The consequences of the war in Ukraine are being compounded by the continuing pandemic, a global tightening of credit and a slowdown in China, the second-largest economy.
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Even when children are visibly ill, parents and doctors may mistake the symptoms for other conditions, particularly because of the widespread misperception that children cannot get COVID-19.
Thailand has transformed from a country where criticism of the monarchy was only whispered to a place where protesters have spray-painted "the king is dead” on Bangkok streets.
For months, pro-democracy protesters have gathered to call for reforms to the monarchy and military, institutions that have dominated Thailand for decades.
In addition to political reform, the demonstrations have addressed concerns including abortion, taxes on menstrual products and school rules that force girls to conform to an outdated version of femininity.