Most say it's too early to reopen country: poll

Most say it's too early to reopen country: poll

Tourists shop at the Bang Nam Pheung floating market in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan on Oct 2, 2021. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
Tourists shop at the Bang Nam Pheung floating market in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan on Oct 2, 2021. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

A majority of people disagree with the government's decision to reopen the country on Nov 1, saying that it is too early, according to a poll.

The opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, was conducted online during Oct 11-14 on 1,329 people throughout the country to ask opinions on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's announcement that the country would reopen on Nov 1.

Asked whether the country is ready to reopen to tourists without quarantine requirements, a majority -- 60.10% -- said "no" while the remaining 39.90% said "yes."

Asked whether they agreed with the reopening date of Nov 1, 59.86% said "no" and 40.14% said "yes".

Asked to give "necessary conditions" for the reopening 74.78% cited the inoculation of more than 70% of the population; 69.04% the ability to contain the pandemic; 68.31% readiness in terms of health services, hospitals and medical personnel; 66.03% testing of people before entering places; and 65.00% tourist confidence in safety at such facilities as airports, public transport, restaurants and hotels.

Asked to choose "unfavourable conditions" for the reopening, 71.60% said the population has not yet been fully vaccinated; 70.45% the possibility that Covid-19 could spread further in the country; 66.11% the possibility that tourists could bring in the virus; 61.05% concerns over new Covid-19 variants; and 55.92% the lack of clear plans to cope with a further spread of the virus.

Asked to pick "benefits" of reopening the country, 77.29% cited the revival of the economy; 74.74% people would have jobs and could earn a living; 68.07% the country would generate income from tourism; 64.17% tourism-related businesses would revive; and 57.80% investors and business operators would regain confidence in the country.

Asked to cite the "unfavourable effects" of the reopening, 83.43% said Covid-19 cases might again rise; 74.60% the country might again be placed in lockdown; 59.55% the readiness of health services might be affected; 54.85% cases of illegal border crossings might increase; and 48.19% people's living conditions might be affected.

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  • cite: to mention something as an example - กล่าวถึง
  • condition: something that must be done before another thing can happen - เงื่อนไข
  • confidence: being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future - ความมั่นใจ
  • contain: to prevent from spreading; to keep within limits - จำกัด,ควบคุมไว้
  • cope: to deal successfully with a difficult situation - รับมือกับ
  • inoculation (noun): an act of protecting a person or an animal from catching a particular disease by injecting them with a mild form of the disease - การฉีดวัคซีน,
  • majority: more than 50 percent of a group - เสียงส่วนใหญ่
  • necessary (adj.): essential, needful, something that you must do or have - จำเป็น, ซึ่งเลี่ยงไม่ได้, ซึ่งเป็นที่ต้องการ, สำคัญ
  • opinion: your feelings or thoughts about somebody/something, rather than a fact - ความเห็น, ความคิดเห็น, ทัศนคติ
  • poll: an occasion when a lot of people are asked about what they feel about something - การสำรวจความคิดเห็น
  • readiness: a state of being ready and able to deal with what might or will happen - ความพร้อม
  • revival (noun): to bring back into use something that has not been used for a period of time - การนำมาทำใหม่, การทำให้มีพลังใหม่
  • survey: the act of asking for and recording information - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
  • unfavourable: not good and likely to cause problems or make something more difficult; showing that you do not approve of or like somebody/something - ซึ่งไม่น่าพอใจ, ซึ่งไม่เป็นผล
  • variant: a thing that is a slightly different form or type of something else - สิ่งที่ผันแปร, สิ่งที่แตกต่างกัน
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