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Coronavirus damage to Thai economy estimated at 1 trillion baht

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A trillion baht: that’s the estimated damage to Thailand’s national economy, from the COVID-19 pandemic, while business confidence for the first quarter has dropped to 47.2%, the lowest in nearly 2 years. This according to the report by the Centre for Economic and Business Forecasts of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce.

The centre did a survey of businesses between March 23 and April 17, asking about confidence in the national economy, currently enduring lockdown measures including suspension of visa-on-arrival facility for tourists and a ban on all incoming flights until at least the end of May.

For an economy that derives 12-14% of its gross domestic product from tourism receipts, the impact of the pandemic has been disastrous, putting at least a million workers out of a job in the tourism and hospitality sectors alone. The road back from this point will be fraught with problems placing the Thai economy on a warpath for likely at least the next 2-3 years.

A UTCC spokesman and advisory chairman at the centre said yesterday that, although damage could not yet be thoroughly assessed, harm to the overall Thai economy is estimated at about a trillion baht.

Surong Bulakul, vice president of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, says lockdown measures have deprived many people of part or all of their usual earnings, reducing their purchasing power.

Made worse by increased competition from online vendors, he says that confidence in the state of the national economy has fallen to the lowest level in nearly 2 years.

He suggests that the government speed up the relaxation of restrictions, allowing businesses to reopen so people can return to work and begin to earn income.

The assistant to the vice chairman of CP All, which oversees the operations of all 7-Eleven convenience stores in Thailand, admits that the retail business has been hit hard by people’s reduced purchasing power and the sharp drop in the number of foreign tourists, and says the company is ready to make adjustments in line with the situation and in response to the behavioral changes of consumers.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Bangkok hospitals use baby face shields, US health officials say it could be dangerous

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While Bangkok hospitals say they are protecting newborn babies from the coronavirus with baby-sized face shields, health authorities in the US disagree with the move, and even claim it could be dangerous.

The US Centre of Disease Control says an infant face shield could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome as well as suffocation or strangulation.

Since infants and newborns often toss and turn in bed, the nose and mouth could become blocked by the face shield and suffocate, according to a CDC report on the matter.

“Parts of the shield can also get caught around the neck and cause them to suffocate.”

They say that there is no data supporting the use of infant face shields for protection against the coronavirus.

SOURCE: US Centre of Disease Control

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Pattaya’s beaches are still a ‘no go’ area this month

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Don’t go to Pattaya’s beaches unless you’re willing go to jail or pay a hefty fine. Starting tomorrow, the city’s beaches will be closed until the end of May in an effort to prevent socialising and to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Pattaya’s police posted photos on Facebook of the taped-off beaches and warning signs.

“Those who try to access the beach could face a year in jail or an up to 100,000 baht fine. People and tourists are prohibited from gathering in the areas between 9am and 9pm during the three-week period.”

However, people are still allowed to walk and exercise on the sidewalks adjacent to the beaches. The closed beach areas include… Pattaya beach, Jomtien beach, Phra Thamnak beach, Cosy beach, Wong Amat beach, Krathing Rai beach, Lan Phor Na Kluea public park and the Bali Hai pier area.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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10 arrested in Chon Buri for house party in violation of Emergency Decree

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Police in Chon Buri province’s Sattahip subdistrict, south of Pattaya, raided a party last night at a house with 10 people, most of them from out of town and described as domestic tourists. The gathering was a direct violation of the Emergency Decree enacted to stop the spread of Covid-19

Na Jomtien police were notified by a “concerned citizen” that there was a noisy party at a house in a housing estate at 9:30pm. They arrived at the house, knocked on the door and were greeted by 37 year old Paruehat Tampanon, who said he’s renting the house for several days, and that he and his friends were staying there for 2 days.

Na Jomtien police discovered 9 other people inside the house, 2 of whom tested positive for illegal drugs, police say, without naming the specific drugs. Many bottles of alcoholic and other beverages were found.

Paruehat claimed he did not know that Chon Buri still has strict social distancing measure in place and bans private parties. He also claimed all 10 people know each other and live with each other so there was be no threat of spreading the virus.

The owner of the house, 35 year old Piyanuch Ignatov, was charged with illegally operating a hotel and disobeying a Chon Buri order. (Rentals of fewer than 30 days are technically not allowed under Thai law.)

All those arrested face stiff Emergency Decree penalties, which means fines of up to 100,000 baht and/or up to 2 years in jail.

SOURCES: The Pattaya News | Naew Na

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