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Army chief claims election delay critics are “bent on creating trouble”

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In a country where the Army has played such a prominent part in the politics of Thailand for so long, we shouldn’t be surprised by commentary today from the Thai Army Commander-in-Chief.

General Apirat Kongsompong says that those campaigning against the election delay have a “one-track mind and bent on creating troubles”.

“They are being told to think this way, ordered to behave this way – thinking in one single mode without taking into consideration other factors which are reasonable and without looking at the Constitution.”

He admitted that he didn’t know exactly when the election will be held as the Election Commission has not made an announcement yet. General Apirat said the public in general understands why the election has to be put off from the tentative date of February 24.

He said that the coronation ceremony officially scheduled on May 4-6 is an important event for Thailand “but these people have never given a thought about it and, as I said, they are told to do this way and think this way and they cannot be changed.”

In his capacity as the secretary-general of the NCPO, General Apirat said Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan had ordered all military units responsible for maintaining order during the election and the coronation ceremony to make preparations and to test their readiness to cope with the two events of national importance.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

 

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Sunday Covid UPDATE: 2,302 new infections and 24 deaths

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For Sunday the public health department have announced 2,302 new infections and 24 Covid-related deaths over the past 24 hours. There’s now been a total of 101,447 infections and 589 deaths since the start of Thailand’s tally on January 18, 2020. More than 64,000 are registered as ‘recovered’.

• Starting Monday, restaurants in Bangkok, Nonthaburi (immediately north of Bangkok), Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan (south east of Bangkok) will be allowed to offer dine-in services at 25% of seating capacity until 9pm.

Restaurants in other 17 Red Zone provinces will be allowed to stay open until 11pm without seating limitations. Restaurants in the other Orange Zone provinces will be allowed to resume “normal operations”, though alcoholic beverages may not be served anywhere across the country. In the Red Zones, schools can open as normal with permission from local and provincial authorities. In the Orange Zone schools can open without permission but under the latest rules.

• The Office of the PM has dismissed as false online rumours that Her Majesty the Queen was infected with Covid-19.

The office urged people to monitor Covid-19 news from a reliable channel, such as the Facebook page of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

• Chonburi and Chiang Mai are being removed rom the dark red zone, or maximum control area, due to an improvement in the Covid situation in those 2 areas.

“If this proposal is approved by the prime minister, there would only be 4 provinces designated as dark red zone, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan.”

Chonburi, with only 33 new infections yesterday, will be moved to the orange zone, or medium control area, joining 16 other provinces… Kanchanaburi, Chachoengsao, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Ayutthaya, Phetchaburi, Yala, Ranong, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Songkhla and Surat Thani.

Phuket was also downgraded into the Orange Zone.

 

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Covid UPDATE: 3,095 new infections, 17 deaths, provincial totals

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The Thai public health ministry has announced 3,095 new cases of Covid-19 along with 17 new deaths from the past 24 hours of provincial totals. 877 of the new infections emerged from Thai prisons again after 3 days of reports with high numbers of cases coming out of key Bangkok prisons.

Provincial totals below.

• The CCSA has announced adjustments to the colour-coded zone map of provinces for Covid-19 in Thailand, reducing Red zone provinces. The proposal includes significant downgrading of provinces from the most severely affected Dark Red zones and Red zones to an Orange categorisation. The CCSA is also expected to relax some restrictions on restaurants and other businesses.

2 provinces were moved from Dark Red, with Chon Buri downgraded to Red and Chiang Mai dropping all the way to Orange, reducing it to only 4… Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samat Prakan and Pathum Thani. Phuket has dropped to an Orange zone despite still getting 10-20 new cases per day over the past week.

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Covid UPDATE: 3,095 new infections, 17 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger• Buriram is pushing hard to get everyone signed up for Covid-19 vaccination and plan on penalties for any at-risk people who refuse the vaccine. The Issan province in Northeast Thailand bordering Cambodia is now the first province in the country to impose punishments for refusal to vaccinate. The government has been strongly urging everyone living or working in Buriram over the age of 18 to comply and apply for vaccinations by the end of this month.

• Yet another Bangkok prison has reported a Coronavirus outbreak, as Klong Prem Central Prison now confirmed 506 Covid-19 infections. The Corrections Department deputy director-general Dr Weerakit Harnpariphan confirmed that this outbreak was discovered through active screening, and a lot more testing still needs to be done.

The prison houses a total population of at least 20,000 inmates amongst the many facilities within its compound. Of note, the Central Women’s Correctional Institution is also on the premise and has recently reported 1,039 Covid-19 infections. The Central Correctional Hospital, Bangkok Special Prison, and the Central Correction Institution for Drug Addicts are also all housed inside, as well as every female prisoner on death row in Thailand.

