Coronavirus Outbreak Update

Judges wearing face masks wait for the start of the men’s 3m springboard final at the FINA Diving World Cup and test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 6, 2021. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Pfizer/BioNTech to supply vaccines for Olympic athletes

US drug giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Thursday announced a deal with the International Olympics Committee to provide vaccines to competitors and staff at the Tokyo games. In a…

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1,911 new COVID cases and 18 additional deaths in Thailand

Thailand recorded 1,911 new COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths today (Thursday). 29,680 patients are still being treated in hospitals, including 1,073 severe cases, of which 356 are on ventilators,…

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Family members of COVID-19 victims leave as their funeral pyres burn at an open crematorium set up at a granite quarry on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 / AP

India hits another grim record as it scrambles oxygen supply

Infections in India hit another grim daily record on Thursday as demand for medical oxygen jumped seven-fold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing life-saving supplies…

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Patent for Favipiravir rejected in Thailand

A patent application for Japanese-made anti-viral drug Favipiravir has been rejected by Thailand’s Intellectual Property Department over its manufacturing quality. The department’s director-general, Mr. Vuttikrai Leewiraphan, said yesterday (Wednesday) that…

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Thailand removed from New York Times’ list of countries acquiring Pfizer vaccines

After recent unconfirmed reports that Thailand had already acquired COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer were denied, The New York Times has removed Thailand from its infographic listing the countries acquiring the…

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Senior virologist says Thailand needs all makes of vaccine to be administered rapidly

Thailand’s well-known and respected virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan said today (Thursday) that Thailand needs all brands of COVID-19 vaccines it can procure, to inoculate people as quickly as possible. In…

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Travel agents warned not to advertise “Vaccine Tours”

Thai tourism authorities have warned travel agents not to use the term “vaccine tour” in their advertisements, even though such tour programs are allowed, and urged them to list all…

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Govt. rolls out more schemes to stimulate Thailand’s sluggish economy

Thailand’s cabinet has approved a host of measures to help millions of Thai people, aimed at increasing their purchasing power and liquidity, to enable them to weather the economic crisis…

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COViD-19 mass screening in Bon Kai area of Bangkok.

COVID outbreak in densely populated communities could spell disaster for Bangkok

Whether Bangkok can avoid its worst nightmare in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis depends largely on how well authorities control the outbreak raging through its overcrowded Klong Toei communities. More than…

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Living on the streets during the COVID-19 outbreak

After sunset, both sides of Phra Arthit Road become makeshift dormitories for the homeless. Small spaces in front of all the buildings are used as places to bed down, accompanied…

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic holds a vial containing the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine during his visit to Belgrade’s Torlak Institute, where the vaccine has been manufactured, on April 15, 2021. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP)

Serbia to offer cash to those who get Covid vaccine

Serbia’s president said on Wednesday his country would pay each citizen who gets a Covid jab before the end of May, in what could be the world’s first cash-for-jabs scheme….

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A medical staff member draw vials of the Coronavac vaccine, before administering it to members of the Klong Toey community, at a school in Bangkok on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

A shot in the arm: foreign residents and their eligibility for a jab

Thailand’s foreign residents are often left scratching their heads at the confusing and sometimes apparently contradictory information on Covid-19 vaccines and their eligibility for a jab While many Thais are…

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COVID-19 vaccines update

Full coverage on COVID-19 vaccines reports. May 5, 2021: A shot in the arm: foreign residents and their eligibility for a jab A shot in the arm: foreign residents and…

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Marine life near Thailand’s Koh Chang thrives amid decline in tourism

A recent Facebook post, by the administrator of a Koh Chang tourism page, included a spectacular video of marine life, filmed when diving near Koh Chang, signaling that the island’s…

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Brazilian COVID variant detected in Thai state quarantine as daily infections surge

The Brazilian COVID-19 variant has been detected among some arrivals from overseas currently in Thai state quarantine, assistant spokesperson for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan…

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2,112 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths on Wednesday

Thailand recorded 2,112 new COVID-19 cases and 15 fatalities today (Wednesday), according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Cumulative infections, since April 1st, are 46,037 and the death…

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Huai Khwang fresh market closed seven days for disinfection and screening

Huai Khwang fresh market in Bangkok was ordered closed for seven days on Monday, after two employees were found to be infected with COVID-19. The Din Daeng district office, which…

