Poll reveals 47% of Thais believe Covid-19 will get worse after New Year’s
The Department of Health conducted a poll that revealed 47% of Thais believe that the Covid-19 situation will get worse after New Year’s in Thailand. Safety regulations are also harder to follow, this includes avoiding the use of public transportation and restaurants continue to spread the virus. Doctor Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen from the Department reported the poll results. The poll reveals how the people feel about the current Covid-19 situation and how things will change after January. Over 27,000 people participated in the poll and 47% believe the situation will dive for the worst after January.
The reason provided is that there continues to be new cases everyday and there are factors that affect daily life. This includes requirements to study at home, work from home, less income, unemployment, and those with high risks. About 27% of participants stated they believe the situation will improve because most are now vaccinated along with following safety precautions. They also believe the new variant has less risks than previous variants. 26% of participants believe the situation will remain exactly the same after January 2022.
Over 70% of participants believe that they can strictly follow the safety measure to avoid group activities, one of the most important safety measures. A regulation that less than 50% believe are hard to follow is avoiding the use of public transportation and traveling abroad. The department is concerned about activities inside restaurants as after 24 January businesses are now allowed to sell alcohol until 23.00. This applies to high control provinces in restaurants that have received SHA+ that must follow the Covid Free Setting measurements.
FB Caption: A safety measurement that less than 50% believe are hard to follow is avoiding the use of public transportation and traveling abroad.