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A woman has been arrested for allegedly selling fake medical certificates online. The raid followed a tip-off that fake medical certificates were available to buy online via a Facebook page.

The suspect said she earned between 250,000 to 500,000 baht a month from the sale of fake medical certificates. Niphaporn Ponghiran aged 33 was arrested at a house on Phetkasem Soi 23 in Phasi Charoen district, Bangkok on Friday by officers of the Patrol and Special Operations Division.

The Facebook page was called “Tongkarn Bai Rabrong Phaet” (Want medical certificates). After the tip-off, Police began an investigation and found that the suspect had been creating fake medical certificates at her home and then selling them online. After the arrest and during questioning, the suspect confessed to opening the Facebook page to sell fake medical certificates six months earlier.

The police recovered from the house a computer, two printers, an ATM card, seven stamps of the Ministry of Public Health, public hospitals, and private hospitals; a “paid” stamp, 500 fake medical certificates from several hospitals, two grams of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

On the computer monitor were images showing how to create a fake medical certificate. Niphaporn Ponghiran informed police she had downloaded and saved files for medical certs from the internet. She then changed the details and added in ID numbers of Doctors/Clinics/Ministry of Public health to the forms and printed them out.

All medical certs have to be stamped and she got the relevant stamps made up through a stationery shop

Police initially charged her with falsifying documents and falsifying official stamps, possession, and use of illicit drugs. She was handed over to Phasi Charoen police station in Bangkok for further legal action.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    By law, in order to practice all doctors in Thailand have to publicly display their registration number given by the Thai Medical Council wherever they’re working.

    The number can then be verified by the TMC direct or the provincial health authority.

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    Bill

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    lol. Thanks IJ.

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    Slugger

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Jolly good.

    Who’s that designed to help then?

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    Craig

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    She lost that low paying tourist job and now makes up to 500,000 thb per month. 555

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Well, Slugger, IIRC the law was only introduced quite recently so all you have to do if you want to check that the doctor in your local clinic is actually a genuine doctor is check their number with the TMC.

    Unlikely to affect anyone in proper hospitals, and you’d think it wouldn’t happen, but the two clinics in the nearest town to me that had been running for years both closed as soon as the law was passed 😯 No idea how many others closed too 😢

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    James Pate

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Yet another idiot selling illegal goods on Facebook. Gotta love the title of her Facebook page! Something subtle like “Need time off work?” may have lasted longer or even flew under the radar completely.

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    toby andrews

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I would not trust the genuine medical certificates from registered Thai doctors not to be fake.
    If anyone is paying I doubt a Thai doctor would refuse to sell one.

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Thai BTS fans are celebrating as the first official BTS pop-up in Thailand is set to open in Bangkok on May 1. The world-famous K-Pop group will launch the Map of the Soul pop-up at EmQuartier in Bangkok. Until now, Thai fans, or ARMY as they are known, have waited while pop-ups shops were launched around the world. The exhibit will be open from May 1 to July 25 and access will only be available by pre-registration online, which opens tomorrow.

ARMYs worldwide were devastated when Covid-19 forced the postponement of BTS’s “Map of the Soul” world tour, but the band, famous for their appreciation and interaction with their fans – they hold the Guinness World Record for most Twitter engagement! – have worked to find ways to raise fan morale during the pandemic. They released the album BE with a Grammy-nominated single “Dynamite” and launched these pop-up events where Bangkok ARMYs can pose in front of BTS music video backdrops and shop for official BTS merchandise.

Tickets purchased online will reserve fans a 1 hour visit to the pop-up on a certain date and time slot. Reservations for each week will open on the Friday previous for booking of the event on the M Floor of The EmQuartier. Bookings must arrive 10-15 minutes early and be verified by mobile phone OTP, after which fans will receive a wristband and queue for safe entry.

Strict Covid-19 safety measures will be in place, limiting the number of entries at a time, requiring social distancing and masks, and offering hand sanitiser when entering and exiting.

BTS, the 7-member South Korean boy band formed in 2011 debuted in 2013 and became one of the biggest bands in the world holding 18 Guinness World Records, appearing frequently in Time magazine influence lists, and setting music records on charts around the world. They’ve sold 20 million albums and equalled The Beatles’ record for reaching 4 number 1 albums in the US within one year.

It was estimated their sales account for about the same of South Korea’s entire GDP as Korean Air, being the reason to visit cited by 1 in every 13 tourists, and over 40% of all music sales in the country along with 25% of American K-Pop sales, having the top-selling worldwide physical album of 2020.

BTS have addressed the UN and their endorsements have caused companies and organisations to experience huge jumps in income, including multiple charities they have raised millions for. Their charitable work, devotion to fans, and addressing of difficult topics in their music such as mental health, loss, bullying, individualism and other social commentary have earned BTS praise as more than just your average boy band. Huge turnout is expected for the Bangkok opening of the BTS Map of the Soul pop-up at the EmQuartier next month.

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Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals

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1,470 new Covid-19 infections and 7 deaths were reported today by the CCSA. 446 new cases are in Bangkok which remains the hotzone of new infections, although the latest outbreak has now spread to most Thai provinces. Out of the 7 deaths, one was a 24 year old Thai woman with a history of visiting an entertainment venue in the southern province Surat Thani where other Covid-19 infections were reported.

The young woman’s death is a rare case as the vast majority of Covid-related deaths in Thailand are the elderly or older adults with pre-existing conditions. Health officials say the woman suffered from obesity and died 3 days after testing positive for the virus. At present, there are 18,148 patients in state care… 14,555 in hospitals and 3,593 in field hospitals.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 48,113 Covid-19 infections and 117 coronavirus-related deaths.

The other Covid-related fatalities include…

  • 68 year old Thai woman with pre-existing conditions of asthma
  • 83 year old man from Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of high blood pressure
  • 80 year old woman with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 45 year old woman in Bangkok with high blood pressure
  • 59 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 86 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of heart disease

Here are the provincial totals for today, as published by the NBT…

Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

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A police officer infected with Covid-19 killed himself yesterday at a Bangkok hospital. The Royal Thai Police spokesperson says 59 year old Boonchu Panklin committed suicide due to stress after testing positive for the virus.

The railway police deputy inspector was also diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension. He tested positive for Covid-19 after coming in contact with another patient. At first, Boonchu was asymptomatic and was admitted to a field hospital on Sunday.

The next day, he had difficulty breathing and his blood oxygen levels were low. He was transferred to another building. A police spokesperson has the medical staff did not know about the officer’s mental health issues. On Tuesday, he hung himself in the hospital bathroom. After numerous calls to Boonchu’s phone went unanswered, hospital staff looked for the officer and found him by the toilet with a belt tied around his neck.

The officer’s family needed to quarantine after he tested positive for the virus and the chief of the Pathumwan police station, Pansa Amarapitak, says the officer felt guilty for putting his mother, wife and child at risk of infection.

Anyone in Thailand who feels depressed, lonely or suicidal can call the Samaritans of Thailand: 02-713-6793 for Thai and 02-713-6790 for English.

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