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Thailand Interior Ministry orders governors to continue controls during State of Emergency

BANGKOK (NNT) - After the government announced the extension of the State of Emergency for another month until 31st May, Permanent Secretary for the Interior Chatchai Phromlert, issued an urgent letter to provincial governors calling on them to continue enforcing measures and orders previously made.

The letter stated that enforcement should continue from 1st May, while provinces should wait for further policies from the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration before issuing any further announcements or orders to ensure a unified direction.

The National Office of Buddhism is asking all provinces to cancel or postpone religious activities celebrating Wisakha Bucha day on 6th May to prevent large gatherings.

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Tewan Liptapallop, said today faithful Buddhists are still allowed to engage in religious activities such as alms giving, merit making, and candlelight processions, however they must maintain a distance between one another for safety.


Bangkok allows 8 types of venues to reopen with strict COVID-19 control measures

BMA announced its relaxation of measures ahead of the government’s official announcement to allow businesses and venues to be prepared for reopening.

Bangkok, 29 April, 2020, at 11.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to provide the latest update that eight types of venues will be allowed to reopen after the closure order by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) expires on 30 April, 2020.

According to the BMA, the exact reopening dates will be in line with the government’s announcement, which is expected to be made within today or tomorrow. The reopening of the eight types of venues will also follow the government’s strict health measures and guidelines as Thailand continues its efforts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The eight types of venues in Bangkok that will be allowed to reopen are:

-Restaurants, excluding those located in shopping malls or supermarkets.

-Markets and flea markets.

-Barbers and hairdressers.

-Health clinics, excluding weight-control services and cosmetic clinics.

-Golf courses and driving ranges.

-Sports facilities, but only for limited types of sports, including tennis and badminton courts, running tracks and other types of sports per the government’s announcement.

-Public and private parks.

-Pet grooming shops.

These venues will be allowed to reopen under strict social distancing conditions. For example, restaurants will need to implement strict health measures, including body temperature screening of staff and clients, setting up tables 1.5 metres apart, no self-cook menus allowed (suki, shabu or barbeque), no self-service buffet allowed, no alcoholic beverages, no live music, etc.

Barbers, hairdressers and pet grooming shops are not allowed to accept walk-in customers and must close every two hours for disinfecting the places – each time at least for 20 minutes.

Gatherings are not allowed; such as, groupings of caddies while waiting for customers at golf courses and drive ranges or gatherings of people at public or private parks. Outdoor fitness equipment will remain closed and likewise for children’d playgrounds at parks and markets.

With regard to the extension of a ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages, the BMA said it would follow the direction from the government.

(tatnews.org)


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand as of 29 April 2020, 11.30 Hrs. (TAT)


Hotels opened for returnee quarantine in Thailand’s southern province

Thai returnees from Malaysia returnees have been placed in hotels set up as state quarantine in Sonkhla.

Songkhla has opened the third hotel to accommodate Thai returnees from Malaysia while over 1,000 returnees have already arrived but no one was initially found infected with Covid-19 during the screening process. 

At Padang Besar border checkpoint in Songkhla’s Sadao district, 101 Thai returnees from Malaysia have registered to pass through Padang Besar on Wednesday. 

Since the border reopened 12 days ago, more than 1,000 Thais have travelled home and placed under the state quarantine at two hotels, which have been fully occupied, prompting the authorities to open another hotel to accommodate them. 

Meanwhile, out of all 42 migrant workers, who have contracted coronavirus during quarantine at the Songkhla Immigration Detention Center, 36 patients are in stable condition under close medical monitoring there. No new cases among the remaining 73 migrant workers were reported there. 

Another six Covid-19 patients in this group, including a pregnant woman were referred to hospitals after they had developed complications such as pneumonia. 

Public Health Minister Anuthin Charnvirakul will take a field trip to Songkhla to follow up the situation and meet relevant agencies to discuss preventive measures in coping with movement of people through Thai – Malaysian border at the Sadao border checkpoint. (TNA)


Chiang Mai hot with scattered thundershowers this week

Bo Sang Umbrella Village, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Chiang Mai and Northern Part Weather Forecast

Hot with scattered thundershowers and isolated gusty winds mostly in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Nan, Phrae, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet and Sukhothai. Minimum temperature 21-25 C. Maximum temperature 33-37 C. Southerly winds 10-20 km/hr.

During 29 Apr - 1 May, hot. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms with isolated gusty wind. Easterly wind 10-20 km/hr.

During 2 - 5 May, hot to very hot with isolated thundershowers mostly in the lower portion. Southwesterly wind 10-30 km/hr. Minimum temperature 21-25C. Maximum temperature 35 - 40C.

Chiang Mai 7 days Weather Forecast.


Bangkok hot with isolated thundershowers through the week

The Lad Pho canal and its floodgates and the elegant bridges of Bhumibol 1 & 2, Bangkok.

Central Part Weather

Hot to very hot with isolated thundershowers and gusty winds mostly in Nakhon Sawan, UthaiThani, Chai Nat, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi. Minimum temperature 25-27 C. Maximum temperature 35-40 C. Southeasterly winds 10-20 k/hr.

During 29 Apr - 1 May, hot to very hot. Isolated to scattered thundershower. Easterly wind 10-20 km/hr. During 2 - 5 May, hot to very hot with isolated thundershowers. Southerly wind 10-30 km/hr. Minimum temperature 25-27C. Maximum temperature 36 - 40C.

Bangkok Weather Forecast

Hot during the day. Isolated to scattered thundershowers throughout the period. Minimum temperature 25-27 C. Maximum temperature 36-39C. Southerly wind 10-20 km/hr.

Bangkok 7 day Weather Forecast 


Pattaya City hot with scattered thundershowers, beach calm with low waves

 

Jomtien Beach, Pattaya City, Chonburi Province on a rainy day.

Pattaya City and Eastern Part Weather

Hot with isolated thundershowers and gusty winds mostly in Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. Minimum temperature 25-27 C. Maximum temperature 34-38 C. Southeasterly winds 15-30 km/hr. Wave height about 1 meter and 1-2 meters in thundershowers areas.

During 29 - 30 Apr, Hot during the day, isolated thundershowers. During 1 - 5 May, Hot during the day, isolated thundershowers. Minimum temperature 24-28 C. Maximum temperature 35-39C. Southeasterly wind 15-30 km/hr. Wave height about 1 meter and 1-2 meters in thundershower areas.

Pattaya City 7 days Weather Forecast.


Thai PM ready to ease some restrictions this week

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha prior to the cabinet meeting (Tuesday April 28).

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Thai Cabinet today approved the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) proposal to extend the Emergency Decree for one more month, starting from 1 May, 2020.

According to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, some restrictions under the Emergency Decree will remain in place, including the closure of entry/access points (land, sea and air) to the country, nationwide night-time curfew from 22.00 – 04.00 Hrs., limitations on commuting between provinces, and no large gatherings. The ban on all incoming passenger flights has been extended until 31 May, 2020.

The Cabinet has also approved relaxation of some restrictions, which will gradually be introduced in four stages every 14 days. Details are being worked out and will be announced within this week.

