Almost all support 14-day quarantine, flight ban: Poll

Almost all support 14-day quarantine, flight ban: Poll

A worker sprays disinfectant on the luggage of passengers arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Dubai on Saturday. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
A worker sprays disinfectant on the luggage of passengers arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Dubai on Saturday. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

A huge majority of the population approves of the requirement that all people arriving in Thailand from abroad be quarantined for 14 days and the temporary ban on flights to the country, according to an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat Univerity, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online on 1,801 people throughout the country between April 17-30 to gauge their opinions on measures taken by the government to stem the spread of Covid-19.

The questions were open to more than one answer.

Asked to rate their levels of satisfaction with the government's measures, 94.18% said they were most satisfied with the 14-day quarantine of all people arriving from abroad and 92.55% with the ban on incoming flights to Thailand.

The respondents said they were very satisfied with other measures, with 89.03% citing the work of health volunteers in communities to keep monitor people suspected of contracting the virus; 88.01% the government's "stay home, stop the virus for the nation" slogan; 87.08% the drive to find active cases among people in high-risk groups; 85.45% the lockdowns of Bangkok and other provinces; 85.40% the 10pm-4am curfew; and 85.01% the work-from-home initiative.

Asked about the government's remedial actions to cushion the impact of the coronavirus spread, the respondents said they were very satisfied with them -- with 83.51% citing the deferment of personal income tax payments to Aug 31, 2020; 81.43% the payment of 15,000 baht per household for farmers; 80.86% the payment by the Social Security Fund to people left unemployed by Covid-19; 79.11% the reduction in contributions by employers and employees to the Social Security Fund; 79.03% not charging for the first 150 units of electricity and the 50% reduction of power bills; 78.89% the return of the deposit for use of electricity; 75.76% the blue flag shops selling face masks for 2.5 baht each; 74.10% the remedial payment of 2,000 baht by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry; 73.06% the 30-day free use of 10 GB of internet; 70.29% the 3% reduction of water and electricity bills; and 66.91% the 5,000 baht payout for people left without income as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

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