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Thailand News Today | Another holiday, Business closures | September 15

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Ready for another holiday? Cabinet considers a long weekend to boost the economy

There might be another long weekend coming up soon. So much revenue was brought in from the recent 4 day holiday weekend earlier this month that some government officials think another couple days off could help give the slumped economy another shot in the arm.

The 4 day weekend earlier this month (a replacement for the annual Songkran holiday) circulated some 8.8 billion baht in revenue, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam says the cabinet has talked about another holiday, most likely a 4 day long weekend again, and the idea has been passed on to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. Wissanu says the long weekend might be scheduled for November, since there are no public holidays scheduled during that month.

Mother allegedly kills 3 year old daughter in Surat Thani

A mother allegedly slashed her 3 year old daughter’s throat in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district whilst she was sleeping at their rubber plantation home.

Police say they found the child dead on the mattress, soaked in blood. They say the child’s throat had a deep cut. The 43 year old mother has already admitted to the murder, according to police.

According to the woman’s husband, she had a panic attack the night before saying she was worried her daughters would be gang raped.

The man said he was sleeping in another bed and woke up to find his wife trying to cut her own throat. He quickly took away the knife but saw his 3 year old daughter laying in a pool of blood, and called the police.

The family moved from the Isaan province down to Surat Thani to work as rubber tappers. The family had three children.

Phatthalung 20 year old arrested for killing girlfriend and putting body in a cage

A 20 year old Phatthalung man has been arrested over the killing of his 23 year old girlfriend. The man allegedly smashed her head repeatedly, killing her because she said she wanted to break up with him.

Phatthalung Police say they receiving reports of a female corpse being found packed inside a cage outside a house in the north of the southern Thailand province. The body was found laying face down with critical injuries to the head. Police estimated the woman must have been killed at least 9 hours before.

Neighbours told police the couple had been quarrelling often but paid little attention because they were always fighting.

Natthapol initially denied being involved in the case but Police say he confessed to the assault after a long interrogation.

Business closures up 38%, pandemic ‘scarring’ the economy

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a spike in business closures in Thailand, increasing nearly 40% since last year, and those numbers are expected to continue to go up.

Many of those businesses were in the tourism industry, leading to the highest unemployment rate in the past 10 years.

From June to July, business closures went up by 38.4% compared to numbers the same time last year, according to the Economic Intelligence Centre. Even worse, they expect higher numbers in the 2nd half of the year due to the economic decline brought on by the responses to the pandemic. As of mid-August, 13,400 businesses had already closed their doors.

While some people lost their jobs during the pandemic, many people faced lower work hours.

Government sets a deadline on Boss investigations

The government has set a 7-day deadline for state agencies whose officials are alleged to have been involved in the mishandling of the 2012 hit-and-run case involving the Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya to provide updates on their investigations.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam says the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission had not yet informed him of its progress but he understood it might not be able to meet the deadline given the scale of its probe. Audio recordings of investigators, Boss and his lawyers, have also surfaced and under investigation.

Other government agencies that must report back to the deputy PM include the Office of the Attorney-General, the Royal Thai Police, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Department of Special Investigation and the Lawyers Council of Thailand.

Boss, now 35, was driving the family’s silver Ferrari when it hit and killed a 47 year old police officer whilst he was riding his motorcycle on Sukhumvit Road in Thong Lor in the early hours of Sept 3, 2012. After the statute of limitations clock ran out on other charges, the most serious charge, reckless driving causing death, was dropped in July this year by the Office of the Attorney general, sparking widespread outrage and the broad investigation into the case.

As for Boss, he remains a fugitive living overseas.

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FILE PHOTO: Spraying disinfectant has been effective in the community but controversial in forested refugee camps.

Some controversy exists over the Royal Thai Army attempting to sterilize areas of the Thailand-Myanmar border by spraying disinfectant along the border region. The army sprayed areas set up as a temporary holding facility for many Burmese refugees. The move drew condemnation from critics who claimed the disinfectant was not effective and not worth the expense of implementation. A spokesperson for the Royal Thai Army responded to social media ire justifying the action.

The spraying was done after the Burmese refugees had returned across the border to Myanmar, after fleeing temporarily to escape the escalating humanitarian crisis following the February 1 military coup. After the refugees left, disinfectant was sprayed around the area in compliance with Public Health directives designed to slow the Covid-19 spread and maintain safety. The disinfectant was intended to kill any possibly contagious remaining virus or disease in the area.

The spokesperson said the military used existing government equipment they requested from the Ministry of Public Health to efficiently disinfect the area. She asserted that the spraying was not just to help local people, but also to reassure them that it was safe to return to their daily lives in the area, to go to work or do farming, without fear of becoming infected with Covid-19.

While the response online to the spraying disinfectant scheme is still generally negative, it’s worth noting that the same spraying has been used to effectively sterilize 162 schools and 268 other areas since January. The spray is a safety precaution to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and has been used throughout communities in places like bus terminals, marketplaces, temples and other places where people tend to gather.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Songkran road safety day 5: 37 deaths, 330 accidents

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FILE PHOTO: Stay safe driving home from Songkran holidays.

On the fifth day of Songkran’s infamous “seven dangerous days”, there were 330 road accidents resulting in 37 deaths and 328 injuries reported across Thailand. Songkran brings an increase in travel, and with it, an unfortunate increase in traffic accidents and road deaths. With Covid-19 severely curbing festivities this year, figures are generally down, but the government continues to encourage its Songkran road safety campaign.

New revelations today from the Director-General of Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation who observed that inter-provincial roads and secondary backroads are more dangerous and deadly statistically, data he attributes to the amount of drinking and driving on these roads. The DDPM has ordered surveys of these roads and high-risk areas that produce higher than average injury and death rates. The departments in these areas will survey the areas for the remainder of the safety campaign, as road accidents may increase in the coming days as holiday travellers begin to return home to work.

DAILY FIGURES

As usual, speeding was the top cause for accidents with nearly 35% of crashes attributed to it, with driving while drunk accounting for nearly 32% of all accidents. Once again motorbikes were involved in the overwhelming majority of road accidents, with 86% of crashes. And again, straight routes were the location of 61% of accidents, a wide majority. 37% of yesterday’s road accidents were on national highways while slightly more accidents, 38%, occurred in local communities and villages.

Accidents were most frequent during the late afternoon and early evening again, with 27% of reported accidents happening between 4 pm and 8 pm. 18% of injuries and deaths were between 30 and 39 years old, the most common demographic.

Pathum Thani was the most fatal province today, with 4 reported road deaths. Prachuap Khiri Khan had the highest rate of road accidents, with 12 incidents within the province. 13 was the number of the most injuries in a province, with that figure being tied by Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Tak.

TOTALS

After 5 days of the Songkran “seven dangerous days” there have been 1,795 accidents reported. 1,818 people were injured on the roads of Thailand in the last 5 days, with 192 road deaths reported nationally.

Nakhon Sri Thammarat has become the most dangerous province, with its 76 road accidents being the most of any province as well as its 82 injuries topping the list of injuries by province. The most deadly provinces were Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Pathum Thani.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Thailand’s Covid-19 infections are still on the rise, with the Kingdom reporting 1,543 new infections in the last 24 hours, The governor of Bangkok says anyone who has had contact with a Covid-19 patient must self-isolate for at least 10 days, Denmark has announced that it is abandoning the AstraZeneca vaccine and Vietnam has overtaken Thailand to become the highest-priced exporting rice in the world.

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