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China outbreak spreads as WHO sounds alarm on Delta
BEIJING: Mushrooming outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant prompted China and Australia to impose stricter COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday (July 31) as the WHO urged the world to quickly contain the mutation before it turns into something deadlier and draws out the pandemic.
Island isolation needed to save Phuket, save Sandbox, says Governor
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong woonciew has defended the move to deny all but essential travel to Phuket starting next Tuesday (Aug 3), saying it is the only way to save the Phuket Sandbox scheme, and save Phuket’s hopes of economic recovery.
Thai baht becoming the region’s worst-hit currency in COVID pandemic
BANGKOK: The Thai baht has been hit by a sharp decline in tourism numbers due to the COVID pandemic, making the country’s currency the worst-hit in the region this year, according to Mizuho Bank.
Large worker camps in Thalang targetted in COVID crackdown
PHUKET: The mass inspections of migrant worker camps across Phuket continued yesterday (July 30) as officials inspected two major construction sites in Thalang.
Prayut vows not to resign
BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted he will neither resign nor dissolve the House as the country struggles to contain COVID-19.
Phuket local infections over seven days tops 200
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) marked 35 new local COVID-19 infections on the island yesterday (July 30), bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 1,108.
B2bn heroin haul in Northeast
NAKHON PHANOM: Authorities have seized 600 kilogrammes of heroin worth at least B2 billion and arrested a suspected drug courier in the largest haul in the Northeast this year.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: More closures, Phuket Sandbox on 2 week watch |:| July 30
PHUKET XTRA - July 30 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket Gyms, pool halls closed, island sealed off |:| Phuket Sandbo on 2-week watch |:| Layan squattors given another reprieve |:| Heavy downpours across Phuket |:| Police probe protest photos |:| Thailand COVID Update Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Police probe staged protest photos of bodies left on Phuket Town streets
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police have launched an investigation into staged photos posted online showing white shrouds spattered with blood strewn on the streets of Phuket Town in protest over the government’s handling of the current outbreak of COVID-19.
Heavy downpours across Phuket set to continue
PHUKET: The heavy downpours and strong winds are expected to continue across Phuket and neighbouring coastal provinces until next Wednesday (Aug 4), according to a weather advisory issued by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).
 
Thaiger
Facebook fake news post suggesting a coup faces prosecution

While pressure has been mounting against PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, a Facebook user posted a false claim that an army had captured the Prime Minister and is staging a coup and is now facing charges. The story was posted midday yesterday and seemed to detail a coup attempt, alleging that 300 military members from Lop Buri were already holding PM Prayut at his residence in the First Infantry Regiment in Bangkok. The social media agitator went further, naming General Apirat Kongsompong as the coup leader intending to become the new prime minister of Thailand. The director of the army’s Office of […]

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UPDATED: Samui Covid-19: 14 new Black Club infections, 2nd small cluster

[UPDATE 9 pm: Information on Black Club staff with Covid-19 has been updated, as well as Bangkok Airways flight cancellations and Bangkok Hospital bed shortage details.] The emergence of Covid-19 in Koh Samui has caused some upheaval for the residents as more infections and more details are revealed each day. 14 new infections were diagnosed today on the island, a result of the 600 people tested in the fallout of the Black Bamboo Club outbreak. One case was found in Koh Tao as well. [UPDATE:] Sources say that the Covid-19 ready bed supply at Bangkok Hospital in Chaweng has been […]

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40,000 cases a day could happen by September, says projection

Earlier this month, research by a professor from Mahidol University said worst-case scenario, Thailand could see 32,000 cases a day in a couple of months’ time. Now, according to a projection from the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand could see over 40,000 cases and 500 deaths per day if restrictions are not stringently followed/enforced and all inhabitants give their full cooperation. The projection says the 40,000 cases could be seen by September. The prodigious figure comes from a “Susceptible Exposed Infected Recovery compartmental mathematical model”. Dr Rungruang Kitpati, who is the advisor and spokesperson for the Ministry, referenced the model […]