The Prime Minister asked the public to continue to follow the ‘social distancing’ rules and comply with the government’s measures to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Today, Thailand reported seven new COVID-19 cases – yet the lowest for this month and marks the second day in a row that the number of new cases dropped below 10.

The seven new cases brought the total to 2,938. Of these, 90.27% (2,652) have recovered, 1.84% (54) have died – two deaths today, and 7.89% (270) are receiving treatment. -28 April, 2020

(tatnews.org)


Strict COVID-19 screening measures in southern border provinces of Thailand

Local authorities continue to provide COVID-19 prevention information to the people during the Islamic month of Ramadan in southern border provinces.

SONGKHLA - With the emergency decree being extended for another month, measures to help limit the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including screening checkpoints, will remain in place. In southern border provinces, the local authorities continue to provide COVID-19 prevention information to the local people during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

The Commander of the 5th Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Santi Sakuntanak, and a group of officials visited security officers at a checkpoint in Kuan Meed village in Chana district, Songkhla province. The officials offered moral support and provided the officers with face masks, alcohol-based hand sanitzers and face shields, which will help protect them from COVID-19. The officials then gave face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitizers to market vendors and members of the public at Chana Fresh Market. They also provided knowledge on how to protect themselves from the virus, and stressed the importance of keeping a safe distance from each other at this time.

In Yala province, officers at a COVID-19 screening checkpoint continue to monitor and screen people entering Muang Yala district to prevent the viral spread. The southern province has also eased lockdown restrictions in some villages that have no new COVID-19 cases. A lockdown has applied in 36 villages and one community in five districts of Yala for a month, to help contain the virus.

Other measures are being taken in villages, where lockdown restrictions have been eased, to avoid another spread of COVID-19. (NNT)


5,000 baht aid paid to 7.5 million Thais

BANGKOK - According to its report, the Ministry of Finance will have transferred 5,000 baht of government aid to 7.5 million people between 8th and 29th of April, a total of thirty eight billion baht.

Mr. Lawaron Sangsanit, director of Fiscal Policy Office and Spokesperson for Ministry of Finance revealed that, between 8th and 24th of April, the ministry had already transferred the aid to 4.9 million people, equivalent to twenty five billion baht. Between 27th and 28th April, another 1.5 million people are expected to receive the aid, the ministry has already transferred to seven hundred thousand people and the other eight hundred thousand will receive it today.

On Wednesday 29th, there are 1.1 million people expected to receive the aid which is the highest number of recipients in one day.

In addition, there are already 940 thousands applicants whose registrations have been cancelled and 3.4 million people appealed against the disqualification.

The other group of 6.3 million applicants are required to provide more information, and there have already been 5.2 million people who have provided the additional details.

The ministry advised the rest of the applicants to provide the information as soon as possible at www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com in order to receive the aid. (NNT)


Thailand confirms 7 new COVID-19 patients and 2 deaths

BANGKOK - The government’s Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases with two new deaths on Tuesday.

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the CCSA and Ministry of Public Health, reported on Tuesday that Thailand has so far recorded a total of 2,938 coronavirus cases, with 54 fatalities.

According to the information from the center, 232 patients are currently hospitalized while 2,652 have made full recoveries.

He said most of the patients are people aged between 20 and 29 years old, with Bangkok and Nonthaburi still the two locations that have the biggest number of cases.

The spokesperson reiterated the importance of maintaining social distancing guidelines, as he pointed out that most of the new patients have attended events in crowded venues.

The government has urged people to continue wearing face masks and washing their hands regularly, as well as practice social distancing and observe other government measures to help minimize new infections and contain the coronavirus outbreak. (NNT)


Thailand’s extension for int’l flight ban to prevent a new outbreak

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

BANGKOK - The CCSA spokesperson has revealed that the extension of the international flight ban is to prevent the possibility of a further viral outbreak coming from foreign countries, and suggested passengers with urgent travel needs contact a Royal Thai embassy.

Doctor Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration or CCSA said that CCSA apologized for the inconvenience of flight limitations.

Meanwhile, the extension of the Thai ban has affected many Thai people in foreign countries who bought tickets to fly back to Thailand from 1st May. The government then extended the ban to 31st May to prevent the possibility of a new outbreak from foreign countries. The center also suggested Thai people who have urgent travel needs, contact the Royal Thai Embassy in foreign countries for assistance.

The spokesperson also mentioned the measures that businesses must take if they are allowed to reopen. Whether the reopening happens or not, every sector must follow the emergency decree and its measures to prevent a viral spread, such as by social distancing, and wearing a face mask, with regular cleaning and disinfection.

Dr. Taweesilp lastly stated that we all have to adapt to a new lifestyle in which people have to implement the measures on a daily basis. People have to wear face masks and keep their distance from others as a matter of routine. These actions will help Thailand in getting rid of the infection faster and avoiding other impositions. (NNT)


Thai PM warns people in the North to take precaution against heavy rainfall and flash flood

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha prior to the cabinet meeting (Tuesday April 28).

Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat, Government Spokesperson, disclosed that Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha was concerned over people’s wellbeing due to the change of weather and summer storm in several areas, and warned the people in risky areas to be prepared for heavy rainfall and flash flood, while farmers were urged to take precaution to prevent damages to their crops.

The Prime Minister also closely followed up on flash flood situation in Chiang Mai’s DoiInthanon, and enjoined concerned agencies and local administrative offices to take good care of the affected people.

They were also ordered to closely monitor and assess weather situation so that the local people could be forewarned.

According to the Northern office of the Meteorological Department, 40% of thunderstorm is forecasted in the Northern part of Thailand during April 27-28, 2020, before dwindling away from April 29 onward.  (Thaigov.go.th) 

Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat, Government Spokesperson.


Night Curfew, inter-provincial and int’l travels bans extended in Thailand

 

Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha.

BANGKOK – The Cabinet meeting decided to extend the emergency decree and nationwide curfew for another month while it rejected the proposal to postpone the four public holidays in May.

Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha said the Cabinet agreed the emergency decree and night curfew from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. remain in effect for another month after it expires on April 30.

Interprovincial travel are still banned or limited as well as international travel in and out of the country.

Moreover, the prime minister said the Cabinet meeting rejected to postpone four public holidays in May after the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration proposed that the May public holidays should be postponed to prevent social gathering and support travel restriction measures.

However, he said the authorities have to adopt stringent screening and disease prevention measures while people are encouraged to stay home during the holidays to stem the Covid-19 outbreak.

Regarding relaxation of restrictions on business operations, Gen. Prayut said a committee is considering details on easing the restrictions and the announcement will be made by this week. Initially, a gradual reopening of businesses will be allowed into four phases, based on business types. (TNA)


Extension of temporary ban on all int’l flights to Thailand until May 31

Public Announcement

According to the latest Notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand Re: Temporary Ban on All International Flights to Thailand issued on 15 April 2020, in order to maintain the continuity of the prevention and control measures, by virtue of Section 27 and 28 of the Air Navigation Act B.E. 2497, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand hereby issues the following orders:

1. The ban on international passenger flights to Thailand will be extended from 1 May 2020 at 17.00 UTC to 31 May 2020 at 17.00 UTC.