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Eight measures to curb COVID-19 surge in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey community

Eight measures are being rolled out to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in the densely populated Khlong Toey community in Bangkok, which houses about 80,000 registered people and an…

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Specific CCSA to be set up for Bangkok as fight against COVID-19 intensifies

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has intensified efforts to contain the continuing surge of COVID-19 infections in Bangkok and its peripherals by setting up an “area CCSA”, also…

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Respiratory disease specialist objects to BMA plan to administer Favipiravir to all COVID-19 patients

The president of the Thoracic Society of Thailand, and head of the Department of Respiratory Diseases and Tuberculosis at Mahidol University, Dr. Nitipat Jiarakul, has voiced disagreement with the Bangkok…

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Proactive screening in Bon Kai district of Bangkok on May 4th, 2021

Thailand records 1,763 new COVID-19 cases and 27 more deaths on Tuesday

Daily new COVID-19 cases in Thailand fell to 1,763 today (Tuesday), while the death toll recorded at 27 cases, according to a COVID-19 situation update from the Department of Disease…

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People visit the Forbidden City in Beijing during the Labour Day holidays, which take place from May 1 to May 5, on May 3, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Chinese tourists out in force as virus fears recede

Sipping bubble tea and dressed in their holiday finest, millions of Chinese travellers flocked to domestic tourist attractions over the May 1 long holiday with Covid-19 fears already a distant…

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A Royal Thai Army soldier waiting for her turn to receive the Covid-19 coronavirus Sinovac vaccine at the Pattani Hospital in Thailand’s southern province of Pattani. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

Push to vaccinate 16 million vulnerable Thais suffers early setbacks

Only about 5 percent of Thailand’s vulnerable population have so far booked a free COVID-19 vaccination jab since the government’s appointment process was launched on Saturday. The slow uptake is…

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Bangkok to open its first ICU equipped field hospital on Tuesday

Thailand’s first field hospital equipped with intensive care unit facilities will be officially opened tomorrow (Tuesday), to receive COVID patients with severe symptoms. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said in his…

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COVID-19 situation in Thailand is nearing critical point – Dr. Prasit Wattanapha

The COVID-19 situation in Thailand is approaching a critical level, with daily new infection and fatality rates on the rise, said Dr. Prasit Wattanapha, dean of the Faculty of Medicine…

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COVID-19 insurance policies, paying out on infection, cancelled

Amid a surge in cases, several insurance companies have cancelled their COVID-19 insurance policies, which promised payment upon the discovery of infection, dubbed “Found, Paid, Done” policies. They have now…

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At-risk people linked to a Covid-19 coronavirus cluster traced to entertainment venues, wait to be vaccinated with the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, at a makeshift clinic at Saeng Thip sports ground in Bangkok on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine could result in 96.7% immunity in 4 weeks

A study of 61 patients shows that people who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have achieved 96.7% immunity within a month, compared to those who had…

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(FILES) In this file photo Dr. Nita Patel, Director of Antibody discovery and Vaccine development, lifts a vial with a potential coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccine at Novavax labs in Gaithersburg, Maryland on March 20, 2020, one of the labs developing a vaccine for the coronavirus, COVID-19. – The CEOs of nine companies developing vaccines against Covid-19 on September 8, 2020 pledged to “uphold the integrity of the scientific process” amid concern Donald Trump will pressure regulators to approve a vaccine ahead of the presidential election in November. “We, the undersigned biopharmaceutical companies, want to make clear our ongoing commitment to developing and testing potential vaccines for COVID-19 in accordance with high ethical standards and sound scientific principles,” said the CEOs.The statement was signed by AstraZeneca, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer and Sanofi. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine waits for approval from Thai FDA

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is looking to procure the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), after a discussion with a Moderna representative today. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine…

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2nd field hospital for Khlong Toey COVID-19 patients is in the works

A second field hospital, to accommodate COVID-19 patients from Bangkok’s Khlong Toey slum area, is being planned, with an old building next to the Port Authority head office as the…

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Daily COVID-19 deaths rise to 31 as 2,041 new infections recorded in Thailand today

The COVID-related death toll rose by 31 today, the most in a single day so far, while daily new infections surged by 2,041, according to the Department of Disease Control….

