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After protest cleared, Government House hosts first foreign minister since the Covid-19 outbreak

Caitlin Ashworth

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After all the commotion outside Bangkok’s Government House this morning, with the protest broken up by a State of Emergency order and at least 20 people arrested, Thailand welcomed the first foreign minister since the Covid-19 outbreak.

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi visited PM Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House today, the first since the pandemic. He arrived after pro-democracy protesters were cleared from the area following the newly imposed emergency decree banning public gathering with more than 5 people. The protesters intended to set up camp outside the Government House for a few days to put pressure on Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign.

At their meeting, Wang and Prayut spoke about economic trade between the 2 countries, recognising that China is a top trading partner for Thailand and a main investor in many Eastern Economic Corridor mega development projects.

Wang and Prayut also complimented each other on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. Wang says Thailand has implemented successful health measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. Prayut praised China’s research and development of a Covid-19 vaccine which is now in phase 3 of testing.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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    szalpet

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    The true narrative goes: “Wang says Thailand has implemented successful measures to control its citizens.” XD

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    Leo Z

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    It’s only fitting that the government would meet with a foreign minister representing an authoritarian/dictatorial regime.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Did the foreign minister go through 14 days quarantine?
    No of course not – a silly question.

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      Ken

      Friday, October 16, 2020 at 8:31 am

      I was thinking the same. Did he even do a covid test? Does he have the health insurance required. I guess not as well.

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      Maag

      Friday, October 16, 2020 at 8:43 am

      I dont think so…..

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    Man in Canada

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 4:40 am

    China is a brutal dictatorship. It is a police surveillance state. It has incarcerated one million citizens in re-education camps. No doubt the foreign minister is offering to assist the PM to suppress and incarcerate the protesters. Terrible.

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      Jack

      Friday, October 16, 2020 at 8:46 am

      I lived and worked in China for eight years. Like most Westerners, your willingness to spout hypocritical and ignorant BS about China knows no bounds. Your thoughts on Guantanamo, the wars on Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria; the economic wars on Venezuela, Iran, Cuba, Russia; the unconditional support of the stealth genocide of the Palestinian people?

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        thatsit

        Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:48 am

        +1

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        Jill

        Friday, October 16, 2020 at 6:40 pm

        Why are you trying to deflect the CCP Regimes glaring violation of its citizens rights by listing other topics of discussion? Seems to me that you are one of those misguided citizens that has been computed to defend the CCP at all cost.

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        Man in Canada

        Friday, October 16, 2020 at 8:34 pm

        Yeah right. The Chinese Communists are just wonderful. They forcefully assimilated the population of Tibet. They are doing the same in Xinjiang where they have incarcerated one million people in so-called re-education camps (they are concentration camps with forced labour). Now they are doing the same in Gansu. They routinely threaten to invade the sovereign state of Taiwan and annex it by force. They claim the entire South China Sea all the way south to Sawawak as their sovereign territory and build military bases there. They operate an all pervasive police surveillance state to monitor the personal lives of millions of people. The internet is censored. There is no free press. There is no free speech. Dissidents in foreign countries are kidnapped and disappear. China is like Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

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    Maag

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 8:44 am

    A nice pair !

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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9 student nurses experience side effects from Sinovac vaccine

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PHOTO: Side effects were felt by 9 nursing students after receiving the Sinovac vaccine. (via Jernej Furman / Flickr)

After receiving the Sinovac vaccine, 9 student nurses at Thammasat University have complained of side effect according to the Facebook page of the Student Organization of Thammasat University. After 88 student nurses received the Chinese-made vaccine on April 23 and May 5, 2 experienced minor side effects of a little pain in the arm they were vaccinated in, while 7 felt substantial reactions including chest pain, muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, breathing problems, numbness, and facial tics.

One case of severe side effects was a female nursing student with an underlying allergy who felt fatigued immediately after receiving the jab. she felt better an hour later, but was placed under observation. 2 days later she briefly felt that her legs and hands were numb but soon felt better. Later that evening, symptoms strengthened, with eye and facial spasms, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness in her hands.

