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Covid UPDATE Friday: 3,481 new infections and 32 Covid-related deaths

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There have been 3,481 new infections announced today and 32 Covid-related deaths in the past 24 hours. 951 of today’s new cases come from Thailand’s prisons. There will be more detailed announced in our daily afternoon Covid UPDATE.

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• The Thai government are going to push ahead with the Covid-19 vaccination roll out through online registration rather than pursuing more walk-in locations.

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has re-focussed the country’s vaccine program implementation from June 1 will be through three channels… the Mor Prom (Doctors Ready) app, onsite registration and other localised groups. About 7.4 million people, mostly elderly or with underlying health conditions, have registered with the Mor Prom platform. 800,000 in Bangkok also registered at this stage. The general Thai public, under 60 years of age, can register from May 31.

• Bangkok public bus drivers and travelling staff are to be vaccinated at the new Bang Sue Grand Station from next Monday for a week. According to Nation Thailand… “the move is part of efforts to vaccinate all frontline transport workers to boost confidence among commuters and contain the surge of infections in the capital.”

• Japan has temporarily banned the entry of foreign nationals who have visited Thailand or six other countries… Cambodia, East Timor, Mongolia, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Saint Lucia. There are now 159 lites countries and regions covered under the Japanese entry ban.

 

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    Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand. As founder of The Thaiger in 2016, Tim is the current English Content Manager for the company, based in their Bangkok HQ.

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