A sunrise a day keeps the doctor away

Traveling in Thailand

I mostly wake-up between 5 and 5:30 while it is still dark. Then while I am making some tea slowly there  starts to be some light at the horizon. But it takes a bit more time before the sun climbs over the mountains of Doi Phu Kha to shine over the valley of Pua. And I enjoy that time while drinking my tea on the balcony of our house between the rice fields of Pua. Yes I love sunrise and I can not stop myself from making again a sunrise photo. You will be seeing a few more shots in the following postings.

25 April 2021 : In the meanwhile ... since Songkran (Thai New Year) a new wave of COVID19 infections rages over all Thailand. Let's call it a tsunami. It started in the nightlife of Bangkok and with Songkran it did spread all over Thailand. Thailand was living under false idea of having COVID19 under control with about 10 or 20 new infections per day and 1 or 2 deaths per week. But that dramatically changed into about 1.500 to 3.000 new infections per day and 5 to 10 deaths per day. 

Coming to a momentum where healthcare can not cope anymore with the numbers of new infections, the numbers of requested tests and with the numbers of patients on ICU and/or ventilator. In the meanwhile only 1.2% of the populations has been vaccinated (in about 2 months). 

Some mountain villages have voluntary closed their village, nobody in and nobody out. Some other village with an infections cluster are closed by the government and people with COVID19 are places in so called Field Hospitals. And in the meanwhile there are news reports about some people who died at home because no hospital would accept them.

News reports are that Bangkok will go in partial lockdown for 2 weeks starting at 26 April. That means basically that all public places are closed. Except of course food shops. But the sound of people asking for a nationwide lockdown and closure of provincial borders starts to grow and becomes louder.

So we are more or less in voluntary self isolation again. What means we only go out to buy food and we have a small stock of food & drinks. No meetings with friends, no diner at a restaurant, no drink or cake at a coffee shop.