BANGKOK – Thailand has been battling the the COVID-19 virus over the past four months causing the government to implement strict measurs including declaring a country-wide lockdown and curfew throughout the country where people must stay at home from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.
The lockdown and curfer has helped the country reduce and curb the spread of the virus. But even with the strict measures, Thai people and its economy have been greatly affected, they have never faced a worse or more terrifying situation than this outbreak before.
The World Bank forecast that Thailand including Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia would have the slowest economic expansion among ASEAN countries. The Thai economy is forecast to drop by 5% due to the country’s reduced income.
Thanks to the cooperation of ASEAN in reducing transmission of the virus by implementing restrictions and efforts to suppress the COVID-19, each country has taken measures to curb the spread of the virus, including temporarily banning overseas travel until it is under control. Thailand together with the ASEAN community has agreed to cooperate with China for the establishment of COVID-19 Fund with the aim of partnerships in cooperation to fight the pandemic together. The fund will be allocated for the medicines and vaccine research that will help the region in the long run.