Chinese patient in Chiang Mai recovers from Coronavirus
CHIANG MAI (TNA) - A 28-year-old
coronavirus patient from China’s Hubei province is recovering from the
infection while being treated at a hospital in Chiang Mai.
The man was found to have the virus and admitted to
Maharaj Nakhorn Chiang Mai Hospital two weeks ago after travelling to the
northern city which is a popular tourist destination among Chinese tourists.
Dr. Porames Vinijjakul said in a press briefing on
Thursday that the hospital had conducted virological checks three times
before confirming him as the first coronavirus case in Chiang Mai.
The patient had been gradually recovering from
pneumonia and the overall condition improved, he said, adding that the
hospital waited for another test to ensure he had fully recovered.
Chiang Mai health officials and hospitals have
exercised caution to prevent the spread of the virus as the province is
monitoring about 60 people in a quarantine environment.
In Thailand, there have been 25 confirmed cases of
novel coronavirus infection; nine of them have been recovered and discharged
from hospitals. (TNA)
Last group of Chinese tourists on Koh Samui return to China
SURAT THANI (TNA) - The last
group of Chinese tourists on Koh Samui has returned to China after their
extended stays due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A Chengdu Airlines flight carried 85 Chinese tourists
from Koh Samui to Chengdu of China’s Sichuan province on Tuesday night.
Many tourists told MCOT reporters they still wanted to
stay longer out of concerns over the epidemic of the new coronavirus.
Health officials at Samui Airport scanned all outbound
and inbound travelers with thermal scanners.
Samui Airport staffers greeted the tourists as they
were boarding the airplane, wishing them well and inviting them to take
vacation on the island again.
A number of Chinese tourists on Koh Samui had extended
their visas since the Chinese New Year to reduce the risk of catching the
Coronavirus-infected cases in Thailand still at 25
BANGKOK (TNA) - The number of coronavirus-infected cases in Thailand
remains unchanged at 25, as officials assure the sufficiency of face masks
for domestic use.
The Ministry of Public Health Thailand announced
Thursday morning that no more cases had been found and the country’s tally
of confirmed coronavirus cases stood at 25.
Nine of the patients have fully recovered while the
rest are being hospitalized with improved conditions.
Meanwhile, officials also commented on face masks that,
along with hand sanitizers, are listed as controlled products.
Public Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Sukhum
Kanchanapimai and Domestic Trade Department Deputy Director-General Prayote
Pensut said the measure ensured that face mask supplies in the country would
The Ministry of Commerce’s proposal was approved by the
cabinet which limits the export volume of the products and requires sellers
and manufacturers to report their supplies to ministry.
Prayote said producers of face masks and hand
sanitizers could increase their production by 10-20 percent.
Retailers have been informed of the new measures
deriving from the decision and asked to limit purchase of face masks at no
more than 10 per person.
Before the listing, there had been complaints about
shortages of face masks.
Authorities have attempted to provide the public with
information on proper face mask use and handed them out to commuters.
Govt to help tourism operators after sharp drop in Chinese arrivals
BANGKOK (TNA) – The government will find measures to
support tourism operators, hard-hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Tourism and Sports Ministry will convene a
meeting with tourism operators on aid measures in the middle term and
the long term on Feb 13 before the proposed measures will be forwarded
to the next economic cabinet.
Tourism and Sports Minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakan
disclosed that the number of Chinese tourists has dropped by 85 per cent
from 30,000 to 3,000 people daily in the wake of the novel coronavirus
It is projected the virus situation will cost more
300 billion baht in losses to the tourism sector for the whole
The minister said if the new coronavirus situation
prolongs, the country is likely to see a further drop in Chinese
arrivals late this month.
If the situation returns to normal, the number of
visitors is expected to rebound in the second half of this year and
could double to offset the loss, incurred in the first quarter of this
He said omestic tourism will be promoted as well as
other markets in ASEAN countries after tourist arrivals both from China
and other countries are decreasing in the first quarter.
Thailand to hold World’s Largest Parade of Food Trucks
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Kingdom is set to host the “World’s Largest
Parade of Food Trucks”, and is planning the largest assembly of food trucks
in one place.
Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan
announced today that his ministry, in collaboration with the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Food Truck Club (Thailand) will be hosting
the “World’s Largest Parade of Food Trucks” on March 7-8, 2020 at IMPACT
Lakeside, Muang Thong Thani.
The event will involve more than 200 food truck
vendors, making it the biggest such gathering in the world, one which will
break the previous record, held by the U.S. State of Florida since March 29,
2014, with 121 vehicles.
Pipat expressed the view that the event should help
promote and upgrade the image of Thai street food vendors as well as
complying with the country’s Gastronomy Tourism policy. The government has
been urging a change in the traditional practice of ‘cooking on the side
walk’ to the setting up of mobile food trucks to improve cooking conditions
and achieve better order in the popular business.
Indeed, putting restaurants on wheels is growing in
popularity in Thailand; according to Food Truck Club (Thailand) President
and Founder Chanin Wattanapruksa, there are roughly 1,500 food trucks
representing 700 brands in the kingdom. The number is set to expand further
as the government supports a greater emphasis on the colorful vending
Those interested in setting up their own food truck
business or wishing to turn their restaurant into a mobile food service are
also welcome to attend the fair on March 7-8, 2020 at IMPACT Lakeside, Muang
Thong Thani, as there will be a dedicated booth where staff will be
available to offer suggestions and guidance on how to create a food truck.
PM offers moral support to Thais now back from Wuhan
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Prime
Minister has offered moral support to the 138 Thais, who recently returned
from Wuhan, the ground zero of the new coronavirus outbreak. They are
currently being quarantined, and vowed to provide assistance to the medical
sector in preventing the spread of the disease.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, in a video
call, welcomed home the Thai nationals, four of whom are being kept under
close observation after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. He told them to inform
officials of their needs during their period of quarantine.
In reply, the group of Thai citizens thanked the
government for bringing them home, while adding that they have taken
precautionary measures to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Some of
them said however, they were not able to contact their families, to which
General Prayut replied that he will instruct officials to help them
reconnect in that regard.
The Prime Minister also discussed a possible cure for
the disease with a team of doctors from Rajvithi Hospital; he said that
finding a remedy is a priority that will be escalated to the international
Meanwhile, doctors have combined HIV medicines with flu
drugs to make a cocktail of antiviral drugs that have so far produced “good
French Ambassador pays official visit to Southern border
YALA (NNT) - The Southern Border
Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) has welcomed the French Ambassador
who was making an official visit to the South to study the region’s
economic, social and political situation.
Secretary-General of the SBPAC Rear Admiral Somkiat
Ponprayoon and Ambassador Jacques Lapouge discussed the various missions of
the SBPAC in improving the quality of life of the local people, using the
principle of a triangle of stability, prosperity, and sustainability,
building peace and promoting the role of women in society.