2. All flight permits granted for such period will be canceled.

3. The ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.

4. The passengers on board the aircraft in 3. will be subjected to the measures under communicable disease law, such as 14 days state quarantine, and the regulation under the Emergency Decree on State of Emergency. - 27 April 2020

(caat.or.th)


No decision on reopening of shopping centers, barbers’ shops, restaurants in Thailand

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin.

BANGKOK - The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has not made any decision on the reopening of department stores, barbers’ and hairdressers’ shops and restaurants pending a resolution from the cabinet.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin announced the stance in response to online reports claiming the premises would reopen on May 4.

He said CCSA today only discussed a proposal from the Culture Ministry to postpone national holidays in May indefinitely to prevent consequent long holidays when more people would otherwise travel.

Dr Taweesin also said the secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Council proposed business resumption but the proposal did not specify any particular business.

The prime minister told members of CCSA to carefully consider the matter and its possible impacts. They would discuss the issue in the afternoon and present findings to the cabinet meeting tomorrow, Dr Taweesin said.

“All factors must be really ready before announcing the resumption of businesses that will happen simultaneously nationwide,” he said.

The afternoon’s discussion involved many parties including representatives from the Disease Control Department, non-governmental organizations, academics, the Board of Trade of Thailand, provincial chambers of commerce, the Bank of Thailand, the Thai Bankers’ Association and the Federation of Thai Industries, Dr Taweesin said.

CCSA did not discuss any possibility of online or takeout sales of alcoholic beverages, he said. (TNA)


Thai PM receives returnees from Australia at Suvarnabhumi airport

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha received 207 returnees from Australia at Suvarnabhumi airporton Sunday.

BANGKOK – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and director of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, on Sunday received 207 returnees from Australia and inspected screenings and immigration procedures at Suvarnabhumi airport.

The returnees comprised students, workers and tourists who landed at 4.20pm. On the same occasion the prime minister inspected the work of immigration officers and officials conducting health screenings on returnees. Earlier he ordered officials at airports to facilitate immigration procedures. Relevant officials promised to complete the procedures within an hour for each returnee.

Gen Prayut talked to some returnees and promised the government would give them best care.

Meanwhile, the Thai embassy in Tokyo was set to send 35 Thai returnees to Thailand on April 27. The embassy stated that the people would board the JL031 flight of Japan Airlines at Haneda airport and would arrive in Thailand at 3.40pm.

The people had earlier registered their intention to return to Thailand with the embassy and acknowledged that they would be quarantined for 14 days after their arrival in compliance with the government’s policy to control the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).(TNA)


Thais return home from New Zealand, Japan

The Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington has successfully repatriated 168 Thais on Thai Airways International flight on Monday.

BANGKOK – About 200 Thai nationals are returning home from New Zealand and Japan in two repatriation flights as Thailand limits the number of returnees at 200 per day for effective screening and quarantine system to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. 

The Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington has successfully repatriated 168 Thai nationals, who found themselves stranded in New Zealand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of them or 88 are students, aged between 11-19 years old. 

The special repatriation flight is operated by Thai Airways International and arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 8.15 pm on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo is sending 35 Thai nationals home on a repatriation fight, operated by Japan Airlines. The flight is scheduled to arrive in Thailand at 3.40 pm on Monday.

All returnees will be placed under state quarantine for 14 days. (TNA)


Krabi applies proactive screening for stranded tourists on Phi Phi Island

 

Krabi Public Health Officials performed an aggressive Covid-19 testing on foreign tourists stranded on Phi Phi Island.

KRABI – Provincial Public Health Officials have conducted aggressive Covid-19 testing on 274 foreign tourists, stranded on Phi Phi Island in a proactive approach to screen for new coronavirus infections.

It will take two days for medical staff and health officials to collect samples for coronavirus tests to be performed at the laboratory in Krabi hospital.

Meanwhile, Krabi deputy governor met local business operators on Phi Phi Island to assess relaxation of the lockdown in the future.

The tourist island has been under lockdown since April 10. Entry into and exit from the island is banned by the provincial authorities to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (TNA)


May national holidays in Thailand to be postponed

Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome.

BANGKOK - The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) plans to postpone national holidays in May to prevent crowd gatherings to curb the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).    

Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome said the postponement would be indefinite for the Labour Day on May 1, the Coronation Day on May 4, the Visakha Bucha Day on May 6 and the Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day on May 11.

If the national holidays are not put off, they would otherwise create long holidays and cause crowd gatherings, he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam would propose the CCSA’s decision to the cabinet on April 28 for approval.

The government would later decide on other holidays in lieu of the postponed holidays, Mr Itthipol said.

Besides, CCSA resolved to extend the state of emergency for another month from May 1 to 31 and maintain the 10pm-4am nationwide curfew. It will also make an announcement to permit the resumption of some businesses and conditions for their reopening. (TNA)


Their Majesties distribute relief supplies to people affected by the COVID-19

Their Majesties have expressed their concerns for people who live in densely populated communities in Bangkok and are facing many difficulties in life due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Their Majesties the King and Queen have graciously distributed relief supplies to members of the public who have been affected by the COVID-19 situation, in Bangkok.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajarasudhabimalakshan have expressed their concerns for people who live in densely populated communities in Bangkok as they are facing many difficulties in life due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Their Majesties have made donations through the Royal Initiative Volunteering project, which has sent volunteers to deliver bags of relief supplies to residents of several communities in Bangkok, since April 5th. The supplies include face masks, common household medicines, domestic necessities and consumer goods.

Last week the volunteers delivered the relief bags to residents of 26 communities in Thonburi, Bang Sue, Bangkok Noi, Min Buri, Sai Mai and Nong Chok districts. Most of them are general laborers, motorbike-taxi drivers and street vendors who are now facing income uncertainty during the “Stay Home” period intended to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

So far more than 181 thousand bags of relief supplies have been delivered to communities in Bangkok. The royal kindness has brought joy and appreciation to the people.

Relief bags were distributed to residents of 26 communities in Bangkok.

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HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn donates ‘negative pressure cabinets’ to hospitals

 

Twenty-three negative pressure cabinets were delivered to sixteen hospitals dealing with an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

KRABI- Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has donated “negative pressure cabinets” to hospitals for storing the samples collected from COVID-19 patients.

A negative pressure cabinet arrived at Krabi hospital yesterday (April 25th). The hospital director and staff arranged a ceremony to receive the equipment donated by the princess through The Chaipattana Foundation’s anti-epidemic fund.

Twenty-three negative pressure cabinets have been delivered to sixteen hospitals in medium-sized provinces dealing with an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The negative pressure cabinet was invented by Chulalongkorn Hospital. It is of the same standard as negative pressure rooms in hospitals. This product is used for containing tissue samples collected from COVID-19 patients, ensuring the safety of the medical workers whose duties involve transporting and testing the samples.

Health officials and related units nationwide have expressed their gratitude for the kindness of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn.(NNT)


PM Prayut expresses concern over summer storms across Thailand

The Thai Meteorological Department warns the summer storms are hitting many regions of Thailand in the next few days.

