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Thailand’s chicken egg exports banned for 7 days

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“The 7 day ban is a trial period, if the situation does not improve by next week, we may consider extending the ban.”

Deputy PMr and Minister of Commerce Jurin Laksanawisit says…

“Currently domestic production capacity averages 40 million eggs per day, while Thailand’s daily consumption is 39 million, and 2 million were exported. To deal with the problem, the Ministry of Commerce is temporarily banning the exportsof chicken eggs for 7 days from today in a bid to boost supply at home. The 7 day ban is a trial period, if the situation does not improve by next week, we may consider extending the ban”.“

“When eggs are in oversupply, the government supports farmers by paying 40 satang each for exports to neighbouring countries, however, due to the Covid-19 situation, domestic demand has risen by 2-3 times, causing shortages in some areas.”

“The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and Department of Livestock Development have been informed of the situation and will not issue export permits for chicken eggs throughout the period.”

Furthermore, the Ministry of Commerce will monitor and keep egg prices in the range of 3.3 – 3.5 Baht each and perform random price check frequently. Any price gougers will be sentenced to a maximum of 7 years or a 140,000 Baht fine, or both.

“If you witness price gouging of eggs or other control products, please contact Commerce Office in your area or call our hotline 1569.”

SOURCE: The Nation

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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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19 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine, 2 apparent reinfections

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19 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine with 2 apparent reinfections, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is raised to 3,998 with 3,803 recoveries and 60 deaths. 135 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

  • A 20 year old Thai woman travelling from Switzerland tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 22 and tested positive 5 days later at a quarantine hotel in Bangkok. She was first infected with the coronavirus on November 11.
  • A 20 year old Thai man travelling from the United States tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 22 and tested positive 5 days later. He was first infected with the coronavirus on November 4.
  • A 35 year old Thai man travelling from India with a layover in the United Arab Emirates tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 15 and tested positive 8 days later while at a quarantine hotel in Bangkok.
  • A 39 year old Thai woman travelling from Italy with a layover in Qatar tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 21 and tested positive a week later at a state quarantine facility in Chon Buri.
  • 2 Thai women, ages 55 and 42, travelling from Germany tested positive for Covid-19. They both tested positive on November 26 after checking into quarantine facilities in Bangkok and Samut Prakan.
  • 2 Thai women, ages 18 and 30, travelling from Switzerland tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on November 22 and tested positive 5 days later while at an alternative state quarantine hotel in Bangkok.
  • 4 people travelling from Japan, a 57 year old Japanese man and 3 Thai women ages 21, 25 and 27, tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on November 22. The women checked into a quarantine hotel in Chon Buri and the man checked into a quarantine hotel in Bangkok. They tested positive on November 27 and 28.
  • A 69 year old French man arrived in Bangkok on November 23 and tested positive for the coronavirus 3 days later at a quarantine hotel.
  • An 18 year old Thai student travelling from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 23 and tested positive 5 days later while at a quarantine hotel in Chon Buri.
  • A 33 year old Thai national and 31 year old Russian man travelling from Russia tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on November 23 and tested positive 4 and 5 days.
  • A 60 year old Thai woman travelling from Denmark tested positive for Covid-19. She arrived on November 23 and tested positive 5 days later while at a quarantine hotel in Chon Buri.
  • A 39 year old medical tourist travelling from Oman tested positive for Covid-19. He arrived on November 26 and tested positive upon checking into an alternative hospital quarantine in Chon Buri.
  • A 38 year old Thai woman travelling from the Netherlands tested positive for Covid-19 at a screening checkpoint at Suvarnabhumi Airport on November 28.
19 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine, 2 apparent reinfections | News by The Thaiger

Daily new Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of November 29, according to Worldometers.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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2 more cases identified in the northern Thailand Covid-19 mini outbreak

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2 more people have been confirmed as infected with Covid-19in the current mini-outbreak in Northern Thailand. In this case both women had crossed the Thai/Myanmar border and worked at the same bar in Myanmar as the original patient, feared to be a potential super-spreader. The 29 year old is now being treated at a hospital in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Rai public health officials report that the women, aged 23 and 26, illegally crossed the Burmese border at Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai, from Tachileik, a border town on the Burmese side of the border, last Thursday night.

