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Tears and heartbreak as flight ban keeps farang-Thai families apart
May 22. 2020
The ban on international flights is stopping Michael O’Halloran from returning to his three daughters and wife in Chonburi. O’Halloran is stranded in Ireland.
By Wichit Chaitrong
Foreign nationals married to Thai citizens who are stranded overseas due to the ban on incoming flights are pleading with the government to let them return so they can be with their families. Some have even contacted Nation Thailand to ask for help.
James Jacobs, seen here with his wife, is stranded in France.
Briton James Jacobs, who is stranded in France, says he wants to return to his wife Sopa, 29, who lives in Chiang Mai.
Speaking to the Nation over the phone, Sopa said her husband has been stranded in France since April, when Thailand stopped all incoming flights for fear of importing Covid-19 cases. She said she can only keep in touch with him online.
Another Briton, Alan Cheetham, who is stranded in the UK, said he wants to get back to his family in the northeastern province of Udon Thani.
Cheetham set up a Facebook page called “Thai Expats Stranded Overseas due to Covid-19 Travel Restrictions” last week and nearly 150 people who are in the same predicament have joined so far.
Foreign nationals married to Thais have created two Facebook groups – Thai Expats Stranded Overseas due to Covid-19 Travel Restrictions and Farangs Stranded Abroad due to Lockdown in Thailand – to share information as part of their efforts to reunite families.
Michael O’Halloran, who is trapped in Ireland, said he wants to be with his three daughters, aged 13, nine and 20 months, who are living with his wife in Chonburi.
Alan Edwards, another expat who is in a similar situation, said it is unfair that families are being kept apart during this difficult period just because one of the spouses is not Thai.
“I understand that in these difficult times, many difficult decisions have to be made by the Thai government, but does the prejudice against Thai/foreigner families have to go on for so long? How is it fair that Thai people and children must be without a loved one or a parent because they are not Thai?” he asked.
Rob Kennedy, who is trapped in Brunei, said the Thai embassy there was helpful, but the high-ranking officials in Bangkok are showing little interest in his case. He said he is willing to pay for quarantine if he is allowed to return.
Kennedy belongs to the “Farangs Stranded Abroad due to Lockdown in Thailand” Facebook group, which has 300 members.
Another expatriate, who has a family in the southern resort city of Phuket, said on condition of anonymity that he left Phuket in March and now cannot return to Thailand. He has a four-year-old son who has a medical condition.
Mam, a Chiang Mai resident who did not wish to reveal her real name, told the Nation that her husband has been stranded in Canada. “My two-year-old girl often asks, ‘where is Daddy’?” she said.
Daniel Nolan has been stranded in Australia for close to three months now and can’t return to his wife and child. He said he went to Australia to attend his father’s funeral in March, only to learn he could not take the flight back to Bangkok. His spouse, Chonpiti Duangsangaram, told the Nation that their child is only 7 months old.
“My husband is missing helping me look after the baby. Now I have had to move to my father’s home so someone can help me look after my little girl,” she said.
Chonpiti said she has spoken to immigration officials at Suvarnabhumi International Airport about her husband being allowed back, but they said it was beyond their authority.
For Jaco Willem Kotze, the reason for separation was different. He and his wife and daughter left Thailand for a holiday in South Africa on February 25. However, when they returned on March 25 – he with all his documents attested by the Thai Embassy in Pretoria – officials at the airport forced him to return to South Africa because no foreigners were allowed to enter Thailand despite having a long-stay visa and marriage certificate.
“Now my wife and daughter are in Thailand and I am sitting in South Africa,” he said.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand banned all incoming passenger flights since April 4 and has extended the ban several times. The latest extension is until June 30.
The government says it is worried about people bringing new Covid-19 cases to Thailand as the rate of infections is still pretty high in many countries, while here it has dropped to a single digit for several days.
The authorities, however, are letting Thai nationals stranded abroad return home in limited numbers based on the capacity of state quarantine facilities and hospitals.
Recently, the government decided to have hotels and hospitals work together on quarantine facilities that can accommodate people who want to be comfortable and are willing to pay for it. This model may also apply to foreign tourists.
Zero new cases but state quarantine centres in focus
May 22. 2020
By The Nation
There were no new cases of Covid-19 or any deaths over a 24-hour period, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Friday (May 22).
Meanwhile, 13 people have fully recovered and returned home.
However, test results of two persons who had returned from Egypt are awaited.
As of May 22, the total number of confirmed cases in the country was 3,037 -- 71 are under treatment, 2,910 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 56 deaths.
Globally, cumulative cases have passed 5 million with around 330,000 deaths
In the last two weeks, positive Covid-19 cases have been detected in returnees from overseas. According to data, confirmed cases in last 14 days have been found in state quarantine (15 cases), close contacts (11), proactive testing (6) immigration quarantine area (5) people visiting community areas (5) and infection from occupations such as deliveryman (3).
Dr Taweesin explained the reason why the ThaiChana platform has to record location data for two months. The decision was made based on Public Health Ministry statistics that when an outbreak occurs, such as at the boxing stadium on March 11, it took around two months to find all related and close contacts of the positive cases.
He lauded all citizens who are cooperating by wearing face masks to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. It has been found that more than 90 per cent of Thai people wear masks when in public places, he said.
What’s more deadly than Covid-19 in Thailand?
Apr 16. 2020
Long chaotic queues were seen outside gold shops in Bangkok’s Yaowarat area on Tuesday (April 14) as many people decided to sell off their gold ornaments.
By THE NATION
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Thailand has stopped climbing since Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha placed the country under emergency decree in late March.
The Thai government’s rapid response to the deadly outbreak has been applauded by many in the international community and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
However, halting the rise in infections has come at the expense of ordinary Thais, who are sacrificing their livelihoods in the war being waged against Covid-19. Many have lost their jobs in complying with government policies to control the virus, including the shutdown of businesses and the night-time curfew.
As the days pass, these people are being forced to dip into their life savings to survive in an economy frozen by the pandemic response. Many have realised that a deadlier threat than Covid-19 is approaching and will soon reach their doorsteps. Its name is famine.
Government aid measures, while barely adequate, are still not reaching many of the people who have been hardest hit by this crisis. In a sad irony, the website where people can register for aid is called “We do not leave anyone behind”.
The evidence is overwhelming: People desperate for the Bt5,000 monthly handout have stormed the Finance Ministry, long lines are forming outside gold shops as Thais rush to sell jewellery for cash to buy food. And worst of all, the number of suicides is rising as the economic recession sends people into a spiral of stress and despair.
General Prayut cannot just focus on the virus: he must also manage the lives of 67 million Thais, many of whom will soon face starvation if the current restrictions on daily continue much longer.
He must make sure that aid measures enable people to afford the basic necessities of life, and that the money first goes to the ones who need it most.
He also has to ignore opposition politicians who are criticising the government’s measures with a hidden agenda. Now is not the time for political debate, when people are facing the very real prospect of hunger leading to death.
Starving people will resort to drastic actions, including breaking laws and restrictions set by the government to control the outbreak. If Prayut ignores this fact, the repercussions that follow could radically change both the Covid-19 situation in Thailand and the status of his government.
This is a translated version of the “Khon Thai” column that appeared in the Krungthep Turakij newspaper on April 16.
Saturday, March 23, 2020