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Thailand News Today – March 6, 2020

Posted by The Thaiger on Friday, March 6, 2020

Burmese military seize drugs and equipment valued over 2 billion baht north of Chiang Rai

The Burmese military raided a meth lab in Shan State, northern Myanmar. Soldiers seized a vast quantity of drugs, chemicals and equipment valued around 2 billion baht. The raids ran between February 28 and March 3.

The raids uncovered 44 million meth pills, 129 kilograms of heroin, 15 kilograms of pseudoephedrine pills and hundreds of barrels of acid, and other chemicals and precursors. They also found pill production machines.

A Burmese military spokesman told reporters…. “That area is a border area where various armed groups are active, including people’s militias, so it is difficult to say who those drugs belong to.”

Raids further south, near the Thai border, have also led to seizures of million of methamphetamine pills.

Phuket’s Patong cancels official Songkran celebrations

All official Songkran events in Phuket’s Patong municipality, including the “Songkran on the Beach” play zone and the DJ dance party have been cancelled. Reuben Tuck reports….

Document confirms Covid-19 case at Vachira Hospital Phuket

A document from the Bangkok Disease Control Department has confirmed that there was a 35 year old Chinese patient at Phuket’s Vachira Hospital with coronavirus last month. The documents were made available at a media conference confirming the latest figures from around Thailand yesterday.

The patient’s listing was for February 3.

Vachira Hospital Phuket held a media conference on March 3 and told the attending media that there were no confirmed coronavirus cases in Phuket. Just two days later the Bangkok Disease Control Department confirmed that there had been one confirmed case last month.

It is not known if the patient is still under care at the hospital.

Wat croc does a runner

A fugitive male crocodile that escaped from its temple enclosure in Phitsanoluk last Sunday has been recaptured, to the relief of local residents.

Croc whisperers finally trapped the 2.5 metre reptile, a 9 year old named Thongdam, after a villager spotted the scaly beast sleeping on a sand bar in the Nan river yesterday. Locals laid nets along the river to help capture Thongdam but it took another eight hours until croc hunters were able to corner and rope the exhausted croc.He’ll be checked and finally given a new enclosure at a park in Pichit.

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Restaurants can serve alcohol again, other restrictions eased

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Go out and grab a beer… but at a restaurant. Bars in “red zones” are still closed. Restaurants can now go back to serving alcohol and can offer dine-in services until 11pm. The restrictions on restaurants, put in place to limit gathering to potentially prevent the spread of Covid-19, were eased in all provinces except for Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of the new wave of infections.

While restaurants can now serve alcohol and host music performances, dancing is prohibited in provinces classified as “red zones” and “orange zones.” Restaurants must arrange place tables and chairs to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Bars, pubs and karaoke venues in “red zones,” which include Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani, must remain closed.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s subcommittee on disease control restrictions agreed to adjust the measures in all provinces except Samut Sakhon where Covid-19 cases are still on the rise and health officials are rolling out a mass testing campaign.

Boxing matches are allowed in “orange” and “red” zones, but without spectators. Meetings and seminars are allowed, but with a limit of 100 attendees in “orange” and “red” zones. “Yellow” and “green” zones can have up to 300 attendees at conferences and boxing matches will be allowed to have limited spectators.

Public schools in Thailand, with the exception of Samut Sakhon, are allowed to reopen.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Ask The Thais | Road deaths, dating foreigners, and is ‘farang’ racist?

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Send it in and we’ll get our MUCH BETTER LOOKING Thai staff to explain, from a Thai youth perspective, some of their culture and what they really think. Send us your questions below.

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111 people arrested at Koh Pha Ngan party for allegedly violating Covid-19 restrictions

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Police raided a party in Koh Pha Ngan and arrested 111 on charges of violating Covid-19 disease control measures under the Emergency Decree. Immigration police and tourist police raided the event at Three Sixty Bar, a venue on a hilltop near Mae Haad Beach on the island known for its 360 degree view.

Out of the 111 people arrested, 89 are foreigners and 20 are Thais. Police say 2 other people admitted to organising the party and were charged with colluding in operating an entertainment venue without permission. All 111 people were taken to the police station for legal action.

According to chief of Surat Thani immigration, police heard about party tickets being sold online. The bar wasn’t exactly discrete about hosting an event. Various posts were made on Facebook advertising the “360 Blast & Addict Party” with DJs on 2 dance floors, a music line up until 2am and a “Crazy Market” with clothes, jewelry and food.

Surat Thani Governor also says strict legal action will be taken against the partygoers and breaches of Covid-19 restrictions will not be tolerated.

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