All 3 went to work in Tachileik last month, but returned to Thailand after Burmese health authorities imposed a curfew from midnight to 4am. There has been between 1,300 and 1,700 cases announced each day over the past week in Myanmar.

2 more cases identified in the northern Thailand Covid-19 mini outbreak | News by The Thaiger

Thai public health officials say the new cases in Chiang Rai didn’t visit other public places, but stayed in a local hotel and ordered in food on delivery apps.

“We are less worried about the situation in Chiang Rai because they did not go out,” he said.

One of Patient Zero’s friends, the 26 year old, decided to get tested on Saturday after the news of her friend’s positive test result. Authorities then ordered her 23 year old friend to have a test as well. Both tested positive to Covid-19. Another 4 people have since been identified as “high risk” and are all being tested today. When added to the food delivery and hotel staff, the amount of people considered “at risk” could be up to 30.

Meanwhile, the Pattaya Mail is reporting that 2 of the women were arrested in Mae Sai and another 2 were arrested on a bus headed to Pattaya, via Bangkok.

Authorities say they will ramp up the border patrols but expect to see more infections coming from the original case in the next few days. Thailand’s border with Myanmar is more than 2,000 kilometres long, mostly inaccessible mountainous or forest terrain.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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An international Digital Travel Pass could be the magic bullet to restart global tourism

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A new international Travel Pass, a sort of digital health certificate, may be the way forward for countries to re-open their borders and international airlines to get their planes back into the air. The International Air Transport Association says the ‘digital’ certificate will support the safe reopening of borders.

As Covid-19 testing and the results becomes more reliable and nuanced, Governments are looking to testing as a means of limiting most of risks of Covid-19 when reopening their borders. The hope is that the new Travel Pass will replace the quarantine regime imposed by many countries and the hopes that a vaccine alone will solve the problems…

“IATA is calling for systematic Covid-19 testing of all international travelers and the information flow infrastructure needed to enable this must support:

  • Governments with the means to verify the authenticity of tests and the identity of those presenting the test certificates.
  • Airlines with the ability to provide accurate information to their passengers on test requirements and verify that a passenger meets the requirements for travel.
  • Laboratories with the means to issue digital certificates to passengers that will be recognised by governments, and;
  • Travellers with accurate information on test requirements, where they can get tested or vaccinated, and the means to securely convey test information to airlines and border authorities.”

IATA is calling for systematic Covid-19 testing of all international travellers. The concept was unveiled at at IATA’s 76th Annual General Meeting on November 24, which called on governments to reopen borders to travel. Of all the industries affected by lockdowns and the slowdown of economies, the airline and travel industry have been hardest hit.

IATA says that deep losses will continue into 2021, even though the situation is expected to improve over the coming months.

A net loss of US$118.5 billion is expected for 2020, while a net loss of US$38.7 billion is expected in 2021.

Improvements are expected in the second half of 2021 after a difficult first half. Aggressive cost-cutting may combine with increased demand during 2021 to see the industry turn cash-positive in the fourth quarter of 2021, which is earlier than previously forecast, according to the IATA.

“Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with travellers’ identities in compliance with border control requirements. That’s the job of the IATA Travel Pass.”

Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, says that the main priority is to get people traveling again safely.

“In the immediate term that means giving governments confidence that systematic COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements. And that will eventually develop into a vaccine program. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution for both. And we have built it using a modular approach based on open source standards to facilitate interoperability. It can be used in combination with other providers or as a standalone end-to-end solution. The most important thing is that it is responsive to industry’s needs while enabling a competitive market.”

The IATA and International Airlines Group have been collaborating in the project and will arrange a trial to demonstrate that this pass, combined with Covid-19 testing, can reopen international travel and replace quarantines, which they say “essentially kill demand for air travel”.

The first cross-border IATA Travel Pass pilot is scheduled for later this year and the launch slated for quarter one 2021.

SOURCES: Reuters | IATA

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