28 February 2020

Public anger grows over coronavirus in Thailand

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The health minister in Thailand, the country with the most confirmed cases outside China of the new coronavirus, called an emergency meeting on Sunday with the transport and tourism ministries amid rising public discontent over the government’s handling of the illness. reports citing foreign media.

“We can control the situation and are confident in our ability to handle the crisis,” Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters. The number of cases of the disease in Thailand rose on Sunday to eight.

Anutin added that three of the people infected were being treated and five had recovered and gone home.

The hashtag #crapgovernment was top trending on Twitter in Thailand on Saturday with over 400,000 tweets. Users complained about the management of the virus and other health issues.

“If it reaches a point where public health is in danger, we will take (more) action,” Anutin said, adding that the government would not prioritize tourism revenue over health.

“Detecting infected patients is a good sign because it shows that our system is efficient,” Anutin said.

China is Thailand’s biggest source of tourists and had nearly 11 million visitors from there last year.

2020.01.27 / 16:13
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