She visited a doctor twice for the side effects and the first time was given sleeping pills and vitamin B, but the second time after a blood test, doctors concluded that the symptoms were unrelated to the Sinovac vaccine. She had been previously prescribed Clonazepam, and that prescription was changed to Pyridostigmine.

The remaining more severe side effect sufferers were as follows:

  1. One male nursing student found he had difficulty breathing and dizziness for 3 days after receiving his jab.
  1. A female nursing student reported that just 30 minutes after receiving the injection she felt shortness of breath and the next day had some numbness in her body.
  1. 14 hours after receiving the jab, a female nursing student said that she felt side effects of fatigued and had trouble breathing and had to use pillows to help her breathing difficulties.
  1. Another female student felt muscle pain and dizziness the next day after receiving the vaccine.
  1. A female student ended up receiving Vitamin B and Amitriptyline from a doctor for her side effects. She reported to initially feel something in her arm and hand where she was injected, and then numbness in her left leg and in her fingertips on both hands.
  1. For the 3 days following her inoculation, the last female nursing student had side effects of chest pains and shortness of breath.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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Sunday Covid UPDATE: 17 more deaths, 2,101 covid infections, provincial totals

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For Sunday, the numbers for new infections and Covid-related deaths from Bangkok and the Thai provinces over the past 24 hours were announced early this morning. There has been 17 deaths and 2,101 new cases announced by the CCSA.

Thailand has now reached 83,375 total cases since January 2020 and 399 deaths. Out of the 17 deaths, 8 were male and 9 female. One of them was a foreigner. The average age of the deaths was 68 years old.

Bangkok, again, is leading the way with new infections with 980 registered in the past 24 hours, mostly in 4 key clusters of low-income housing communities.

Here are all the provincial totals…

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• On the aviation front, the third wave of Covid-19 around the country is forecast to show a drop in air travel by 38% for this financial year, according to the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand.

They expect the air traffic in Thailand to remain subdued until at least September this year. Aerothai’s executive VP for operations, said the number of local flights had been stable for the first half of April but it plummeted dramatically in the second half.

Despite the current wave, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand is still planning to relax restrictions for international flights to and from Thailand. The Government has re-iterated its commitment to reopen the country’s main tourist areas from July.

• Yesterday the CCSA said that Bangkok will need more beds for severely ill Covid-19 cases over the next couple of weeks, as the number of daily infections continue to rise.

Since the start of April, this is how the third wave has unravelled…

Sunday Covid UPDATE: 17 more deaths, 2,101 covid infections, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

 

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Thai woman admits to stealing lottery tickets from blind ticket seller in Bangkok

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A 57 year old Thai woman is admitting to stealing lottery tickets from a blind seller in Bangkok. The woman, Sumali Muangpluem, is now under arrest for allegedly stealing from the disabled seller in the underground Sutthisan Station train between November 25-27 of last year. Sutthisan police say they collected evidence of the same type of theft in many districts, leading them to issue an arrest warrant for Sumali.

Police say their investigations revealed that the suspect would approach blind lottery ticket sellers while holding several tickets in her left hand. She would then use the right hand to pretend she was choosing a ticket and pull all of the tickets off at once so that the lottery seller would only hear one ticket being pulled. She would then hand some tickets to the seller while she hid the rest so onlookers wouldn’t notice. She would then put the tickets in her bag while talking to the seller at the same time to keep her from noticing.

They say the suspect would then tell the seller she would be back to get the tickets and would leave money for the seller in the form of a deposit. One seller said he was keeping in regular touch with police as the same woman kept stealing lottery tickets from other blind sellers. He says he is afraid the suspect may hurt him because he filed a police report against her.

Police say Sumali has stolen about 450 tickets, valued at over 45,000 baht. They say she has stolen tickets at Victory Monument, Payathai, and Bang Na train stations in Bangkok.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

 

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