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Foreign tourists must use Covid-19 tracking app when travelling to Thailand

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Foreign tourists travelling to Thailand will need to download the Covid-19 contact tracking mobile application “ThailandPlus” before arriving in Thailand and use it throughout their stay. The app will notify travellers if they have been in close contact with any confirmed cases.

Throughout their trip to Thailand, tourists will need to keep the app “on” and check in and out of various locations by scanning QR codes. The app requires access to the smartphone’s GPS , but the Tourism Authority of Thailand says the information collected will only be used for public health purposes and will not infringe on the tourists’ right to privacy.

Travellers will also need to upload a recent headshot as well as supply their Certificate of Entry number and reference ID from the Royal Thai Embassy.

The app is a spinoff to the “Thai Chana” and “Mor Chana” apps. All use GPS and Bluetooth as well as QR code scanning to detect the users’ locations. The apps sparked controversy and many Thais expressed concerns about their privacy, but the government has assured the public that information will be kept private.

The development of the app is a collaboration between the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Digital Government Development Agency.

Click HERE to download the ThailandPlus.

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    Joe

    Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Tourists? What tourists?

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    Andre

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:03 am

    This will really help to get tourists back. What other permissions do this app require? Well, for those with a rooted phone it’s no problem manipulating the gps readouts anyway. Bluetooth? Walking around with Bluetooth on is an open invitation to getting your phone hacked.

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    Andre

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:05 am

    If abuse or leak of private data should be exposed Thailand as a tourist country will be dead for decades and not only for some years.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:57 am

    so what happens if my old 2016 phone doesn’t work with this app?………Oh I know I’ll just spend even more cash and buy a new phone for my costly trip to Thailand…….

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    John

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Me ! happy to load the App, happy to buy suitable phone if required, happy to have Vaccine,
    happy to do whatever it takes to be a tourist in Thailand again ASAP

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    Andy W

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:34 am

    I wonder how they will define “Tourist”. I expect that really mean “Farang” and all the marriage and retirement visa holders will be told to use it as well…

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    Paul

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I will not be coming to Thailand if it is mandatory to install a tracking app on my phone. What is happening to the world?

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    Jim kelly

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    GLOBAL POPULATION control Paul! That’s what this has always been about. It’s just the Flu!! It’s all about the world’s richest and heads of state regaining ‘control’ of the general populous!! Scaremonger the feckers in to believing there’s a real risk of dying! Hey. it worked.. but not on people like me and thousands more who are now questioning the whole validity of the virus figures and how they are manipulated! I WILL NEVER WEAR A MASK, NEVER USE HAND GEL, NEVER SOCIAL DISTANCE AND NEVER BELIEVE ONE SINGLEW WORD FROM THE MEDIA!!! MY CHOICE… “MY CHOICE”!!!

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    TS

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:44 am

    …the government has assured the public that information will be kept private.” They can be trusted. No worries and no tourists anyway.

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    David Mann

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Jim, lost for words how anyone could be so ridiculous in the face of data. This world can’t agree on just about anything. Do you honestly believe that it’s possible to co-ordinate a global response on the scale we have seen with Covid-19? Name one other thing countries as diverse as the US, China, Russia and the EU have agreed upon? As for not wearing masks and washing hands etc, then I would normally say that’s up to you. But wearing a mask protects others from you. So don’t be such a selfish person and basically, grow up.

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    Jim S

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Totally agree with you Jim Kelly……99.9? Survival rate of the world and people still don’t understand it!!!!!! Media bombardment to the herd. The devastation that this insanity has caused firstly to the people, then the economic fallout. We need someone with balls to stand up and say ENOUGH.

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    WindowsXP?

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

    So happy to do my 3rd ASQ trip next week. Being detained in the facility for yet another 16 days is a dream come true, and of course I will install the app. On my old 2016 Samsung which I will empty from data and install only that app on it. I will turn it on, take a mugshot of someone else and keep the phone on until I reach ASQ. Last time I was in ASQ they also forced me to install some random gov app which I uninstalled after check in.

    The country of dimwits. I trust your privacy as much as I trust your Junta’s honesty or your IT skills.

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    Hello Welcome

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    So if you don’t own a smartphone in the first place you can’t enter Thailand then? A significant percentage of the world’s population still don’t. If you do what happens if your phone’s software crashes during the flight and won’t boot up like happened to my old one recently? Or your phone is lost or stolen after you have started your holiday? If this is going to be permanent I’ll be holidaying elsewhere. Proof of vaccination should be enough.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Cambodia threatens jail for Covid-19 quarantine violations

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PHOTO: PM Hun Sen imposes harsh Covid-19 restrictions

In the face of expanding Covid-19 infections in Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned that violators of quarantine may face prison sentences, and government workers could be fired if they don’t get vaccines. More than 1,000 new Coronavirus cases were diagnosed in the last 2 days along, nearly 25% of the total cases since the pandemic began. The government has forbidden out-of-province travel and implemented evening curfews in the main city of Phnom Penh. They even shut down all the tourist attractions including the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex.

Face masks are already mandatory now in Phnom Penh, with fines up to US $250 for anyone caught violating the order. But PM Hun Sen, himself having had a close brush with Covid-19 months ago, has imposed a 2-week quarantine and has made it clear that punishment for any rule-breakers will be harsh and swift. The government has already enacted a strict bill to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Cambodia, with prison terms of up to 20 years for serious violators. In an address broadcast on state-run television, he promised a “quick trial’.

“People who break Covid measures must be sentenced, I accept being called a dictator, but I will also be admired for protecting my people’s lives.”

