ & Oz that start at 66,000 Bht.

Stated before that I feel for staff employed in the tourist industry but the corporate boys not

a lot of synpathy for nor  the condo developers that have invested too heavily for greed,

There are over 2 million jobs in factories available now so some of the ex staff could take these up on a temp basis.

Thailand can ride this out as manufacturing & exports are ticking along pretty well at 85%

of last year (Look up the actual figures, pretty impressive),

As to strength of the Baht how do you bring it down when the countries curriencies compared against are struggling a lot worse than Thailands ?

Devalue & the US will scream currency manipulation

 

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1 hour ago, Hockeybik said:

"...human resources are the most important factor. It takes about 20 to 30 years for human development, and if those people die it will be very difficult to restore the lost human resources,” he said."

 

How many people does he expect to die? Really? For people under 50 or so with no other significant health problems, the likelihood you will catch COVID and live a normal healthy life for many more years is well over 99.9% ... isn't it? We should do all we can to prevent even one early death but we can't all live in a bubble. At what point do we take our chances with this flu just like any other flu?

Its not 'flu.

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There are a cr*p load of fatties in Thailand, way more than there used to be 20 years back....maybe the high rate of obesity in the country is what has got them so scared about a covid outbreak....it could take thousands of lives.

I still think they are being WAY over the top though.

Supachai...settle down petal

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5 hours ago, kiwikeith said:

The weaker BHT is killing exporters, not the filthy rich.

So caution is wise, but using caution takes a great deal of wisdom.

You cant open to USA that's mad, but you can slowly open to safe countries.

And when the vaccine comes along Qantas will welcome flyers.

 

Some rich men will have to print lots of loot to get the airlines up and running, meanwhile lie down and wait for Pfzier, Sputnik and Sino to jab you.

Many in the USA follow guidelines and are negative.  What is mad is that blanket statement. Test test quarantine test. If all those layers still produce a negative result but a postive cash flow effect. Anyone should be allowed willing to pay.  Until the vaccine arrives.  

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8 hours ago, ezzra said:

On a one hand you have common sense and on the other you have massive losses from industries that used to rake in billions in tourists related businesses and now they'are imploding on themselves...What do you do?...

Profit losses vs life losses? 

Pathetic! 😕

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