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Keeping track of foreigners in Thailand – new e-passport data to be used

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The Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry have been instructed to speed up the implementation of a single-platform online database of foreigners entering and leaving the Kingdom.

The order was given by Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan when he chaired the meeting of the fifth government committee in charge of bureaucratic reforms at Government House.

“The single platform database would help prevent crimes by foreigners, such as call-centre scams and those related to underworld activities,” said deputy government spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanich.

The two agencies were told to have the new system fully functioning in six months.

As part of the new system,the Immigration Bureau will cancel the use of the Immigration 6 form and instead use e-passport data, Kongcheep said.

He said each immigration checkpoint would be equipped with identity-checking equipment, such as fingerprint readers and passport scanners, to enter information into the database.

At the same time, the Interior Ministry’s Provincial Administration Department must ensure that all hotels, apartments, guesthouses and other accommodation services keep and report records of foreigners using their services by informing the nearest immigration office or police station, which will in turn feed the data to the database.

“This measure must be implemented in six months so that the arrivals, departures and accommodation of foreigners can be comprehensively monitored to reduce security threats, especially from transnational criminals, foreign mafias and international terrorists,” Kongcheep said.

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Koh Kood, an island in Thailand’s southeastern Trat Province is closing as of today, after 2 hotel workers are found to be infected with Covid-19. The island will close until May 1 as a safety precaution. A hotel bartender was the first to be infected with the virus, and, after tests on other employees, one more infection was found.

Shuttle boat services that go to and from the Gulf island and the mainland are now only being offered to locals. The island will allow tourists to re-enter on May 1 as long as there are no more infections. Meanwhile, Koh Samui, Thailand’s largest tourist island in the Gulf of Thailand, is reporting 46 new infections as of yesterday. All are being treated at the government hospital on the island. So far, the island has not been shut down to incoming visitors.

Thailand’s daily Covid-19 case count hit a record high today at 2,070, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported today in its daily briefing. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the number of new cases reported each day has remained under 2,000. The CCSA also reported 4 more coronavirus-related deaths, raising the total number of Covid fatalities in Thailand since the start of the pandemic to 121 deaths.

Active cases have reached 19,873 cases, more than double the peak from the last wave of infections which topped at 7,234 active cases. There have been 21,320 cases and 27 Covid-related deaths since the April 1 outbreak where cases spread primarily at entertainment venues and nightlife events. Doctors have pointed to the UK variant of the virus to the recent spread of infections which is more contagious than the original strain.

Just yesterday, Thailand confirmed 1,470 new Covid-19 cases and 7 fatalities. All the new cases were local infections reported in 66 provinces, with the capital of Bangkok leading the case increase with 446 new cases, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin.

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The daily Covid-19 case count hit a record high at 2,070, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported today in its daily briefing. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the number of new cases reported each day has remained under 2,000. The CCSA also reported 4 more coronavirus-related deaths, raising the total number of Covid fatalities in Thailand since the start of the pandemic to 121 deaths.

Active cases have reached 19,873 cases, more than double the peak from the last wave of infections which topped at 7,234 active cases. There have been 21,320 cases and 27 Covid-related deaths since the April 1 outbreak where cases spread primarily at entertainment venues and nightlife events. Doctors have pointed to the UK variant of the virus to the recent spread of infections which is more contagious than the original strain.

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Active Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of 22 April 2021, according to Worldometers.

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A Thai-born chef, who now lives in New York, has launched a social media campaign calling for justice for her pet cat after the feline was attacked and killed by a child. Suchanan “Rung” Aksornnan says she was walking her cats, Ponzu and Kimchi, along with her dog, Tofu, and parakeet, Mango, in a Brooklyn park, when a boy ran towards her and grabbed Ponzu’s leash with such force that the cat, who suffers with a heart condition, flew into the air before hitting the ground. The boy then proceeded to drag the cat several metres, with the animal later dying of his injuries.

It’s understood Suchanan confronted the boy and his family but received no apology. The child’s family, understood to be Puerto Rican nationals, have defended the boy, saying Suchanan shouldn’t have been walking her cat in a public place. The confrontation became physical, with Suchanan slapped in the face, strangled, and kicked, according to the Coconuts report. Her boyfriend’s nose was also broken before passers-by came to their rescue.

Police have now arrested a 42 year old woman named as Evelyn Serrano, who has been charged with assault. Suchanan says she too has visited the police station to provide additional information and the Thai consulate has been in touch to offer assistance. Meanwhile, news of the cat’s death has gone viral on social media, with #justiceforponzo trending on Instagram, where Ponzu had over 38,000 followers.

Suchanan owns an Asian-fusion restaurant in Brooklyn. She was born in Chiang Mai and moved to the US with her family at the age of 15.

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