Thailand Covid-19

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    Thailand News Today | Thais more relaxed about Covid-19

      A survey conducted by the Department of Health Service Support revealed that Thai people are a bit more relaxed about Covid, though still not as relaxed as many parts of the world. These results came from comparing the data from the first round of surveys conducted between March 5 to 31 with 113,847 respondents, and the latest round between…

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    Thailand News Today | WHO warns of more Covid, but does the world care?

      The World Health Organisation is warning that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from finished, but the rest of the world seems ready to move on. The WHO received data around the world showing a 30% jump in Covid-19 infections in the past 2 weeks, but the public has grown tired of safety measures and is now impatient. The WHO…

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    With Pattaya’s Covid-19 surge, city PR “requests” no events with over 50 people

    Pattaya City Public Relations announced yesterday that people shouldn’t hold gatherings or parties with more than 50 people. This news came after Chon Buri province reported 1,419 new Covid infections, and 2 new deaths in the province, yesterday. The Pattaya News noted that the announcement is not a legal order from the Chon Buri governor at this stage, but a…

  • Tourism News

    Recovery of Thailand’s international tourism sector likely to take years

    International tourism demand for Thailand is still low, according to a Bangkok Post report, with a full recovery predicted to take years. Just 133,061 foreign arrivals touched down in Thailand between November 1 and 30, well below the 3 million visitors a month of pre-pandemic times. However, despite low visitor numbers to his province, Pongsakorn Ketprapakorn from the Tourism Council…

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    Thailand News Today | Legalized gambling in Thailand? PM reveals his Omicron policy stance | Dec 3

    In today’s program, the Thai Prime Minister reveals his policy stance on the Omicron variant, the CEO of AirAsia Group says the current reaction to the variant is – quote “a huge overreaction” , and…legalized gambling? In Thailand? We’ll find out in today’s program

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    Thailand News Today | High alert for Omicron, Foreign investment troubles for Thailand | Dec 2

    In today’s program, An analyst says Thailand’s absence from the Summit for Democracy could cause it to lose foreign investment. The country is now on high alert for Omicron, and this year’s ranking of best places to live in Southeast Asia is out. We’ll find out where Bangkok ranks.

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    Possible lockdown, Crypto in Thailand, Transit system improvements | Good Morning Thailand | Ep.143

    In today’s episode, Jay, Natty and Forest talk about the PM Prayut Chan Ocha will decide on need for lockdown if and when Omicron found in Thailand, Crypto taking over Thailand and Bangkok transit system improvements.

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    Thailand News Today | Thailand calm over Omicron variant, Crackdown on Human trafficking | Nov 30

    Jett goes through all the main headlines in Thailand that include: Thailand makes adjustments to deal with the Omicron Covid variant, the country cracks down on human trafficking, and the first foreign film to be shot in Thailand since the pandemic. Details on these stories and many more coming right up.

  • Covid-19 News

    5 police officers re-assigned following raids on Bangkok venues selling alcohol

    Several senior officers from Bangkok’s Lumpini Police Station have been re-assigned following a number of raids on restaurants selling alcohol. The 5 officers have been named by the Pattaya News as Chakkrit Chosoongnoen, Chayachai Nathanakan, Prachya Boonyuen, Ekkarat Malawanno, and Sittisak Sudhom. They are accused of turning a blind eye to venues violating Covid-19 restrictions by allowing the sale and…

  • Politics News

    PM tells reporters to focus on economy, doesn’t want to talk about election

    The Thai PM says he can cope with everything he has to deal with and is not bothered by rumours of political disagreements. However, according to a Bangkok Post report, he then asked journalists to stop asking about the election and focus their questions on the economy instead. Prayut Chan-o-cha was addressing the media after yesterday’s meeting of the Defence…

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    Thailand News Today | Arrival quarantine waived for 5 countries, The new Thailand pass | Oct. 15

    Thailand has decided it wants to waive arrival quarantine for 5 countries, The much-maligned certificate of entry is on its way out, set to replaced by the Thailand pass, a giant celebration marked the end of the 9 day annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival and Thailand is planning on throwing a massive extravaganza to celebrate the country’s reopening.

