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Phuket News
Two COVID deaths, 1,547 new cases
THAILAND: Two more deaths and 1,547 new COVID-19 cases were reported nationally today (Apr 17), bringing the totals to 99 fatalities and 40,585 cases.
Banks in high-risk areas to be closed temporarily
THAILAND: The Thai Bankers Association has released the guidelines to maintain continuous banking services as well as reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
US, Japan show united front on China
WORLD: The United States and Japan vowed yesterday (Apr 16) to stand firm together against an assertive China and to step up cooperation on climate change and next-generation technology as President Joe Biden made his first summit a show of alliance unity.
Phuket concludes Seven Days road-safety campaign for Songkran with one dead, 21 injured
PHUKET: Phuket last night concluded its Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the Songkran Thai New Year holidays with 21 officially recognised accidents that resulted in one death and 20 people requiring hospital treatment.
DLT suspending most office services due to COVID-19
THAILAND: The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has announced it is suspending driver training and drivers license testing across the country effective yesterday (Apr 16) in an effort to stifle the spread of COVID-19, but will continue extending licenses that don’t require testing and will allow expired licenses to be used until June 30th.
Phuket sandbox timeline to be reset
BANGKOK: The Tourism and Sports Ministry needs to reset the timeline for the Phuket sandbox because the province may not have enough vaccine doses following the new nationwide spread of the virus.
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COVID passenger warning for Phuket flights
PHUKET: Passengers on 14 flights between Phuket and Bangkok between Apr 4-10 have been urged to present themselves to a government hospital for a COVID test and observe any quarantine order by officials.
No curfew, but full alcohol ban for restaurants
PHUKET: There will be no nationwide curfew to help contain the current outbreak of COVID-19, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed today (Apr 16), but a new national order “re-categorising” the red-zone “Maximum Controlled Area” provinces - which now include Phuket ‒ will come into effect at midnight tomorrow night.
Phuket mass vaccinations to resume
PHUKET: Phuket’s mass-vaccination campaign will resume next week with those who received their first injection earlier this month to receive their second jab from Thursday next week (Apr 22).
 
Thaiger
Covid UPDATE: 1,547 new infections, restrictions start after midnight tonight

Today the CCSA has announced that there are 1,547 new infections around Thailand, a slight drop from yesterdays’ 1,585 reported new cases. Today’s additional infections takes the total number in Thailand to 40,585 since the start of the pandemic. We will add to this story when more figures and provincial totals become available. All but 3 of today’s newly reported infections were local – 1,544. Bangkok – 279 Chiang Mai – 140 Chon Buri – 99 (155 cases were reported by Chon Buri officials this morning which will go into tomorrow’s national totals) Prachuap Khiri Khan – 58 Samut Prakan […]

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No Covid-19 national curfew or lockdown yet for Thailand

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that there will be no national curfew or lockdown in Thailand as of yet, despite a growing third wave of Covid-19. More than 10,000 people have been infected this month as clusters that started in Bangkok nightlife venues rapidly spread throughout the entire country. PM Prayut yesterday called for calm from the public while saying that people need to remain vigilant in taking safety precautions against the virus. He worries that people will not follow social distancing protocols and avoid gatherings. On the bright side, mask-wearing is said to be around 90% compliance. PM Prayut said […]

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Covid-19 brings surge in gold and cryptocurrency investment

In the uncertain times of the Covid-19 pandemic, investors are leaning towards safe investments like gold and also the emerging cryptocurrency market. Gold prices hit a 7 week high at over 55,000 baht on Thursday and around April 15 online gold transactions in Thailand doubled. One reason for the rise in gold price is uncertainty, with tensions growing between the US and Russia. Speculators believe gold may reach up to US $1800 during 2021 due mostly to more international tension between the US and China, and the US bond yields on the decline. Online trading has seen a huge increase, […]

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Nightlife venues ordered to close after midnight tonight, nationwide ban on serving alcohol