Rear Admiral Somkiat stressed that the operations of
SBPAC conform with the government’s 20-year national strategy focusing on
creating stability through career development and education in a
multicultural environment. He is confident that the South will become a
viable investment option, citing the development of the Southern Economic
Corridor, and a special development zone at Chana district in Songkhla
Ambassador Jacques said he will submit the information
collected during the visit to the French government, and added that he now
has a better understanding of the workimgs of SBPAC. He recognized the
difficulty and sensitivity of the center’s operations but is confident that
the Thai officials will be successful in their missions.
Four Thai Wuhan evacuees under investigation
CHONBURI (NNT) 138 Thai
nationals returned to Thailand last night on an evacuation flight from Wuhan,
China. Four of them have shown suspicious symptoms after arrival and are now
hospitalized at Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital. There, initial tests have
returned negative, however further lab results are pending. The remaining
134 persons are now in quarantine at Sattahip naval base in Chonburi.
Speaking at a press conference, Deputy Minister of
Public Health Satit Pitutecha today revealed the condition of all 138 Thai
evacuees from Wuhan, China, who have arrived back last night at U-Tapao
He said all evacuees were subjected to health
screenings, in which two men and two women were found to have a fever. They
are now being isolated at Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital, where they have
received physical examinations, and x-rays. Specimens have been collected
for laboratory tests to confirm the infection. Three of the patients
presented with flu-like symptoms and coughs, while one of them had diarrhea.
However, by this morning, both male patient no longer
had a fever. One male patient still has coughs and throat irritation. The
third, female patient still has a minor cough with no fever. Chest x-A ray
images of these three patients show minor abnormalities, and they have been
referred for further consultations. The last patient who had diarrhea, no
longer has the problem, and has no fever. Her chest x-ray also shows no
Specimens from all four patients have been sent to the
6th Medical Sciences Center in Chonburi for laboratory tests to confirm
whether they are infected with 2019 coronavirus.
The remaining 134 evacuees are now staying at
residences inside Sattahip naval base in Chonburi under close monitoring 24
hours a day from officials. They are receiving continual checks including
the collection of specimens for laboratory tests. Health authorities have
designated Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital, Ban Chang Hospital, Sattahip
Hospital, and Chonburi Hospital to handle possible further suspected cases.
The pilots, cabin crew, embassy officials, and medical
team onboard the evacuation flight yesterday have been cleared for their
normal duties, as their risk of infection is low. They were all wearing
personal protective equipment and complied with infection prevention
guidelines throughout the operation.
UTCC expects bleak Makha Bucha and Valentine’s Day this year
BANGKOK (NNT) - Concerns regarding the novel coronavirus and an
economic slowdown will keep many people mostly at home, instead of going to
temples or going out on MakhaBucha and Valentine’s day this year, according
to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, which is expecting
reduced cashflow during these festivals compared to last year.
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce’s (UTCC)
President Thanawat Polvichai, has revealed outcomes of a consumer behavior
survey on the upcoming Valentine’s day, where most people surveyed, 57.1
percent, had no celebration plan due to the poor economy, higher goods
pricing, novel coronavirus outbreak, and air pollution; which are posing
concerns on safety and health.
Some of those surveyed are planning to have dinner with
their loved one, purchase gifts and flowers for them, and go out together to
The UTCC expects that average spending per head this
Valentine’s Day will be 1,814 baht, lower than the overall rate last year.
The expected cashflow volume this year is 3.246 billion baht, showing a
negative 1.23 percent.
For Makha Bucha Day, most people in the survey - 65.5
percent, said they will observe religious activities at respected or nearby
temples. Overall total spending this Makha Bucha Day is expected to be 2.601
billion baht, a negative change of 2.5 percent.
25 confirmed coronavirus cases in Thailand
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of
Public Health reported that Thailand has 25 confirmed cases of the novel
coronavirus. One of the patients, a taxi driver who was the first person in
Thailand to be infected with the virus, has since recovered and has been
discharged from hospital. So far, nine patients have recovered, while 16
others are recovering well.
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister,
Anutin Charnvirakul, said the coronavirus-infected taxi driver has been
cleared and discharged from the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases
Institute. Mr. Anutin said the driver had fully recovered, but officials are
closely monitoring his relatives and those who recently came into contact
with him. Their condition to date remains healthy.
The taxi driver said he was happy following his
recovering. He was initially concerned because it is a new strain of virus.
The driver said he would like to thank each of the medical personnel who
cared for him.
In Thailand, there have been 25 confirmed coronavirus
cases, nine of whom have been discharged. The other 16 patients remain in
hospitals and are responding well to treatment. Meanwhile, the condition of
a 70-year-old tour bus driver, who also has tuberculosis, is stable and is
under close supervision of medical personnel.
High PM2.5 levels in seven areas of Bangkok
BANGKOK (NNT) - The concentration of dust particles in Bangkok and
other provinces was above the safety limit as of 4 a.m. today, according to
the Pollution Control Department’s Air4Thai website.
The Director-General of the Pollution Control
Department, Pralong Dumrongthai, said levels of particulate matter of 2.5
microns or less (PM2.5) measured between 29 and 57 micrograms per cubic
meter of air in greater Bangkok. The figures were lower than yesterday’s.
The air quality indicator was orange, which indicates unhealthy conditions,
in seven areas. Highest dust levels were reported on Lat Phrao Road in Wang
Thong Lang district and in Khlong Kum subdistrict of Bueng Kum district.
Meanwhile, traffic congestion was reported on several
routes, and people are encouraged to use public transport instead of
personal vehicles until the air situation improves.
This morning, fine dust pollution exceeded the safety
threshold in 15 provinces. Some areas included Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
district in Ayutthaya province, Muang Loei district in Loei province and Si
Racha district in Chonburi province. People in these areas should wear
protective masks when going outside.
138 citizens returned from Wuhan
BANGKOK (NNT) - Although 3 Thai citizens missed the flight to return
from Wuhan, 138 arrived in Thailand safe and sound on 4 Feb.
- 3 were not allowed to board the plane. // 2 have had
a fever. // 1 has had visa issues.
- 138 returnees are being quarantined at a naval base
near the U-Tapao International Airport. // 6 were found with fever and sent
to a hospital for tests and treatment.
The standard procedures the returnees have had to walk
through before they go home :
- The thermo scans at the airport located inside the
navy base and the health checkup at the designated hospital (6 were detected
with slightly-high body temperatures. Among them, 4 have remained in
hospital and 2 were discharged and returned to the quarantine facility.)
- The quarantine at a controlled facility for at least
14 days (with psychiatrists to monitor their mental health) // Relatives of
the returnees can contact them through video calls. // The returnees are
provided with a controlled leisure area where they can relax during this
Expected date to receive clearance and go home : 19
February, 09.00 AM.
