Coronavirus Outbreak

Some in Shanghai allowed out to shop; end of COVID lockdown in sight

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 19 (Reuters) – More Shanghai residents were given the freedom to go out to shop for groceries for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday as…

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FILE – An employee of the Kyonghung Foodstuff General Store disinfects the showroom in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Before acknowledging domestic COVID-19 cases, Thursday, May 12, 2022, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist system was protecting its 26 million people from “a malicious virus” that had killed millions around the world. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)

EXPLAINER: What’s behind North Korea’s COVID-19 admission?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Before acknowledging its first domestic COVID-19 cases, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist…

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Data collected from 352 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital from September 2021 show that 82 percent had at least one long-COVID symptom. (Photo by Fusion Medical Animation)

Long COVID clinics mushroom in Thailand as survivors tackle after-effects

With more than 4 million COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand since early 2020, it is no surprise that long-COVID support groups are popping up all around the country.   Meanwhile, the…

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(FILES) In this file picture taken on September 27, 2021, a health official sprays disinfectant as part of preventative measures against Covid-19, in the Daesong Department Store in Pyongyang. – North Korea on May 12, 2022 confirmed its first-ever case of Covid-19, with state media declaring it a “severe national emergency incident” after more than two years of purportedly keeping the pandemic at bay. (Photo by KIM Won Jin / AFP)

North Korea reports first Covid-19 outbreak, declares emergency

North Korea has confirmed its first-ever case of Covid-19 and declared a “severe national emergency”, with leader Kim Jong Un vowing to “eliminate” the virus, state media said Thursday. The…

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Is it worth getting a second COVID-19 booster?

Though more than 2.8 million people in Thailand have already received their fourth jab against COVID-19, many others are still skeptical about what good a “second booster” can do. The World Health Organisation (WHO)…

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Chulalongkorn University’s COVID mRNA vaccine to enter human trials

Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University is seeking approval from the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) to begin the first two phases of human trials of its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. According to…

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Commuters take a ride on a subway in Beijing on April 18, 2022. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

Beijing closes dozens of subway stations as Covid controls tighten

Beijing closed dozens of subway stations on Wednesday, as Covid restrictions slowly constrict movement across the Chinese capital of over 21 million people. The world’s second-biggest economy has been battling…

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Push for vaccination of Thailand’s young ahead of new school term

With the start of the new school term on May 17th, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed the need for precautionary measures today (Friday), to cope with on-site learning, with an…

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This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. (Image captured and colorized at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana)

What threat do COVID-19 recombinants pose to Thailand?

In the two years since it was declared a pandemic, the COVID-19 virus has given birth to many variants and, recently, to recombinants as well. People, therefore, need to stay…

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Thailand confirms accurate reporting of positive COVID-19 antigen tests

The Department of Disease Control has refuted a suggestion that it has been distorting the number of daily COVID-19 cases, identified using rapid antigen tests, to give an impression that…

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File photo: A traditional Thai statue wears a face mask as a campaign for travellers to prevent the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus at the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok before the new year last year. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

No pre-arrival COVID RT-PCR tests needed for arrivals in Thailand from Friday

People arriving in Thailand, from today (Friday), under “Test and Go”, “sandbox” or other quarantine programs no longer need a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate, issued within 72 hours prior…

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Thailand signs deal with Pfizer to supply 2 million anti-viral Paxlovid tablets

The Thai Medical Services Department signed an agreement with Pfizer (Thailand) today (Thursday) to procure 50,000 courses (2 million tablets) of the Paxlovid anti-viral medicine for the treatment of COVID-19….

