Tourists wearing face masks sanitise their hands at Wat Pho, in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13. Photo: EPA Tourists wearing face masks sanitise their hands at Wat Pho, in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13. Photo: EPA
Tourists wearing face masks sanitise their hands at Wat Pho, in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13. Photo: EPA
Mercedes Hutton
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Thai health minister blames ‘dirty’ Western tourists for country’s coronavirus cases

  • Officials aren’t immune to xenophobia and racism brought on by the coronavirus pandemic
  • Tweets posted by an account associated with Anutin Charnvirakul suggested ‘farangs’ should be feared more than Asians

Tourists wearing face masks sanitise their hands at Wat Pho, in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13. Photo: EPA Tourists wearing face masks sanitise their hands at Wat Pho, in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13. Photo: EPA
Tourists wearing face masks sanitise their hands at Wat Pho, in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13. Photo: EPA
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.