Thai monks put on protective gear as COVID-19 cases surge

Published on 2 August 2021 at 20:11

Thailand: As COVID-19 cases surge in the country, Buddhist monks are showing up in personal protective equipment over their distinctive robes, delivering oxygen tanks, taking nasal samples for testing, and even delivering the dead to crematoriums.


Healthcare services are stretched, further damaging Thailand's battered economy as it struggles to contain its latest outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.


"There are still a lot of Thais who are not getting care from the public health system," Mahapromphong, 33, deputy abbot of Suthi Wararam temple in Bangkok, told AFP.


"We take care of everyone we come across."

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