Cambodia began Covid-19 vaccination in February, with a million citizens already receiving at least their first of two injections. In a country of 16 million, that 6% is a healthy start for their vaccination programme. The Prime Minister also declared vaccination mandatory for all state officials and members of the military. He asserted that their job was on the line if they failed to comply.

Cambodia had done well with low Covid-19 infection numbers during the pandemic, but in February, the virus tore through the Chinese ex-pat community, with the outbreak causing a surge in infections proliferating across the country. The situation is worsening now, as hospitals in Phnom Penh are running out of beds and the government is converting large halls and local schools into medical centres for mildly afflicted patients.

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FILE PHOTO: Krystal Club Thonglor25 is one of many high-end clubs where Covid-19 spread

The current surge in Covid-19 infections now looks to be spread in large part by Thailand’s colourful nightlife, with more than 500 people contracting the more contagious UK variant (B117) of the Coronavirus. The government responded by closing all bars and entertainment venues in 41 provinces, but it may be too late to prevent a third wave of the pandemic. Many people now are critical, pointing to the first and second wave as harbingers of how the party nightlife can so easily transmit Covid-19.

At the beginning of the pandemic, partiers in Bangkok’s Thong Lor area began testing positive for Covid-19 last March. The Public Health Ministry instructed everyone to follow safety measures to prevent a big outbreak. The area is well known to be a hotspot for Bangkok’s wealthy elite and powerful with its multitude of high-end luxury clubs and bars.

A normal night has thousands of people roaming the streets into the late hours of the evening. But after infections started spreading, all nightlife was closed until July when Thailand overall had gained some control and contained the Coronavirus more successfully than most countries. In fact, it would be months before any new infections were diagnosed in the area.

While it’s commonly known that the next wave of Covid-19 in Thailand started mainly from migrant workers and low wage market workers, even the second round of infections was proliferated by people enjoying the nightlife around Thailand. There was a case of a woman in the North who went to several bars before knowing that she had contracted the virus in January, and, when the details of her bar-hopping were released, many customers of a bar she attended in Chiang Mai had already contracted Covid-19 as well. Meanwhile, in Bangkok, Techin “DJ Matoom” Ploypetch held a lavish all-night party in a luxury hotel in January. Facing criminal charges for violating Covid-19 restrictions, he has recovered from the virus himself but the party became a spreader event. None of these nightlife outbreaks stopped people from pouring back into the club scene as soon as it reopened in February.

Now Thailand is facing a massive shutdown with the threat of a third wave of Covid-19 inescapable. One major factor in the rapidly spreading infections is trendy evening entertainment venues around Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya among other areas. A 35-year-old man who contracted Covid-19 reported he had been partying in Thong Lor the month before. Testing clubgoers from bars and entertainment venues in the area revealed an outbreak of Covid-19 infections.

Krystal Club Thonglor25 gained attention as powerful politicians and the wealthy elite that frequent the club so often it’s nicknamed “Government House 2”. 1/3 of Thailand’s cabinet ministers are currently self-isolating and it was rumoured that the Transport Minister had gotten C0vid-19 from visiting the infamous Krystal Club, though rumours were later dispelled.

But growing anger has emerged towards the upscale party-going set, with the hashtag #thonglorpub trending across social media since Wednesday, and many people complaining as the country closes down entertainment venues for the next two weeks and maybe facing further lockdown procedures.

The bar and club scene is a hotspot for Covid clusters since social distancing and mask-wearing are rarely enforced, in poorly ventilated rooms with throngs of tightly packed people. A list has emerged of high society hot spots where anyone in attendance in the past few weeks is being requested to get Covid-19 tests right away after customers at each has tested positive for covid.

  • Krystal Club Thonglor25
  • Bar Bar Bar,
  • Ekamai Beer House,
  • Emerald Thonglor13
  • Dirty Bar
  • Bottoms up Thonglor
  • AINU Hokkaido lzakaya & Bar
  • the Cassette Music Bar Ekamai
  • 63 Music House Ekamai

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FILE PHOTO: A surge in new infections as people are tested following nightlife clusters.

789 new Covid-19 infections and 1 death were reported today by the CCSA. The death, a 68 year old Thai man from Nakhon Pathom, had died April 4 but was yesterday confirmed as dying from complications from Coronavirus. Only 8 infections were international arrivals, with 522 local infections and 259 diagnosed today through contact tracing.

The international infections were Thai and foreigners and included 3 arriving from Russia and 1 each from the US, UK, Oman, India, and Canada. 33 former patients are now fully recovered from the virus and discharged in the past 24 hours.

Earlier today 17 new infections were identified in Phuket and will go into tomorrow’s official national count. This brings the island’s total new infections this week to 43, almost all of them a result of an influx of Bangkok party-goers to events last weekend.

This new jump in Covid-19 brings the total infections in Thailand to 31,658 – c28,463 local cases and 3,195 internationally imported cases, 17,000+ of those cases were diagnosed from proactive testing. 28,161 have been released as ‘recovered’ with 2,645 people currently undergoing treatment and 97 total deaths.

Thailand is now 113th on the list of most cases globally, with the USA’s 31.8 million infections still more than the next 3 countries combined – Brazil with 13.37 million, India with 13.2 million, and France with 4.98 million. Russia rounds out the top 5 with 4.62 million infections.

The global total is up almost 800,000 to 135.29 million cases with 23.3 million active cases, just over 100,000 of which are considered in critical condition. 108,86 million have recovered from the virus, and 2.92 million have died, including 13,268 today.

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