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527 new Covid-19 cases were reported in today’s CCSA daily media briefing.

Thailand now has 4,504 active coronavirus cases in 55 of Thailand’s 77 provinces.

A total of 8,966 people in Thailand have reportedly been infected Covid-19 and 65 people have died since February of last year.

Most of the infections remain asymptomatic.

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has reversed a decision to totally lockdown 5 coastal provinces including Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chantaburi and Trat. The lockdown would have restricted travel in or out of those provinces.

Meanwhile, the CCSA reported more than 100 Covid-19 cases in the 5 coastal provinces today.

Around 100 tourists were ordered to leave Koh Larn off Pattaya yesterday and the island will be closed off, with the expectation of essential travel, until January 20.

People in Bangkok are being advised to eat at home as much as possible, according to the director-general of the Department of Health. While there is now a ban on dine-in service from 9pm to 6am in Bangkok people are being requested to eat at home. He says the best way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is to not eat out at all.

Bangkok officials announced a ban on dine-in services at restaurants after 7pm yesterday, but PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, again, quickly changed the order to allow people to eat at the restaurants until 9pm, saying an earlier-hour ban would have a negative impact on the restaurant owners and the economy. That ban starts from tonight.

Restaurant owners also need to arrange tables and dining spaces.

Bangkok and 27 other provinces are currently classified as “Red Zones” which is the highest risk of the Covid-19 outbreak. Conditions and measures will vary by province due to local influences across the country.

On a lighter note, it’s great to know that there’s no illegal gambling dens in Bangkok. That’s according to Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan who has tried to assure Bangkokians who may be worried about any gambling shenanigans around the city.

Last week’s explosion of cases around Rayong and the eastern provinces has been mostly linked to illegal gambling dens. At the time the local police chief also tried to explain to the media that there weren’t any illegal gambling dens.

But the 75 year old Deputy PM told reporters this morning that gambling is illegal and police are “on top of it”. He neglected to mention last week’s transfer of a Bangkok police chief and 5 senior officers for alleged negligence of duty following a gambling den raid in Bangkok’s Laksi area.

Following Prawit’s statement, social media users mocked his claims that no illegal gambling dens exist in Bangkok.

Meanwhile, the national police chief has ordered a crackdown on gambling to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Muslim clerics in Thailand’s south, along with the local police, are cracking down on ‘inappropriate’ public display of affections among unmarried couples.

Unmarried couples caught swinging hands, hugging or kissing in public, may be forced to marry immediately by the Islamic authorities and then charged with public obscenity.

A senior cleric says the infractions would include a conversation between an unmarried man and a woman, insisting that there must be a third party with them at the time.

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    Ryan Patey

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    No illegal gambling in Bangkok. They must have hired the same investigators that said there was no prostitution in Pattaya.

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    preesy chepuce

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Pattani’s mutaween seem to be taking to this lockdown thing with relish, starting to sound like Aceh.

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Thailand News Today | Island Party Crackdown | January 28

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Around 9,000 people will face criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the “We Travel Together” subsidy scheme which was launched to stimulate the local tourist economy and to help hotels and restaurants ravaged from the long list of restrictions and international border closure.

The national police chief says the police plan to prosecute around 9,000 people for conspiring with hotel operators and shop owners to cheat the government subsidy scheme. The scheme, launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, covered 40% of room rates and issued 600 baht and 900 baht food vouchers for food and travel.

Lower rates on rooms were intended to draw in more travellers, but a number of hoteliers allegedly raised their prices to get more of the subsidies. Some even created fake hotel bookings. Last month, TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn filed a complaint against 312 hotels and 202 shops for allegedly cheating the scheme, saying legal action needed to be taken before the launching the second phase of the scheme.

You go out and grab a beer from tomorrow… but at a restaurant only. Bars in “red zones” around the country, including Bangkok, are still closed. But restaurants will be able to go back to serving alcohol and can offer dine-in services until 11pm.

The restrictions on restaurants are to be eased in all provinces except for Samut Sakhon. The easing of restrictions are set to be approved by a panel chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha tomorrow.

While restaurants will be able to serve alcohol and host music performances, dancing is still 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.

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 amazing 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 the 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, jewelery and food.

Massage shops and spas as well as other similar venues in Chon Buri, including Pattaya, will be allowed to reopen after being closed for nearly a month due to strict Covid-19 control measures. Massage and spa workers gathered earlier this week, lobbying the government to allow their businesses to reopen.

Along with massage shops and spas, tattoo studios and beauty clinics are also allowed to reopen, but must abide by Covid-19 prevention measures like checking customers’ temperatures, supplying hand sanitiser and enforcing social distancing.

Gyms, pools, fitness centres, saunas and massage shops offering “soapy massages” are not included in the order.

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But. Don’t worry, now there’s a new test… an anal swab test. And, they say, it’s more effective at detecting a coronavirus infection.

After a Covid-19 infection was detected at primary school in Beijing, more than 1,000 teachers, staff members and students were tested using the anal swab method as well as the usual nose and throat swab tests.

According to doctors, the alternative anal tests can “increase the detection rate” and is likely to be used more often. We’re sort of hoping the new test doesn’t catch on.

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A study on the efficacy of a Thai herb for treating Covid-19 will move forward after a trial which alternative medicine officials say had promising results. Although, the trial was basic and only involved 6 people.

Initial results show that the herb “andrographis paniculata,” or “fah talai jone” in Thai, can improve patients’ conditions and relieve symptoms without major side effects.

The second phase of the study aims to confirm whether the herb is efficient and safe in treating the patients alongside standard treatment, according to the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine.

Following the new wave of infections last month, the department teamed up with Samut Prakan Hospital to launch a pilot study, but just on 6 patients. The 6 Covid-19 patients were given 180 grammes of the herb extracts each day. By the third day, their conditions of cough, sore throat, phlegm, runny nose, muscle pain, and headache had gradually improved.

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15,000 people in Samut Sakhon at high risk of infection, health officials concerned

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The rising number of infections in Samut Sakhon, most detected through proactive testing, has prompted serious concerns over a “high risk” group of 15,000 people, many who still work and travel as normal.

The number for the high risk group is a rough estimate based on the assumption that there are at least 3 people who came in close contact with each of the 5,000 infected people in Samut Sakhon.

Senior public health officer, Naretrith Katthaseema, says the amount of people at high risk is concerning and poses a challenge to health officials who are working to contain the coronavirus.

He also reiterates that health officials need full cooperation the public to help slow the spread of the virus. Agencies and all parties relating to the industrial factories with a large number of workers should take full responsibility to make sure that disease control measures and related laws are strictly practiced.

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