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Covid-19 case detected outside state quarantine, first in weeks

Jack Burton



Covid-19 case detected outside state quarantine, first in weeks | The Thaiger
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Medical authorities in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok, say a Thai man tested positive for Covid-19 at a hospital there today. The man, whose name was not released, was diagnosed at Ramathibodi Hospital and is currently being treated there, according to Piyamit Sitra, dean of the medical faculty at Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute, an agency specifically charged with treating coronavirus patients.

The alarm was raised by a Facebook post claiming that a positive case was found at Ramathibodi. Walairat Chaiyafu, director of the bureau of epidemiology at the Department of Disease Control, said the man, a returnee from abroad, had completed his mandatory 14 day quarantine and was considered healthy at the time he was released.

If confirmed, it would be the first case of the virus outside state quarantine in nearly 3 months. Thailand has officially detected no local transmission for 86 days as of today.

It’s unclear how many people have come into contact with the patient.

This is a developing story, and The Thaiger will bring you updates as they become available.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.



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    August 19, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Every outbreak around the world started initially from one person passing it to others. Stay strong, savvy, and above all smart Thailand. Stop the flame before it becomes a fire.

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      Kai Petzke

      August 19, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      Yes, Thailand, please stay smart, don’t let this case (and the case in Bangkok from the woman, who wanted to travel back to UAE) be the beginning of a new wave.

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    August 19, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Why is this not top story? Anything else, including Richard Barrow’s v1sa would lead the way. Part 0f the plan Tha1ger??

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    August 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Where my comment??? Screening???

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    Edy F.

    August 22, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    They must find excuse to vaccine people. Because, if no deads and no virus, why vaccine ? And why masks ?
    And, if no vaccine, no money and no control of population.

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    August 23, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    you have to write all people want say ,or it is not a opinionis only what thai shit government want the people readwhat opinion is thisthe serious news paper let write all opinions is not your responsability but of the writers…so let my opinion originally is the way to change something

    who want to go thai??
    place can not be freedom to talk
    if fighihg with thais and go police or court for sure foreigner lose all
    no guaranty
    none of the property guarantees. you can’t own the land, so why invest? only a retard buys land not in his name.
    visa all the time,also when married,
    any plces in the wolrd after married no one ask me visa ,i have right to stay with my wife forever without government ask me money account ,visa and bla bla .
    incredible, i want be freedom to live and feeling home ,in thai is not possible ,SO don’t ask to go invest there is not change as i said.
    dictator and comunist country

    coz is comunist country only
    don’t let foregners free to move ,buy land ,live there without problems
    so non one invest there ,easy

    I have company in thai with more than 20 employers
    i’m in oversea in europe now and i asked embassy to prepare my visa…. Useless for me but anyway follow story ,well they said:
    They said I have to stay in quaranteene at my arrive to bkk in a structure chosen by the government under my expenses!!
    But if government forces me a lookdown in the quanrantena where you say , it is the government that has to pay. NOT THE PEOPLE….,or i do quarantene in my owner house in bangkok.
    This strategy of government is only for still money to foregner ,cos is not normal cost of hotel .This is military country now.I invite thai to do civil war and kick out prayut and is submitted staff.Group of retarders-
    anyway :
    I said ,well I don’t go!! then I fire 30 Thai families working into my owner company ,let see what they eat next months and I go holiday in other place then i reopen new business in other country ,for me nothing change but for them, hahahahahah,this coz thai government is manager by military…..
    many country welcome my company and not stupid visa like a smart,non b ,non a ,non o ,
    only stupid make complicate without knowledges as thais.
    there are country give me citizenship just if move there company or invest in real estate.
    but thais are closed into them ignorance.

    the thais has to admit without foreigner they are nothing and can not surviver

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PM orders Thai police to collaborate with Interpol to bring Boss back to Thailand

Caitlin Ashworth



PM orders Thai police to collaborate with Interpol to bring Boss back to Thailand | The Thaiger

The Thai PM is ordering Thai police to work with Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organisation, to find Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya and bring him back to Thailand for prosecution. The Red Bull heir has been on the run since 2017 and faces charges reckless driving causing death and using cocaine, charges which date back to the incident in 2012 in Bangkok.

In 2012, Boss allegedly sped his Ferrari down Sukhumvit Road in Thong Lor, running over and dragging a 47 year old police officer 100 metres down the road, killing him.

Prosecutors have now officially indicted Boss on the reckless driving causing death and drugs charges, the Office of the Attorney General announced last Friday. The recent indictment, more than 8 years after the fatal crash, follows public backlash after Boss’s cases were dropped altogether in July by the deputy attorney general.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha made a post on his Facebook page saying he ordered police to work with international authorities to find Boss and bring him back to Thailand for trial. He says a Red Notice has been issued and he expects an update by next week.

