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Thailand News Today – Wednesday, May 27

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Covid-19 update: 9 new cases, all imported

9 new cases of Covid-19 announced this morning – all 9 were ‘imported’ cases by Thai nationals returning from overseas.

• 2 recently returned from the US

• 18 and 27 males, flew back on May 12

• found to be infected yesterday, the last day of quarantine

 

• 6 students, aged 23 – 33

• Returning from Saudi Arabia

• Flew to Malaysia and then through border checkpoint

• 34 year old masseur

• Returning from Qatar with a high fever

No new deaths were reported today, leaving the nation toll at 57.

Gunman kills 3 at Northern Thailand radio station

3 people are dead after a shooting today at the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand radio station in Phitsanulok, Northern Thailand.

One other person is injured. The gunman has already been arrested. He was a staff member at the radio station and working as a transmitter engineer. One of the dead people is the director of the radio station. Another was a senior technician.

The man was waiting for police when they arrived at the crime scene. He was carrying two guns at the time of the shooting.

Thai Doctor faces charges in “wombs-for-hire” scandal

A Thai doctor faces charges of human trafficking and involvement in a Chinese-funded cross-border surrogacy service, using Thai women to carry babies for Chinese couples.

Police say that the doctor, whose name is being withheld, previously worked at a state hospital in the Victory Monument area of Bangkok and allegedly provided “assisted-reproductive services” to surrogate Thai mothers, usually at clinics in Laos. The surrogate mothers then returned to Thailand until their third trimester, when they were sent to China to deliver the children.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of all borders, the surrogate mothers are now reportedly having to give birth in Thailand, instead of in China.

2 dead, over 1,000 ill in Korat dengue fever outbreak

2 people have died and more than a thousand have fallen ill since the beginning of the year in an outbreak of dengue fever in the northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The head of the provincial public health office says that the situation with dengue fever in northeastern Thailand is “under control” but described it as “worrying.”

A total of 1,037 cases of Dengue were recorded in Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, from January 1 to May 24. There have been 2 deaths.

Baby born after mother gives birth at checkpoint in Chai Nat

A baby boy couldn’t wait at a checkpoint in Chai Nat, Central Thailand yesterday morning after a mother in labor made an emergency stop at one.

The 30 year old mother and her husband were headed for the local hospital in Chai Nat, but couldn’t make it in time.

Nurses and health officials were working at the checkpoint and were able to help delivery the baby. They say the baby was strong and crying when it was delivered.

Some see numbers on the car as a lucky sign, and Thai Residents says local lottery players are looking for tickets that have 6416, the car’s license plate number.

Internet service blocks PornHub, backs down after outrage

Two days ago True Online announced that they are blocking the popular site PornHub, but were quickly forced to back down after a storm of angry comments on Twitter.

Pornography is officially illegal in Thailand and the dissemination of pornography has a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a fine of 100,000 baht. But there has recently been little effort by the government to block porn sites.

Pornhub is Thailand’s 10th most popular website with other porn sites also in the country’s top 10 most popular sites.

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