Thailand was one of the first countries to be hit by COVID-19. Despite being a popular destination for Chinese tourists, the country has successfully combated the highly infectious virus.
On April 26, the World Health Organization reported a total of 2,922 cases and 51 deaths in Thailand.
As the second biggest city in Thailand, Chiang Mai has excelled at preventing the spread of the corona virus.
Chiang Mai has reported a total of 40 cases, with no new cases. The city has been corona-free for 18 days.
Meanwhile, the US, UK, and European countries have struggled to contain the virus, putting older citizens and people with underlying health conditions at risk.
The UK which has a similar population to Thailand (66.65 million and 69.43 million respectively), reported 148,381 total cases and 20,319 deaths.
While the heat and humidity of Thailand certainly slow the spread of the virus, the government's implementation of a country-wide lockdown and the strict sanitation measures enforced have helped control COVID-19.
Face masks must be worn before entering any stores and hand sanitizer is always provided at the entrance. Larger grocery stores such as Big C and Makro (Thailand's equivalent to Walmart and Costco) even have an employee at the door checking the temperatures of customers before they enter. Tape markers on the ground space customers out to encourage social distancing.
Some provinces have even enforced an alcohol ban. The lack of alcohol consumption, along with the country-wide curfew from 10pm-4am, have prevented social gatherings and encouraged people to stay in their own homes.
Between the individual measures of shops and the compliance of the people, Thailand has done well combating the spread of COVID-19. While these times are unsettling and the future is uncertain, we feel confident with the ways Thailand is dealing with this global health crisis.