PM invites Buddhists to celebrate Makha Bucha
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Prime
Minister has invited faithful Buddhists to observe MakhaBucha Day with
religious ceremonies, while using smokeless incense to minimize air
pollution. The PM also insisted the national stock of sanitary masks is
Prior to the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister and
Minister of Defence Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, promoted the Buddhism Promotion
Week event celebrating Makha Bucha Day, between 6th-8th February 2020.
Activities will be held across the country, including
the delivery of royal flames to light candles at royal monasteries, alms
giving ceremonies by Ambassadors to Thailand from 12 countries at Pathum
Wanaram Temple, moral promotion activities for children and youths, ASEAN
Makha Bucha celebrations in 16 provinces, exhibitions, and prayer services.
The public is asked to use smokeless incense sticks to
help reduce air pollution and airborne particles, while the Prime Minister
has insisted there is currently no national shortage of sanitary masks, and
urged members of the general public to report any overpriced sales to the
The Prime Minister then joined the promotion of a
campaign to plant one million trees to curb air pollution, as part of the
Green City campaign by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The
campaign will be launched officially in a ceremony on 9th February at Siam
Paragon shopping mall, where the Prime Minister himself will preside over
Sprouts of a plant known for its ability to absorb PM
2.5 airborn particles will be distributed to participants, along with an
online manual on growing and caring for the species.
Meanwhile, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency has
presented new developments in medical services, such as an prescription
platform connecting hospitals with pharmacies electronically, an Ooca
application for video calls with psychiatrists and psychologists, a QueQ
Hospital digital customer queue management service, and games that
incorporate physical exercises.
The Prime Minister suggested the developers of the new
games add arm swinging motions that can help players exercise their lungs,
and praised all the technologies presented, for complying with the national
strategy, and being designed to help improve medical services.
Four Thai returnees treated in hospital
BANGKOK (TNA) – Four Thais, returning from Wuhan in a special flight
last night have been treated in hospital while the rest 134 people appear
well and have been under the 14-day observation in the Satthahip naval base.
Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutechaupdated
the symptoms of four people in a press briefing at Abhakornkiatiwong
Hospital inside the Satthahip naval base this morning.
Four returnees were separated from the group and sent
to Queen Sirikit Hospital yesterday after having developed fever.
They had no fever this morning but chest X-rays showed
three of them had some irregularities in their lungs and the other had
diarrhea, said the deputy minister.
They have been under close medical surveillance and
there has been nothing to worry about so far, he added.
The rest of 134 returnees, including one pregnant woman
and two children are now staying at the naval base for observation.
Orientation session will be held for them today.
After being quarantined under the standard practice,
all of the returnees will be able to leave for home on Feb 19.
They are now banned from using mobile phones but
communication equipment has been set up to allow them to talk to their
relatives via video conference tomorrow.
Meanwhile, 16 crew and health staff in the same flight
from Wuhan have passed medical check-ups and free from any infection as they
wore medical protective gears during their mission.
Suvarnabhumi Airport increases hygiene measures
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Deputy
Director of Suvarnabhumi Aiport, Kittipong Kittikachorn, said the
coronavirus has infected people in many countries, including Thailand. To
prevent its spread and regain the passenger confidence, Survarnabhum Airpot
has asked all public transport operators, such as limousines, car rental
companies, taxis, public and shuttle buses, to pay more attention to the
cleanliness of their vehicles and service counters. This will limit the
transmission of the respiratory virus between people with close contact,
particularly drivers and passengers.
Some taxi drivers expressed concern about the
situation, after one driver was exposed to the virus. However, they have
followed the safety guidelines by wearing a face mask and cleaning their
vehicles with disinfectant more frequently.
Virologist says measures must be implemented for one year to address coronavirus
Members of the public are advised to avoid
crowded areas and direct contact with people who have respiratory illnesses
as well as observe one’s own health. People, who have respiratory symptoms,
such as cough and shortness of breath, should wear a protective mask and see
a doctor or public health personnel immediately.
BANGKOK (NNT) - The emergence of the new coronavirus was reported in
December last year, with the first cases turning up at a seafood market in
the city of Wuhan, China. It is less deadly than the Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome (MERS) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
MERS’ mortality rate is 30%, while SARS’ mortality rate
stands at 10%. The mortality rate of the new coronavirus is below 3%. Most
of the fatalities have been in elderly patients as well as those with
congenital diseases, such as brain disorders, lung cancer and diabetes.
Children and people without congenital diseases have lower mortality rate.
"Take a look at the death toll now. There are almost no
children. A nine-month-old baby is the youngest known patient, and the
baby’s still alive. The youngest patients who died are about 30 years old.
Most of them have congenital diseases, such as brain disorders, heart
diseases, lung diseases, diabetes or cancer. There are patients who are over
80 years old. At first, more than half of them were over 80 years old. Many
cases are 89. If you ask me, some 89-year-old people happen to fall and die.
So, don’t panic about the number of fatalities. A majority of them have
congenital diseases, pneumonia or influenza. Their depth of breathing is
lower than normal, and there’s a possibility that they want to eliminate
excess phlegm. This can pose a life-threatening risk. Most fatalities are
not young people. There’s not much difference from the common influenza. If
people who are 89 or 90 years old have influenza, that’s not good," said
Prof. Dr. Yong Poovorawan, Head of the Center of Excellence in Clinical
Virology (CECV) , Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University.
An CECV official showed a graph to illustrate the
adverse impact of the coronavirus outbreak that even if the virus can be
contained, and strict measures have been taken, the outbreak may last a
year, but losses will be minimized. Given the contagious nature of the
virus, people will gradually become immune and the outbreak will cease. The
virus will then become endemic..
"We’ll lower its peak and extend the time, right
medical sector can handle this, but it’s necessary to extend the time. Make
it progress slowly, so we can handle it. Even better, make it more
extensive. Take all necessary steps to push the curve lower. Let it progress
gradually, we’ll handle it better," said Dr. Yong.
The country has to minimize the number of infected
people for as long as possible, until the immune system can rid the body of
the virus. Meanwhile, the medical sector will carry out measures to look
after the patients and improve its public health facilities. Once the immune
system responds to the virus, or a vaccine for the new strain has been
produced, the outbreak will end. All sectors, particularly the public, must
cooperate to slow down its spread.
‘Big Cleaning Week’ campaign launched amid Coronavirus Outbreak
BANGKOK (TNA) - The Public Health Ministry has launched a “Big
Cleaning Week” campaign to promote sanitation at public places amid the
In the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, Public
Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai said the
campaign was aimed to increase public awareness on infectious disease
Big Cleaning Week would involve health officials and
volunteers helping people improve sanitation and hygiene of public bus,
taxi, train, offices, restaurants and so on, he said.