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8 Thai hospitals closed after patients conceal facts about their COVID-19 exposure

Eight hospitals in Thailand have been temporarily closed after their medical personnel became infected with COVID-19, or had to be quarantined, because a number of patients concealed facts about their…

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PM asked to reconsider dine-in ban on eateries in Thailand’s COVID-19 Deep Red Zones

The Association of Thai Restaurants has called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the CCSA chief, to reconsider the two week dine-in ban on all eateries in…

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Thailand records 1,940 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths on Sunday

Daily COVID-19 infections resumed their upward trend today (Sunday), with 1,940, compared to 1,891 yesterday. 21 more patients have died in the past 24 hours, according to the update from…

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Virologist warns spread of South African COVID-19 variant from Malaysia possible via natural border

Thailand’s respected virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan has warned Thai security officials to keep a closer watch on border crossings from Malaysia, where the highly contagious South African COVID-19 variant is…

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COVID-19 infected Thai embassy staff repatriated from India on special RTAF flight

Three Thai officials working at the Thai Embassy in New Delhi, India, who are infected with COVID-19, and another, who is considered as to be high risk, were flown into…

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Voluntary curfews adopted in 19 of Thailand’s provinces

Nineteen out of 77 provinces in Thailand have now put in place voluntary curfews, to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to the CCSA and the Interior Ministry. People in…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 fatalities rose by 21 on Saturday with 1,891 new infections

The daily COVID-19 death toll jumped to new high of 21 today (Saturday), while new infections increased to 1,891, compared to 1,583 on Friday, according to the CCSA. Cumulative infections,…

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Travel restrictions imposed in Thailand’s Nonthaburi province

All people living in Bangkok’s neighboring province of Nonthaburi, who want to leave the province, are now required to register via QR code, upon departure and arrival, from today (May…

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Flight passengers to Phuket on April 15-26 advised to have Covid-19 test

Passengers who flew to or from Phuket between April 15th and 26th, on seven flights operated by three airlines, should check their seat numbers with the airlines and report for…

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As vaccination booking opens in Thailand, who can get jabs and how?

All 16 million vulnerable people will be the first in line when Thailand launches free nationwide vaccinations for residents next month. Meanwhile, appointments for jabs can be made in advance…

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Nimibutr Stadium becomes first COVID-19 triage centre opened in Bangkok

Thailand’s first COVID-19 triage centre, or pre-admission centre, was opened on Friday, with little fanfare, at the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok. It will receive the first group of COVID-19 patients…

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Thailand’s food service sector may see 5.6% loss in revenue this year

Kasikorn Research Centre reported that the third wave of COVID-19 in Thailand will have a huge effect on the restaurant business, which is still recovering from last year’s closures. The…

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Airport staff receive a dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on April 28, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Bangkok to inoculate 50,000 people per day, vaccinating 70% of its population

Bangkok plans to inoculate 70% of its inhabitants, at the rate of 50,000 people per day. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will set up 14 locations across the city, outside…

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A teenager receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at Clalit Health Services, in Israel’s Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Pfizer/BioNTech seek Covid jab approval for 12-15-year-olds in EU

Pfizer/BioNTech said Friday they have asked European regulators to authorize their Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, a move seen as a crucial step toward achieving herd immunity. The companies…

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Thailand’s daily COVID infections down to 1,583 today, 15 more fatalities

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) reported 1,583 new COVID-19 cases today (Friday), down from yesterday’s 1,871, and 15 more deaths, raising cumulative infections to 36,290 and 109 fatalities since April…

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Eateries in Thailand’s COVID-19 deep-red zones adapt to new restrictions

Many eateries in Thailand’s deep-red zone provinces, including Bangkok, are having to adapt to the new COVID-19 restrictions, even though it means their income will decrease, after the CCSA announced…

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A pre-school boy uses a newly developed, lollipop-shaped Covid-19 test prior to the testing of pre-schoolers at the ‘City of Vienna Kindergarten’ in Vienna, Austria on April 28, 2021. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

Austria tests toddlers for virus with ‘lollipops’

A newly developed, lollipop-shaped coronavirus test is being rolled out in some of Austria’s kindergartens as an alternative for toddlers who don’t take well to throat or nose swabs. Students,…

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Tougher anti-COVID-19 restrictions imposed by CCSA from May 1st

All eateries in Bangkok and the other five Deep Red Zone provinces will be banned from providing dine-in services and must close at 9pm, starting this Saturday, May 1st, for…

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COVID-19 patients concealing their chronology infect 20-30 Thai medics per day