  • Tourism News

    Desperate hotel operators look to Bangkok re-opening for signs of hope

    Even with plans still up in the air and nothing confirmed, Thai hotel operators are pinning their hopes on Bangkok’s proposed re-opening next month. The president of the Thai Hotels Association says that while hotels don’t expect a huge uptake in bookings immediately, they are hopeful that average occupancy might reach 15 – 20% in the last 3 months of…

  • Tourism News

    Tourists from Middle East put off Thailand due to bureaucracy, costs of Covid tests

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand says the high cost of Covid-19 tests, coupled with Certificate of Entry bureaucracy, is proving a deterrent for tourists from the Middle East. According to a Bangkok Post report, Chaiwat Tamthai from the TAT’s Dubai office says would-be tourists from the Middle East are in favour of the Phuket sandbox concept, but put off by…

  • Covid-19 News

    Covid UPDATE Saturday: 257 deaths, news briefs

    The dramatic drop in new infections over the past week has levelled off a bit with 15,942 new infections being reported across Thailand in the past24 hours, a rise from yesterday’s reported 14,653 cases. 277 of today’s new cases come from the Thai prison system. There’s also been 257 deaths, the numbers remaining high whilst other trends are more positive.…

  • Pattaya News

    Pattaya officials concerned high costs of Covid tests will deter foreign tourists

    Tourism officials in Pattaya are concerned that the demands being made of foreign tourists, including multiple costly Covid tests, will put people off visiting. Pattaya hopes to re-open quarantine-free under a sealed route scheme, but Thanet Supornsahasrungsi from the Chon Buri Tourism Council has expressed concern about the costs involved for visitors. The Bangkok Post reports that Pattaya is eyeing…

  • Covid-19 News

    Government extends emergency decree for the 13th time

    The Thai Cabinet has approved an extension to the emergency decree until at least the end of September, meaning it has now been extended 13 times. According to a Pattaya News report, the extension comes into effect on August 1 and means the government will retain extraordinary powers, including the ability of the courts to hand down heavy penalties to…

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    Rapid antigen tests to be made available to Bangkok public to relieve pressure on hospitals

    The Public Health Ministry has approved in principle for rapid antigen tests to be made available for the public to purchase from Bangkok clinics and pharmacies. The idea is to relieve the pressure on hospitals struggling to meet an increasing demand for PCR tests as infections rise. According to a Pattaya News report, officials will meet today to confirm the…

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    Pressure mounts for effective boosters as fully vaccinated nurse dies of Covid-19

    The government is coming under increasing pressure to provide effective vaccine boosters to frontline medical staff, following the death of a nurse who’d received 2 doses of Sinovac. The Bangkok Post reports that the 30 year old nurse died a week after contracting Covid-19, despite being fully inoculated. Her cousin, Siwakorn Rattanakuntee, confirmed the death on Facebook, adding that the…

  • Tourism News

    Tourism Minister threatens to cancel travel stimulus if only some operators benefit

    Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister says if all operators cannot benefit from a domestic travel stimulus scheme, it may be cancelled. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says he will meet with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to ensure everyone in the sector can be helped by the scheme. According to the Bangkok Post, the government plans to launch the Tour Teaw Thai scheme…

  • Covid-19 News

    First case of Beta variant reported in Bangkok

    Bangkok has reported its first case of the Beta variant of Covid-19, originally detected in South Africa. According to a Bangkok Post report, the patient had contact with an infected person in the southern province of Narathiwat. Hundreds of cases of the Beta variant have already been reported in southern Thailand and are believed to have been imported from Malaysia.…

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    Thailand News Today | Lockdown for BKK? Demonstrations back on, Pathum Thani shooter arrested

    The CCSA today says they’re resisting calls for a 7-day lockdown for Bangkok as cases in the capital, and neighbouring provinces, keep rising, Chon Buri governor has addressed the business owners saying restrictions and disease control measures will stay the same for now, Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators gathered at Democracy Monument in Bangkok this morning to mark the 89th anniversary…

  • Tourism News

    TAT thinking up ways quarantine might be relaxed for tourists returning from Thailand

    The ever-inventive Tourism Authority of Thailand is looking at ways quarantine might be eased for tourists visiting Thailand, both on arrival here and on their return home. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn says “city bubbles” and activity-based travel arrangements in sandbox destinations could be the way forward. The arrangement would be between low-risk cities and would mean tourists could visit destinations…

  • Tourism News

    Tourism bodies concerned vaccination uncertainty will disrupt re-opening

    Earlier this week, Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, pledged to re-open the country to international tourism within 120 days. But tourism operators aren’t breathing a sigh of relief just yet. Many have voiced concerns over the delays in the vaccine rollout, fearing that if Thailand doesn’t get its act together on vaccination, the re-opening could be affected. According to the Bangkok…

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    Medic says 10% of Covid-19 infections in Bangkok are Delta variant

    The head of the Department of Medical Sciences says 10% of Covid-19 infections in Bangkok are the Delta variant, formerly known as the Indian variant. According to a Bangkok Post report, 496 cases of the variant have been detected in the Kingdom between April 7 and June 13. DMS chief Dr Supakit Sirilak says 404 of those are in Bangkok,…

  • Tourism News

    Airlines look to vaccine rollout to restore demand and boost economy

    Airlines are pinning their hopes on Thailand’s vaccine rollout as the key to restoring traveller confidence and boosting the economy. All eyes are on Phuket in particular, to see how the much-discussed sandbox re-opening fares. Wutthiphum Jurangkool, chief executive of Nok Air, says June has already seen a slight increase in bookings. “After passenger traffic recorded a whopping 90% decrease…