Meanwhile, face mask shortage has been reported at some
locations as the government decided to put face mask along with hand
sanitizer on the price control list.
Whichai Phochanakij, Director-General of the Internal
Trade Department of the Commerce Ministry, said manufacturers,
distributors, exporters and importers had to inform the Department the
production cost, sales prices, production volume, export and import volume
and stocks as wells as price labels.
It is the latest measures to deal with the virus
outbreak which the Ministry has said will be temporary ones.
The demand for the face masks has surged to 50 million
pieces per month after the new virus outbreak from 30 million pieces a month
previously, according to the Ministry.
Thailand produces about 30 million pieces of face mask
The Department of Disease Control on Tuesday confirmed
six more cases of new coronavirus in Thailand, four Thais and two Chinese
tourists, bringing the country’s total to 25.
Thailand’s Coronavirus cases rise to 25
BANGKOK (TNA) - Thailand has confirmed six more cases of new
coronavirus, four Thais and two Chinese tourists, bringing the country’s
tally to 25.
Public Health Ministry officials announced Tuesday
evening that among the four Thais was a married couple who recently
travelled to Japan. The other two are drivers who had been in contacts with
The ministry has coordinated Japanese authorities for
investigation into the infected couple.
Conditions of five of these new patients had already
improved; if the next test results were negative they will be discharged,
However, the other case, a 70-year-old driver, was
complicated. He had been transferred from a private hospital in Samut
Prakan province on Monday with tuberculosis before tested positive for the
coronavirus, they said.
Responding to a media report that a South Korean
patient is found to have infected with the virus after returning from
Thailand, the Ministry says it has contacted South Korean authorities via
World Health Organization’s mechanism.
The Ministry sought more information in order to
investigate, officials said, whether it was the case or a local
The Ministry also reported earlier on Tuesday that
seven more people have been placed under surveillance.
Of the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand,
eight have recovered and discharged while 11 are being hospitalized.
Thai doctors successfully treat Coronavirus patient with cocktail of antivirals
BANGKOK (TNA) – Doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok
successfully treated a coronavirus patient with a cocktail of anti-viral
drugs used to treat flu and HIV.
The 70-year-old Chinese woman was tested negative to
the new coronavirus and has been recovering well after she had been
administered two groups of medications - oseltamivir, an anti-flu drug and
lopinavir and ritonavir, two AIDS drugs, Dr Kriangsak Atipornwanich, a
physician at Rajavithi Hospital said in a press briefing.
The patient was transferred from a hospital in Hua Hin
to Rajavithi Hospital on Jan 29.
This anti-viral combined medication formula was used to
treat three patients, including two Chinese nationals and one Thai. They
developed pneumonia with high fever.
The other Chinese patient had allergic reaction to
oseltamivir and the doctors keep monitoring any possible allergic signs in
the Thai patient.
More research results will be considered by a committee
of experts before the cocktail of the combined anti-viral medication formula
will be used as a guideline for the treatment of severe novel coronavirus
cases in Thailand. (TNA)
Construction works halted to reduce dust in capital
lBANGKOK (TNA) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has
asked cooperation from contractors and operators of construction projects to
suspend construction works for three days in Bangkok to curb the dust
The move came after the PM2.5 had risen to unhealthy
levels in most parts of the capital for several days.
Electric train projects across the city were also
ordered to stop construction until Thursday.
Contractors were asked to spray water at construction
sites and from the tops of buildings to reduce fine dust pollution.
Although construction is not the major contributor of
PM 2.5 directly, other related activities could cause ultra-fine dust
indirectly such as transportation of construction materials, use of
diesel-power machines. (TNA)
Public Health Ministry to seek information on South Korean virus case, returning from Thailand
BANGKOK (TNA) – Thai Public
Health Ministry is cooperating with South Korean health authorities to seek
information on a South Korean coronavirus patient, who returned from
Thailand on Jan 19.
Thanarak Palipat, Deputy Director-General of the
Disease Control Department said Thai authorities are cooperating with South
Korean health authorities for more details to find the facts for disease
The transmission between travelers was possible, he
said. However, he confirmed that Thailand had strong surveillance system and
transmission in the country was limited.
The 42-year-old Korean woman showed symptoms six days
after returning from Thailand on Jan 19. She is the 16th confirmed novel
coronavirus in South Korea.
But the Korea Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said it was too early to conclude whether the patient contracted
the virus while staying in Thailand.
The number of new coronavirus cases in Thailand stood
at 19 in total and eight cases have been fully recovered and discharged from
PM: Govt takes long-term measures to tackle air pollution
BANGKOK (TNA) - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reiterated that
his government is carrying out long-term measures to tackle the hazardous
PM2.5 air pollution.
Prayut said the government had already begun working on
the long-term masterplan step by step. All measures must be taken
gradually, otherwise they would cause problems in people’s daily life, he
In his previous comments, Prayut said under the
masterplan the government pressed ahead development of the electric rail
network and replacement of diesel-powered public buses.
The government has also considered a ban on personal
car use in affected areas.
High levels of hazardous ultra-fine PM2.5 dust
particles have prompted Bangkok authorities to order three-day suspension of
railway, high-rise and road constructions from Tuesday to Friday.
Proposing a green solution to the unhealthy smog, the
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) will hand out air purifying
plants to the public.
Six types of plants including spider ivy and fern will
be given on Sunday at the launch of the program, Green City by MOAC. (TNA)
161 Thais to Be Flown Home from Wuhan on Tuesday
BANGKOK (TNA) - Thailand will send an aircraft to evacuate 161 Thai
citizens from China’s Wuhan city on Tuesday and put them in quarantine for
14 days after their return.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul revealed
that none of the evacuees had been infected with the novel coronavirus
“The only concern is their mental stress,” he said
after chairing a workshop on disease control with over 500 medical
Initial reports say the flight will take the Thai
citizens from Wuhan to U-tapao naval airbase in Chon Buri province.
Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy Adm Leuchai
Ruddit said the government had not finalized the plan but the Navy was ready
to facilitate the operation.
If it was confirmed, vacation homes of the Royal Thai
Navy could be used for the 14-day mandatory quarantine, said Adm Leuchai.
The new coronavirus has now spread to 27 countries and
territories worldwide. There are 17,393 confirmed cases and 362 deaths as of
Thailand has 19 confirmed cases of the virus with 8 of
them fully recovered.
On Sunday, a team of doctors at Rajavithi Hospital in
Bangkok claimed they discovered a medical treatment that cured a patient of
coronavirus in 48 hours.
