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The nation’s schools close today

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Thailand’s education minister today ordered all schools nationwide to close from today as a measure to to tackle the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The ministry’s permanent secretary Prasert Boonrueng made the announcement yesterday.

“Taking into consideration the well being of students, we urge all educational institutions under the ministry, both government and private, to close [temporarily] from March 18 onwards. Music schools, tutoring schools, and international schools must also be closed until further notice.”

The permanent secretary warned that private schools who violate the announcement will have their licences confiscated, and management of government schools will be disciplined for any violation.

SOURCE: The Nation

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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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Covid-19 update: 6 new cases, all detected in quarantine (June 18)

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Breaking a 3 day streak of zero new cases, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration this morning announced 6 new cases of Covid-19 over the previous 24 hour period, all detected in state quarantine. Thailand has now reached 24 days without a domestically transmitted case.

Of the 6 new cases, 5 are male students, aged 23-26, who were asymptomatic and returned recently from Saudi Arabia. A 26 year old female student, who had a fever, returned from India. Meanwhile, 1 more patient returned home after making a full recovery.

As of today, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 3,141 since the beginning of the outbreak: 2,444 domestic cases and 204 found in state quarantine. 86 are still under treatment, 2,997 have recovered and been discharged, making Thailand’s recovery rate around 95.4%. The death toll remains at 58.

Globally, total confirmed cases rose to 8.4 million, increasing by 142,000 in the past 24 hours, with around 451,000 deaths. The US reported over 26,000 new cases yesterday with spikes in Florida, Texas, California and South Carolina causing concern. Thailand has fallen to 91st among countries with the highest number of cases.

The CCSA is concerned by the situations in India and Indonesia, which is currently reporting more than 1,000 new cases per day.

Dr Panprapa says that as people start to live the “new normal life”, they need to remain cautious. She asks people to be careful, wear a mask, and keep their hands clean at all times, especially in crowded places. to prevent spreading the virus.

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Cabinet disagrees with the cancellation of Thai public holidays in May

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Yesterday, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired a meeting with the Coronary Centre for Disease Infection Management 2019 (Covid-19) at Santi Maitri building behind Government House. One of the matters discussed was the postponement of national holidays. The matter was going to be presented to today’s cabinet meeting.

The holidays that were going to be cancelled or postponed included…

  • Friday, May 1, 2020, Labour Day,
  • Monday 4 May 2020, Coronation Day,
  • Wednesday 6 May 2020, Visakha Puja Day,
  • May 11, Plowing Day.

But today’s cabinet meeting said they ‘disapprove’ of the postponement or cancellation of the Thai national holidays in May.

But a spokesperson for the Cabinet told the public to stay at home and refrain from travelling out of their provinces, fearing that they may take extended leave, from May 1-6, to vacation upcountry and celebrate the holidays.

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Phuket’s bars and entertainment industry closes up shop

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Shutters down today in Phuket. Well, officially anyway. Bars, clubs and entertainment venues on the island will now remain closed for at least 14 days in the island’s latest efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. Phuket’s Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana made the formal announcement yesterday after 24 hours of conjecture and confusion.

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee resolved to issue an order for temporary closure starting from yesterday.

The move is a national roll out following the Thai Cabinet’s resolution on Tuesday at their weekly meeting ordering temporary closure of entertainment venues in Bangkok and Greater Bangkok for 14 days.

“Entertainment venues” includes Thai traditional massage parlours and movie theatres. The local resolution has now been handed out to entertainment venue operators across Phuket.

The Governor said local venues would be able to request a review in their circumstances but would need “valid reasons to stay open”. The Governor also stressed that Phuket continues to screen all visitors arriving at the airport and sea ports.

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