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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand's Prayuth slammed for poor handing of delta outbreak

Inability to get vaccines fast leaves nation vulnerable as COVID cases top 400,000

Thai protesters march toward the Government House in Bangkok on July 18, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a mandatory vaccination policy and reform in the monarchy.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Criticism of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government is growing as Thailand's mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak becomes clearer with the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

Once seen as a model for containing the pandemic, Thailand has joined Indonesia and Malaysia among those hardest hit by the delta strain in Southeast Asia. Cases reported in the region's second-largest economy exceeded the 400,000 mark on Sunday, with average daily infections passing 10,000 recently.

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