  • World News

    Southeast Asia sees highest tally of Covid-19 infections in a single day

    Southeast Asia has recorded its highest number of Covid-19 infections in a single day, with 26,435 new cases reported yesterday. However, the death rate has lowered overall. Yesterday’s infections were an increase on Saturday’s 25,656 and the highest in 2 weeks. According to a Nation Thailand report, 387 additional deaths were reported yesterday, down from 426 the day before. ASEAN…

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    Low immunity levels in some, despite 2 doses of AstraZeneca, Sinovac

    A leading medical expert in Thailand has expressed concern that some people who’ve received both doses of either the AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine are showing low levels of immunity to Covid-19. According to a Nation Thailand report, Thiravat Hemachudha from the Health Science Centre of Emerging Diseases at Chulalongkorn University says that, 3 or 4 weeks after inoculation, some people…

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    Private hospitals ordering 10 million doses of Moderna, expected to arrive by October

    Private hospitals in the Kingdom are planning to buy up to 10 million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine through the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation. The Private Hospital Association expects to take delivery of the vaccines by October. Paiboon Eksaengsri from the PHA says progress was made at a meeting with Moderna importer, Zuellig Pharma. The price has also been set…

  • Chiang Mai News

    Chiang Mai applies to implement sandbox re-opening from August 1

    Officials in the northern province of Chiang Mai will be watching Phuket’s July 1 re-opening carefully, as they seek to follow suit a month later. The southern island will re-open to fully vaccinated tourists from qualifying countries in just over 3 weeks’ time and Chiang Mai hopes to do the same from August 1. The sandbox program is the Thai…

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    Private hospitals in Thailand to confirm price of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine today

    The Private Hospital Association is expected to confirm the price of the Covid-19 Moderna vaccine, which will be provided as a paid alternative outside of the government rollout. The Moderna vaccine has been approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration and will be made available for purchase at private hospitals. According to a Pattaya News report, Paiboon Eksaengsri from the…

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    Covid-19 vaccination to be delayed in provinces with low infection rates

    Several Thai provinces with low infection rates have had to delay their Covid-19 vaccine rollout after receiving fewer doses than expected. The Bangkok Post reports that the Public Health Ministry has cut the vaccine allocation of provinces that have reported substantially lower infection rates. However, Kiattiphum Wongrajit from the Health Ministry says 2 million doses of both Sinovac and the…

  • Tourism News

    PM to chair meeting on Thailand’s re-opening as Phuket officials demand clarity

    The Centre for Economic Situation Administration will today discuss plans for the revival of Thailand’s tourism sector at a virtual meeting chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. Attendees will discuss a future quarantine-free re-opening of 10 provinces considered popular tourist destinations: Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Chon Buri, Phuket, Surat Thani, Krabi, Phang Nga, and Buriram. While Phuket is…

  • Pattaya News

    Over 80% of massage shops in Pattaya closed “permanently”

    The Eastern Spa and Wellness Associations says 80% of massage shops in Pattaya have closed forever, with fewer than 100 still able to operate. Speaking to the Pattaya News, the association’s president, Chairat Ratananophas, says the remaining businesses need financial support and clarity on when they can re-open. Currently, Covid-19 restrictions in the eastern province of Chon Buri mean massage…

  • Tourism News

    Thailand’s quarantine hotels consider move to hybrid model

    Hotels currently operating as alternative state quarantine facilities are considering moving to a hybrid model, as bookings drop ahead of Phuket’s re-opening. ASQ hotels say reduced demand means they may adopt a model whereby they accept both quarantining guests and regular guests from the second half of the year. Prin Pathanatham from the ASQ-ALQ Club Thailand says bookings have started…

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    Health Minister confident AstraZeneca doses will arrive on time

    Thailand’s Public Health Minister says the delivery of 6 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is on schedule. Anutin Charnvirakul says the doses are expected to arrive in batches, throughout the month of June, and he’s confident the first lot will be here by June 7, when the national rollout begins. “I’m confident the first lot will be put…

  • Bangkok News

    Thai government allegedly ticked-off with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration

    The government is becoming increasingly irritated by the Bangkok Governor and his administration, according to a Thai Enquirer report. The media outlet says senior officials at the Public Health Ministry and at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration are critical of the governor’s random handling of the pandemic and its associated restrictions. The report is based on feedback from an…

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    Government unsure if local administration budgets can be used to buy vaccines

    In what could put yet another spanner in the works, the Thai government is questioning if local authorities can purchase vaccines and whether state-allocated budgets can be used for this purpose. The Bangkok Post reports that officials at the Interior Ministry fear a chaotic rollout, with several local administrative organisations racing to order supplies of Sinopharm, the latest vaccine to…