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Thai high-speed rail has 3 new contracts, projects estimated at 27.4 billion baht

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A high-speed rail line between Bangkok and Nong Khai just got a boost with the signing of 3 civil engineering contracts yesterday. The total value of the 3 projects is estimated at 27.4 billion baht, with the projects being valued at 9.4 billion, 11.5 billion, and 6.5 billion respectively.

The State Railway of Thailand inked the deal with private firms selected to build the railways, expanding the network. This project brings together Thailand and China in an effort to better connect the north of Thailand. Nong Khai is one of the northernmost provinces in Thailand, along the Lao border.

The contracts include rail engineering projects along the Phra Kaew-Saraburi line, civil engineering works in the Nava Nakhon-Ban Pho area, and a maintenance depot at Chiang Rak Noi.

The final phase of surveying is expected to be completed by July. This final stretch is from Nakhon Ratchasima to Nong Khai, and aims to avoid town centres to act as a feeder to other major rail routes. The Phra Kaew-Saraburi contract will construct 7 buildings to service trains, and the Chiang Rak Noi contract will build spaces for personnel training, rail systems control operations, and train maintenance. The Nava Nakhon-Ban Pho construction will involve building a 23-kilometre expanse of elevated track and related infrastructure.

Many other Thai rail contracts are in the pipeline along with reworkings of current contracts and local train routes in Bangkok as well. Plans for 4 more contracts for this stretch of rail expect bidding to begin later this year. A current contract for Bang Sue to Don Mueang will be reviewed, though the review is not expected to delay the project. Some of the land in that contract overlaps with another high-speed rail project linking the 3 major airports in the area – Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang along with Pattaya’s U-Tapao airport. The conflict expects to be resolved later this year.

The goal is for the entire long-distance route to be completed before 2030.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    David Jackson

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Is that the best stock image of high-speed rail you could find?
    I am no railway expert but I can tell you for a fact that the radius of that curve is far tighter than the requirements to allow trains to run at 300 km/h. Moreover, the positioning of the fishplates (joining devices to the layman) should never happen on such a tight bend due to excessive forces placed upon the rail at that point.
    C-
    Come on The Thiagier…you are my main news source!

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    Gobsmacked_1

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Totally agree, David.

    Please, “The Thaiger”, get your act together. Not so much frantic reporting and updating on every topic every day. So many mistakes in articles, ranging from spelling and simple grammatical errors to serious contradictions in statistics within articles. It’s quite obvious that many writers don’t even re-read their own work before publishing.

    The quality of “Thailand News Today” remains high, but, sorry to say, the quality of articles in general is deteriorating. Quality, not quantity, would result in better, more informed comments too! Give it a try!

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Covid-19 vaccinations for June still on schedule

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PHOTO: 61 million Covid-19 vaccines are set for delivery from now until December

Covid-19 vaccinations in June are still set to proceed as scheduled according to the Department of Disease Control. They have ensured that production and distribution is on track, especially with AstraZeneca producing 6 million jabs domestically now. Local production in Thailand is ramping up, with 61 million AstraZeneca vaccines planned to be manufactured domestically by Siam Bioscience by the end of the year. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Health Ministry, and the Division of Disease Control Emergency Situation have all spoke to reassure the public that distribution will not be delayed and production is on track.

586,000 vaccines, the combined total of AstraZeneca and the Chinese SinoVac jab, have been administered so far and the number is expected to surge as mass Covid-19 vaccinations begin across Thailand. The first batches were distributed across all 77 provinces in the nation with over 510,000 people receiving their first shot already. 75,576 people are fully vaccinated, having received their first and second shot already.

Officials are looking forward to AstraZeneca delivering ts batch of jabs in June when large-scale Covid-19 vaccinations will really get underway. Once delivery begins, AstraZeneca is contracted to send 10 million vaccines per month to Thailand for 5 months, from July to November, with December completing their contract on delivery of the final 5 million shots of the 61 million contracted.

Of the 586,000 vaccines administered already, they were mostly split between medical personnel and residents of high-risk areas, with both demographics receiving just over 40% of the injections each. The remaining 20% was split between officials, who received about 10% of the jabs, those over 60 years old, who accounted for 5%, and people with non-communicable diseases, making up just over 4% of the Covid-19 vaccinations.