78 nurses from 17 hospitals in Bangkok have had to self-isolate after dealing with COVID-19 infected patients who lied about their recent movements, according to the Confederation of Thai Professional…

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Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE kit) attends to Covid-19 coronavirus positive patients inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a covid care centre in New Delhi on April 28, 2021 / AFP

India’s coronavirus infections cross 18 million; record number of daily deaths

India’s total COVID-19 cases passed 18 million on Thursday after another world record daily infection and as the government rejected reports of problems with its vaccine campaign. India reported 379,257…

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Bangkok’s first community isolation facility set up in Khlong Toey

The first community isolation facility in Bangkok is scheduled to open tomorrow (Friday), with the goal of separating those infected with COVID-19 from their crowded community, before they go to…

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Thailand records 1,871 new COVID-19 infections and 10 deaths on Thursday

Daily COVID-19 infections in Thailand fell to 1,871 today (Thursday), below 2,000 for the first time since April 23rd, while 10 additional fatalities were also recorded, according to the Department…

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Brazil begin to produce homemade COVID-19 vaccine

Butantan Biomedical Institute in Brazil announced that they began to produce their very own COVID-19 vaccines, ButanVac. While local media reported that the institution lacks regulatory approval to hold clinical…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (6th from right, front) posing for official photo with the cabinet minister following a reshuffle at the Government House in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT / AFP)

Prayut and his economic team facing unprecedented test of crisis management   

The unprecedented task of pulling Thailand out of its COVID-induced economic crisis rests on the shoulders of just three men. And there are signs that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, his…

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Significant progress reported in AstraZeneca vaccine production in Thailand

AstraZeneca released a statement today announcing that their plans to produce its COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand have made “significant progress” and that the first batch of the vaccine will be…

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191 emergency call centre to take calls from COVID-19 patients

Thailand’s 191 emergency call centre has started accepting calls from people infected with COVID-19 who need to be admitted to hospital, to ease the burden on the 1168, 1669 and…

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A dog stands between covered vans for tourist transport parked along an alley outside a closed travel agency in Bangkok on April 8, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Lockdown proposed for Bangkok and five other Deep Red zone provinces

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will be asked to impose lockdowns in the six Deep Red zone provinces, where the rates of…

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695 COVID patients critical as 2,012 new cases recorded on Wednesday

Thailand’s Disease Control Department reported 2,012 new COVID-19 cases, 15 additional deaths and 695 critical cases on ventilators this morning (Wednesday). Cumulative infections, since early last year, are 61,699, with…

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Higher, faster, deadlier: Third wave of COVID triggers growing fear in Thailand    

A grim warning has been issued by a leading medical expert as Thailand grapples with its third and worst wave of COVID-19: expect a double-digit death toll to become regular…

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PM appointed Thailand’s “COVID Czar” in sole charge of handling the pandemic

The Thai cabinet today (Tuesday) designated Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the sole authority in charge of all responsibilities and duties, previously vested in his ministers, to deal with the…

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Special programme on Covid-19 on Thai PBS

Thai PBS has launched a special programme on its Thai-language news service to help coordinate assistance for people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact. The “Thai PBS against…

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Thailand records 2,179 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths on Tuesday

Thailand’s Disease Control Department reported 2,179 new COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths this morning (Tuesday). It said that the new infections have raised total cases, since early last year,…

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Chinese Embassy shortens list of Thai facilities approved for issuance of medical certificates for travellers to China

Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in The Kingdom of Thailand has reduced, from 51 to 36, the number of Thai hospitals and laboratories which they consider credible for…

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Troops and army equipment join the fight against 3rd wave of COVID-19

The Thai army has mobilized its men and equipment to assist public health officials in providing field hospitals, to accommodate COVID-19 patients, facilitating the transport of patients to hospitals and…

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PM fined ฿6k for not wearing face mask during meeting at Government House

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was fined 6,000 baht today for not wearing a face mask while chairing a meeting of his advisory team at Government House. A picture, showing…

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Vaccine distribution is Thailand’s urgent national priority

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has made vaccine distribution the most urgent national priority, following a meeting with an advisory board earlier today to find a “practical process” for the distribution….

