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Last day of the week and a day full of news about the STV, Chinese travel bubbles and the PM saying he’ll step aside if there’s someone better to take his job. Thailand News Today, with Tim Newton.

Retired Thai official with Covid-19 dies after returning to Thailand

A 66 year old retired Thai official, diagnosed with Covid-19, died yesterday following his return to Thailand from the United Kingdom. Thailand’s total number of Covid-19 related deaths is now at 60.

The man flew into Thailand from the UK on October 19 and tested positive the next day while at a quarantine facility in Chon Buri. The man, who also had diabetes and high blood pressure, died yesterday.

The CCSA also reports 5 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine and 3 cases were detected at the Myanmar border, raising the total number of cases to 3,818 with 3,639 recoveries. The Burmese truck drivers were sent back to Myanmar for treatment.

10 day quarantine proposal passes first stage of approval

A health sub-committee of the government’s Covid-19 task force has approved a reduction in quarantine from 14 days to 10, for visitors arriving from “safe” countries. They would be those that are at a similar risk level to Thailand, or perhaps slightly higher. Those arriving from countries considered “high risk” will still need to carry out 14 days’ quarantine.

The proposal now needs to be approved by the CCSA, which is chaired by the PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha. A CCSA spokesperson has done the maths…

“Reducing quarantine to 10 days only slightly increases risk of infections, from 0.3 people per 1 million in 14-day quarantine to 1.5 per million in 10-day quarantine.”

Officials are hoping the reduction in quarantine might encourage more foreign tourists to apply for the STV and visit Thailand.

Thailand considering no-quarantine travel bubble with China

Meanwhile, whilst there are no new Special Tourist Visa applications for November, the Thai government is considering a no-quarantine travel bubble plan with China.

Officials hope that if approved, the scheme could be put into operation in time for Chinese New Year in February. China currently has 22 low-risk provinces, which haven’t recorded a Covid-19 case in over 150 days.

The 2 countries’ foreign ministries will discuss next steps in establishing the travel bubble. The plan would then require final approval from PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping.

Thai officials are also turning their attention to Switzerland, hoping to attract long-stay Swiss tourists on non-immigrant O-A retirement visas. Also being discussed is the possibility of using golfing resorts as alternative local state quarantine facilities, thereby providing guests with a golfing holiday while in quarantine. It’s hoped such a move might attract golfers from places like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China, who would normally spend a few of their winter months training in Thailand.

Thai Airways to auction off 34 used passenger aircrafts

Anyone want to buy an airplane? In the midst of tackling bankruptcy, Thai Airways is auctioning off 34 old passenger aircrafts. The aircrafts are between 12 and 30 years old and are sold on an “as-is, where is” condition.

The airline has been strapped for cash. As part of a debt rehabilitation plan, nearly 5,000 employees – a quarter of Thai Airways staff – applied voluntary resignation. (Basically, they’ve been politely asked to quit.) With a slowdown in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company has been getting creative to make ends meet.

Your selection includes some old Boeing 737 aircraft, 10 747 jumbos and 777s, Airbus A340s and even a veteran A300 aircraft, a model of Airbus’s first commercial passenger planes.

Place a bid by November 13. Email aircraftsale@thaiairways.com

PM says he’d be happy to step aside if someone better comes along

The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, says he’d have no problem stepping down if someone better could take over, adding that he’s tired of all the power now.

“If in the future, there is a person who is better, more capable and more honest than me, similarly honest, (he or she) would continue the work and be in charge of the country. But being in power is not a fun matter. I exercised a lot of power when I was the army chief for 4 years. I am fed up with using power. I used the power to take care of good people and punish people who do bad things.

He adds that accusations that he has abused his power leave him mystified.

New rules at Bangkok police checkpoints after bribe complaints

Police at Bangkok’s Thong Lor station have set up what they say is a “new style” of checkpoints in response to complaints saying drivers were forced to pay police officers.

Along with new rules to prevent corruption and bribery, the officers are also being told to be “polite.”

The Thong Lor police station has accumulated a reputation over recent decades. It was also the police station in the middle of the early investigation into the ‘Boss’ Yoovidhya hit-and-run case. The policeman killed was from the Thong Lor station.

The National Police Chief says the new measures are “transparent” and boost the standards at checkpoints. Thong Lor is the first police station to implement the new rules.

 

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    Ameila Leary

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Under what name you want to be called; a foolish dictator who used to let the Chinese know, without quarantine, that China was the first source of Covid-19 and still has strategies to demolish small countries. And you’re suggesting now, too, that you’re going to step down because you realise that your nation won’t survive much by the way you ruled there, and make everyone oppose you by denying their human rights.

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    Noneya Bidnizz

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    My DOG would be a Better PM than Pinocchio !

    TIME TO LEAVE NOW PRAYUT , AND TAKE YOUR BOOTLICKERS WITH YOU !

    I hear china is nice ——-

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    Timothy L Smith

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Obviously the restrictions and quarantine are about tourist money and not what is best for the Thai people. The foolishness and lack of forethought is unbelievable and inco0snsitent with what Thailand says their initiative is.

    Ask yourself:
    Why is China considered a Covid 19″High Risk” country but Thailand is going to allow a “No Quarantine Travel Bubble”? While quarantining and restricting other high risk countries tourists. China is definitely a high risk Covid 19 country. So are we thinking safety or are “we” (Thai government) thinking about those Chinese tourist groups. You know the 30-50 people with the Chinese guy that has the sign they all gather around when they are jamming up immigration at Suvarnabhumi Airport with carts of luggage like they are moving there when only staying a couple weeks. Why quarantine anyone when you are allowing the Chinese to go “free range”. They started the virus!

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    Jonathan Hugo

    Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:45 am

    “Reducing quarantine to 10 days only slightly increases risk of infections, from 0.3 people per 1 million in 14-day quarantine to 1.5 per million in 10-day quarantine.”

    That’s a 400% increase in risk! Slightly? But are these numbers real? Do we need 33 million people to go through quarantine for 14 days to see one case of undetected COVID? I guess that was the French woman in Samui.

    The National Police Chief says the new measures are “transparent” and boost the standards at checkpoints. Thong Lor is the first police station to implement the new rules.

    And the roll-out plan is …………….?

    And when will the police start to enforce effectively the laws against noisy and smokey vehicles, and those with unreadable number-plates? Easy to do, and would make Thailand a better place.

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