Thailand has reported no local cases of the new Corona virus, for a period of 100 consecutive days, to join countries such as Taiwan, where the virus has been nearly eliminated, according to the American Bloomberg Agency.
Today, Wednesday, data from the Thai Ministry of Health showed that the Southeast Asian country has not recorded any transmission or infection with the virus since May 26, indicating that the infections were exclusively among incoming travelers who arrive at tourist places, confirming that they are subject to quarantine and not. They are allowed to enter the country only after they recover.
Thailand’s success depended on strict control limits that were closed to foreigners for months, adding that “the strategy came at a great cost to Thailand, because it exploits its distinctive beaches and cultural and touristic sites, making it one of the economies most dependent on tourism in the world.”
The US agency noted that this is a bittersweet achievement for the country, as it comes amid increasing pressure from companies to reopen borders to save the stalled tourism sector, which represented about 20% of Thailand’s economy before the epidemic.
The government agreed in principle to open its doors to tourists again before winter in the northern hemisphere, but it has not yet revealed many details about how to do so safely.
“We contained the virus, and now it is really time to focus on the economy – the more we close the borders, the more damage is,” said Sombrawin Manprasert, chief economist at Ayodhya BCL in Bangkok. Thailand’s “dilemma” illustrates the difficult balance that governments around the world are trying to achieve between maintaining public health on the one hand and economic survival on the other hand, at a time when many countries quickly closed their doors to limit the spread of the virus earlier this year, which led To extremely large economic repercussions, which prompted countries around the world, such as the United States and India, to reopen their doors again