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Thai Disease Control Dept insists Favipiravir is effective in treating COVID-19

The Disease Control Department has asked critics not to undervalue the Favipiravir anti-viral medication, as it insists that the drug is efficacious in the treatment of COVID-19. Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong,…

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Thailand’s Satun border crossing with Malaysia to reopen on April 1st

After two years of closure, due to the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand and Malaysia, the land border checkpoint in Thailand’s Khuan Don District, of the southern province of Satun,…

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A worker wearing protective gear looks on as people are tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a residential compound in Shanghai on March 18, 2022. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

China reports two Covid-19 deaths, first in more than a year

China reported two Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, its first in more than a year, underlining the threat posed by an Omicron outbreak that has triggered the country’s highest case counts…

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Thai ministry of health seeks end to pre-departure RT-PCR tests for international arrivals

The Ministry of Public Health will propose that the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) further ease COVID-19 restrictions, by doing away with the requirement for arrivals from overseas to…

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A guide to the UCEP Plus treatment scheme for COVID-19 patients

From March 16, people who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be able to claim free treatment under Thailand’s Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients (UCEP). However, those with serious…

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Thai Health Dept says COVID-infected mothers can breastfeed with caution

COVID-infected mothers can breast-feed their babies, but they must be careful to prevent the babies from becoming infected, by wearing face masks at all times, washing their hands before touching…

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3 COVID consumer stimulus measures in Thailand have, to date, cost the taxpayer ~29 billion baht

Three economic stimulus packages, introduced by the government to boost the purchasing power of consumers and to stimulate the economy have, so far, cost the taxpayer about 29 billion baht…

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Thailand exceeds 3 million COVID-19 infections since January 2020

Thailand’s COVID-19 infections, since the arrival of the virus in the country on January 13th, 2020, reached 3,004,814 today (Saturday), as a senior doctor predicted that daily infections may exceed…

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Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections drop to 24,719 on Saturday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand, announced today (Sunday), dropped by 896 to 24,719 cases from yesterday’s 25,615, but the death toll increased from 40 to 42 cases. The number only includes…

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Thailand’s Rural Doctor Society complains of serious Favipiravir shortage

The Rural Doctor Society (RDS) is complaining of a serious shortage of anti-viral Favipiravir medicine, to the extent that several hospitals have restricted its distribution to COVID-19 patients, except to…

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(Photo courtesy of Ramathibodi hospital)

Thailand’s hospitals and ‘hospitels’ half full again as COVID-19 continues to spread

Almost half of the beds in general hospitals and ‘hospitels’ nationwide are now occupied, as the Medical Services Department urges cooperation from those with asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 infections by…

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980 primary schools in Nakhon Ratchasima suspend on-site classes due to COVID-19

A total of 980 primary schools, or 70% of all the schools in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, have suspended on-site classes in favour of online learning after clusters…

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Skin or muscle? The choice facing COVID booster recipients in Thailand

In a move to reduce side effects from mRNA booster shots, the Public Health Ministry has given recipients three different COVID-19 vaccination options. The first is the full 30-microgram dose via intramuscular injection. The…

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Air travellers can take more than 30 face masks on overseas flights

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport has explained that there is actually no limit on the number of face masks passengers may carry on board overseas flights. In a statement posted on its…

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Thai FDA approves Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines for 6 plus age group

A panel of specialists at the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has approved the use of Chinese-made Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines in children aged 6 and above without adjusting…

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A guide to pediatric COVID-19 vaccine as Thailand’s young kids roll up their sleeves

Thailand’s free mass vaccination programme is finally being expanded to younger kids. From this week, children aged 5 to 11 are eligible for jabs against COVID-19, having braved two years…

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Diana Merchant self-tests for COVID-19 at a No Cost COVID-19 Drive-Through testing provided the GUARDaHEART Foundation at the Guirado Park in Whittier, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. With the brutal omicron wave rapidly easing its grip, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are falling in 49 of the 50 states. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

US death toll from COVID-19 hits 900,000, sped by omicron

Propelled in part by the wildly contagious omicron variant, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 900,000 on Friday, less than two months after eclipsing 800,000. The two-year total, as…

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Thailand’s plan to categorise COVID-19 as an endemic disease explained

