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Thailand's health minister lashed out at 'Western' tourists on Friday for not wearing face masks and suggested they be expelled from the country for putting others at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.


The outburst came as the kingdom faced steep losses over a drop in visitors from China.



The death toll in China from the coronavirus has risen to 813. China's National Health Commission said total cases in the country from the virus had increased to to 37,289, up from 31,774 a day earlier.


Tourism accounts for 18 per cent of the country's gross domestic product and Chinese holidaymakers make up a quarter of total arrivals.



Thailand has detected 25 coronavirus cases and nine of those patients have recovered, while streets, public transport and shopping centres have filled with people wearing face masks.


Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul was distributing masks at a busy Bangkok skytrain entrance when he complained that 'farang' tourists didn't take them and acted as if they 'don't care'.


Farang is a commonly used Thai word to describe Westerners and is sometimes used dismissively.


'These kinds of people, we should kick them out of Thailand,' he told reporters, waving a handful of masks in the air.



Anutin did not respond to additional requests for comment but posted an apology on his Facebook page for 'losing it' after 'some foreigners from Europe' were uncooperative in the mask campaign.


More than 10 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand last year but the industry projects about two million fewer arrivals in 2020 because of the coronavirus, making US, European and other markets more vital.


Debates over the efficacy of masks have bounced around the internet since the contagion first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last month.


People walk with face masks outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok 


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Thai Minister Says Kick out Tourists for Not Wearing Face Masks


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Thailand's health minister lashed out at 'Western' tourists on Friday for not wearing face masks and suggested they be expelled from the country for putting others at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.


The outburst came as the kingdom faced steep losses over a drop in visitors from China.



The death toll in China from the coronavirus has risen to 813. China's National Health Commission said total cases in the country from the virus had increased to to 37,289, up from 31,774 a day earlier.


Tourism accounts for 18 per cent of the country's gross domestic product and Chinese holidaymakers make up a quarter of total arrivals.



Thailand has detected 25 coronavirus cases and nine of those patients have recovered, while streets, public transport and shopping centres have filled with people wearing face masks.


Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul was distributing masks at a busy Bangkok skytrain entrance when he complained that 'farang' tourists didn't take them and acted as if they 'don't care'.


Farang is a commonly used Thai word to describe Westerners and is sometimes used dismissively.


'These kinds of people, we should kick them out of Thailand,' he told reporters, waving a handful of masks in the air.



Anutin did not respond to additional requests for comment but posted an apology on his Facebook page for 'losing it' after 'some foreigners from Europe' were uncooperative in the mask campaign.


More than 10 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand last year but the industry projects about two million fewer arrivals in 2020 because of the coronavirus, making US, European and other markets more vital.


Debates over the efficacy of masks have bounced around the internet since the contagion first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last month.


People walk with face masks outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok 


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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