Dr. Kriangsak Atipornwanich said the 70-year-old female
patient from Wuhan was given a combination of drugs used in HIV and flu
He said more tests were still needed to ensure the
Thailand to repatriate four more smuggled Orangutans to Indonesia
BANGKOK (TNA) - Thailand will repatriate four more orangutans that
have been seized from wildlife smugglers back to Indonesia.
It will be the third time that Thailand returns
smuggled apes to Indonesia after sending 14 in 2015 and two more last year
to the Southeast Asian neighbor.
Indonesian ambassador to Thailand Ahmad Rusdi on Sunday
visited a wildlife protection facility of the Department of National Parks,
Wildlife and Plant Conservation in Ban Pong district of Ratchaburi province.
The Ambassador said his main objective was to give
morale support to Thai wildlife officials who had taken care of the
orangutans as the two countries celebrated the 70th anniversary of the
diplomatic relations this year.
He said the two orangutans Thailand returned to
Indonesia in December last year - a nine-year-old female named Kola and a
seven-year-old male named Giant – had been in good health at a wildlife
sanctuary on Borneo Island.
PrateepHermpitak, head of a regional wildlife
conservation office, said Thailand was examining the origins and giving
health care to the remaining orangutans before they were set for
Thailand has repatriated orangutans to Indonesia under
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora (Cites) which states that confiscated wildlife must be returned to
their country of origin.(TNA)
Precautions raised after Bird Flu Outbreak in China
BANGKOK (TNA) The Livestock Development Department has raised its
precautions in the wake of a bird flu outbreak in Hunan province of China.
Sorawit Thanito, director-general of the department, said provincial
officials of his department were ordered to advise local farmers to prevent
the disease and apply medicine in risk areas.
According to him, the measures followed the report on
Feb 2 that the H5N1 avian influenza virus was spreading at chicken farms in
Shaoyang city of Hunan. Chinese agricultural authorities reported they
celled about 5,500 chickens there.
The department bans the imports of poultry and related
products from China in addition to the work of its officials at local farms.
The officials were ordered to spray disinfectant in risk areas and reported
cases of suspicious chicken deaths for immediate disease control action.
Meanwhile, chicken farmers were banned from transporting their poultry
Mr Sorawit said that good precautions had kept Thailand
free of avian influenza for about 10 years.
“I ordered close surveillance along the border and asked farmers to monitor
the conditions of their chicken. Do not hand out or sell any poultry that
died abnormally,” he said. (TNA)
Agriculture Ministry steps up anti-fine dust measures
BANGKOK (TNA) -- The Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives intensifies its measures to cope with smog,
including serious efforts to stop burning in farmland.
Anant Suwannarat, permanent secretary of the ministry,
said Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on ordered
subordinates to seriously stop field burning to protect public health.
According to Mr Anant, the ministry is campaigning for
farmers nationwide to bury crop residue instead of burning it. The campaign
coverage expanded from 70,000 rai of farmland in the North as earlier
The ministry will also watch out for field burning in
areas of repeated hot spots based on data on the burning of paddy, maize and
sugarcane fields in the past five years. It is seriously banning stubble
burning in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nan and Nakhon Pathom provinces to make
them models for smog solution.
Besides, the ministry is increasing the networks of
farmers against field burning from 210 to 226 in smog-stricken provinces
including those in greater Bangkok. It is also applying rainmaking to help
reduce fine dust from stubble burning and wildfire.
Unhealthy smog levels detected in Bangkok’s 33 areas
BANGKOK (TNA) -- The levels of particulate matter breached its safe
threshold in 33 areas of the capital as City Hall officials were cleaning
roads, spraying water and controlling construction sites to cope with the
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) reported
that the levels of particulate matter 2.5 micrometers and less in diameter
(PM2.5) were at 54-77 micrograms per cubic meter of air over the past 24
hours. The safe threshold is at 50mcg.
Unsafe PM2.5 levels were measured in Ratchathewi,
Samphanthawong, Phaya Thai, Wang Thonglang, Pathumwan, Bang Rak, Yannawa,
Chatuchak, Bang Kapi, Lat Krabang, Thon Buri, Klong San, Bangkok Noi,
Phasicharoen, Bang Khen, Bang Phlat, Bang Khunthian, Phra Nakhon, Sathon,
Klong Toey, Bang Sue, Laksi, SuanLuang, Lat Phrao, HuaiKhwang, Saphan Sung,
PomprapSattruphai, Bang Kae, Chom Thong, Don Muang, Din Daeng, Phra Khanong,
and Rat Burana districts.
People were advised to stay indoors, especially elderly
people, children and respiratory patients.
BMA permanent secretary Silapasuay Raweesangsoon said BMA officials were
trying to reduce PM2.5 by cleaning roads, controlling construction sites and
spraying water from high rises. (TNA)
Infectious Diseases Institute director to pick up stranded Thais
BANGKOK (TNA) -- The director of
Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute will lead a team of medical
personnel who will pick up Thai people stranded in Wuhan city of China,
Deputy Prime Minister/Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said.
Visiting novel coronavirus patients at Rajvithi
Hospital, Mr Anutin said they were recovering and doctors at the hospital
made a good decision to apply antiviral drugs to successfully treat a
70-year-old Chinese woman who was seriously ill with the new virus.
Regarding the evacuation, Mr Anutin said Dr Apichart
Vachiraphan, director of Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, would
tomorrow lead the eight-member medical delegation to pick up 160 Thai people
stranded in Wuhan. The team includes emergency and epidemic doctors and
psychiatrists. The evacuees would undergo 14-day quarantine after their
return, he said.
Dr Somsak Akhasilp, director-general of the Department
of Medical Services, said doctors at Rajvithi Hospital used oseltamivir and
ritonavir and prescribed the medical cocktail to three patients. Two of them
were recovering and the rest developed allergies, so the prescription was
stopped for the particular patient. The dose had not been a standard
treatment and concerned doctors had to monitor the patients closely, Dr
In response to the criticism that Thai doctors did not
invent a medicine to treat the novel coronavirus, Dr Somsak said that
Chinese and Thai doctors coincidentally tried such medication combination
simultaneously but they came up with different formula.
Two pills of anti-HIV drugs, ritonavir and lopinavir,
together with two pills of oseltamivir were given twice a day. Anti-HIV
pills contained the disease and cold medicine suppressed the disease that
penetrated into cells, Dr Somsak said. The prescription began at Rajvithi
Hospital on Jan 29. (TNA)
Quarantine location for Thais from Wuhan to be finalized
BANGKOK (TNA) – Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha will chair a meeting on
the update of the new coronavirus situation this afternoon and will conclude
the measures to take care of Thai citizens, returning from Wuhan as they are
scheduled to board the plane home tomorrow.
The meeting is expected to wrap up the details for
receiving Thai people, scheduled to fly home on Feb 4 from Wuhan. Some
130-140 have registered to return home and they will be placed under
quarantine for 14 days after their arrivals.