“I ask every officer to handle this matter correctly and effectively.”

Boss, the son of the co-owner of the Red Bull energy drink empire, fled the country in 2017. His hearings were delayed 7 times. He reportedly packed up and fled to Singapore on his family’s private jet just 2 days before he was due to face charges. Since then, Boss has been seen and photographed at his family home in London as well as at Red Bull events.

The story has caused ongoing rage in Thai social media with people using the cases as proof Thailand’s warped justice system where wealth and power can help you bypass official investigations.

There has been no comment from the Yoovidhya family, Boss or his legal representation since last week’s official prosecution.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Thai PBS

ตามที่สำนักงานอัยการสูงสุดเห็นชอบสั่งฟ้อง “บอส” นายวรยุทธ อยู่วิทยา…

Posted by ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday, September 21, 2020

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Bangkok nightclub busted for underage drinking

Caitlin Ashworth



Bangkok nightclub busted for underage drinking | The Thaiger
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A Bangkok nightclub was raided last night when police arrested numerous underage drinkers after city officials received a complaint about “unlawful assembly”. Police say many of the 50 people at the nightclub were under Thailand’s legal drinking age of 20 years old. They added that the patrons at the venue did not abide by Covid-19 prevention rules like wearing a mask, social distancing, and that the venue’s management didn’t limit the number of people at a social gathering.

The venue, known as “Peak” in Bangkok’s Lak Si district, north of the city centre, was ordered by police to close down because it served alcohol to underage customers and the venue did not abide by Covid-19 prevention measures.

Police raided the venue and were then waiting outside as partygoers tried to flee to provide free drug tests. Along with arresting the alleged underage drinkers, the police also arrested a young man for alleged drug use after a test for illicit drug use came up positive. Police did not specify what drugs they tested for. Reports also fail to say how many people were arrested, but Pattaya News says all the underage drinkers were arrested.

Palang Pracharath’s Bangkok MP Sira Jenjakha was reportedly also involved in the raid. He told Pattaya News that he is dedicated to eradicating social issues involving adolescents, and venues that serve alcohol to underage youth will face charges.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Protest leaders face charges for violating Thailand’s lèse majesté law and for installing the plaque

Caitlin Ashworth



Protest leaders face charges for violating Thailand’s lèse majesté law and for installing the plaque | The Thaiger

Leaders of the weekend’s pro-democracy protest in Bangkok are facing charges for violating Thailand’s lèse majesté laws and installing a symbolic plaque at a “registered historical site”. Police filed complaints against 10 to possibly more than 16 protesters.

It’s unclear how many protesters will be charged, but the Royal Thai Police spokesperson Piya Uthayo says charges will be pressed against those who “pulled the strings.” He says the Chanasongkhram Police have received several lèse majesté complaints. Under the lèse majesté law, it is illegal to insult or defame the Thai Monarch or royal family. Piya says police will take the strongest legal actions possible against those who undermined the Monarchy.

A lèse majesté complaint was filed by a leader of the pro-government “multi-coloured shirts movement” Tul Sittisomwong who said the protesters had “once again crossed the line,” according to the Bangkok Post.

“I don’t mind if they talked about politics, the prime minister or the constitution because they have the right to do so, but not about the monarchy.”

The Bangkok Post reports that around 10 protesters will be charged with violating the Public Assembly Act and Criminal Code while 4 people will be charged with violating the lèse majesté law. Thai PBS estimates at least 16 people face charges for violating the lèse majesté law and installing the plaque.

Protesters installed a plaque on the forecourt of the royal parade grounds, aka. Sanam Luang, next to the Grand Palace. The pro-democracy plaque symbolically renamed the area Sanam Ratsadon, or “People’s Ground”. The plaque disappeared and the spot was covered with concrete less than 24 hours after being embedded by the protesters early on Sunday morning. Police say they removed the plaque because it would be used as evidence against protest leaders.

The Fine Arts Department and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration filed complaints with police over the installation of the plaque, saying the protesters broke the law by causing damage to an archaeological site. The department says the plaque installation violates the Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums Act, as Sanam Luang is a historical site protected by law. The removal of another historic plaque in 2017, commemorating the Siam Revolution in 1932, when Thailand’s absolute monarchy was overthrown by a constitutional monarchy, was not reported by the same organisations.

Authorities also claim rally leaders broke into Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus and entered the grounds of Sanam Luang without permission. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration also asked police to take action against protesters who destroyed barriers and fences at the university as well as the damage done when installing the plaque at Sanam Luang, according to Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy spokesperson (the concrete has already been replaced after being torn out of the cement sometime on the early hours of Monday morning).

“The protesters damaged BMA properties and violated the Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country.”

SOURCES: Thai PBS | Bangkok Post

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