Disease Control Department Director-General, Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong, has attempted to clear up any misunderstanding about Thailand’s plan to categorise COVID-19 as an endemic disease. Pointing out that the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Thai schools advised to suspend group activities to prevent COVID-19 infections

Schools nationwide have been told to suspend all group activities after clusters of infections, among students and teachers, have been found in schools in 11 provinces, including a boarding school…

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Thailand’s first Omicron variant death reported in Songkhla province

The health office in the southern province of Songkhla has reported its first fatality from Omicron variant today (Sunday). The patient died at the Hat Yai Hospital on Wednesday. The…

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Is Thailand rushing to categorize COVID-19 an endemic disease?

Thailand is preparing to declare COVID-19 an endemic disease this year despite a rising number of infections and warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr Opart Karnkawinpong, head of…

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Polish scientists find gene that doubles risk of serious COVID

Polish scientists have found a gene that they say more than doubles the risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19, a discovery they hope could help doctors identify people who…

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Omicron: How the world’s fastest spreading virus could also end the pandemic

The Omicron variant has now spread across the globe, with new cases surging in countries including Thailand. As of Sunday (Jan 9), Worldometer.com registered 15.28 million new COVID-19 cases in…

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Rapid antigen testing in January 2022, being conducted by “Zendai” volunteers in Bangkok’s Din Daeng community.

What does new Level 4 alert mean for Thailand? 

The fifth wave of COVID-19 pushed Thailand’s alert level to 4 in the first week of 2022 as the ultra-transmissible Omicron variant spread nationwide. People across the country are raising…

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Omicron less severe but still threat to health systems

Omicron is causing record numbers of cases around the world, and though it causes less severe Covid-19 experts warn this wave still threatens to overwhelm health systems. – Nose and…

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Thai virologist says Omicron may account for 30% of new COVID-19 cases

Professor Dr. Yong Poovorawan, head of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty Medicine of Chulalongkorn University, said today (Saturday) that he believes Omicron variant cases are…

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6 infected tourists sought who left hotel on Koh Chang before COVID test results returned

A complaint was lodged yesterday (Friday) with police on Koh Chang, in Thailand’s eastern province of Trat, by the district communicable disease committee, seeking six Europeans tourists after they tested…

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Couples leave a pub during the curfew hours starting at 9:00 p.m., as part of tightened social distancing rules to contain a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in Seoul, South Korea, December 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

S.Korea reports first deaths linked to Omicron coronavirus variant – Yonhap

SEOUL, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Two people who posthumously tested positive for the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus appear to be the first such reported deaths in the…

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Free COVID-19 tests at Bangkok’s Mor Chit bus and Hua Lamphong railway stations

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is providing free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to the public, until January 3rd, at Mor Chit bus terminal and Hua Lamphong railway station. Disease Control…

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A volunteer from the Bangkok Community Help Foundation administering a rapid antigen test, which screens for the Covid-19 coronavirus, to a resident of the Khlong Toei community in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

2021: The year Thailand walked a COVID tightrope of hope and horror

To the disappointment of all Thais, 2021 has been another year of COVID-19 outbreaks. Despite an accelerating mass vaccination drive across the country, the end of the pandemic is not…

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Tips for safe travel during long New Year holidays

The Thai Department of Health Services is offering tips for safe travel during New Year holidays, especially for protection against COVID-19, including the easily transmissible Omicron variant. Head of the…

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2022 is arriving with most, if not all, of questions remaining unanswered. (Photo by Isabela Kronemberger)

Bruised, defiant but clueless still, humans enter 2022

Headlines all over the world in 2021 do not give the coronavirus the credit it deserves. Expression of awe and show of panic is seasonal at best, meaning that whenever infection…

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2021: The year mass vaccination injected mass confusion in Thailand 

With over 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Thailand, 2021 has been a year of mass vaccination but also frustration and confusion. As the year began, the country…