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Phuket Sandbox Covid-19 infections: 35 today, 209 this week

35 new Covid-19 infections pushed rolling 7-day total in Phuket to 209, more than doubling the feared 90 per week that would trigger Sandbox reconsideration according to the original official plans. When the total first passed the 90 infection threshold and surpassed 100, the Department of Disease Control declared that the overall situation was still far from critical and the Sandbox could continue. None of the 35 infections were from international travellers in the Phuket Sandbox program; they were all locally transmitted. This trend of domestic infections prompted a near-complete shutdown of domestic entry to Phuket, creating a strange circumstance […]

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Prayut says he will not resign, warns politicians to behave

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, says he will not answer the reoccurring call for him to resign, neither will he dissolve the House as Thailand’s Covid situation continues to worsen. The PM also cautioned politicians against exploiting the crisis, and/or inciting hatred which he says will only make the situation worse. The recondite hatred statement mirrors a statement from government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, who recently warned people to not spread false, confusing, or distorted information because it could lead to “hatred”. Prayut’s comments come from a video clip that was posted online that followed his order to ban the dissemination […]

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Bangkok Train market to possibly close for good

It has recently been reported that the immensely popular Ratchada night market/AKA the Train market located in Bangkok, will possibly close for good. The train market, which enjoyed patronage from both farangs/and Thais alike was previously closed due to restrictions with the goal of curbing Covid infections. Now, however, it seems the market will close permanently. Vendors have already reportedly been told to pack up shop and get out within 14 days. The night market had been temporarily closed due to restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. A birds-eye view of the market projected a dazzling spectacle of […]

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Border between Kanchanaburi and Myanmar closed until…

Kanchanaburi, a western Thai province, has been ordered to close its border with Myanmar, effective Monday. The border will stay closed until further notice. The closure is a precaution against people fleeing the deteriorating Covid situation in the nearby country. The order comes from Kanchanaburi’s governor, Jirakiart Phumisawat. Myanmar’s healthcare system is reportedly in shambles, a result of mass arrests of medics who opposed the military regime. Also, a lack of vaccines has led to Covid spreading and the death toll climbing. In fact, a UN expert called the combined military coup/Covid spike in Myanmar a “perfect storm”. Jirakiart says […]

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Covid UPDATE: 18,912 infections, provincial totals

Today the Public Health department has announced 18,912 new infections and 178 Covid-related deaths for the past 24 hours around Thailand. There were 810 cases from Thai prisons. Today’s totals are a new record for daily cases since the start of the pandemic. Here are today’s provincial totals for the past 24 hours… • 10,678 patients were released from medical care yesterday. And there have now been more than 17 million cumulative vaccinations in Thailand. • The Chon Buri Public Health department has announced another 1,062 new infections for Saturday and 6 new deaths. • The Phuket Provincial Public Health […]

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PCD says don’t throw away used masks in water bottles after infections linked to bottles

Don’t discard your used face masks in water bottles is the advice the Pollution Control Department wants the public to heed after 20 people tested positive for Covid in Nakhon Ratchasima/Kora, a northeastern Thai province. The department says the infections stem from virus ridden water bottles. Atthapol Charoenchansa, the PCD director general, says a plethora of face masks have been worn throughout the pandemic… Also, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has released a set of guidelines for how to properly dispose of used face masks. Atthapol says some people have been inserting face masks into water bottles under […]

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Government says it’s okay to criticise them, if it’s fact based

