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At least 16,000 people sought medical help from mobile medical units based near the Royal Crematorium ceremonial grounds on Wednesday and yesterday morning.

About 100,000 mourners have crowded into the areas along the route of the Royal Processions held in honour of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej since Wednesday. Many of them had camped out for a few days ahead of the opening of the public viewing zones at 5am on Wednesday.

“The most common symptoms are fainting, cramps, fatigue and wounds from accidents,” Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsataya-dorn said at 8am yesterday. He said many people had lacked enough rest, and had been exposed to the sun and rain. Piyasakol said his ministry had ensured medical services were available in all areas round-the-clock.

More than 4,000 medical teams took turns providing the services, he said. Piyasakol advised people who had chronic health problems to alert their friends, relatives or a person next to them if they felt like fainting to ensure that they could get help in time.

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100+ test negative after Koh Samui Covid-19 case of the Thai/French woman

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So far, more than 100 people have tested negative for Covid-19 after a 57 year old French/Thai woman tested positive for the virus in Koh Samui. Her case is the first on the island in 7 months and health officials are investigating to determine if she came in contact with the virus on the island, when travelling from France or possibly while in quarantine at an ASQ hotel in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok.

The woman, born in Thailand, was repatriating back to Thailand with her family. She has dual citizenship.

Meanwhile, 30 people are considered to be at “high risk” of contracting the virus. The Koh Samui Hospital director Veerasak Lorthongkum says those people, including her husband and son, as well as people seated close to her onboard a flight, show no signs of infection.

Traces of the virus were found on gym equipment at the ASQ hotel in Samut Prakan where the woman stayed when she arrived back in Thailand. She spent the mandatory 2 weeks in isolation upon entering Thailand and tested negative for Covid-19 twice during her stay. A few days after she was released, she complained of a fever. A few days later, she checked in to hospital in Koh Samui where she tested positive for Covid-19.

SOURCE: Coconuts Bangkok

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Thousands of protesters descend on the German Embassy in Bangkok awaiting to submit their petition

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7.15pm and the protesters arrived out the front of the German Embassy. Thousands have blocked the way in Sathorn Road but protesters say they’re waiting for more to arrive. Estimates of the crowd say there are up to 10,000 anti government protesters already. Protesters say they’re waiting for an invitation by the German Ambassador for representatives to enter the embassy to submit their petition.

Protesters have been met by hundreds of riot police protecting the entrance to the embassy, in fact three lines of police. The ensemble of police is matched by a huge Thai and overseas media contingency.

Protesters are seeking an opinion from the German Government about the residential status of the Thai Head of State in the state of Bavaria, claiming that the monarch has been conducting political business whilst in residence.

Protest leaders asked the demonstrators to show restraint and avoid any violence as the rally moved from the Sam Yan intersection, near the Chulalongkorn University, towards the German Embassy along Rama IV Road.

At this stage no officials have emerged from the gates of the embassy to accept the petition. A number of protest leaders are waiting at the gate with their petition after clearing the way for the representatives to approach the front gate in waiting for someone to come out.

As of 7.15pm, no one had emerged from the embassy buildings although a report has come from Thai Enquirer that the Embassy has agreed to accept 3 protest leaders inside to submit their petition.

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Thai protesters head to German Embassy to file controversial petition

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There was a spontaneous rally outside the German Embassy in Sathorn Road by government supporters and yellow-shirted royalists early this afternoon, a prelude to this afternoon’s march by anti-government protesters walking from the Sam Yan intersection to the embassy, a route of about 1.5 kilometres.

Protesters say they will submit a petition considered to be unprecedented and controversial in Thailand, calling on Germany to investigate His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who spends a significant amount of his time in Bavaria, to determine if he has violated German sovereignty by exercising power on German soil.

“Our monarchy has been used as a political tool for several years. The dictators and fascists have used the monarchy to tackle those who stand against them. This is the reason why Thailand is not moving forward as it should be.”

Meanwhile, another protest has popped up in Wongwian Yai, Thonburi, on the west banks of the Chao Praya, Bangkok.

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A few hundred pro-government supporters rallied outside the German Embassy in Sathorn for just over an hour sharing their enthusiasm for the Thai monarch with the spokesperson yelling “Show me who would be Thailand’s first president”, Who would that be”, suggesting that the protesters were talking of changing Thailand from a constitutional monarchy to a republic, something that has never been a part of the current protesters’ demands.

Royal supporters dressed in yellow, a colour representing the Thai Monarchy, waved the Thai flag and held up photos of the Royal family. The royal supporters are an older demographic than the pro-democracy activists who include many students, showing a clear generational divide in the current conflict.

It is the first time a foreign government has been directly targeted by the anti-government protesters. Protesters say the intention is to push for the restoration of a “truly” constitutional monarchy in Thailand, under law. In past protests, some signs said “Republic of Thailand” rather than “Kingdom of Thailand,” as some protesters pushed for full democracy rather than a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy.

Protesters have been calling on government reform and a rewrite of the 2017 Charter. They’ve also been pushing on Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign. During the protests, parliament was in an “emergency” special session, expected to wrap up on Tuesday evening, in response to the political rallies.

Thailand’s lèse majesté laws in Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Code prohibits insults and criticism regarding the Thai Monarchy. A section in the Computer Crime Act also prohibits the insults. Despite this the Monarchy is now being openly discussed on social media and amongst Thais, previously a taboo topic in Thailand.

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