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EU endorses Thailand Digital Health Pass on “Mor Prom” application

The European Union (EU) has endorsed the Thailand Digital Health Pass on the “Mor Prom” application, which means the pass is equivalent to the EU’s COVID-19 clearance certificate and can…

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Travelers move through Delta Airlines check-in at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, on December 24, 2021. – Over 2,000 flights have been cancelled and thousands delayed around the world as the highly infectious Omicron variant disrupts holiday travel. According to tracking website Flightaware.com at 1540 GMT on Friday, a total of 2,118 flights had been cancelled worldwide, including 500 flights originating from or headed to US airports, and over 5,700 delayed. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP)

Covid clouds Christmas celebrations for second year

Pope Francis called for more solidarity with those living in poverty as he celebrated mass in the Vatican in front of a masked congregation of around 2,000 people, while billions…

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AstraZeneca vaccine booster works against Omicron, Oxford lab study finds

A three-dose course of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the rapidly-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, the pharmaceutical company said on Thursday, citing data from an Oxford University lab study. Findings from the…

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A soldier from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) administers a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic set up at Chester Cathedral on December 16, 2021 as the UK steps up the country’s booster drive to fight a “tidal wave” of Omicron.

Europe considers new curbs as Omicron sweeps world

Countries across Europe were considering new curbs on movement on Tuesday as the fast-moving Omicron variant swept the world days before Christmas, throwing travel plans into chaos and unnerving financial…

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First local transmission of Omicron detected in Thailand, 63 cases confirmed so far

Thailand has confirmed a total of 63 Omicron cases to date, with more cases awaiting confirmation, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. Most of the confirmed and initially detected cases…

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People queue up to travel on trains at London St Pancras International rail station, in London, the Eurostar hub to travel to European countries including France, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. After the U.K. recorded its highest number of confirmed new COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, France announced Thursday that it would tighten entry rules for those coming from Britain. Hours later, the country set another record, with a further 88,376 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Thursday, almost 10,000 more than the day before. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Travel curbs augur somber Christmas amid omicron uncertainty

LONDON (AP) — Travel restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus are hammering the already beleaguered travel and tourism industries and adding to the…

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A mural depicting a man in protective suit spraying disinfectant on a coronavirus at the Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mauro Pimentel / AFP)

Is Omicron one of coronavirus’ greatest tricks?

Delta scares. There is no question about that. Harder to say is what Omicron is doing. Is it frightening, or lulling, or confusing, or performing a mixture of everything? What…

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71% of inmates in Phitsanulok prison found infected with COVID-19

The provincial prison in Thailand’s northern province of Phitsanulok has been closed to all visitors since Monday after 1,559 of the 2,190 prisoners there tested positive for COVID-19 using antigen…

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Two-dose vaccines induce lower antibodies against Omicron, study finds

Two-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimens do not induce enough neutralising antibodies against the Omicron coronavirus variant, British scientists found, indicating that increased infections in those previously infected or vaccinated may be…

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People wait in a queue outside a pop-up vaccination centre for the Covid-19 vaccine or booster, in Hammersmith and Fulham in Greater London on December 3, 2021, as rollout accelerates in England. Britain has set a two-month target to give booster jabs to all adults over 18, as it seeks to minimise the impact from the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Daniel LEAL / AFP

‘Phenomenal’ Omicron spread accounts for 40% of London infections

Britain said on Monday that the Omicron coronavirus variant was spreading at a “phenomenal rate” and now accounted for about 40% of infections in London, so people should get a…

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People wearing face masks exit a BTS skytrain in Bangkok on December 6, 2021 as Thailand recorded on Monday its first case of the Covid-19 coronavirus Omicron variant. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Eight Omicron cases confirmed in Thailand so far, three others await confirmation

Eight COVID-19 Omicron variant cases have been detected in Thailand to date, with three more awaiting confirmatory tests, according to the Medical Sciences Department. The 11 cases include five Thais,…

