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Holidaying Cristiano Ronaldo has special message for Thai fans
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PHUKET: A sun-tanned Christiano Ronaldo delivered sweet lines for Thai fans after renewing a multi-million baht contract to represent Toyota Hilux Vigo Champ as its brand ambassador yesterday.

Over 300 journalists descended on the Plaza Athinee Hotel with hopes of talking to the Real Madrid striker, who has been in the Kingdom for more than a week holidaying with Russian model and girlfriend Irina Shayk.

The Portuguese, with unusually tanned skin after enjoying the sun and sands of Phang Nga, Krabi and Phuket, impressed everyone with his charm and friendly smiles. He made a brief appearance to sign the contract, believed to be worth between 3 and 5 million baht.

Although there was no Q&A session with the media, the 27-year-old footballer spared a moment to give a message to his fans here.

“I thank all of them for giving fantastic support to me since I arrived. In the hotel, I could see from the television that people here really love football and for me that’s amazing because in my life that’s what I do. I thank and urge them to keep supporting,” said the Portuguese team captain, who led his team to the Euro 2012 semi-finals before losing to eventual champions Spain on penalty kicks.

He also gave a Portugal national jersey to a Thai junior player and shared some thoughts on how local youngsters could fulfill their soccer ambitions.

“To be in top form all the time, I believe in myself. I set goals and believe in what I can do, every year and every season. I never give up. I don’t just think about my career or my job but I also help other people to believe in themselves. I like to continue working to achieve my goals,’ said Ronaldo who has been the brand ambassador of the pickup for the last two years.

Ronaldo has been spending his second off-season break in Thailand, following a post-Euro 2012 holiday in St Tropez, France.

He arrived in Phuket on July 7 on a private jet before traveling by boat to Phang Nga. Staying in one of the province’s luxurious island resorts at a reported 40,000 baht per night.

The couple had to stay indoors for a few days due to rainy weather but when the southern skies cleared late last week, the Portuguese and his Russian sweetheart went out on a sea trip, stopping at famed bays and also at the famous Phi Phi Island.

They posted pictures of their activities, including canoeing and fishing, on their social media sites. The latest picture in Ronaldo’s Twitter account depicts the couple talking to villagers in a rubber plantation.

Ronaldo is due to appear on today’s “Morning News” on Channel 3 and is scheduled to shoot a promotional video with Toyota in the afternoon before leaving Thailand in the evening.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is postponing his inaugural Covid‐19 vaccination citing paperwork issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment. According to Khaosod English, the vaccine shipment was sent to Thailand last Wednesday from South Korea, but was missing the additional required paperwork.

Prayut was supposed to receive the vaccine tomorrow, but the highly‐publicised event will not be happening. According to Khaosod English, an official at the Secretariat of the Prime Minister has also confirmed the news of the postponement without citing a reason.

Although the Sinovac vaccine is also being administered in Thailand, healthcare officials say Prayut is too old to receive it as its age limit is 60. Prayut is 66 years old, which is well over the oldest age that can receive the vaccine.

The Sinovac vaccine drive is set to commence on Monday, 2 weeks behind schedule. Those frontline health workers, hospitality workers and vulnerable groups will receive the vaccines first.

Meanwhile, Phuket is waiting for the green lightto start administering vaccines and has already held a vaccine administration rehearsal overseen by Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

The government pandemic center reported 72 new confirmed infections on Friday, after first only reporting 45 new cases. 37 of those cases were locally-transmitted, and one 6 year old Thai girl returning from the UK was found to have tested positive for the virus. Samut Sakhon, again, reported over half of the new cases yesterday, as it remains the epicentre of Thailand’s second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

The total virus tally in Thailand sits at 25,764, with 83 fatalities. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has not yet announced the amount of new cases for today.

There is no word yet on when PM Prayut will be rescheduled to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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Thailand reports 45 new cases of Covid-19cases today, with 37 infections being locally-transmitted. 8 of those infections were imported, raising the total amount of infections since the pandemic began to 25,809.

The Department of Disease Control reports that 32 cases were confirmed at hospitals with 5 confirmed through active case finding in communities.

Samut Sakhon province, the 2nd wave epicentre, reported over half of the new cases at 19. 14 of those cases were confirmed at hospitals and 5 were detected in Myanmar communities. Bangkok has reported 3 new cases, Nakhon Nayok reported 5, Chai Nat 3, Nakhon Pathom 3, Saraburi 2, Prachuap Khiri Khan 1, and Samut Prakan 1.

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The 8 imported cases were those under quarantine arriving from Pakistan, Bangladesh, the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, and Kuwait. The case from the UK was that of a 6 year old Thai schoolgirl.

Globally, Covid-19 cases rose by 444,466 over the past day to 113.54 million. The worldwide death toll increased by 10,552 to 2.52 million. The United States still has the most cases at 29.5 million, with the most deaths at 520,785.

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