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Tougher measures ahead for Bangkok and 5 other provinces as 2,048 new COVID-19 cases are recorded today

The Thai Ministry of Public Health will propose to the CCSA subcommittee, today or tomorrow, that they increase restrictions in six Red Zone provinces, including Bangkok, where cumulative COVID-19 infections…

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Nurses in 14-day quarantine after infected patient conceals chronology

Nurses at a hospital in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat have had to enter quarantine, after a COVID-19 infected patient allegedly refused to disclose their true chronology. At…

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Arrivals of all non-Thai citizens from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh suspended until further notice

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has temporarily suspended all arrivals of non-Thai citizens from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, in an escalated effort to prevent the spread of a…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha attends a signing ceremony for the agreement to purchase AstraZeneca’s potential Covid-19 vaccine at Government House in Bangkok on November 27, 2020. (Photo by CHALINEE THIRASUPA / POOL / AFP)

Thai govt in stormy waters as country slammed by third COVID wave   

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government are suffering a barrage of attacks from critics and political rivals as Thailand is hit by a third wave of COVID-19 infections. Some…

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Family seeks explanation for relative’s death 2 days after COVID-19 inoculation

A 24-year old woman’s family say they suspect her death, two days after inoculation, might be related to the COVID-19 vaccination. Mrs. Sangwan Puangthong told a Thai PBS reporter, in…

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Smoke billows from a chimney of an electric crematorium as burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 coronavirus are seen at a crematorium in Bhopal on April 23, 2021. (Photo by Gagan NAYAR / AFP)

India’s crematoriums overwhelmed as virus ‘swallows people’

For the fourth straight day, India on Sunday set a global daily record of new coronavirus infections, spurred by an insidious new variant that emerged here. The surge has undermined…

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The 4th field hospitals set up by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration at the Bangkok Arena stadium.

CCSA under fire for allegedly misleading public over hospital bed situation in Thailand

The director of the Thoracic Society of Thailand, under Royal Patronage, Dr.Nitipat Jiarakul, has taken CCSA to task over the claim that there are sufficient hospital beds to meet the…

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Thai Health Ministry wants to turn Hua Mark indoor stadium into a COVID-19 triage centre

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, called an urgent meeting today, with senior public health officials and administrators at Bangkok’s City Hall, to tackle the lack of hospital beds and…

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Thailand’s prime minister asked to reconsider another national lockdown

A group of Thai medical professionals has issued a statement, asking the country’s prime minister to reconsider locking down the country again as a matter of urgency, citing the rapid…

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Mongkutwattana Hospital to open a field hospital this Wednesday

The Mongkutwattana Hospital, in the Chaengwattana area, will set up a field hospital, on a half hectare plot next to the hospital, to accommodate patients transferred from other medical facilities…

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Police Hospital seeks help after patient transporters infected with COVID-19

Bangkok’s Police General Hospital has asked the Royal Thai Police to send about 90 officers urgently, to help in the transport of patients, after more than 10 patient transporters were…

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Indigenous nurse of the Misak ethnic group Anselmo Tunubala, 49, inoculates an elderly indigenous woman with a Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19 in the Guambia indigenous reservation, rural area of Silvia, department of Cauca, Colombia, on April 15, 2021. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)

Vaccine doses pass one billion mark as global cases top new record

The number of Covid-19 jabs administered globally surpassed the one billion mark on Saturday, offering hope even as the number of virus cases worldwide hit a new daily record mainly…

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Bangkok to close 31 venue types for 2 weeks and mandates mask wearing

Bangkok’s Communicable Disease Committee has decided to close 31 types of venue and make it compulsory for everyone to wear a face mask when they are outdoors, effective for 2…

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Thailand’s provincial governors to be allowed to impose curfews to control COVID-19

Provincial governors will be given the powers to impose tougher measures, including targeted curfews, to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections, under new guidelines to be issued by Prime Minister…

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In this picture taken on April 23, 2021, relatives wait next to a Covid-19 coronavirus patient laying on a stretcher in a hospital complex for admission in New Delhi. (Photo by Maude BRULARD / AFP)

Death and despair at the doors of stricken Delhi hospital

Barely breathing, Shyam Narayan arrived at the New Delhi hospital in a red rickshaw, his feet hanging over the side, but it soon became clear to his desperate family that…

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Nonthaburi opts for 9pm to 4am voluntary curfew until further notice

Instead of a mandatory curfew, the Nonthaburi provincial administration has decided to seek the cooperation of people living in this province, neighbouring Bangkok, to stay at home between 9pm and…

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Dr. Taweesin warns of more targeted restrictions as Thailand’s COVID-19 surge continues

