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Chamber predicts 7 million Thai people to be jobless by June

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The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking have predicted that 7 million people will be jobless in Thailand by June. The dire prediction from the chairman of the JSCCIB Supant Mongkolsuthree.

“Low wage workers will be affected the most by the layoffs, an estimated of 4.2 million retail and shopping mall workers will lose their jobs, along with 1 million construction workers, 978,000 hotel workers, 250,000 restaurant workers, 200,000 spa and massage workers and 200,000 garment factory workers.”

“Thailand’s labour market currently employs about 38 million workers and the JSCCIB is still assessing the outbreak’s impact on employment in the automotive and electronics sectors, as well as at department stores.”

The JSCCIB panel forecasts an export decline of 2% and inflation of 0.8 – 1.2% while maintaining a 2 – 2.5% GDP growth forecast. The committee also expects an 8.5 – 10% drop in exports this year.

Despite the government approving the 1.9 trillion baht economic stimulus package, the JSCCIB expects the economy to enter a recession, with estimations that the outbreak will cost the economy more than a trillion baht.”

Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Kalin Sarasin, is calling on the government to support employees taking leave without pay to self quarantine.

The government must help companies considering laying offs to keep their workers through provisions of the Social Security Act, with the government paying 50% of wages and companies paying 25% for workers who are earning below 15,000 baht a month.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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My name is Anukul, I a writer for the Thaiger, I specialise in translation articles and social media, and assisting with our video production. I previously worked at Phuket Gazette and attended BIS international school in Phuket.

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No new cases today- Covid-19 update (July 7)

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Today, there have been no new reported cases of Covid-19 in Thailand over the past 24 hours leaving the total amount of cases remaining at 3,195 with 58 deaths since the pandemic began. The number of recovered patients remains at 3,072, leaving 65 still hospitalized.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said that of the 3,195 accumulated cases, 2,444 contracted the disease locally, while 258 were diagnosed in state quarantine facilities. The Kingdom has had no new community transmissions over the past 43 days.

Globally, the number of cases rose by 182,490 over the past 24 hours to 11.74 million. The death toll also increased by 3,884 to 540,660.

The United States had the most cases at 3.04 million, increasing by 57,905 over the last 24 hours and the most deaths at 132,979, increasing by 410 since yesterday.

Brazil has seen the second-highest number of cases at 1.63 million, up by 21,486 over the last 24 hours, with 65,556 deaths. India has the third-highest number of cases with 720,346 cases and 20,174 deaths. Thailand currently ranks 99th in the world for the number of reported cases.

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5 new imported cases- Covid-19 update (July 6)

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The Thai government has reported 5 new imported cases of Covid-19, bringing the Kingdom’s total tally to 3,195 with 58 deaths.

Thai nationals made up the new cases, as they reportedly recently returned from Kuwait and are currently in state quarantine. Currently, one person has been added to the total amount of recovered cases in the past 24 hours, bring the number to 3,038.

Officials are reporting that there are now 65 patients hospitalised for the virus. Thailand overall has not seen any community transmitted cases for some time now, and the government has taken note by starting the reopening of travel for foreign tourists who fall under certain approved groups to be allowed to enter the country.

Currently, the USA and Brazil rank as the top two countries with the most reported cases of the coronavirus. Today, there have been 11,563,004 cases reported worldwide since the pandemic began.

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Supercomputer from Japan now tackling Covid-19

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The world’s fastest supercomputer from Japan is now being used to tackle the global Covid-19 pandemic. Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer claimed its spot this week as a global super-computer as it has been shown to process 2.8 times more data per second than an IBM computer in the US.

Its name Fugaku is Japanese for Mount Fuji.

The computer simulates how droplets of the coronavirus would spread in office spaces with room dividers installed and also in packed trains with the windows open. Experts also hope that it will narrow down the search for an effective virus treatment when it fully rolls out next year and more data is added.

The supercomputer takes up an entire room in the town of Kobe and has taken six years to be developed by Japanese company Fujitsu and the Riken Institute.

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