BANGKOK - The prime minister has expressed his concern about summer storms and warned people to be aware of them. While the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society uses new technologies for improved forecasting.

General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister has been informed, by the Thai Meteorological Department, about the summer storms coming in the next few days. The storms, bringing with them thunder, lightning, gusty winds and hail, will possibly affect areas in the North especially. The PM warned people to be aware, particularly the agricultural sector, and to prepare for possible damage to produce.

General Prayut is also worried about other natural disasters that widely affect Thai citizens, such as smog, from forest fires, and drought. The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, responsible for weather forecasts, has been using meteorological data to predict the weather for the country. The ministry has recently purchased new technology to improve the accuracy, such as AI, used in wind measurement, data from dams, automatic ground weather observatories, surface maps, satellite images and weather radar. The data collected by the equipment will help predict the amount of rainfall which, in turn, facilitates sustainable water management. (NNT)


Thai Ministers deliver relief supplies to people door-to-door

Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Democrat Party, Jurin Laksanawisit. (NNT)

BANGKOK - Deputy Prime Minister Jurin Laksanawisit and many other ministers have delivered relief bags to people affected by COVID-19.

Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister, as a leader of the Democrat Party, led former MP candidates of the party to visit the Ruam Phatthana community, Lak Si district, to distribute 640 bags of relief supplies to people affected by the COVID-19 situation in the rain. Ten thousand bags are being distributed. Most people live in rented houses and rooms. These include day laborers, motorcycle taxi riders, security guards and the elderly, who suffering during the Covid-19 situation because they are unable to go to work to earn money to support their families.

Mr. Chuti Krairerk, Minister of Social Development and Human Security, visited Chalong Krung Community Housing Project, Nong Chok district, to hear about the locals’ problems and their opinions on the impacts of the outbreak. An ad-hoc working group has been formed and dispatched to make inquiries. Where possible, the authorities will solve problems within 24-48 hours. He also delivered relief supplies. A central kitchen will be established to prepare food for distributed from Monday to Friday until the situation improves.

Meanwhile, Mr. Tewan Liptapallop, Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, led a group of people to deliver bags of rice, dried food, cloth face masks and alcohol sprays to the needy at temples in Nakhon Ratchasima municipality.


China opens two more border gates for Thai fruit imports

 

China authorities recently opened two more checkpoints to ease the border-traffic problem for Thai fruit imports.

BANGKOK – China has opened two more border points for transportation of Thai fruit just in time for the beginning of fruit harvest season in late April.

Chinese authorities opened the Dongxing border point for trucks and the Pingxiang border gate for transportation by train in addition to the existing Youyi Guan border checkpoint.

Department of Agriculture director general, Sermsuk Salakpetch said Thai farm produce were transported through Laos, Vietnam and entered China at Youyi Guan border crossing, overwhelmed with vehicles during the strict screening amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Moreover, closure of Chinese-Vietnamese border crossings in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to curb the outbreak forced Vietnamese fruit transport trucks to use Youyi Guan checkpoint the same as Thai trucks.

Long queue of vehicles stretched for 15 kilometres and delayed transportation affected the quality of Thai fruits. For example, durians ripened before they could reach consumers, Sermsuk noted.

The Department of Agriculture and the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards discussed the border-traffic problem with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC).

China authorities then decided to open two more checkpoints for Thai fruit imports.

The first one is the Dongxing border point in Guangxi Zhuang, opposite MongCai of QuangNinh Province in northern Vietnam, which have capacity to serve at least 2,000 goods vehicles per day.

Meanwhile, the Ping Xiang border gate, opened for train transportation allows container vehicles to switch fruit transport from truck to train.

The opening of the new border channels will help relieve traffic congestion at the existing Youyi Guan border checkpoint.

The department will inform Thai fruit exporters about the new alternative for their fruit transportation to China’s market, the director-general said. (TNA)


Thailand Civil Aviation facilitates two Airlines to resume flights in May

Chula Sukmanop, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

BANGKOK, April 24 (TNA) -- Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air will resume their domestic flights next month, said Chula Sukmanop, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

 

According to him, Thai AirAsia will operate again on May 1 and Thai Lion Air will set the date after the government announces its decision on the state of emergency related to the coronavirus disease 2019 control, which was originally set to be valid until April 30.

Flight routes to resume will depend on the decisions of different provinces because some provinces close their airport.

CAAT requires airlines to limit their ticket sales at 70% of flight capacities to maintain social distancing to prevent disease transmission.

Social distancing will also be applied in the stages of ticket sales and other procedures at airports. The aircraft that will fly longer than 90 minutes per flight must reserve two rear rows of seats for ill passengers.

All passengers must wear face masks. Neither foods nor beverages will be served during flights; otherwise, passengers would remove face masks.

Mr Chula said airlines might raise fares to cover costs but the increments would not be too high because airlines would naturally compete in wooing customers amid low air traffic during the pandemic.
He also said that no airlines planned to resume international flights for the time being. (TNA)


Thai government promises help for jobless, homeless people

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

BANGKOK - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered relevant organizations to help jobless and homeless people during the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis.

Government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said the order went to the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

Officials would serve food for every meal to homeless people who gathered in places and would also offer help to the people who lost their jobs and wanted to return to their home provinces, she said.

“Measures to control COVID-19 have affected people. The prime minister does understand the people who are in trouble. The government is doing its best to help all groups of people,” Mrs Narumon said.

The people who needed help could contact local government officials and they would receive support so that they could also comply with disease control measures, the government spokesperson said. (TNA)

 


Careful consideration needed before easing disease control restrictions in Thailand

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

BANGKOK - The government must carefully consider the possibility of easing disease control measures because it cannot afford the second wave of coronavirus disease 2019 spreading.

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, gave the warning. He said that the daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Thailand remained at two digits because many measures were applied from national to local levels and people were greatly cooperative.

The country had good public health systems and village-based health volunteers who took care of people at the ratio of one volunteer to 10 households. The credit of the success went to the cooperation of all parties, he said.

Regarding the possibility of easing disease control measures, Dr Taweesin said that provincial authorities were sending their opinions and the government would select the measures that would convince compliance from most people and would not facilitate the spread of the disease.

“Many people said that we do not have much money and we have to borrow. We cannot afford the second wave and third wave of the disease outbreak because we would otherwise lose lives and money,” Dr Taweesin said.

Officials estimated the cost of COVID-19 treatment at 1 million baht per patient and the country already recorded more than 2,000 cases. If the number soars to five digits like those in other countries, there will be greater impacts on the economy, he said.

Dr Taweesin urged people to have new norms including the use of face masks to cope with COVID-19.

“The business sector will also have to change. New ways are necessary from now on because we must live with this virus for a while,” he said. (TNA)


Covid-19 relief measures mulled for airlines operating in Thailand

Tassapon Bijleveld, executive chairman of Asia Aviation (AAV).

BANGKOK – Executives of eight Thai airlines on Friday met senior officials from the Fiscal Policy Office to discuss relief measures for their ailing businesses affected by the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

Tassapon Bijleveld, executive chairman of Asia Aviation (AAV), the largest shareholder of Thai AirAsia said talks would go into details about earlier proposals on financial aid for the airlines, facing a cash flow crisis.