Health officials have announced new Covid-19restrictions targetting Thailand’s hardest-hit, or red zone, provinces. The restrictions, which will start tonight after midnight, include ordering all nightlife venues to close. Restaurants cannot serve alcohol and those dining-in must leave no later than 9pm. If you want to get take-away, you must do so before 11pm, unless you are in a province listed as an “orange zone.” This is the 3rd consecutive day of the country reporting a record-breaking amount of infections. After saying that no curfew would be imposed, Taweesilp Wissanoyothin of the national pandemic task force said all gatherings should be […]

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Covid-19 vaccinations for June still on schedule

Covid-19 vaccinations in June are still set to proceed as scheduled according to the Department of Disease Control. They have ensured that production and distribution is on track, especially with AstraZeneca producing 6 million jabs domestically now. Local production in Thailand is ramping up, with 61 million AstraZeneca vaccines planned to be manufactured domestically by Siam Bioscience by the end of the year. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Health Ministry, and the Division of Disease Control Emergency Situation have all spoke to reassure the public that distribution will not be delayed and production is on track. 586,000 vaccines, the combined total […]

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Thai government hospital staff forced to quarantine after patients lied about Covid-19 contacts

Over 100 of Thailand’s government hospital workers are now undergoing quarantines after their patients allegedly lied about being in contact with someone who was infected with Covid-19. Khon Kaen Hospital ordered 105 medical staff to immediately enter a quarantine, according to its Director, Nataya Mills. The hospital was forced to stop receiving new cases and has closed 2 medical wards and 1 paediatric ward. “These personnel have been in contact with Covid-19 patients, so they are now treated as a high-risk group and need to go into a 14-day quarantine.” Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, which is located on Royal Thai Air […]

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Thailand’s Gulf islands not immune to 3rd wave as infections rise

Thailand’s 3rd wave of Covid is leaving no stones unturned, as it has recently spread to the Gulf Islands of Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao. The Ministry of Public Health is reporting 83 new infections as of yesterday, April 16. A local blogger, Samui Info By Nicha’s Facebook page, has also detailed the new infections as the daily numbers are rising. The other popular Gulf Islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are reporting 2 and 3 new infections respectively. All of the new infections on those 2 islands have been admitted to Koh Phangan Hospital. The […]

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Khon Kaen University terminates well-known American scholar after he allegedly participates in decentralisation workshop

Khon Kaen University’s famous American scholar, David Eirich Streckfuss, is now without a work permit after his participation in a workshop that partially involved decentralisation. The university terminated his work permit after immigration police paid him a vist, in what they say, was a routine interview for visa extensions. Streckfuss is an independent academic who oversees the Council on International Educational Exchange Khon Kaen programme at the university, which was founded in 1994. He also founded The Isaan Record during his 30 years spent in the Kingdom. Prachatai, released the termination letter that featured the KKU Faculty of Public Health […]

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Songkran road deaths, injuries cut in half thanks to Covid surge

Songkran New Year celebrations have seen road deaths and injuries cut in half thanks to surge of Covid infections just before the start of the annual holiday that essentially cancelled major gatherings. The Road Safety Director Centre says 192 people have been killed and 1,818 injured so far during the Songkran holiday, with 37 dying on Wednesday alone. But those numbers, although disturbing, are half of what they were in 2019 when the Songkran holiday was in full swing. Of 1,795 accidents over the past 5 days, Nakhon Si Thamarat accounted for 76, followed by Chiang Mai (63), Songkhla (49) […]

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Phuket’s July Sandbox no-quarantine model “needs a major revamp”