In Bangkok, a new Covid-19 testing station has been set up and is prepared to test about 3,000 people per day. The station is for Social Security Fund members who believe they are at risk of being infected with Covid-19, and registration can be done online here. The testing location can be found at the Bangkok Youth Centre.

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Over 100 of Thailand’s government hospital workers are now undergoing quarantines after their patients allegedly lied about being in contact with someone who was infected with Covid-19. Khon Kaen Hospital ordered 105 medical staff to immediately enter a quarantine, according to its Director, Nataya Mills. The hospital was forced to stop receiving new cases and has closed 2 medical wards and 1 paediatric ward.

“These personnel have been in contact with Covid-19 patients, so they are now treated as a high-risk group and need to go into a 14-day quarantine.”

Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, which is located on Royal Thai Air Force premises in Bangkok, has also stopped receiving any new Covid cases from today until April 30 after medical personnel came into contact with Covid-19 patients. But the hospital did not disclose how many staff would be entering a quarantine.

Samut Prakan Hospital also said on Facebook that 2 doctors, 9 nurses and 6 others had been forced to self-isolate after a patient failed to provide information about having come into contact with an infected patient.

The hospital also warned it would take legal action against any patients who refused to provide full details of their contacts with Covid-19 infected people, an offence that carries a maximum fine of 20,000 baht. Samut Prakran yesterday reported 40 new Covid-19 cases, 27 local ones — 21 in Muang district and 6 in Bang Phli district — and 13 which originated in other provinces.

In Narathiwat, Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Hospital reported that 6 medical staff had contracted Covid-19 from patients who failed to give clear information about their previous contacts. The hospital said the infected medical staff had been admitted to a special ward, while those at risk had been quarantined for 14 days and would be tested. The facility has also been disinfected.

In Ratchaburi, Photharam Hospital also carried out a thorough cleaning and announced a brief closure of its emergency department, plus an indefinite closure of its dental, physical therapy and Thai traditional medicine departments, after finding that 6 medical staff had contracted the virus.

Health officials say those people and entertainment businesses who helped spur a third wave of Covid-19 in Thailand may face legal action against them. A 26 year old woman, who allegedly boarded a plane on April 11 in Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport after testing positive for the virus, has been pointed out by Chraspong Sukree, the chief of Nakhon Si Thammarat’s public health office. He says health officials are working with authorities in Bangkok to press charges against her.

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Covid UPDATE: 1,547 new infections, restrictions start after midnight tonight

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Today the CCSA has announced that there are 1,547 new infections around Thailand, a slight drop from yesterdays’ 1,585 reported new cases. Today’s additional infections takes the total number in Thailand to 40,585 since the start of the pandemic. We will add to this story when more figures and provincial totals become available.

All but 3 of today’s newly reported infections were local – 1,544.

Bangkok – 279

Chiang Mai – 140

Chon Buri – 99 (155 cases were reported by Chon Buri officials this morning which will go into tomorrow’s national totals)

Prachuap Khiri Khan – 58

Samut Prakan – 27

Te CCSA reports that 11,916 people are still under care and supervision in Thai hospitals or field hospital facilities. 99 people have died, a local death rate of 0.24%.

Covid UPDATE: 1,547 new infections, restrictions start after midnight tonight | News by ThaigerAt midnight tonight new restrictions come into force for red and orange zone provinces. Here’s a list of the red zone provinces.

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

FULL LIST OF PRECAUTIONS (starting at 1 minute past midnight Sunday, April 18)

Across all provinces…

• Closures of schools, all nightlife venues, pubs and clubs, karaoke bars and massage parlours

(except for international schools running exams)

• No events can have more than 50 people

Provincial red zones (listed below)…

• Dining-in allowed until 9pm (but can do takeaway until 11pm)

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres and fitness centres to be closed by 9pm

(Sporting fields, exercise places, gyms and fitness clubs must close at 9pm)

• Convenience stores, markets, supermarkets must be closed by 11pm

Everywhere else…

• Dining-in allowed until 11pm

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres to be closed by 9pm

Additionally, people are being discouraged from traveling to “Red Zone” provinces. Businesses are also being ‘asked’ to allow staff to work from home or introduce other measures to minimise risk of infection at the workplace. These workplace and travel ‘advisories’ will certainly be ramped up if the number of daily cases continue to rise.

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