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12 year old motorcycle rider killed in Wichit after head crushed by tour bus

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Wichit Police have been notified about an accident at 4:40pm yesterday (May 15) on Chao Fa–Suanluang Road, opposite a furniture mall near Naka Jor Su Kong Shrine in Wichit.

Police, along with medical staff and rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a Honda motorbike in the middle of the road. Nearby was the body of 12 year old Chinnarat Kajatroka, a student at the Municipality 2 Baan Kathu School.

Chinnarat was wearing a red jacket and black shorts. He was covered with blood and his head had been critically injured. His remains were taken to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town.

Nearby police found a tour bus parked on the side of the road. The bus driver had already gone to Wicit Police Station to present himself for questioning.

12 year old Apisit Kongwee, who is a friend of Chinnarat says, “We were heading from Saphan Hin in Phuket Town at high speed. Chinnarat was the driver and I was his passenger. We weren’t wearing bike helmets. Our three others friends were on another motorbike.”

“Chinnarat lost control of the motorbike while he was in the right lane. The motorbike fell onto the road and Chinnarat was bounced onto the left lane. The tour bus was coming from behind us. His head was crushed under the wheels of the tour bus. I was very panicked and upset so called his mother to the scene.”

Wichit Police are investigating the accident.

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Fourth prison Covid-19 outbreak: 1,725 inmates infected at Thonburi prison

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Thailand’s Department of Corrections is now tackling Covid-19 outbreaks at 4 prisons. Over the weekend, more than 1,700 Covid-19 infections were detected at the Thonburi Remand Prison, adding to the more than 3,000 infections at the Klong Prem Central Prison, Bangkok Remand Prison and Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

Prior to the recent prison Covid-19 clusters, hundreds of inmates at prisons in Chiang Mai and the southern province Narathiwat tested positive for the coronavirus. Human rights activists have called on Thai authorities to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowded prisons and to release inmates who are detained for minor offenses or who are awaiting trial for non-violent crimes.

Last week, the department announced the Covid-19 outbreaks at the Bangkok Remand Prison and Central Women’s Correctional Institution, infecting a total of 2,835 inmates. The news came out after a pro-democracy protest leader tested positive for Covid-19 a week after she was released from detention.

Another Covid-19 outbreak infecting 506 people was reported at the Klong Prem Central Prison, a maximum security prison in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district on the same grounds as the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

On Saturday, the department reported that 621 inmates at the Thonburi prison had contracted Covid-19. Another 1,104 more infections at the prison were confirmed yesterday. There are 4,169 inmates at the Thonburi prison and 1,725 of them are currently infected with the coronavirus.

At the Thonburi prison, most of the infected inmates are either asymptomatic, or just have mild symptoms. Inmates with coronavirus symptoms are taking the anti-viral drug Favipiravir.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

 

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Northeastern Buri Ram mother becomes second to die from lightning in recent weeks

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A Thai mother in Thailand’s northeastern Buri Ram province, has died after being struck by lightning at a cassava plantation. The 38 year old woman, who went by the name of Jureerat, was working in the plantation with her husband, 6 year old daughter, 2 year old son and a neighbour when it started lightly raining. They all took cover under a tree, which was then struck by lightning. The woman’s husband, 40 year old Suriyan Somjai, said his wife fell to the ground unconscious, while the rest of the family was unharmed.

The neighbour ran to call for help, but by the time other villagers arrived, the woman had died. Her death marks the second time that someone has been killed by lightning in recent days. Almost a week ago, a farmer was killed by a lightning bolt while plowing his rice field in the Phon Sawan district of Nakhon Phanom. His wife says she saw a lightning bolt flash and heard thunder coming from the rice field.

His wife found his body near the farm hut in a condition described as unconscious and burned. She says her husband, 49 year old Kamol Praking, was dressed in simple farm clothing and he was not wearing anything made of metal, not even a watch, that might have attracted the lightning bolt. She says he was lying flat on his back with his body featuring marks that were similar to electrical burns. The couple lived and farmed near Huay Hai Village. By the time he was transferred to the hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Heavy rains and turbulent weather have been common in the area recently and many parts of Thailand had suffered from severe thunderstorms and high winds in advance of the nearing wet season. Powerful storms had damaged nearly 100 homes in the nearby districts of That Phanom and Pla Pak over a week ago.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

 

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Walk-in vaccination centre to open at Bangkok’s Bang Sue railway station

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Thailand’s Transport Minister, Saksayam Chidchob, has confirmed that a walk-in vaccination centre will open at Bang Sue railway station in Bangkok, from next month. The centre will serve the capital’s residents and those in the surrounding provinces. The Bangkok Post reports that 13,500 square metres of space is being transformed into a Covid-19 vaccination centre, with the goal of administering 10,000 doses each day.

Saksayam says the centre will initially open between May 24 and 31 to vaccinate workers in the public transport sector. During this period, vaccinations will be administered to motorbike taxi drivers and the drivers of public buses, electric trains, and boats. After that, the centre will open from June 1 for members of the public to get their vaccine. It’s understood doses of a Covid-19 vaccine will be supplied by the Public Health Ministry.

Saksayam points out that the railway station is easily accessible using the MRT and that shuttle buses will be laid on for anyone arriving via public bus or other forms of transport. The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority will run a shuttle bus service between the station and various pick-up points, including Victory Monument and the Mor Chit BTS station.

“This will make it easier for people to get access to the Covid-19 vaccine. They can drop by and all they need to bring is their ID cards to register for the jabs.”

It’s understood between 150 and 200 healthcare workers will staff the vaccination centre, which will open from 9am to 8pm. In the event of any emergencies, ambulances will be available.

The government has ambitious plans to vaccinate 50 million people by the end of this year and the walk-in option is being introduced due to a low uptake in the number of people registering in advance of the mass rollout next month.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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