Feature: A look back at the top stories from this time period LAST year: Water shortages, warnings on illegal border crossings that came true, and much more

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The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in Pattaya and Thailand news.

This weekly feature takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, following up on the progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place as promised in Pattaya and Thailand.

As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance, however, are in order of publication. This week, we cover the first week of JULY 2020, from Sunday, July 5th, 2020 to Saturday, July 11th, 2020. They are roughly in order of publication.

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1. Australian man found dead with a plastic bag over his head and hands tied in Pattaya, police say it was a suicide

This story drew a lot of attention for the unusual manner the way the foreigner died and the fact police held by their story it was a suicide.

Australian man found dead with a plastic bag over his head and hands tied in Pattaya

2. Russian woman accused of killing her 1-year-old daughter then jumping off a third-floor balcony and surviving in Pattaya

A tragic story from last summer in Pattaya that also drew significant discussion and comments on social media.

Russian woman accused of killing her 1 year old daughter then jumping off third floor balcony and surviving in Pattaya

Russian woman accused of killing her daughter and then attempting to kill herself in Pattaya denies charges, claims she was ordered to do so

3. Pattaya Water Authority warns that despite rains, the water supply remains low

Last year, multiple issues in Pattaya caused severe water shortages in the local area. This year, however, that is not an issue.  According to the provincial water authority, this is primarily due to the fact the local area has an over 40% reduction in water usage, driven by a significantly smaller population of local residents and zero tourists due to Covid-19. Storms and regular rain have also been more common this year.

Pattaya Water Authority warns that despite rains, water supply remains low

4. Thai doctors and officials “deeply concerned” about the possibility of illegal border crossers spreading Covid-19

As early as July of last year doctors and officials were warning the Thai government that if the Covid-19 situation was to return to Thailand it would likely come from land borders and illegal migrant crossings. A year later, that prediction appears to have been correct.

Thai doctors and officials “deeply concerned” about possibility of illegal border crossers spreading Covid-19

5. Thailand Government to create economic recovery center to help rehabilitate economy after Covid-19

One year later, despite the creation of the Center for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), the economy is likely in an even more difficult situation driven by an ongoing round of Covid-19 in Thailand, the worst yet, that has seen a wave of restrictions, measures, curfews, closures, and other items with no end in sight punishing the economy and keeping tourism essentially closed, a year and a half into the pandemic.

Thailand Government to create economic recovery center to help rehabilitate economy after Covid-19

  That is all for this week, we appreciate your support as always and wish you a safe week ahead for you and your family!

 

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