The carriers called for the government to provide soft loans worth 25 billion baht with 2% interest rate and a repayment period of five years to boost the airlines’ liquidity. The first installment payment is proposed to start on Jan 1, 2021.

They asked for the loan disbursement of at least 25 per cent or about 6.25 billion baht within this month as some airlines are now facing financial difficulties.

Regarding the May 1 flight resumption, he affirmed that Thai AirAsia can comply with the strict anti-disease transmission rule, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

It will maintain social distancing measures with empty seats, which would cause a 30 per cent loss of passenger numbers in each flight. 

As a result, he said the ticket prices would cost higher to cover the loss but would be definitely kept under the ceiling at 9.40 baht per kilometer, stipulated by the CAAT.  

Flights will resume only for some destinations or about only 10-15 per cent of its normal operations in the trial period to see the air travel demand. 

Five aircrafts will be operated for Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, KhonKaen, Phuket and Krabi, he added. (TNA)

 


Thai DPM orders water hyacinth eradication ahead of rainy season

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan.

BANGKOK- Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered the National Water Resources Committee to take action on the removal of water hyacinth from canals and rivers prior to the rainy season, using satellite images, and promoting the collective work of agencies on flood control and water retention.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, presided over a meeting to draft a water hyacinth and weed eradication plan to improve canal and river capacity ahead of this year’s rainy season.

The meeting acknowledged outcomes from the national water hyacinth eradication campaign from October 2019 to March 2020, where the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning was the main agency responsible.

The meeting approved the use of satellite images from the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) to help target areas with a water hyacinth accumulation.

The images show 25 locations currently in need of attention in SuphanBuri, Chai Nat, Ayutthaya, Singburi, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Nayok, and Chachoengsao. Related agencies have been assigned to operate in each area, and to report their outcomes to the committee in a timely manner.

DPM Gen Prawit has ordered the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning, provincial governors, and related agencies to speed up the projects, communicate with villagers, and make the most of access to the satellite images, in order to maximize the capacity and flow of rivers and canals during the rainy season, to prevent flash floods.

He said however that water should also be reserved for use in the future, while the collected water hyacinth should be repurposed and utilized in various ways, and all such projects must help improve the people’s quality of life.(NNT)

 


Thailand’s Supreme Patriarch wishes sufficient protection for Buddhist monks

The Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, Tewan Liptapallop, visits temples in Chonburi and Nonthaburi provinces to deliver relief supplies.

BANGKOK (NNT) – The Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, Tewan Liptapallop, visited temples in Chonburi and Nonthaburi provinces this week, to deliver relief supplies which will be distributed to people in need due to the COVID-19 situation.

The Ratsattha temple in Mueang district of Chonburi received face masks for the monks which were part of the project initiated by the Supreme Patriarch to provide sufficient protection for Buddhist monks around the country. The face masks will also be distributed to other local temples in Chonburi.

The minister also visited Tanod and Cha Lor temples in Nonthaburi provinces. Temples nationwide, including these two temples, have set up distribution centers to hand out necessities to people who have suffered from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Patriarch previously directed the monks to cooperate with the officials, and ensure the social work is safe for all sides.

The local communities around Tanod and Cha Lor temples received 300 bags of 2kg rice and 600 ready-to-eat boxes of food.


Thai doctors ask public to continue COVID-19 precautionary measures

The situation in Thailand seems to have improved significantly. Nevertheless private sector and the general public should continue to practice precautionary and social distancing measures.

BANGKOK- Private companies have continued to donate items to support the work of medical staff in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. A doctor at Ramathibodi Hospital has urged the general public to continue practicing social distancing and hygiene measures, even when the situation seems to have already improved.

A representative from Phrommanee Pharmaceutical has delivered 3,000 bottles of alcohol hand sanitizers to Ramathibodi Hospital, to help medical staff and hospital visitors minimize their infection risks of the coronavirus.

As a recipient of this donation, Dr Suradej Hongeng, Assistant Dean for Research at Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital said even though the situation in Thailand seems to have improved significantly, however concerns remain for new outbreaks that could only be prevented if the private sector and the general public continue to practice precautionary and social distancing measures, as well as to quickly visit a doctor when they feel ill.

Dr Suradej said, "Social distancing remains crucial even when the situation has improved, as well as hygiene measures such as wearing a mask, hand washing, and avoid touching any surfaces. I would suggest we can suspect every other people as a possible patient, and we should avoid contacting them. Any person not feeling well should inform a doctor immediately. He further stressed, "This is important. We might have struggled a bit at first as we didn’t understand this disease, but for now, anyone with suspected symptoms, fever, or suspicious of being in close contact with a COVID-19 patient should inform a doctor or public health official, so that you can receive treatment in a timely manner."

At Ramathibodi Hospital is currently accepting COVID-19 case for treatment. The patients will be referred after admission to the Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute in Samut Prakan which has better facilities, equipment, and medical staff for infectious disease patient care.

Ramathibodi Hospital is a teaching hospital in Bangkok where the education program is managed by a Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University. The university has several Faculties of Medicine for a number of hospitals it runs. (NNT)


Thailand’s southern border crossing shuts as officials test positive to COVID-19

The Sadao crossing on the Thailand-Malaysia border in Songkhlais temporarily closed as two officials have been found infected with the coronavirus.

SONGKHLA - The Sadao crossing on the Thailand-Malaysia border in Songkhla has been temporarily closed as two officials have been found infected with the coronavirus. Thai nationals registered to return through this point of entry will have to travel through Padang Besar border crossing instead.

The Governor of SongkhlaJaruwat Klaengkla issued an urgent order to close down the Sadao Thailand-Malaysia border crossing in Sadao district, after an immigration officer and a police officer tested positive to COVID-19, with another four persons likely to have contracted the disease.

Some parts of Sadao border crossing are now closed for deep cleaning for seven days. Thai nationals in Malaysia who had registered to return to Thailand at this crossing, should travel through Padang Besar border crossing instead during the closure.

Moving to the western Thailand-Myanmar border, Thai authorities have opened SaaphanPla Pier Immigration Office as another point of entry for Thai nationals returning from Myanmar.

All returnees must comply with the date and point of entry they have registered online in advance, and should arrive at their border crossing before 12 p.m. Thailand time. (NNT)


Thai health officials inspect hotel set as quarantine facility

Health officials inspected a Bangkok hotel, one of over 100 hotels offering to serve as state quarantine facility nationwide.

BANGKOK - Thai health officials on Wednesday inspected a Bangkok hotel that has been one of over 100 hotels offering to serve as state quarantine facility for Thai people returning from abroad during the Covid-19 crisis.

Dr. Panpimol Wipulakorn, Director-General of the Department of Health, the Ministry of Public Health, led a team of officials to visit The Patra Hotel to observe the Covid-19 quarantine operations.

All Thai returnees have been required 14-day quarantine facilities around 130 hotels with over 12,000 across Thailand have recently offered to work with the government to convert their operations into non-profit state quarantine venues.