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A motorcyclist rides past a floral design marking the arrival of the Thai new year 2564 in Bangkok on December 31, 2020. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Thailand announces new measures for foreign arrivals, New Year countdown details

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced a list of provinces where New Year countdown events will be allowed, has set limits on the number of attendees and…

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Asia markets down on Omicron, US jobs data worries

HONG KONG (AFP): Asian markets broadly fell in morning trading Monday, tracking uncertainty over the Omicron variant of Covid-19 as well as disappointing US jobs data and the future of…

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Thailand removed from Germany’s list of COVID-19 high risk countries

Germany has removed Thailand from its list of COVID-19 high-risk countries, effective from today (Sunday), under which people arriving from Thailand can enter Germany without the need for quarantine, if…

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In this handout photo provided by the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasai, speaks in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. World Health Organization officials in the Western Pacific Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, say border closures adopted by some countries may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but measures put in place and experience gained in dealing with the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the pandemic. (World Health Organization via AP)

WHO says measures against delta work for omicron variant too

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — World Health Organization officials in the Western Pacific say border closures adopted by some countries may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but…

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(File) Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul

Thailand backs WHO initiative for international instrument on pandemic response

Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has expressed full support for the development of a legally binding international instrument, which is a combination of a treaty and other international texts…

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Measures discussed to help Thailand’s struggling entertainment sector

Thai Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin is scheduled to meet with representatives of musicians, artists, pubs and bars today (Monday), to discuss their problems and ways to ease their suffering, since…

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Singapore, Malaysia reopen busy land border for vaccinated travellers

Singapore and Malaysia re-opened one of the world’s busiest land borders on Monday, allowing vaccinated travellers to make the crossing after nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden…

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A petrol attendant stands next to a newspaper headline in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Is new COVID-19 variant a cause of concern for Thailand?

With the holiday season just around the corner, Thai hearts sank when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new COVID-19 mutant “Omicron” a variant of concern. The fresh virus…

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WHO cautions against travel curbs over new Covid variant

The WHO on Friday cautioned against imposing travel restrictions due to the B.1.1.529 Covid-19 variant, saying it would take weeks to understand the implications of the newly discovered strain. The…

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Registrations for free Pfizer jabs for non-formal education students open Tuesday

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, Medical Services Department, are providing free vaccinations, with the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, to students…

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Over 77% people polled will not join Loy Krathong festival over COVID concerns

Over three quarters (77.3%) of people surveyed in a recent poll, conducted by Bangkok Poll, said that they will not take part the Loy Krathong festival today (Friday), citing COVID-19…

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A student steps over social distancing markers as they wait in line to undergo temperature checks as schools reopen due to the easing of restrictions after a temporary closure to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on February 1, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Weekly antigen COVID tests required by private schools in Thailand

Several parents have complained about the costs of weekly antigen COVID-19 tests being required by many private schools, even though they are not mandated by the country’s Education Ministry. The…

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Thailand Pass or Certificate of Entry: Clearing confusion for travelers

When Thailand opened its doors to vaccinated travelers from 63 nations this month, it also launched a new system for them to gain entry. From November 1, tourists flying into…

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Medical workers load syringes with the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP)

Govt vs hospital: Who is right in the row over Poland’s failed vaccine donation?

In what seems like a case of “different sides of the same coin”, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry and Thammasat University Hospital have sparred over the collapsed deal for 1.5 million doses…

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Thai FDA joins hands with online platforms to curb sale of substandard ATKs

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) is cooperating with Lazada, Shopee and HDmall.com.th to protect shoppers from being duped into buying substandard antigen test kits (ATKs) from unscrupulous traders….