Thailand’s Sports and Tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn is acknowledging that Phuket’s ‘Sandbox’ model for a no-quarantine re-opening in July will need “a major revamp”. As the Songkran travel bubble bursts and the monsoon season waves start to roll onto the island’s west coast beaches, Phuket’s scheduled July re-boot suddenly seems a long way off. Minister Phiphat says he plans to meet with “all related agencies” this week. Apart from the latest national re-surge in new infections, Phuket has been unable to get its hands on sufficient vaccines to meed its deadline of 70% of the island vaccinated by July 1. Thailand’s […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Two Covid deaths, 1,547 new cases
Two more deaths and 1,547 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday, bringing the totals to 99 fatalities and 40,585 cases.
Council hints at layoffs
The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) estimates the industry's unemployment rate in the second quarter could reach between 2-2.5 million as reopening plans might be delayed if the government cannot flatten the virus curve within a month.
Govt shelves harsh action
The government on Friday strengthened Covid-19 control measures with a special focus on 18 "highest risk" provinces -- but decided against drastic measures like lockdowns and curfews.
Phuket sandbox timeline to be reset
The Tourism and Sports Ministry needs to reset the timeline for the Phuket sandbox because the province may not have enough vaccine doses following the new nationwide spread of the virus.
No curfew, gatherings banned for 2 weeks
Authorities have decided against a curfew but schools will be closed while large gatherings and other high-risk activities will be suspended for two weeks from Sunday to control the fast-spreading new Covid-19 outbreak.
Day 6: 29 deaths, 310 injuries
Twenty-nine people died and 310 injured in 313 road accidents on Thursday, the sixth day of the seven-day Songkran road safety campaign.
Uni project aims to help communities
Elderly care does not only provide health checks and guidelines on self-care to senior citizens but it also improves safety and convenience in the environment they are living in.
Covid caseload sets record again
The government on Friday reported 1,582 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, setting a record for the third consecutive day and raising the total to 39,038.
Neighbourly neglect
The Myanmar junta's brutal military repression against anti-coup demonstrators and airstrikes against innocent villages near the Thai border between March 27 and 30 has prompted acute rebukes and trade sanction threats from the international community.
Dems unveil charter change plan
The Democrat Party has unveiled its proposal for charter amendments which include the reinstatement of the 2007 electoral system.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
More Myanmar job-seekers held for illegal entry
KANCHANABURI: Six more illegal job-seekers from Myanmar and two Thai guides have been arrested in Sangkhla Buri district.
BoT shrugs off US currency watchlist tag
The Bank of Thailand has responded to the US decision to keep the country on a currency manipulation watchlist by asserting that it has stepped into the market only to curb volatility in the baht.
Myanmar junta chief to attend Asean talks
Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing will attend an Asean leaders’ summit in Jakarta on Tuesday, Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat said on Saturday.
Two Covid deaths, 1,547 new cases
Two more deaths and 1,547 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday, bringing the totals to 99 fatalities and 40,585 cases.
155 new Covid-19 cases in Chon Buri
CHON BURI: A total of 155 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Chon Buri province on Saturday, many of which were linked to entertainment places, bringing the total in the new round of the outbreak this month to 1,065 cases.
Fresh wave threatens media spending
Thailand's media spending is expected to grow less than 5% in 2021, down from a previous estimate of 8-10% following a fresh wave of the pandemic, says Media Intelligence (MI), a media planning and creative agency.
NHA urged to speed up low-rent housing
The National Housing Authority (NHA) has been urged to speed up the development of a rental housing scheme for low-income earners, says the State Enterprise Policy Office (Sepo) has urged the.
Kingdom 'on track' for June inoculation initiative
The Department of Disease Control has stressed that the kingdom will carry out the national Covid-19 inoculation drive in June as planned, starting with six million locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccines.
Council hints at layoffs
The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) estimates the industry's unemployment rate in the second quarter could reach between 2-2.5 million as reopening plans might be delayed if the government cannot flatten the virus curve within a month.
100+ medical staff infected by patients
More than 100 medical staff at many state hospitals have been forced into self-quarantine after patients failed to disclose they had been in contact with infected people.
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