The spread of novel coronavirus has lowered the Thai people's incomes and savings while inflating their debts, according to a survey conducted by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
The poll was conducted online between May 12-15 on 1,125 people throughout the country.
Asked to choose between multiple choice answers, 25.16% of the respondents said the virus had cut down their regular income; 35.38% said it had reduced side income; 27.91% said it had lowered their savings; and 25.07% said it had caused them to become more indebted.
Asked what they had spent more on as a result of the Covid-19 spread, 68.53% cited water and power bills; 44.89% mobile phone and Internet bills; 40.27% food and drinks; 20.18% medicine, medical treatment and health care; and 14.22% donations and merit-making.
Asked what they had paid less for, 60.62% mentioned transportation and fuel costs; 42.31% clothing; 41.51% travel and leisure; 38.67% the lottery and sweepstakes; and 34.31% ornaments and perfume.