More than 200 returnees have been released from quarantine at The Patra Hotel. Since April 4, the hotel has turned its 245 of 297 rooms into quarantine shelters.

The officials gave more detailed guidelines regarding state quarantine procedures to ensure effectiveness of disease control measures and prevent disruptions to people living in the vicinity, Dr. Panpimol said. 

They also followed up the criteria set up for hotels joining the scheme such as sanitary condition, waste management and wastewater treatment system and community-friendliness.

According to the Thai Hoteliers’ Association, 95 percent of the 32,564 hotels registered in Thailand have been hit financially by the pandemic.  Turning themselves into quarantine centers, the hotels receive accommodation fees from the government at lower prices. (TNA)


Thais return from neighboring countries as borders reopen

The returnees are required to obtain official verifications from Thai embassies prior to their returns and be quarantined at designated facilities.

BANGKOK - Hundreds of Thai workers in Malaysia continue to return to Thailand via border checkpoints after the authorities have reopened the border since Saturday. 

Thailand closed its land border last month as part of the state of emergency and lockdown orders, causing many Thais stranded in neighboring countries, namely, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.  Last week, the Thai government decided to reopen 23 border crossings to allow Thais to return home beginning on April 18.

Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces General Pornpipat Benyasri visited a border checkpoint in Sadao district of Songkhla on Wednesday.

He inspected the health screening and immigration procedures.

The returnees are required to obtain official verifications from Thai embassies prior to their returns.  All of them have to be quarantined at designated facilities across the country.

In Sa Kaeo province, six Thai citizens arrived at Arayaprathet checkpoint on the border with Cambodia on Wednesday.  A total of 51 Thais have returned home via the checkpoint since Saturday.(TNA) 


28.8 million Thai people register for cash relief

BANGKOK - More than 28.8 million people registered online for the government’s 5,000 –baht cash handout as the registration closed midnight Wednesday.

A total of 28,849,725 applicants were recorded after the registration closed. 

So far, the monthly 5,000 baht cash relief has been transferred to eligible 4.2 registrants. 

More 700,000 applicants will receive the money by Friday. This group comprises 500,000 applicants who were found to meet the requirements after submitting more documents and 200,000 rejected applicants who appealed for the review and the verification found they were qualified.

Most people who have occupation license on hand can be easily verified but those whose information remains unclear will be identified by officials in person.

More than 10.6 rejected applicants can appeal online at the website raomaithingkun.com (We won't leave anyone behind in Thai).

Meanwhile, 1.5 million applicants were asked to submit more information for the verification process can continue to do so.

The government’s 5,000 baht cash handout scheme will be granted for three months to help relieve the Covid-19 impacts on self-employed and laid-off workers, who aren't covered by the social security system. (TNA)


Thailand reports 13 new Covid-19 Cases with one more death

Dr. Taweesilp Wisanuyotin, Spokesman of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

BANGKOK – Thailand reported 13 new Covid-19 cases, raising the total to 2,839 with one more death, raising the toll to 50. 

 

The new death was a 78-year-old woman who had underlying health conditions, related to a stroke, said Dr. Taweesilp Wisanuyotin, Spokesman of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the new cases, five had close contact with previous patients and three cases in Phuket were found to test positive to the virus in the active case finding measure adopted by the province to screen its population. 

Bangkok and Phuket recorded the highest new infections of four each. 

Although the daily rate of the new infections has continuously dropped, the spokesman urged everyone to stay vigilant in their efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

He added that more 78 Covid-19 patients fully recovered and were released from hospitals, raising the total recovery cases to 2,430 while 359 cases are being treated in hospitals.  (TNA)


Five immigration officials infected with Covid-19 at Thailand’s southern checkpoint

BANGKOK - Five immigration officials at Sadao district in Songkhla have contracted Covid-19 and 42 others are classified as being at risk, said Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang, chief of the Immigration Bureau.

 

Songkhla governor ordered the Sadao immigration checkpoint to close for seven days, starting Wednesday. Returnees from Malaysia can cross the border at the Padang Besar checkpoint in in the same province.  Only vehicles for freight deliveries are allowed to pass through the checkpoint.

According to the disease investigation by health officials, the first case of immigration official there contracted the virus from a Malaysia national who are undergoing the repatriation process. 

The official’s four other colleagues were found to be infected later and 42 others have been under quarantine at a hotel while 27 others at Sadao checkpoint are placed in strict home quarantine, separate from family members.

Fewer people cross the Thai- Malaysia border in Songkhla due to the outbreak situation. 

Despite a mass quarantine of immigration officials, the Immigration Bureau can manage personnel mobilization for operations of checkpoints in Songkhla, the IM chief said.

Immigration officials who are involved in the screening of people travelling through the checkpoints are equipped with protective gear including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits, he added.

However, they are still at risk because they work around the clock and about 300-400 vehicles cross the border daily. (TNA)


Thai Red Cross Society delivers medical supplies to hospitals

A caravan hits the road on Thursday to deliver medical supplies to hospitals in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

BANGKOK - The Thai Red Cross Society has dispatched a caravan to deliver medical supplies to hospitals across the country in the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Medical supplies including facemasks, PPEs and digital x-ray scanners and disinfectants have been donated by individuals to the Red Cross’s programme since April 7.

 

It is the first batch of medical supplies that were allocated for hospitals in five southern provinces.  Other deliveries will be made for hospitals across the country.

Secretary of the Red Cross Society of Thailand Phan Wannamethee said that cash donations worth 30 million baht and over 100,000 pieces of medical supplies had been collected so far.

All medical equipment had been checked by a team of engineers from Chulalongkorn University to ensure their quality before being sent to hospitals, he said.

Meanwhile, donations are pouring in for people affected by Covid-19 pandemic.  Thai donors have lent their hands for low-income people by offering food and other essentials to a donation centre at Wat Rakang temple in Bangkok.

The donation centre has been set up by the Supreme Patriarch, the head of the order of Buddhist monks in Thailand.

It has been lauded for its management and strict social-distancing as a model for other Covid-19 donation centers in the country. (TNA)


Japanese Ambassador pays courtesy call on Thai PM

Ambassador NASHIDA Kazuya pays a courtesy call on Prime Minister Chan-o-cha on Thursday.

BANGKOK - The Japanese ambassador to Thailand meets Thai prime minister to discuss bilateral cooperation including the efforts to cope with Covid-19 pandemic. 

Ambassador NASHIDA Kazuya on Thursday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Chan-o-cha for the first time since assuming the post in December last year.

Prayut extended his gratitude towards the Japanese government for providing assistance for Thailand in the fight against Covid-19 and facilitating Thai citizens’ repatriations.

Ambassador Nashida praised Thailand’s disease control measures that had proved effective in containing the spread of the coronavirus.

He also reiterated Japan’s commitment in engaging in Thailand’s economic development, especially in the government’s flagship project, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)..

Japan, which is one of ASEAN’s dialogue partners, has pledged to give ASEAN medical supplies, support the plan to set up a regional disease control and help revive the bloc’s economy.(TNA


Bangkok checkpoint on Rama 2 road steps up screening measures

The checkpoint on Rama 2 road in Bangkunthien district set to control COVID-19 transmission risk between Bangkok and Samutsakhon.

