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PM warns not everyone eligible for 5000 baht aid package

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“About 20 million people have registered for the assistance. But this does not mean they will all get the money.”

A week ago, the Thai government announced it would supply “informal workers” with 5000 baht per month for 3 months during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. Now it warns it will take it back from those who have registered but are not eligible. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha told media yesterday that he has instructed the Finance Ministry to explain to the public who exactly is entitled and how they can protect their right to the finacial aid. Despite an intensive public awareness campaign, the premier said, many ineligible people have registered for the aid.

The PM says authorities will use artificial intelligence to analyse and screen people, to see who meets the criteria set by the Finance Ministry. The money will only be handed over once the information is verified. Those who are ineligible will be removed from the list. If they happen to receive the aid, the money will be taken back, the PM warned.

“Don’t deprive those who are really in trouble of the opportunity to get help. However, the government will come up with additional measures to help those who are not eligible for the 5,000 baht aid.”

The government has rolled out a series of stimulus packages to ease some of the impact of Covid-19 on workers, including more than 100,000 bar workers.

Among the measures is a 50 billion baht government fund that provides 5,000 baht per month for three months to 3 million affected temporary employees and self-employed workers. The remaining “informally employed” population will be left to fend for themselves. The government’s closure of entertainment venues (read: bars and clubs) means over 100,000 workers are out of a job. The government says the relief mea­sures were issued to help companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises.

An army source also announced that more than 40 fake websites, with names similar to the official ones, have been created to lure people into registering, stealing their personal and private information.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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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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Gyms, fitness centres to reopen tomorrow nationwide

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As tomorrow marks the beginning of Phase 3 of the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures, many catgories of businesses will be allowed to fully reopen, though health and social distancing restrictions will remain in place. Fitness centres, including in malls, are included in that list.

The reopening will include many new rules and regulations designed to stop the potential spread Covid-19. Nearly all gym equipment will be allowed for public use, not just free weights as in Phase 2, but will require disinfecting and sanitising after every use. Previously, some gyms had been allowed to open but permitted only free weight lifting and no other equipment. Gyms in malls were not allowed to reopen in the prior phase.

Masks will be required in gyms and fitness centres at all times.

Large group classes and group activities are still prohibited. Only limited slots in small group sessions and classes are permitted.

Temperature checks and signing in and out through the Thai Chana government tracing app is required. Hand sanitiser must be made available throughout the fitness centre.

Staff have been instructed to strictly limit the number of people entering gyms and fitness centres and to encourage social distancing and discourage socialising and chatting.

Patrons should also bring their own towels, in line with government regulations. Strict rules around lockers and showers will also be in place.

Not every fitness centre will be reopening tomorrow as the decision is made by individual venue management. Your neighbourhood gym may remain closed.

Gyms, fitness centres to reopen tomorrow nationwide | News by The Thaiger

Other categories of businesses being allowed to reopen include fresh markets, pet grooming and pet nurseries, sports stadiums and outdoor sports venues, and no doubt to the relief of many, massage shops. Health and social distancing measures will be in force in all newly reopened venues.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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13 return from South Korea with high fever, rushed to quarantine

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A Korean Airlines flight arrived at 9:25pm yesterday at Suvarnabhumi Airport bringing 194 Thais from South Korea. Screening officers found 13 of the passengers with high fever and immediately sent them to hospital. Most of the rest took a bus to a 14 day state quarantine area according to state measures, while 18 went to “alternative state quarantine” at a designated hotel.

Thailand reported just 1 new Covid-19 case yesterday, a 19 year old student who returned from Saudi Arabia and was in a state quarantine facility. 4 cases were reported today, bringing the national total to 3,068 since the beginning of the outbreak. Of those, 2,963 have recovered and gone home, making Thailand’s recover rate 96%. No deaths have been reported in several days and the toll has remains at 57.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thailand’s Covid-19 cases (May 31)

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Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, weekend spokesperson of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, told this morning’s press briefing there were 4 new Covid-19 cases but no deaths over the previous 24 hour period. The total number of Covid-19 cases rose to 3,081 since the outbreak began: 2444 domestic cases and 637 returnees from abroad.

The 4 new cases were all diagnosed while in state quarantine…

• a 37 year old masseuse returned from the United Arab Emirates on May 24 and was found to be infected on May 29 after she experienced difficulty in breathing and other symptoms

• 2 of the new cases were asymptomatic male students aged 18 and 19 who returned from Turkey and were in state quarantine in Chon Buri province

• the fourth case is a 22 year-old asymptomatic male student who returned from Saudi Arabia on May 21 and was found infected on May 29 in state quarantine in Narathiwat province, bordering Malaysia.

Meanwhile, 2 people have fully recovered and returned home.

As of today the total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 3,081, with just 61 still under treatment. 2,963 have recovered and been discharged, leaving the recovery rate at 96%. There have been 57 deaths.

Globally, the total number has passed 6 million confirmed cases with around 370,000 deaths.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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