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Thailand’s Prime Minister takes control as the State of Emergency is activated

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The Thai PM says he promises to do his best to lead Thailand through this Covid-19 crisis, to ensure the safety of the Thai people, and urges everyone to have faith in his leadership.

Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke earnestly to the Thai people telling them to expect the worst in the next “several weeks or months” as the virus continues to ravage the country. He says that more stringent measures will be imposed that will affect their daily lives.

The State of Emergency is now in effect. The PM said that more stringent measures are necessary to slow the spread of Covid-19 and to reduce the socio-economic impacts from the contagion.

He urged all Thai people to cooperate fully with the government, to act responsibly and to comply strictly with preventive directives, even though they may feel their freedom is being eroded.

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The PM also warned opportunists, hoarding goods and profiteering, that they will be dealt with decisively. He also noted that “more will follow in the near future, which may further inconvenience people”.

In recent days there has been rumours of a national curfew but, at this stage, none has been enacted. Locally, there was a curfew in Phuket last night, from 5pm-midnight, asking all tourists to remain in their accomodation. The announcement, from the Phuket Governor, was an effort to avoid a repeat of spontaneous gatherings on Patong Beach the night. Few people knew about the local curfew even though it was randomly posted on local social media (Phuket’s Governor certainly didn’t bother sending The Thaiger a copy of the edict).

From today Thailand’s prime minister takes a firm leadership role under powers outlined in the 2017 Constitution in an emergency situation.

Prayut is in directly in charge of Thailand’s fight against the coronavirus. He will be overseeing all efforts at prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, and will report directly to the people on the progress of the government’s efforts.

“Several weeks or months from now may be the worst time for us, the most difficult time for Thailand. It will be an unprecedented and challenging time for us. We must accept that Thailand is now at a turning point in the fight against Covid-19 and the situation may worsen considerably. It will affect our health, our income and our ways of life.”

The PM said the government will issue updates on the virus situation every day. He urged the media to rely on government information only, and to refrain from interviewing medical professionals, so that they can focus on looking after the sick. He also asked netizens to refrain from sharing fake news.

“The government sector cannot fight the contagion alone, but needs public participation. Many capable members of the private sector have been mobilised to join the fight.”

“This may be painful for all of us, but it is an opportunity to demonstrate that courage, love and care for one another will bring us through the crisis.”

“We will weather this crisis together, to be strong again. We will fight together and win together.”

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More local Covid-19 cases linked to women who worked in Myanmar border town

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Health officials report 3 more Covid-19 cases linked to the 10 Thai women who tested positive after working in Myanmar’s border town Tachileik. The women allegedly crossed the border illegally, evading immigration screening and the mandatory 14 day quarantine. Some travelled using public transportation to Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Phichit and Ratchaburi.

A 51 year old businesswoman from Sing Buri tested positive after travelling on the same flight as 2 of the now confirmed cases, according to director general of communicable diseases Sophon Iamsirithaworn. The flight was Nok Air flight DD8717 from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on November 28.

The businesswoman got an influenza vaccine on Monday. A few days later, she started getting body aches and other symptoms she assumed were related to the flu shot. The next day, she found out that 2 women with Covid-19 were on the same flight as her. She then got tested for the virus.

The 2 other new cases are Thai women returning from Tachileik.

The first confirmed local transmission linked to the women was announced yesterday. The 28 year old Chiang Rai man tested positive after coming in contact with 3 of the women.

Many of the women say they worked at entertainment venues and hotels in the border town. Some confirmed that they worked at the 1G1 Hotel. A Tachileik resident told Coconuts Bangkok that the coronavirus spread at the venue through commercial sex.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Covid-19 spread through commercial sex at Myanmar hotel, border resident claims

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A resident of Myanmar’s border town Tachileik claims a recent Covid-19 outbreak spread at sex venue parading as a hotel. 10 Thai women tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from Tachileik where they had worked. Some confirmed they worked at the 1G1 Hotel in the border town.

Tachileik resident Moon Saing told Coconuts Bangkok that the virus spread at the 1G1 Hotel after a group of “fat military generals” from Yangon, where infections continue to rise, had sex with Thai women working at the venue.

“It’s 5,000 THB per session and some charge 10,000 THB to bring home.”

While that’s the only claim reported on hostesses at 1G1 Hotel offering sex services, a Facebook page that appears to be linked to the hotel advertises jobs for “beautiful women.” One post offers a 3 day position to earn 30,000 baht, saying the “entertainment” job has “high class business customers.”

The Facebook page was created in 2016 and named ร้าน 1G1 7Hotel งานพม่า งานท่าขี้เหล็ก งานเชียงราย, meaning jobs in Myanmar, Chiang Rai and at the 1G1 hotel. The name was changed a few days ago, taking out 1G1 hotel, according to Facebook page transparency information.

Another Facebook page under the 1G1 name links to a modeling website based in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao area.

SOURCES: Coconuts Bangkok | Facebook

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150 Thai workers ask to be allowed home from Myanmar’s virus-hit Tachilek

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150 Thai workers ask to be allowed home from Myanmar’s virus-hit Tachilek | The Thaiger
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The Department of Disease Control says up to 150 Thai nationals have applied to return from Tachilek, as Covid-19 cases rise in the Burmese border town. The requests come as health officials attempt to trace hundreds who came into contact with a number of Covid-infected Thai women who crossed into the Kingdom illegally, bypassing health checks and quarantine. A man in Chiang Rai who had contact with the women has since tested positive for the virus.

A total of 10 women, all of whom were carrying the virus, are believed to have made the illegal crossing. 2 of them subsequently boarded flights to Bangkok and Phitsanulok. It’s understood most of the women worked at a hotel and nightlife complex in Tachilek, called 1G1. Nation Thailand reports that around 180 Thai nationals work at the establishment.

Thai health officials say over 1 million volunteers are now being deployed to homes in border areas, to check for anyone who may have entered the Kingdom illegally. The Thai military is working with other relevant agencies to block the border crossing at the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai. At least 80 officials, accompanied by additional troops, are being deployed to check illegal border crossings.

Tachilek has reported 15 new cases of Covid-19, with the total number of cases in Myanmar now over 95,000.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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