BANGKOK- The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Deputy Governor has ordered checkpoints to place more strictness on public transport and passengers.

The checkpoint on Rama 2 road in Bangkunthien district, is one of the checkpoints screening for COVID-19 transmission risk between Bangkok and Samutsakhon. Since 26th of March, the checkpoint has screened over thirty thousand cars and has taken the temperature of over 50 thousand people, though none of the passengers was found to be in the risk category, or with a temperature over 37.5 Celcius..

The BMA deputy governor directed checkpoints to inspect vehicles and travelers, especially those on public transport such as buses, with greater strictness. All passengers on a bus must step outside the vehicle to have their temperature checked; officers will also clean the inside of the bus with disinfectant.

The deputy governor also suggested donors who would like to contribute consumables to people in Bangkok, cooperate with BMA officials and follow their instructions to prevent the spread of the virus. BMA will provide staff to facilitate the location, and maintain order in queuing as well as provide hand sanitizers. (NNT)


Thai PM’s Cabinet to consider extension of emergency decree next week

Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.

BANGKOK- Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, says a meeting of cabinet ministers, did not discuss an extension of the emergency decree.

Concerning his open letter to Thailand’s top 20 billionaires, Gen. Prayut insists that he only wants to hear their ideas related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and there are no vested interests involved.

The Prime Minister said that the cabinet meeting did not consider extending the emergency decree, which is being enforced nationwide until April 30 this year. The government is collecting related information, and it will be presented to the cabinet meeting next week. The situation depends on public cooperation and compliance with precautionary measures.

Gen. Prayut said the government will have to be cautious when considering which measures can be eased. Although fewer infections are now being reported, the government cannot simply relax the measures as it could lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases, and all the effort to date would go to waste. He urged the public not to pressure the government and cause others to be misinformed about the government’s work. He insisted that his administration will continue to handle all issues as carefully as possible.

Speaking of his plan to contact the country’s top 20 wealthiest people, the Prime Minister said he wants to know how their organizations are helping their employees. He also wants to gather ideas and opinions from all involved, as they can be used to support the government’s measures.They will not be discussing loans or a mutual exchange of benefits. Gen. Prayut added that he won’t be meeting the 20 billionaires in person, and a distortion of these facts will not benefit anyone. (NNT)


15 new COVID-19 patients and another death on April 22 in Thailand

BANGKOK- The government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases and one death.

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, Spokesperson for the CCSA and Ministry of Public Health, reported that Thailand has recorded a total of 2,826 coronavirus cases, with 49 fatalities.

The latest fatality was a 58-year-old woman who also suffered from diabetes before contracting the virus.

Dr. Taweesin said 10 provinces have yet to report any new cases, namely Khamphangphet, Chai Nat, Trat, Nan, BuengKan, Phitchit, Ranong, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, and Satun.

Furthermore, the spokesperson indicated that the provinces recording the most curfew violations were Phuket, Bangkok and Pathum Thani.

The government has urged businesses and the general public to continue the practice of wearing face masks, with regular handwashing, and social distancing, as well as any other government measures designed to flatten the curve of new infections and contain the coronavirus outbreak.(NNT)


Thai Government considers teaching students via long distance learning, online

BANGKOK- A meeting of cabinet ministers on Apr 21 considered many issues related to measures to help limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including preparations for the start of the first semester of the 2020 academic year and admissions of seventh grade and 10th grade students.

The Government Spokeswoman, Prof. Dr. Narumon Pinyosinwat, said today that the first semester of the 2020 academic year will start on July 1. Admissions of seventh grade and 10th grade students will take place between May 3 and 12, while educational institutions for persons with disabilities and underprivileged students will be open for registration between May 3 and 31. Examinations and procedures for student selection will take place in June. Finding proper education venues and having students report themselves will be completed before June 15.

Tools and equipment for long distance learning have been prepared. There are two scenarios. First, if the COVID-19 situation remains uncertain, students from elementary to junior high school will study via the DLTV system, while high school students will learn through videos as well as online lectures, using learning tools provided by their educational institutions.

In the second scenario, after the COVID-19 situation has improved; students will attend classes as usual, but be required to keep a safe distance from each other. Contingency plans to deal with emergencies must receive prior approval from provincial education committees. (NNT)


Bangkok keeps up social distancing on SaenSaep Canal boats

Current passenger loads have reduced by half, due to the closure of shops and malls in the city, and stay at home campaign.

BANGKOK- Social distancing measures are being enforced on the first day of resumed SaenSaep Canal Boat services, with a rush hour passenger load limit on each boat, reduced to maintain distance between passengers. The number of passengers has already dropped by half as most people are now avoiding commuting to limit the infection risk of COVID-19.

At a pier on SaenSaep Canal, passengers all wearing face masks wait in a queue leaving physical space between one another, before boarding a canal boat, as part of the social distancing measures enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

One of the key measures is to reduce crowding in rush hours. The boat company has increased service frequency between 7 and 9 a.m., and between 4 and 7 p.m., in order to move passengers as quickly as possible.

Current passenger loads have reduced by half, due to the closure of shops and malls in the city, as well as the stay at home campaign to suppress the contagion.

Onboard the boat, some seats are now blocked to ensure space between passengers, while the number of passengers on each boat is strictly limited. This has provided reassurance to passengers as the boat is never crowded.

Boat operators are required to count and calculate the number of passengers they can accept, and inform pier staff through radio communications prior to calling in at the next pier.

Passengers are allowed to board according to the available space on each boat. Passengers are asked to wear face masks and maintain at least 1 meter distance between one another while using the service, including while waiting at a pier. (NNT)


Thailand’s monthly state relief will cover 14 million people

BANGKOK- There has been strong criticism of the government’s 3-month 5,000 baht monthly compensation scheme, in regard to the campaign’s criteria for eligibility. The Cabinet has now approved an extension of the campaign to cover more people affected by the COVID-19 disruption, now totaling about 14 million persons.

The Ministry of Finance yesterday reported in the Cabinet’s meeting that registrations in this compensation campaign have seen 27.76 persons register from 28th March to 16th April, a number much higher than expected.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance has received complaints from some rejected registrants whose listed occupational information was inaccurate, particularly those listed as farmers while in fact their main occupations are general employees, laborers, or freelancers.

The Ministry of Finance will be extending the campaign to cover these people, who will however, no longer receive any other COVID-19 related aid packages offered through farmers’ groups or cooperatives should they apply under those schemes.

Additionally, registrants who have been rejected because the system recognized their occupation as student, but who are actually part-time students while mainly working at full-time or freelance jobs, will also be covered.

This extension of the campaign raises the number of eligible persons from 9 million to 14 million.(NNT)


19 new COVID-19 cases, one more death in Thailand

BANGKOK- The government’s Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has reported that Thailand has recorded 19 confirmed new cases and one more death of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection on Apr 21. Many recent cases are in Bangkok.

