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Police coy over new probe into Koh Tao murders
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PHUKET: Local police in Surat Thani province have refused to comment on reports that the Myanmar Embassy and the Justice Ministry are pushing for a fresh investigation into the murders of two British tourists on Koh Tao.

When interviewed yesterday, they only said the national police chief had not ordered that the case be reopened.

In mid-September, two Britons were killed on Koh Tao, in Surat Thani province. The brutal murders made local and international headlines.

Police have since arrested two Myanmar suspects, who are now in court-approved detention. The suspects, however, now complain that they were forced into admitting to crimes that they had not committed.

The Myanmar Embassy and various other agencies are now trying to deliver assistance to the two men.

At this point, police have concluded the investigation into the case, and public prosecutors are now in the process of reviewing the investigation report.

Meanwhile, Worapan Tuwichien – the village head of Moo 1 of Tambon Koh Tao, and the owner of a bar on the island – said he planned to hold another press conference to call for justice after his son was implicated in the case by social-media users.

Official DNA test results have showed his son was not involved in the murders.

Surat Thani Governor Chatpong Chatraphuti and the province’s acting police chief, Col Apichart Boonsriroj, yesterday flew to Koh Tao by helicopter to check safety measures on the eve of Loy Krathong.

People across the Kingdom celebrate the Loy Krathong Festival on the full-moon night of the Thai calendar’s 12th month, which is tonight.

The number of tourists on Koh Tao yesterday was not high, as authorities have banned beach full-moon parties, except at Koh Pha Ngan’s Rin Beach.

Located about 45 kilometers from Koh Tao, Koh Pha Ngan is expected to attract more than 20,000 revellers tonight.

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6 cats up for auction after owners in drug raid, proceeds go to Narcotics Control Fund

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6 cats in Thailand are up for auction after their owners were involved in a drug raid. Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board says, according to the law, the cats are considered living assets, and must be put up for auction. Secretary-General of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, Wichai Chaimongkol, explained that the felines were confiscated, along with other assets, during the arrest of a suspect who was charged with being involved in an illegal drug trafficking network. The network was allegedly ran by Soradet Sonsiri, better known as “Kook Rayong.”

Wichai says the furry felines cannot be kept by the government, so they are being put up for auction today starting at 2pm, at the Tang Kwien sub-district office in Rayon province’s Klaeng district. He says proceeds from the auction will go to the Narcotics Control Fund, which is used to solve drug trafficking issues.

Recently, another 4-legged animal was in the news, but it wasn’t exactly an innocent victim of its owners. A pit bull, named Giant, was rehomed after attacking its owner at 3am while he was sleeping. The dog bit his 56 year old owner in the neck, head, and other parts of his body, causing him to bleed profusely. After police arrived, it took 30 minutes to get control over the dog, who was still displaying aggressiveness. The man, sadly, died from his wounds in the hospital.

Giant was taken in by a Thai man who has experience raising pit bulls. The man says he was aware of potential aggressiveness and is keeping the dog under a watchful eye. The dog, was taken to the man’s funeral to apologise. The man’s widow recently warned the online community about making negative comments over the incident, saying she could sue them for defamation under Thailand’s Computer Crime Act.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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COVID UPDATE: Highest daily case count recorded in Thailand at 2,070

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The daily Covid-19 infection count hit a record high at 2,070, the CCSA 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. It was 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 (B117) of the virus to the recent spread of infections which is more contagious than the original strain.

“We have a new high number of new confirmed cases at 2,070… Today our new high surpasses 2,000.”

“Out of the 2,070 new cases, 1,902 are local transmissions and 160 cases were detected in active case finding. The other 8 cases were detected in quarantine for those entering Thailand from overseas. 740 of the new cases were reported in Bangkok while 237 cases were in Chiang Mai with a cluster of cases linked to mediation venues. 125 were in Chon Buri, 38 in Surat Thani, and 35 in Rayong.”

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 50,183 Covid-19 infections. Deputy spokesperson for the Ministery of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA report in English, says that compared to Thailand’s population of around 70 million people, the cumulative number of infections is low, but adds that the risk of infection “remains high.”

Out of the 4 new Covid-related deaths, a 29 year old woman in Bangkok died after testing positive for Covid-19. Natapnau says the woman was obese and did not report any other health conditions. The case is similar to the death reported yesterday of a 24 year old woman in Surat Thani who was also obese and died a few days after testing positive for Covid-19.

The other deaths reported today include a 72 year old man from Bangkok who visited Phuket, a 74 year old man from Songkhla who had pre-existing conditions of high blood pressure and heart problems, and a 83 year old man who had diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease and was on a ventilator.

Some nursing homes in Bangkok are testing residents and staff after 3 cases were found to be linked to the nursing homes. Natapanu says the elderly age group is more at risk of Covid-19 infection and the small cluster of cases linked to nursing homes is a “serious situation.”

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Daily Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of 22 April 2021, according to Worldometers (today’s total to be added)

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Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is giving 600,000 traditional herbal medicine capsules to hospitals to help treat Covid-19 patients exhibiting mild symptoms. Fatalaijone is the medicine being handed out, as it is thought to suppress virus expansion in those patients with mild symptoms. But, according to the Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, it needs to be used along with modern medicines.

“Most patients were getting better and above all, they have shown no side effects after taking this traditional herbal medicine.”

Kiattiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary of the ministry, agrees with Anutin, saying the fatalaijone extract contains andrographolide, which is the ingredient responsible for eliminating and suppressing virus expansion. Andrographolide or fatalaijone, is extracted from the leaves and stems of the Andrographolide plant. Traditional and alternative medicine practitioners have used this extract which has anti-inflammatory properties to cure infections and boost immunity.

“If a patient takes 180 miligrammes each day, their symptoms are usually better by the third day. There are no side effects and it will save on import costs.”

“It showed it is the best alternative for patients with mild symptoms. Furthermore, it is easy to plant fatalaijone and it costs about 180 baht to treat a patient.”

The DTAM is working with affiliated hospitals, the Department of Medical Sciences and Government Pharmaceutical Organization to assure the efficiency of fatalaijone. Thailand’s daily Covid-19 case count hit a record high at 2,070. The CCSA also reported 4 more coronavirus-related deaths.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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