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J&J vaccine administered in Sa Kaeo may have been smuggled from Cambodia

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is claimed to have been administered to a man by a private clinic in Thailand’s eastern province of Sa Kaeo, is suspected to have…

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Purchase of Molnupiravir COVID-19 drug approved

Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the planned purchase of Merck’s Mulnupiravir COVID-19 anti-viral drug, with a budget of 500 million Baht set for 50,000 courses of the drug, amounting to…

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This handout photo from the Royal Thai Army taken in late April 2021 and released on May 3, 2021 shows military personnel detaining illegal immigrants in an undisclosed location near the border areas between Thailand and neighbouring countries

Influx of illegal immigrants to Thailand prompts COVID concerns

Thai authorities have been asked to increase field checks on factories and businesses, to make sure that they hire properly registered and fully vaccinated migrant workers from neighbouring countries, to…

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COVID infections among attendees of Buddhist ceremonies under watch

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has expressed concern over new COVID-19 infections among people attending Kathin ceremonies, to present saffron robes to monks in temples, and has advised…

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Walk-in vaccinations at Bangsue Grand Station for people from other provinces

The vaccination centre at Bangkok’s Bangsue Grand Station is now offering a walk-in 2nd dose inoculation service, with the AstraZeneca vaccine, every day from 1pm to 5pm to people who…

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Thai PM wants early procurement of Merck’s Molnupiravir and Pfizer’s Paxlovid

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Ministry of Public Health to procure Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s Molnupiravir COVID-19 treatments, so the country will be among those countries having…

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The undertaker at Wat Saphan in Bangkok’s Klongtoey district.

COVID-19 exposes just how broken the world is

The coronavirus pandemic has reflected a broken world defined by inequality, division and a lack of accountability, causing a failure to put an end to the outbreak that so far…

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Pfizer says antiviral pill cuts risk of severe COVID-19 by 89%

Nov 5 (Reuters) – A trial of Pfizer Inc’s experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 was stopped early after the drug was shown to cut by 89% the chances of hospitalization…

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Britain approves Merck’s COVID-19 pill in world first

Britain on Thursday became the first country in the world to approve a potentially game-changing COVID-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by Merck (MRK.N) and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, in a boost to…

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Thammasat abandons plan to get 1.5m doses of donated vaccine from Poland

The Thammasat University field hospital has abandoned its plan to accept a donation of 1.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Poland. The university has failed to obtain…

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Students attend morning assembly as schools reopen due to the easing of restrictions after a temporary closure to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on February 1, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Many schools in Thailand reopen for in-person learning

Many schools around the country resumed on-site classes for the second semester today, after being closed since May due to COVID-19 pandemic. At Bodindecha School in Bangkok, the director, Wisit…

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First group of 43 passengers arrives from Japan as Thailand reopens borders Monday

The first 43 Thai and foreign passengers arrived at Suvarnabhumi international airport during the early hours today (Monday), the first day Thailand reopens to foreign arrivals. Tight health safety controls…

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Thailand is lifting quarantine restrictions and allowing fully vaccinated foreign visitors from 63 countries and territories to enter. (Photo of Praseban by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Thailand set to welcome visitors after almost two years

With an economy almost entirely dependent on the tourist industry, Thailand is today lifting quarantine restrictions and allowing fully vaccinated foreign visitors from 63 countries and territories to enter in…

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Nine arrested in Thailand for selling Favipiravir online without permission

Nine people, including the general manager of a private hospital in Thailand, have been arrested by officers from the Consumer Protection Police Division for allegedly selling the anti-viral drug Favipiravir…

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Thailand aims to draw neighbours for one-day trips

Thailand’s Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to prepare guidelines to allow visitors from Thailand’s neighbouring countries, such as Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia, to…

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Delta Plus COVID variant may be 15% more transmissible than Delta strain, experts say

Delta Plus, which is a mutation of the Delta strain of COVID-19, may be 15% more transmissible than the original Delta variant and is responsible for increasing COVID-19 infections in…

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A student receives a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Narasikalai school in the southern province of Narathiwat on October 15, 2021. Madaree TOHLALA / AFP