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin warned today (Saturday) of stricter measures, to be imposed soon in targeted areas by the CCSA, as today’s new COVID-19 infections reached yet another new…

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Malls in Thailand’s 18 COVID-19 Red Zones to open 11am to 8pm until May 2nd

From tomorrow, until May 2nd, all shopping malls and department stores, with the exception of super markets, hyper markets, in Bangkok and 17 other provinces declared as Red zones, will…

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Help for Thai ex-Esport player’s COVID-19 infection arrives too late

A former Esport player who, via Facebook livestream, told of his sufferings from suspected COVID-19 infection, during his five-day self–isolation at home, before he was finally taken to a hospital,…

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Op-Ed: China to provide one million doses of vaccine to Thailand

China has pledged to provide Thailand with up to one million doses of vaccines to speed up inoculation against the deadly virus here as the country is facing a new…

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A Covid-19 field hospital set up on the outskirts of Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

A quick look inside Thailand’s field hospitals

With daily COVID-19 cases hitting successive record highs over the past few weeks, Thailand is now busy setting up field hospitals across the country. Field hospitals have opened not just…

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A child sits at a table in front of closed shops at Pratunam market in Bangkok on April 16, 2021, as Thailand imposes further restrictions to deal with a spike in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Vaccination delay threatens another downward spiral for Thai economy

The combination of a new wave of COVID-19 and delayed vaccination is set to wreak more damage on Thailand’s economy, with people’s incomes falling further and business risks rising. Slow…

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PM assures Thai people that government will lead country through COVID crisis

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured the Thai people that he and his government will explore all means to get Thailand through the current crisis, posed by the third wave…

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The Olympic rings are lit at the waterfront of Odaiba in Tokyo. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Japan declares virus emergency three months before Olympics

Japan announced a new virus state of emergency in Tokyo and three other regions on Friday, as the country battles surging infections just three months before the Olympic opening ceremony. The…

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AstraZeneca vaccine benefits increase with age: EMA

The EU’s drug watchdog said Friday that a review of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine found its benefits increase with age and still outweigh the risks for adults despite links to blood…

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File / Beds and items provided to patients in a field hospital set up in the Bangkok Arena indoor multi-purpose sporting venue to accomodate an upsurge in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the country.

As daily COVID-19 infections surge, concerns mount over ICU capacity

As the daily number of Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections surged to a new high of 2,070 today (Friday), public health officials have expressed concern that existing ICU capacity will not…

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A health worker closes the door of a Covid-19 field hospital, recently set up to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, on the outskirts of Bangkok on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s medical system facing its biggest test as virus surges back 

With COVID-19 cases now rising by more than 1,000 per day, many Thais are wondering whether the country’s healthcare sector will crumble under the pressure. Despite the launch of field…

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Japan faces new virus emergencies, three months before Olympics

Japan’s government is to declare virus states of emergencies in Tokyo and three other regions on Friday, exactly three months before the Olympic opening ceremony, as new infections surge. The…

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Senior doctor explains why calls to 1668 hotlines are often remain unanswered

The Thai Medical Services Department has appealed for public understanding over complaints, including the one from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, claiming that calls to the 1668 hotlines are, on many…

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Thai PM says Russia agrees to sell Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand

Russia has agreed to sell its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand, under a government-to-government deal, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in his Facebook post on Thursday. He said the…

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7 more fatalities and 1,470 new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand on Thursday

Seven more COVID-19 patients, most of them with underlying conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease, have died, as 1,470 new COVID-19 cases were recorded today. While fewer cases…

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Lockdown planned for two villages in Thailand’s Phichit province

The provincial communicable disease committee of Phichit province plans to lock down two villages in Sam Ngam district, after seven members of two families were found to be infected with…

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Free taxis provided by Rajavithi Hospital for COVID-19 patients in Bangkok

The state-run Rajavithi Hospital has launched a free taxi service, to cater to COVID-19 patients travelling from hospital to destinations within Bangkok and its suburbs. Patients need to book one…

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A nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 at the vaccination center set up at the University City Exhibition Center and Congress in Coyoacan, Mexico City on March 24, 2021. (Photo by CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP)

Fake Pfizer vaccine shots on sale in Mexico and Poland

US drugmaker Pfizer confirmed that suspect doses of its coronavirus vaccine that were seized in Mexico and Poland were indeed fake, with doses going for as much as $1,000 a…

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