It’s okay to criticise the government, such as the Health Minister who recently suggested huge crowds of people were an optical illusion. It is also okay to demand the government get more vaccines, and faster, as long the criticisms are based on facts, said government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri and the Deputy Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek, yesterday. The recent government order forbidding the dissemination of fake/distorted news, and fearmongering brought with it the threat of censorship if the order is violated. Today, representatives from 6 Thai media associations sent an open letter to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House. The open […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Army files complaint against coup poster
The army chief has filed a complaint against a social media user who posted that a military coup was brewing, with plans to replace Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha with Gen Apirat Kongsompong as prime minister.
Prayut vows not to resign
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted he will neither resign nor dissolve the House as the country struggles to contain Covid-19.
Vaccination booking fraud details emerge
Corrupt workers who sold Covid vaccination slots at Bang Sue Grand Station slipped up when they registered 2,000 people for inoculation through a gate reserved that day for a few hundred foreigners registered through the Foreign Ministry.
US 'here for Thais in time of need'
The first batch of 1.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses donated by the US is scheduled to arrive in Thailand on Friday under a US government (USG) Covid-19 assistance programme. Michael Heath, Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Thailand, answered written questions, asking him about US support for Covid-19 vaccine distribution.
Phuket governor orders entire island sealed off
The Phuket governor has ordered the entire island sealed off, with travellers from other provinces not allowed to enter Phuket starting from Aug 3, while the fate of the Phuket Sandbox scheme is yet to be determined.
HM King pardons inmates
More than 200,000 prisoners have been granted a royal pardon on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King's 69th birthday on Wednesday, including 35,000 inmates who will be released on parole.
Hi-speed rail work delayed over curbs
The government's ban on moving construction workers during the latest Covid-19 uptick has adversely impacted the progress of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail project, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said on Tuesday.
High infection rate in Samut Sakhon.
SAMUT SAKHON: Another 1,094 coronavirus infections were reported in this dark red-zoned province on Tuesday, as the governor ordered the immediate isolation of symptomatic people who give positive antigen tests, without waiting for hospital tests.
The power of social learning in reskilling at scale
Outside a few specific industries, the last 18 months have been challenging for our businesses and our people. The rapid unlearning and relearning for a situation that changes daily has been hard for everyone.
Almost half of Thais trust social media for Covid info: poll
Medical personnel and other experts provide the most reliable sources of information about the Covid-19 pandemic, but almost half the population trust social media, according to the result of an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Hospital turns to containers for body storage
Thammasat University Hospital, overwhelmed by Covid-19 deaths, has begun storing bodies in refrigerated containers, a measure it last took during the devastating 2004 tsunami.
Japanese man held for rubber glove fraud
A Japanese man has been arrested for allegedly swindling a business operator in Pathum Thani out of 3 million baht for rubber gloves that were never delivered.
New expat jab registration website opens Sunday
A new registration site for Covid-19 vaccinations is scheduled to open on Sunday morning for expatriates across the country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday.
Army files complaint against coup poster
The army chief has filed a complaint against a social media user who posted that a military coup was brewing, with plans to replace Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha with Gen Apirat Kongsompong as prime minister.
Three fleeing inmates caught, two more sought
SUPHAN BURI: Three of five male inmates who escaped from the Suphan Buri prison have been recaptured and a manhunt is under way for the two remaining escapees.
Djokovic leaves Olympics without a medal
TOKYO: World number one and 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will leave the Olympics without a medal for the third Games in succession after pulling out of Saturday’s mixed doubles final with a shoulder injury.
Black-clad Malaysians stage rare protest
KUALA LUMPUR: Hundreds of black-clad Malaysians staged an anti-government protest Saturday in defiance of a ban on public gatherings under coronavirus curbs, piling pressure on the embattled prime minister to resign.
Protests ahead of 6-month anniversary of Myanmar coup
Small groups of students protested against Myanmar’s military junta on Saturday in Mandalay and a human rights group accused the armed forces of crimes against humanity ahead of the six-month anniversary of the army’s takeover.
Crackdown on Binance spreads
The global regulatory crackdown on the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange has deepened, with Malaysia issuing enforcement actions for alleged illegal operations.
Samut Sakhon reports 1,178 cases, 4 deaths
Samut Sakhon authorities reported 1,178 coronavirus infections and four deaths on Saturday, bringing the provincial toll to 48,389 cases and 127 fatalities.
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