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The Use of Technology in Coping with COVID-19 in Thailand
1. International Academy of CIO (IAC)
2. Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
3. College of Innovation, Thammasat University
4. Thammasat University AI Center (TUAI)

The COVID-19 reached Thailand on January 13, 2020 with the first case confirmed as resulting from the tourist. The number of confirmed cases increased steadily until the largest cluster of local transmission at a boxing stadium event on March 6. Thereafter, the number of confirmed cases were more than a hundred cases per day. In response, the Thailand government decided to use a nationwide lockdown effective on March 26 under the declaration of a state of emergency. Many public places have been shut down in an effort to “flatten the curve” and the number of confirmed cases has reduced significantly thereafter. During the mid of June, there were no reported confirmed cases from local transmission for more than 3 weeks.
In addition to the nationwide lockdown, Thailand also applied many technologies as the tools in coping with COVID-19 in Thailand. The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) is the leading institute in Thailand in research and innovation. There are many research projects that have been developed in helping for the control and management of COVID-19 situation in Thailand.
Moreover, to facilitate the change in people’s lifestyle and encourage social distancing, there are many digital transformations applications in Thailand. An important example is in the higher education. All universities in Thailand closed their campuses. The teaching and learning were transformed to be conducted online. Moreover, many student service activities were transformed so that students could be served digitally.

Aug 14, 2020 09:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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