The meeting is scheduled at Government House at 2.30
pm. and will be joined by provincial governors across the country via a
video conference to follow up the virus monitoring in each province.
Meanwhile, the commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai
Navy (RTN), LuechaiRuddit said the government is considering which airport
should be used for landing of the AirAsia’s charter flight, carrying Thai
nationals from Wuhan.
Utapao Airport, operated by the Royal Thai Navy is
ready to receive them, he said adding that the RTN seaside resort may be
used to accommodate them under observation. If they fall sick or have
suspicious symptoms, they can be admitted to Abhakornkiatiwong Hospital in
the Sattahip naval base. (TNA)
Air Asia ready to pick up Thais out of Wuhan on Tuesday
BANGKOK (TNA) – An Air Asia flight is scheduled to depart from Don Mueang
Airport at 7 am. on Tuesday to pick up Thai citizens out of Wuhan, which has
been locked down after the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
The Air Asia flight has the slot to land in Wuhan at
11.30 am. and will depart from Wuhan at 4.40 pm. It will arrive at Don
Mueang Airport on 7.30 pm. on the same day.
About 130 Thai nationals have registered with the Thai
embassy to return home.
In the light of the new coronavirus situation,
Suvarnabhumi Airport has stepped up sanitary measures on public
transportation service at the airport, said airport deputy, director
Operators of limousines, taxis, buses have been
instructed to sanitize vehicles and service counters to prevent the spread
of the disease.
Face masks and disinfectants have been distributed to
drivers to clean handles and seats in their vehicles.
The airport also increases frequencies in cleaning and
disinfecting restrooms, baggage carts/trolleys, service counters, elevators,
escalators, stair rails, check-in counters, passport control counters and
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are provided to
passengers at terminals and boarding gates. (TNA)
PM concerned about people, provides support to public health practitioners
BANGKOK (NNT) - Regarding the corona virus outbreak, the Prime
Minister is concerned about the effects on the population and is ready to
bring Thai people back from Wuhan as soon as possible. He has also provided
moral support to public health practitioners and related parties.
Government Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat disclosed
today that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has been closely following
the effects of the corona virus outbreak since last week and remains
concerned about the welfare and safety of Thai people in Wuhan and other
cities in China because the health and safety of Thai people is the most
important responsibility of those in government. He vowed to take good care
of all Thai people both in Thailand and abroad.
As for bringing Thai people back from Wuhan, the
government has been in close contact with the Chinese government on the
topic. Evacuation will be executed as soon as the Thai government receives
permission from the Chinese authority to enter its territory. The relevant
ministries have prepared a commercial plane to bring Thai people back from
Wuhan in coming days. He emphasized the safety of officials who will pick up
Thais now in Wuhan and the safety of Thai people there.
The government has implemented procedures for disease
prevention and control in accordance with international standards.
Thailand’s public health sector has been well acknowledged in the global
community, and is now ranked 6th in the world and 1st in Asia, in its
preparedness to prevent an infectious disease outbreak. He called on people
to believe that the government is still able to control the situation and
prevent an outbreak in Thailand. At first, all Thai patients were infected
with the disease brought from foreign countries. There is currently one Thai
who became infected with the disease from Chinese tourists in Thailand but
many of them are now fully recovered and the tourists have returned home. If
an outbreak occurred here, the government already has measures in place to
cope with the situation.
The Prime Minister thanked all for providing moral
support to the public health practitioners and all Thai people. He
reaffirmed that the Government would put the utmost effort into tackling and
alleviating the situation, and would go through any further difficulties
with the Thai people as one.
Medical team to evacuate Thais from Wuhan city
BANGKOK (NNT) - The government has prepared medical teams, nurses and
medical supplies to go on a flight to evacuate Thai nationals from Wuhan
Deputy Prime Minister/Public Health Minister Anutin
Charnvirakul confirmed today that the ministry has medical personnel and
supplies ready for a mission to evacuate the Thais from Wuhan on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now arranging the
flight and coordinating with the Thai embassy in Beijing and Wuhan
officials, to make possible the evacuation of the Thais from an airport in
Wuhan. The eight-person medical team includes emergency doctors and
infectious disease specialists in addition to nurses and medical supplies.
Upon arrival back in Thailand, each Thai national from
Wuhan will be screened under the standard screening process to ascertain
their status in regard to coronavirus. It remains to be seen if any might be
quarantined, pending results of a consultation with the prime minister.
Thais in Wuhan to be evacuated by air
BANGKOK (NNT) - Air Asia has
been readied to evacuate Thai nationals without fare payment from Wuhan city
; meanwhile a total of 135 Thais have asked to return home from China.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon confirmed
today that the Ministry of Public Health has closely followed the
coronavirus situation and noted it has not adversely intensified and that
the Chinese authorities have now allowed the Thais to be evacuated from
Consular Department Director General Chatri Atchananan
said a total of 135 Thais have requested a return home from China and Thai
authorities have prepared travel papers for them. But the authorities cannot
assure every one of the 135 Thais, that they will be returned in the face of
the screening process and the requirement for complete documentation.
Deputy Prime Minister/Public Health Minister Anutin
Charnvirakul confirmed the Thais will be evacuated from Wuhan by air with
medical staff and officials having been already prepared. Now only the date
has to be fixed by Chinese authorities for the planned evacuation of Thai
personnel to proceed.
Rare Omura’s whale spotted near Phuket
PHUKET (NNT) - A rare Omura’s
whale was spotted in the Andaman Sea between Ko He and Ko RachaYai islands
in Phuket province on the weekend. Officials from the Department of Marine
and Coastal Resources (DMCR) have spotted this hard to find whale while
training tour operators in proper mooring buoy use.
The DMCR Director General Sopol Thongdee said the
existence of this close to extinct marine animal represent the abundance of
marine resources in the area, while more efforts are needed to protect
marine and coastal resources in Thailand to be free from plastic waste and
illegal fishing, in order for more of these rare animals to increase in
The general public is asked to report to the DMCR or
related agencies should they discover any marine animal in distress or
beached. These animals could be saved if help is provided in time.
Omura’s whale is a protected species under the Wildlife
Conservation and Protection Act B.E. 2562. It was first discovered in 2003
by a Japanese cetologist Hideo Omura, after whom the species is named.
Omura’s whale has similar physical appearances to Bryde’s whale albeit
An adult male Omura’s whale can be as long as 10
meters, while an adult female can be as long as 11.5 meters in size. The
whale has 80 to 90 ventral grooves that extend past the umbilicus, while its
dorsal fin is taller but less curved compared to a Bryde’s whale.
BMA cleans up Skywalk to prevent coronavirus
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has conducted a cleanup activity and
called on members of the public to wear health masks and to wash hands often
to protect themselves from coronavirus.
