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Issan restaurant owner allegedly shoots wife, stepson, nephew

A restaurant owner in Issan’s northeastern Maha Sarakham province has surrendered to police after allegedly shooting dead his wife and stepson.

Police arrived at the scene to find the alleged shooter, a 31 year old, had locked himself inside. He reportedly fired a warning shot to discourage officials against getting too close. Police initially found the man’s 18 year old nephew, shot in the back and lying in front of the building. He was rushed to hospital and is currently in a stable condition.

More than 100 police cordoned off the scene and negotiators spent around 3 hours persuading the alleged shooter to turn himself in. Eventually the man surrendered. Police found the dead bodies of his 43 year old wife, and her son, a 23 year old inside.

The man surrendered the 9mm CZ handgun which was reportedly used in the shootings.

4 arrested over park ranger’s shooting death

Further to a story on The Thaiger yesterday, police have now arrested 4 men for the shooting death of a forest protection officer at a Wildlife Sanctuary in the central province of Lop Buri.

The four men, identified as poachers by police, have allegedly confessed to killing the chief forest protection officer at the sanctuary. They report that some of the suspects admitted opening fire on forest protection officers to evade arrest while hunting illegally in the forest.

Officer Khuan along with two other officers were on patrol in the forest on Monday when they came under fire.

Dozens of staff at Narathiwat hospital quarantined

62 staff of a hospital in the southern Narathiwat province, bordering Malaysia, are now in quarantine after making contact with a patient.

The 45 year old man arrived with flu-like symptoms and later tested positive for Covid-19. He’d walked into the hospital on May 30 to be treated for flu.

“He stayed at a private room on the eighth floor before asking to switch to a cheaper room on the sixth floor. Later he showed symptoms of pneumonia and tested positive for Covid-19.”

62 hospital staff are now in 14 day quarantine.

Unemployed elephants in Thailand’s north trek home

The Covid-19 crisis has affected the livelihoods of countless millions of Thais… not all of them human.

Elephant camps in Chiang Mai, and elsewhere in Thailand’s north, have been devastated by the drop in tourism, forcing some to close and having to leave their elephants without food to survive. More than 100 are now marching up to 150 kilometres back to their home provinces.

Chiang Mai’s Save Elephant Foundation has been promoting the elephants’ return to their natural habitats, hoping that locals will be able to assist the elephants rehabilitate with their wildlife homes during this difficult time.

Speeding ambulance ejects patient on stretcher into Bangkok traffic

Next time you end up in a Thai ambulance, just check and make sure they’ve locked the back door.

A video that captured the moment a female patient rolled out the back door and into a busy Bangkok road has now been viewed over a million times.

The ambulance, lights flashing, was transporting the woman to hospital. As the driver accelerated along Pracha Uthit Road the back doors flew open, and the poor patient, strapped onto the stretcher, was suddenly plopped onto the middle of the road.

A few motorcyclists ran to her aid, as did the driver. They carefully picked up the stretcher, popped it back in the back of the ambulance, checked the back door was closed and continued on their way.

As for the patient, we’re not sure about her condition or if she survived the ordeal and the short unplanned excursion onto the city streets.

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No new Covid-19 cases in 65 provinces for a month

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PHOTO: Thailand Medical News

The Covid-19 situation in Thailand is improving: the Ministry of Public Health announced yesterday that 65 of Thailand’s 76 provinces have reported no new cases for a full month. But it says the situation is “still not stable enough”, and the government continues to screen people returning from abroad and is proactively testing suspected cases.

The deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control says that the number of cases in Thailand is relatively low and is divided into 2 main groups: Thai nationals returning from abroad and people who had close contact with previous cases. Returnees are placed in mandatory 14 day quarantine to see if they develop symptoms.

But academics have pointed out that there may still be some people infected with the virus without showing symptoms in areas around the country. They have not been tested and could potentially infect others. Therefore, they say, the Ministry of Public Health needs to stay proactive in maintaining a wide ranging testing program. (Thailand has not had a “wide ranging testing program”. Thailand has tested 5,380 people per 1 million population. In comparison, Singapore has tested 57,250 people per 1 million population.)

The Thai ministry’s caution shows an extreme risk-aversion when compared to many other countries that are now opening up despite much higher rates of transmission, but with certain precautions and restrictions in place.

An analysis of the numbers of infections in different parts of Thailand shows 10 provinces have had no cases at all. However, 42 provinces have a fatality rate of 0.1 to 1%, 18 provinces have a rate of 1.1 to 5%, 2 provinces have 5.1 to 10% and 5 provinces have a death rate higher than 10%.

In the past month, 65 provinces reported no new cases. Although the figures are low, it’s is possible that some people are asymptomatic, particularly in greater Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Chonburi and the 4 southern border provinces.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Immigration police catch 54 illegal immigrants at Thai-Cambodia border

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PHOTO: Nation Thailand

Thai immigration police have arrested a Cambodian man along with 53 other Cambodian nationals he had smuggled across the border into Thailand. The arrests took place in the province of Sa Kaeo, about 200 kilometres east of Bangkok.

Immigration police catch 54 illegal immigrants at Thai-Cambodia border | News by The Thaiger

The man, named as 46 year old La Peun, confessed to police that the migrants had paid him 3,000 baht each to be taken to Thailand. According to a report in Nation Thailand, the group, consisting of 32 men and 21 women, all without passports, were hoping to secure work in Thailand.

They have been charged with entering the country illegally and detained for legal processing and are likely to be deported in coming days.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Government to introduce financial incentives to boost domestic tourism

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The Thai government is set to introduce some financial sweeteners to stimulate domestic tourism – essentially paying its citizens to holiday in their own country. A report in Bangkok Biz News, says that from July, Thai nationals will receive a discount of between 40-50% on hotel accommodation within the Kingdom.

The scheme, aimed at a domestic kick-start to the country’s battered tourism sector, has been proposed by the Economy and Tourism Secretary as part of a 400 billion baht stimulus package. As the country works towards a full reopening and eventual lifting of all Covid-19 related restrictions, the government is hoping to revive domestic tourism with its Thai Thiaw Thai (“Thais visit Thailand”) campaign.

At this stage there is no indication if the scheme will also apply to resident expats.

SOURCE: Bangkok Biz News | ThaiVisa

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