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Thailand's COVID spike hits consumption and protests

More Thais endorse prime minister's costly but swift countermeasures

BANGKOK -- Thailand's recent COVID-19 spike is taking a further toll on Southeast Asia's second largest economy and the lives of its people.

In response to the spike, many are going along with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's recent upgrade of a state of emergency that dates from March in a bid to curb the spread of the virus -- despite major downsides in terms of the economy and personal freedoms.

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