BMA Permanent Secretary Silapasuay Ravisaengsura led
over 1,000 BMA volunteers in the cleanup activity today, to prevent
coronavirus in the Skywalk area in Pathumwan district of Bangkok. Skywalk
stairway railings, walkway railings and poles were cleaned, while health
masks and hand-washing gel were handed out to tourists and other passers-by.
Meanwhile, the BMA has called on members of the public
not to panic and to eat hot food, use center spoons, wear health masks and
wash their hands frequently. They should also avoid touching objects in
Besides the Skywalk area, the BMA volunteers have
spread out to other public spots to maintain the cleanup activity to prevent
a further BMA spread of the new virus.
PM2.5 rises in Bangkok, surrounding provinces
BANGKOK (TNA) - The Pollution Control Department reports the PM2.5
particles have risen to unhealthy levels in Bangkok and surrounding
provinces with the highest level measured in Pak Nam, SamutPrakarn early
The Department cooperated with the Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration in measuring ultra-fine dust in Bangkok and surrounding
provinces and found it ranged between 40 – 72 micrograms per cubic metre.
Thailand’s safe threshold is 50 micrograms per cubic
In general, the air quality on Saturday was worse than
It cautioned that residents in Pak Nam of SamutPrakan
province should temporarily refrain from doing outdoor activities and to
also closely monitor the situation. (TNA)
Search finds no clue on missing giraffe
CHACHOENGSAO (TNA) – A team of paramotor pilots supported a search
operation to find a giraffe, escaped from a container truck and still on the
loose in Chachoengsao province.
Zoo staff and local rescue teams scoured the area on
land and also flew a drone to search for the giraffe, imported from Africa
by Safari World Zoo.
Two giraffes went loose from the container truck at
Bang Khla intersection on Route 304, Chaochoengsao-Phanom Sarakham while
they were being transported from Suvarnabhumi Airport to a breeding station
in Prachin Buri on Jan 28.
It is believed the cage was accidentally left
unlatched, so the giraffes could escape when the truck stopped at traffic
One of them was captured by a tranquilizing shot later.
The surrounding terrain, where the giraffe has
disappeared are paddy fields, grassland, eucalyptus forest and ponds.
Search continues and local villagers were asked through
social media to inform officials if they spot the giraffe.
The search in the five –kimometre radius failed to find
any trace of the animal. (TNA)
Thailand to mull suspension of visa on arrival for Chinese nationals
BANGKOK (TNA) - The committee in
charge of preventing emerging diseases will meet on Friday to roll out
various measures in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, said
Public Health minister, Anuthin Charnvirakul.
One of the measures to be proposed is suspension of
visa on arrival for Chinese nationals, which is in line with Chinese
authorities’ ban on outbound group tour, he said.
The minister assured that the government gave priority
to health and safety of the Thai people.
He confirmed that the number of new coronavirus cases,
found in Thailand remained at 14. Six persons were discharged from hospital.
All are linked to infections in Wuhan. So far, no Thai
nationals in Wuhan are infected with the new coronavirus.
When coronavirus patients were detected in Thailand,
they were placed under medical surveillance and their relatives were also
tested for the same virus to prevent the spread of the disease here.
From Jan 3-29, there were 202 suspected novel
coronavirus cases in total. Out of this number, 135 people remain in
hospital and the rest 67 cases were released from hospital. Most of the
patients had seasonal flu.
Yesterday alone, there were 44 new cases of novel
coronavirus, now under investigation. The new suspected cases include two
taxi drivers, who picked up Chinese tourists two days ago. (TNA)
Tour groups from China cancel trips to Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI (TNA) - Nearly all
tour groups from China have cancelled their trips to Thailand’s Chiang Mai
province while over 100 tourists from Wuhan city have decided to extend
Chiang Mai which is one of the most popular
destinations among Chinese people normally sees around 6,000 Chinese tourist
arrivals in one day. Now the number decreased by half after most of planned
tour groups are cancelled in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Most of tourists on 21 flights from 10 Chinese cities
at the international airport are individual travelers.
Like other tourist spots across Thailand, the iconic
ThaPhae Gate ruin in Chiang Mai city had much fewer Chinese tourists after
the Chinese government imposed a ban on group tour.
Around 10 percent of Chinese tourists in Chiang Mai
have reportedly decided to stay longer in Thailand. At least 123 of them
are from Wuhan city, arriving in Chiang Mai earlier. (TNA)
Confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus in Thailand remain at 14
BANGKOK (TNA) - Confirmed cases
of the novel coronavirus in Thailand remain unchanged at 14 while 158 people
are being quarantined, health officials said on Wednesday.
In a daily press statement, the Ministry of Public
Health Ministry said no more cases were reported in the country.
On Tuesday, the Ministry announced six more patients
were confirmed bringing the country’s total to 14 cases.
Meanwhile, 22 more people have been placed under
surveillance, bringing the number to 158 since the Ministry began health
quarantine measures on January 3.
Dr. Thanarak Palipat, Deputy Director-General of the
Disease Control Department, reiterated that no cases had been infected in
The disease control measures in Thailand had proved
their effectiveness, he said, most of the corona-virus infected cases were
detected at airports.
In addition, 125 people had been quarantined after
seeking treatment at hospitals; four were reported by tour operators.
Quarantine measures were critical in containing the
virus, Dr. Thanarak said. (TNA)
Coronavirus: PM to inspect Suvarnabhumi Airport
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Prime Minister is to visit Suvarnabhumi
International Airport this afternoon and provide moral support to officials
responsible for preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and a group of
officials from the newly formed National New Disease Prevention and
Mitigation Committee will meet with airport officials responsible for
overseeing disease prevention efforts.
The new committee -- chaired by Deputy Prime Minister
and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul-- is charged with monitoring
the situation and instructing related units accordingly. According to the
Minister, the committee will also be responsible for handling similar cases
involving epidemics and other public health emergencies in the future.
Furthermore, Minister Anutin said Thais in China --
particularly those residing in the quarantined city of Wuhan -- are being
looked after by local authorities and kept in contact with Thai officials.
Thai citizens in China are urged to take precautionary
measures against the coronavirus and follow instructions from Chinese
He also reiterated that the Thai government is ready to
evacuate Thais in Wuhan, once the Chinese administration grants permission.
Provinces on high alert preventing coronavirus spread
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand is at maximum alert level to prevent the
spread of novel coronavirus in the country.
All provinces are now following disease control
protocols, especially at border crossings where many Chinese visitors
continue to arrive, such as at the Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge in
NongKhai. Meanwhile, the authorities in Phuket are ready to screen some
6,000 passengers onboard a cruise ship docking off Pathong beach.
Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Chalermpong Sukontapol
has revealed the latest update on novel coronavirus surveillance in Phuket
province, saying that there have been 19 suspected cases since 5th January,
with 12 testing negative and being discharged from the hospital, and seven
now waiting for test results. The seven patients are now receiving treatment
in hospitals in the province.
Phuket province will be receiving an influx of visitors
today and tomorrow as two large cruise ships are calling on the island. The
first cruise ship is bringing in 2,000 passengers today, while the second
ship will have 4,000 passengers onboard. These passengers will be subjected
to strict health screening procedures, exactly as conducted at Phuket
In the northeastern Nong Bua Lamphu province, the
provincial public health official said today that one patient had suspected
symptoms, and is now isolated in a negative pressure chamber at Non Sang
The patient is a postgraduate student who travelled
from Wuhan, China. Confirmation tests to see whether this patient is
actually infected with novel coronavirus will take three days, while two
persons in close contact with him have been diagnosed with influenza A, and
have been treated accordingly.
In NongKhai province bordering Laos, Provincial
Governor Ronnachai Chitwiset has observed health control operations at the
first Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge in the province’s city district, and
at nearby provincial health control office.
Here, officials have stepped up the health screening
protocols, installing thermal cameras to scan the body temperature of
Chinese nationals passing through the border into Thailand, most of whom are
travelling in a group tour. There have been no other travelers from Wuhan
passing through the border at the Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge in recent
Transport Ministry to promote rail transport to 30% of national logistics
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Transport is working to increase the
utilization of the railway network, to transport more passengers, ordering
the Department of Rail Transport to improve services and make transportation
by rail 30 percent of national logistics.
The Minister of Transport SaksayamC hidchob has
delivered policies requiring the Department of Rail Transport to adopt
operational practices from countries known for excellent rail network
development, in Thailand, with the goal being to increase rail transport
volume to 30 percent of the national logistics, helping reduce logistics
costs and better serve passengers.
The Transport Minister has ordered the rail department
to renovate level crossings and set up fences along railways to prevent
accidents, as well as communicate with the general public on the necessity
of infrastructure development projects, some of which may affect the
livelihoods of certain communities.
He then urged the Office of Transport and Traffic
Policy and Planning, to ensure that development projects are not only
concentrated in urban areas; to ensure the effects of construction projects
on villagers are carefully considered, and to work together with related
agencies to help affected persons. The office is in charge of national
logistic development planning for land, water, air and rail transport.
The Minister of Transport has ordered related agencies
to follow up on other policy tasks, including the vehicle speed limit
increase from 90 kilometers per hour to 120 on all roads with four or more
lanes, and the implementation of technology for traffic and construction
Corrections department launches Coronavirus control in prisons
BANGKOK (TNA) A Medical
Volunteer for Prisoners in Thailand programme has been launched at the time
the Corrections Department is closely monitoring the health of prisoners to
prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Prisons across Thailand have been ordered to monitor
the health of prisoners, particularly of the 14 new Chinese inmates admitted
As the Corrections Department opened the volunteer
programme on Wednesday, it introduced a mobile medical unit equipped with
x-ray system at Bangkok Remand Prison.
The Corrections Department's Director-General Narat
Sawetanan said that the mobile unit had the artificial intelligence (AI)
system capable of conducting medical diagnosis for respiratory diseases.
Of about 4,000 inmates at Bangkok Remand Prison, 200
new inmates and those who have respiratory illnesses will be given medical
Narat admitted that respiratory diseases posed great
risks for 143 prisons and about 380,000 inmates in Thailand. At the time of
the coronavirus outbreak, close surveillance was much needed, he said.
The 14 new Chinese inmates have so far showed no signs
of health problems and none of them were from Wuhan city, the outbreak
epicenter, said Narat.
Dr. Weerakit Hanparipan, Deputy Director of the
Department, said 50 inmates had been selected to the volunteer programme.
They would receive basic medical training covering live-saving procedures
such as automated electrical defibrillator (AED).
This first group of volunteers would be on duty at
seven prisons in Bangkok, he said. (TNA)
Public Health Ministry inspects travelerscreening at Chiang Mai Airport
CHIANG MAI (TNA) - Public Health
Minister Anutin Charnvirakul inspected screening for the new coronavirus at
Chiang Mai airport.
The minister visited Chiang Mai International airport
Wednesday morning to follow up surveillance measures of the airport in
screening for travelers who may carry the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
The minister said he gave moral support to health
officials and he was confident that all related agencies worked in the same
The government prioritized public safety and also took
care of tourists, he added.
During his visit, the minister gave away alcohol-based
hand sanitizer gel to 27 inbound passengers, arriving from Shanghai by
Meanwhile, Airport deputy director Thananrat Prasertsri
said Chiang Mai airport stepped up surveillance measures to the highest
level, focusing on screening all travelers, arriving from China by all
Coronavirus outbreak unlikely to affect border trade, says senior official
BANGKOK (TNA) - The coronavirus outbreak is unlikely to affect
Thailand’s border trade, says a Commerce Ministry senior official.
The Foreign Trade Department’s Director-General
KiratiRatchano commented on Tuesday on the epidemic crisis that he believed
the problem would not have any impacts on Thailand’s cross-border trade as
the Chinese government would speedily control the virus outbreak.
The worrying factor was in fact the stronger baht, he
Last year, Thailand missed the target of cross-border
trade volume due mainly to the baht appreciation, said Kirati.
The border trade in 2019 totaled THB1.33 trillion, a
3.43 percent decrease, he added.
Global economic slowdown, continued trade war and
overall volatile foreign exchange have also weighed in on Thailand’s border
Of the total figures, exports from Thailand accounted
for THB750 billion, down 2.72 percent from the previous year, while imports
were worth THB587 billion, down 4.31 percent, said the senior official.
Thai PM inspects airport screening for Coronavirus
BANGKOK (TNA) - Thai Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha on Wednesday inspected the screening of travelers for
coronavirus at Suvarnabhumi Airport and assured that the precautionary
measures are in line with international standards.
Prayut visited Suvarnabhumi Airport, one of five
airports in Thailand conducting health screening for coronavirus since
January 3, to boost morale of the health officials.
The prime minister and Cabinet minister observed
the screening of international passengers and expressed their support
for the operation.
Prayut reiterated that the government had been able
to fully contain the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus after stepping up
its monitoring and assessment.
The government's effective measures were carried
out under international standards and the screenings of international
passengers were done thoroughly, he said.
There have been 14 confirmed virus infection cases
in Thailand, five have recovered and been discharged from hospital while
the rest are given treatments at hospitals.
The prime minister also informed that the
government was ready to evacuate 65 Thai people living in Wuhan whenever
the Chinese government gives permission.
Thailand and China had coordinated on the matter
through diplomatic channels while the Thai Embassy in Beijing had
provided assistance to the Thai citizens, he added. (TNA)