The nationwide lockdown and curfew, part of the Thai government’s measures to tackle the coronavirus crisis, has resulted in the closure of many businesses—both temporarily and entirely—and have taken a toll on working Thais. A shocking number of people (3-5 million as estimated by Economic Intelligence Center) are expected to be left unemployed.This distressing situation has been exacerbated by poor economic policies to subsidize businesses and the state's failure to distribute adequate food and aid during the lockdown.
In these tough times, the kind-hearted nature of Thai residence is once again shining through. Many have banded together to help those in need, with some donating food and necessities to feed the impoverished and others setting up digital community services like food delivery platforms that benefit both sellers and consumers.
Here are some of the ways Thais are working together to bring comfort to others in the time of COVID-19.