Bangkok’s administration invites city residents to apply for mixed vaccination

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is inviting Thai citizens aged over 18 who live in the capital to register for COVID-19 vaccinations, with the first jab of Sinovac vaccine and…

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Students from the Attarkiyah Islamic school sit to receive doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Narathiwat Hospital in the southern province of Narathiwat on October 11, 2021. Madaree TOHLALA / AFP

Five southern provinces among Thailand’s top ten for new COVID-19 cases

Five southern provinces are among Thailand’s ten with the highest rates of new COVID-19 infections today (Friday), with Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat being ranked after Bangkok,…

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Three markets in Chiang Mai locked down for three days of disinfection

Chiang Mai’s adjacent Waroros, Ton Lamyai and flower markets have been closed down for three days, starting today (Thursday), for disinfection, while surrounding areas have been placed under maximum watch…

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CCSA approves plan to buy 50,000 courses of anti-viral Molnupiravir drug

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Thursday) approved the Public Health Ministry’s proposal to procure 50,000 courses of the anti-viral Molnupiravir drug, made by US pharmaceutical company Merck. …

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AstraZeneca drug cocktail succeeds in late-stage study to treat COVID-19

AstraZeneca has requested emergency approval from U.S. regulators for its antibody cocktail, the first protective shot other than vaccines against COVID-19, another potential major step in the global fight to…

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People wait for 30 minutes to monitor for possible side effects after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine from a “Mobile Vaccination Unit” set up inside a bus in Bangkok on September 8, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Thai Rural Doctors Society claims COVID-19 infections are rising, not falling

The Rural Doctors Society (RDS) has warned Thai people not to lower their guard, noting that COVID-19 infections in Thailand are not declining, as widely misunderstood. On the contrary, are…

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COVID-19 resurgence in Hua Hin and Chaiyaphum closes market and TAO office 

The Chatchai market, in Thailand’s resort town of Hua Hin, has been ordered to close for three days from Monday, after 30 people connected to the market were found to be infected with COVID-19. The mayor of Hua Hin,…

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Chiang Mai’s Muang Mai market closed for disinfection after new cluster of COVID-19 infections emerges

Chiang Mai’s largest retail market for fresh food, fruits and vegetables, Muang Mai, remains eerily quiet for a second day today (Sunday) after the provincial communicable disease committee decided to…

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Medics and health volunteers in Sa Kaew province wear school uniforms to convince students to get vaccinated

To allay concerns among students and their parents about undesirable side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, medics and public health volunteers responsible for vaccinating students in Thailand’s eastern province of Sa…

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A health worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer vaccine for the Covid-19 coronavirus for high school students at Prachaniwet Secondary School in Bangkok on October 4, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

‘Mix and Match’ of AstraZeneca then Pfizer vaccination proposed

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health will seek approval, from the immune enhancement against diseases subcommittee, for the Disease Control Department to use a combined AstraZeneca and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine regimen…

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This picture taken on September 26, 2021 shows a medical staff member dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) as she waits to conduct swab tests in Phuket, as tourists take advantage of the “Phuket Sandbox” programme for visitors fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 coronavirus. Dene CHEN / AFP

Infection spike in four of Thailand’s border provinces an issue of concern for CCSA

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has expressed concern over the increasing number of new infections in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla, while infections in…

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People eat lunch at a street food restaurant implementing social distancing measures with plastic dividers on the tables after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 7, 2020. Thailand began easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 3 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be re-imposed should cases increase again.

Restaurateurs file class action suit against PM, others, demanding 50 million baht

Thailand’s Civil Court accepted a class action lawsuit today (Monday), filed by a group of 39 restaurateurs in Bangkok and upcountry provinces, demanding 50 million baht in compensation from Prime…

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Quarantine for fully vaccinated to be reduced to 7 days from Oct, 10 provinces to reopen on Nov 1

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided on Monday (September 27th) to extend the nationwide State of Emergency to the end of November, but ease some of the partial…

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