#ThailandMustWin trends on twitter after Prayut’s viral moment; restrictions incoming

The hashtag #ประเทศไทยต้องชนะ (#ThailandMustWin) trended on Thai twitter late Monday night and early on Tuesday morning after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha used the phrase in his nationally-televised address on Monday evening.

Thai internet users used the phrase to mock the prime minister’s short address and accused the premier of not doing enough to unite the nation during a time of crisis.

Prayut had used his address to call for calm and for the public to trust in the government response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Ministry of Public Health announced on Monday 33 additional cases of coronavirus bringing the total to 147 patients.

It was the second day of steep rises in Thailand.

“In the past week, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cases in Thailand and around the world,” he said.

“Naturally our citizens are concerned.”

Prayut said that the government was working tirelessly but warned the public that hard days still lay ahead.

Restrictions

The government, on Monday, said they will introduce the first restrictive measures to curtail the outbreak pending cabinet approval.

Among the measures to be introduced will be a postponement of April’s Songkran festival to a later date.

Starting on Wednesday, schools, universities and tutoring centres will be closed and classes must be moved online.

Sporting events including boxing, football, and basketball as well as theaters and concerts will also face restrictions pending an investigation by the government.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam told reporters that travelers from abroad will also face increased restrictions including the need to obtain a health certificate within 3 days of traveling and the installation of a government app to track and report health conditions on their mobile phones.

Not Stage 3

The deputy prime minister insisted that the country had not reached stage-3 of the virus infection.

“Our definition of stage 3 is widespread person-to-person infections in many regions throughout the country,” Wissanu said.

“By this definition, we have not reached stage 3 but we must be prepared for any eventuality.”

Wissanu said the country must be prepared for the worst, however.

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