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Chiang Mai to see passenger numbers fall by 40% in wake of virus fears

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The numbers at Chiang Mai’s international airport will fall 40% to 3.5 million in the first six months of this year if the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirusdrags on until the middle of the year.

Chiang Mai airport deputy director Thananrat Prasertsri said late last week that flights to the airport during the period January 1 to February 25 dropped 24% year on year, and passenger numbers fell 40% year on year to 22,000 daily.

This as the airport is expanding service areas to improve its capacity.

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In the last two years, the airport has catered to 11 million passengers, despite being built for to serve a maximum of 8 million per year.

SOURCE: The Nation

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North still choked with dangerous smog

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Chiang Mai takes the number one spot for air pollution yet again today, as a thick shroud of smog blankets huge areas of the province. Thailand’s Pollution Control Department reported today that dangerously thick smog covered the upper northern provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son. A red alert signifying severe air pollution was posted for the three northern provinces.

Levels of PM2.5 (smoke and dust particles 2.5 micrometres and less in diameter) ranged from 32-241 microgrammes per cubic metre of air in the North over the past 24 hours. The governmnent-set “safe” level is at 50mcg, double the international standard.

PM2.5 was measured at 108mcg in Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai.

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In Chiang Mai, PM2.5 rose to 101mcg in tambon Chiang Phuak of Muang district, 100 in tambon Sri Phum, and 241 in tambon Muang Khong of Chiang Dao district.

In Mae Hong Son, the PM2.5 level reached 121 in tambon Chong Kham of Muang district.

Lower, but still unsafe levels of dust were reported in Mae Chaem and Muang districts of Chiang Mai; Mae Mo and Muang districts of Lampang, Muang district of Lamphun, Muang district of Phayao, Chalerm Phrakiat district of Nan and Mae Sot district of Tak.

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Air quality was deemed “good” in the city district of Uthai Thani, at 32mcg, Wichian Buri district of Phetchabun with 36 and the city district of Nakhon Sawan at 37.

According to the Pollution Control Department, PM2.5 levels ranged from 44-48mcg in Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phitsanulok and Uttaradit provinces.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Police say most Chiang Mai curfew violators drunk

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More than 250 people have been arrested in Chiang Mai province since the national state of emergency was enacted on April 3 to fight the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, after breaking its subsequent curfew. Police say most were drunk.

Another 43 people were arrested overnight on Tuesday for violating curfew. Police report that amongst those arrested, 2 were in possession of illicit drugs as well. Many of the remaining people “had also been drinking.”

Police say they have so far arrested 278 people for violating the curfew in Chiang Mai.

“Anyone caught breaching the curfew is being fined 1,500 baht and faces being imprisoned for 15 days. After release, they’re subject to 7 days of home detention and a 1 year probation period.”

There have yet to be any reports of police officers with the virus, though 17 are in quarantine and under close observation.

Chiang Mai’s governor yesterday issued an alcohol ban, prohibiting all alcohol sales from April 10 to 20.

“Anyone found in violation of this will face up to a year in jail and or a fine of up to 100,000 baht.”

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Chiang Mai bans booze to battle coronavirus

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There’s likely to be a rush on for booze over the next few days in Chiang Mai. The northern province is banning alcohol sales for 10 days, from April 10 – 20 in its local battle with the Covid-19 coronavirus. Provincial governor Charoenrit Sanguansat issued the order yesterday.

He says the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee has already issued emergency measures to deal with the outbreak in Chiang Mai, but the situation has not improved.

“To enhance measures to monitor, control, and prevent the spread of the virus by focusing on risks of infection and people’s needs, the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee has ordered retail and wholesale stores to temporarily stop alcohol sales.”

He added that the announcement was made under the Communicable Diseases Act, and the national state of emergency declared last week

“Entrepreneurs who violate this order will be punished with not more than a year in prison or a fine not exceeding 100,000 baht, or both, under Section 52 of the Communicable Diseases Act, or they will face not more than 2 years in jail or a fine of up to 40,000 baht or both, under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree.”

“This order will be in effect from April 10 to 20.”

SOURCE:The Nation

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