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Australian government warns citizens not to let down their guard as restrictions ease

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The Australian government is warning its citizens not to let their guard down as some restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus are lifted. The country has had 98 deaths from around 7,000 cases to date. Given the devastating figures coming from many other parts of the world, Australia (and neighbouring New Zealand) appear to have been relatively successful in managing the pandemic up to date.

However, Thai PBS World reports that Australian PM Scott Morrison and Cabinet Secretary Philip Gaetjens warn of the dangers of complacency, saying dealing with the virus is a “marathon, not a sprint”. As if to illustrate his point, the state of New South Wales recorded zero cases yesterday, but six today. Three of those are believed to be cases of community infections.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says people must remain alert to any symptoms they develop as parts of the country begin to open up.

“It is important for us to all take precautions because there will be many more people out and about (from Friday), and out and about for recreation as opposed to other reasons. We should feel very fortunate we are in this position as we ease restrictions, but it also means we have to maintain our vigilance and get tested if we have the mildest symptoms.”

Australia is gradually lifting restrictions that have been in place since March, with the aim of seeing nearly a million people return to work in the coming 3 months. The Covid-19 pandemic means the country expects unemployment to double to 10% by June, although the government remains hopeful of a rapid bounce-back once restrictions are fully lifted.

The New Zealand and Australian governments have discussed the probability of a short-medium term “travel bubble” for the two countries to kick off travel and tourism before they allow their citizens to start flying overseas again.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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High demand for health insurance due to Covid-19 worries, premiums expected to rise

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With the increasing demands for health insurance due to people’s worries over Covid-19, health insurance premiums are expected to grow 1.59% this year, according to the Insurance Commission.

Commission secretary-general Suthipol Taweechaikarn says total premiums will see 101 billion baht revenues this year, an increase from 99 billion baht last year. He adds that the Covid-19 situation is a major factor in higher demand for health insurance policies as medical expenses are likely to increase every year.

Some insurance companies in Thailand have also found an increasing demand for health coverage policies among their customers, especially those with high purchasing power.

Deputy CEO of Tokio Marine Life Insurance Thailand says the company will offer annual premiums starting at 15,000 baht.

“The company aims to increase health insurance premiums to 50% this year from 40% last year.”

Cigna Insurance CEO says the company will use digital technology for product and service development to meet customers’ demands in the new normal lifestyle.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha considers legalising gambling

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In the midst of a nationwide crackdown on gambling, an effort driven to contain Covid-19 by stopping the illegal gatherings after an outbreak at a Rayong gambling den, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says now he will consider the legalisation of gambling. He says he’ll start by staging discussions about the pros and cons.

In the recent wave of Covid-19, major clusters of the virus infections have been reported at illegal gambling dens. Elusive gamblers have been problematic for health officials who have been trying to track down those who may have come in contact with the virus. Some health officials have also been concerned with compulsive gamblers who are known to frequent many different venues.

PM Prayut says it is time to begin discussing the possibility of legalising gambling in Thailand, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The prime minister says the key question is whether legalised gambling will be considered acceptable by most Thais, adding that some may say it is immoral.

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CCSA Update: 369 new Covid-19 cases

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369 new Covid-19 cases were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Most cases were detected in Samut Sakhon in a mass testing campaign. Thailand now has 3,147 active Covid-19 cases. Since the started of the pandemic, the CCSA has reported 12,423 cases – 8,186 of those cases were reported in the new wave of infections.

Out of the 369 new Covid-19 cases, 275 were detected in proactive testing, 82 were local transmissions and 12 cases were detected in quarantine for those arriving from overseas.

The 82 local cases were exposed to the virus while visiting high risk locations including 51 cases in Samut Sakhon and 12 cases in Bangkok.

Out of the 12,423 total reported cases since last year, 10,134 were local transmissions, 3,982 cases were found in proactive testing and 2,289 cases were from people entering the country. There have been 70 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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