The CCSA Spokesman, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, said today that the new cases bring the country’s cumulative total to 2,811. One hundred and nine patients have recently recovered, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 2,108. The death toll has increased from 47 to 48. The patient, who succumbed to COVID-19, was a 50-year-old taxi driver, who suffered from diabetes and had a history of smoking cigarettes. He also regularly picked up passengers at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. He started to develop symptoms on March 18, 2020.

The number of new COVID-19 cases has reduced because all sides are working together and people are cooperating by staying home to help limit the viral spread, after the government imposed a nationwide curfew. Of the new cases, 10 patients had close contact with previous cases, seven of whom are in Bangkok. As a result, the capital is still leading the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 1,447, followed by Phuket province at 193 and Nonthaburi province at 152. At the same time, Phuket still has the highest rate of active COVID-19 cases at 46.69 per 100,000 people, followed by Bangkok at 25.57 and Yala province at 19.27.

Concerning COVID-19 patients’ occupations, most are general workers or freelancers, followed by traders and self-employed business owners, staff at entertainment venues, and school and university students. Over the past seven days, the reported new cases are in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Phuket, Chonburi, Yala, Pattani, Songkhla, Krabi, Narathiwat, KhonKaen and Chumphon. (NNT)


Thailand promotes social distancing among migrant workers at shrimp market

A Vice Minister of Labour, Duangrit Benjathikul Chairungruang (center).

SAMUT SAKHON- Officials from the Ministry of Labour, the Thai Red Cross Society, and Samut Sakhon province are promoting social distancing and precautionary measures against COVID-19 infection, among migrant workers in the province.

A Vice Minister of Labour, Duangrit Benjathikul Chairungruang, along with the deputy director of the Thai Red Cross Disaster Operations Center Dr Pichit Siriwan, met with migrant workers at Samut Sakhon Shrimp Market, where they have been promoting precautionary measures against COVID-19 infection among the workers, and gathering input on the pandemic’s effect on the community.

The officials have encouraged the migrant worker community to practice social distancing, and to wear face masks. They have distributed 200 cloth face masks, hand sanitizers, and informational pamphlets on COVID-19 in the native language of migrant workers.

Mr Duangrit said the campaign to reach migrant worker communities is being piloted in Samut Sakhon and PathumThani. The campaign will then be extended to other provinces, to make sure these communities are aware of the required precautionary measures against COVID-19, for their own health and safety.(NNT)


Bangkok extends ‘Liquor Ban’ to 30th April

Bangkok will go dry until April 30.

BANGKOK-The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has extended the liquor sales ban to 30th April in accordance with other provinces.

Police Captain Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Spokesperson disclosed today the result of the Communicable Disease Committee meeting, saying that the committee agreed to issue an announcement on extending the alcoholic drinks ban to 30th April, as the period of the last announcement ended on 20th April. It is considered that meeting for alcoholic drinks is likely to bring people together and may cause the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, those suffering from alcoholism can apply for free treatment at hospitals under the supervision of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and at all Bangkok Health Centers.

Furthermore, the committee also established a framework for the provision of food and basic needs. Contributions to the community will be provided door to door, while contributions on a larger scale can only be done in three periods from 7 to 9 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM and 4 to 6 PM at 71 selected locations around Bangkok.

Donors are asked to cooperate with the district office before providing their contribution. BMA will provide officials and equipment to facilitate delivery of these contributions.(NNT)


Gov’t asks public to continue ‘Work from home’, State of Emergency maintained

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) Spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin.

BANGKOK- The government’s COVID-19 center has asked the public to continue working from home and refrain from travelling despite a decline in newly reported cases each day, in order to prevent a second wave of infections, and aimed at easing lockdown measures in some cases.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) Spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the nationwide State of Emergency remains in effect, despite the lower number of newly reported cases each day, asking the general public to continue avoiding travel.

He said the situation may seem to have improved, but new infections can still rise significantly if precautionary measures are not complied with by everyone.

The private sector is asked to continue allowing their employees to work from home, in order to prevent crowding at offices and in public places.

The government has decided to maintain the State of Emergency and other precautionary measures to ensure an effective response to the situation, and in order to prevent a second wave of infections as in other countries.

Some of the measures may be eased based on the situation in each area. The government will take into consideration lessons from foreign countries and data in Thailand, to strike a balance between health, the economy, and society.

The CCSA spokesman has asked the Thai public to continue cooperating with the disease containment measures, with a target to suppress daily new cases to be fewer than 10 for 14 days.(NNT)

 


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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand

Hotels opened for returnee quarantine in Thailand’s southern province

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Pattaya City hot with scattered thundershowers, beach calm with low waves


Thai PM ready to ease some restrictions this week

Strict COVID-19 screening measures in southern border provinces of Thailand

5,000 baht aid paid to 7.5 million Thais

Thailand confirms 7 new COVID-19 patients and 2 deaths

Thailand’s extension for int’l flight ban to prevent a new outbreak

Thai PM warns people in the North to take precaution against heavy rainfall and flash flood

Night Curfew, inter-provincial and int’l travels bans extended in Thailand

Extension of temporary ban on all int’l flights to Thailand until May 31


No decision on reopening of shopping centers, barbers’ shops, restaurants in Thailand

Thai PM receives returnees from Australia at Suvarnabhumi airport

Thais return home from New Zealand, Japan

Krabi applies proactive screening for stranded tourists on Phi Phi Island

May national holidays in Thailand to be postponed


Their Majesties distribute relief supplies to people affected by the COVID-19

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn donates ‘negative pressure cabinets’ to hospitals

PM Prayut expresses concern over summer storms across Thailand

Thai Ministers deliver relief supplies to people door-to-door


China opens two more border gates for Thai fruit imports

Thailand Civil Aviation facilitates two Airlines to resume flights in May

Thai government promises help for jobless, homeless people

Careful consideration needed before easing disease control restrictions in Thailand

Covid-19 relief measures mulled for airlines operating in Thailand

Thai DPM orders water hyacinth eradication ahead of rainy season


Thailand’s Supreme Patriarch wishes sufficient protection for Buddhist monks

Thai doctors ask public to continue COVID-19 precautionary measures

Thailand’s southern border crossing shuts as officials test positive to COVID-19

Thai health officials inspect hotel set as quarantine facility

Thais return from neighboring countries as borders reopen

28.8 million Thai people register for cash relief

Thailand reports 13 new Covid-19 Cases with one more death

Five immigration officials infected with Covid-19 at Thailand’s southern checkpoint

Thai Red Cross Society delivers medical supplies to hospitals

Japanese Ambassador pays courtesy call on Thai PM


Bangkok checkpoint on Rama 2 road steps up screening measures

Thai PM’s Cabinet to consider extension of emergency decree next week

15 new COVID-19 patients and another death on April 22 in Thailand

Thai Government considers teaching students via long distance learning, online

Bangkok keeps up social distancing on SaenSaep Canal boats

Thailand’s monthly state relief will cover 14 million people


19 new COVID-19 cases, one more death in Thailand

Thailand promotes social distancing among migrant workers at shrimp market

Bangkok extends ‘Liquor Ban’ to 30th April

Gov’t asks public to continue ‘Work from home’, State of Emergency maintained