• Starting tomorrow, visitors to Phuket must either be 1) vaccinated or 2) have a covid-free certificate that is no older than 72 hours. The Phuket Governor says that the island province is still coming up with 10-20 cases per day and if people can’t produce either of the documents they will not be permitted to enter. An earlier decision to allow a 14 day quarantine as a third alternative appears to have been scrapped.

The Governor says the island is determined to reduce the numbers of cases and restrict entry. So it’s vaccination or valid PCR test…

“If not, they cannot come.”

• The world’s aviation industry, one of the hardest hit over the past 14 months, agrees that it is going to be a long recovery back to ‘normal’.

Jeffrey Goh, the CEO of Star Alliance says that the different ways that countries are gradually easing restrictions, and the unpredictable nature of the virus, as well as national regulations on vaccination ‘passports’ will make it a complicated recovery.

• The family of a man who died while infected with Covid-19 is demanding the prime minister, as well as other government officials, pay millions of baht in compensation, citing “negligence” after calls to Covid-19 hotlines went unanswered or were not of help.

35 year old Kunlasub Watthanaphon died on April 23. Kunlasub is said to have contracted the virus from a cluster in Bangkok. Many of the clusters of infections early in the recent outbreak were concentrated in nightlife districts in Bangkok including Thong Lor and Ekkamai.

• All inmates in Thai prisons will be vaccinated against Covid-19 starting next month. The announcement of the nationwide prison vaccination campaign follows this week’s outbreaks infecting nearly 3,000 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons. There have also been outbreaks at prisons in Chiang Mai and the southern province of Narathiwat.

Covid UPDATE: 3,095 new infections, 17 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 3,095 new infections, 17 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 3,095 new infections, 17 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 3,095 new infections, 17 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 3,095 new infections, 17 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerCovid UPDATE: 3,095 new infections, 17 deaths, provincial totals | News by ThaigerSOURCES: FRB |Bangkok Post

 

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CCSA announces mostly positive changes to Covid-19 zone map

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PHOTO: CCSA Announces Covid-19 updates and zone adjustments. (via PR Thai Government Facebook)
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has announced adjustments to the colour-coded zone map of provinces for Covid-19 in Thailand, reducing Red zone provinces. The proposal includes significant downgrading of provinces from the most severely affected Dark Red zones and Red zones to an Orange categorisation. The CCSA is also expected to relax some restrictions on restaurants and other businesses.
2 provinces were moved from Dark Red, with Chon Buri downgraded to Red and Chiang Mai dropping all the way to Orange, reducing it to only 4: Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samat Prakan and Pathum Thani.
The Red zone was drastically reduced from 45 provinces to just 16 plus Chon Buri which is a hopeful sign for the Covid-19 battered country. 29 provinces moved from Red to Orange, plus Chiang Mai moving to Orange from Dark Red.
Thailand still had no provinces categorised as Green or even Yellow yet, but hopefully, the downward trend continues. The zone layout now is: 4 Dark Red zones, 17 Red zones, 56 Orange zones for 77 provinces total.
The updated province colour-coded zones are…
DARK RED ZONE
Bangkok

Nonthaburi

Pathum Thani

Samat Prakan

RED ZONE
Ayutthaya
Chonburi
Chachoengsao
Kanchanaburi
Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Narathiwat
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Phetchaburi
Ranong
Rayong
Ratchaburi
Samut Sakhon
Songkhla
Surat Thani
Tak
Yala
ORANGE ZONE
Amnat Charoen
Ang Thong
Bueng Kan
Buriram
Chai Nat
Chaiyaphum
Chanthaburi
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Chumphon
Kalasin
Kamphaeng Phet
Khon Kaen
Krabi
Lampang
Lamphun
Loei
Lopburi
Mae Hong Son
Maha Sarakham
Mukdahan
Nakhon Nayok
Nakhon Phanom
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Sawan
Nan
Nong Bua Lamphu
Nong Kai
Pattani
Phang Nga
Phatthalung
Phayao
Phetchabun
Phichit
Phitsanulok
Phrae
Phuket
Prachinburi
Roi Et
Sa Kaeo
Sakon Nakhon
Samut Songkram
Saraburi
Satun
Sing Buri
Sisaket
Sukhothai
Suphanburi
Surin
Trang
Trat
Ubon Ratchathani
Udon Thani
Uthai Thani
Uttaradit
Yasothon

 

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