Civic groups fill the void to help the poor as new wave of Covid-19 grips Thailand

Ms Prateep Ungsongtham Hata (in PPE) checks in on a family in the Khlong Toey slum community that might have all been infected with Covid-19 on July 30, 2021.
Ms Prateep Ungsongtham Hata (in PPE) checks in on a family in the Khlong Toey slum community that might have all been infected with Covid-19 on July 30, 2021.ST PHOTO: TAN TAM MEI
Volunteers at Up for Thai cook meals that are distributed to the less fortunate communities as well as Covid-19 patients and families who are confined to their homes.
Volunteers at Up for Thai cook meals that are distributed to the less fortunate communities as well as Covid-19 patients and families who are confined to their homes.PHOTO: UP FOR THAI

BANGKOK - It is a public holiday in Thailand, but 69-year-old Prateep Ungsongtham Hata is braving the rain in one of the capital's biggest slums, scribbling notes as she speaks to a woman seated in front of a wooden shack - a good distance between them.

The woman, 27-year-old Chuanpit Sopa, is five months pregnant.

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