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As the tough war against the coronavirus gets under way, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government is facing growing calls to review flight check-in directives that make it difficult for Thais abroad wishing to come home. And it should listen seriously to the voices of those in trouble.
Having invoked the Emergency Decree, the government's message to the people is clear: Stay home and minimise physical contact to contain the spread of the coronavirus. But the Immigration Bureau's message to tourists stranded in the country suggests otherwise as they are still required to come to extend their visa in person at its offices.
The Chinese government may have closed down the wet market in Wuhan where the coronavirus is believed to have originated. But in the heart of Bangkok, a "Wuhan in the making" continues to operate as usual at Chatuchak Weekend Market, where trade in wild animals has taken place for years.