Coronavirus Outbreak Update

Two Miss Grand International beauty contestants found infected with COVID-19

Two beauty queens, from Nigeria and Kenya, who are in Thailand for the Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now being treated at…

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Wang Thong Lang police station closed for disinfection and all police there screened for COVID-19

All police officers at Wang Thong Lang police station in Bangkok were given swab tests today, after one of them was found to be infected with COVID-19. The tests were…

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Another death and 54 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand

One more fatality and 54 new COVID-19 infections were recorded in Thailand today, according to the CCSA. The fatality was a 63-year old diabetic Bangkok resident who suffered from hypertension…

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Labour Ministry considers vaccination of foreign migrant workers covered by social security scheme

The Thai Ministry of Labour will discuss, with the Social Security Board, the possibility of procuring COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate over 2.3 million migrant workers covered by the social security scheme….

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Mae Sot Hospital partially closed, 19 medics quarantined after two patients test positive for COVID-19

The out-patient building at Mae Sot District Hospital was ordered closed yesterday (Wednesday) for five days to be disinfected, after it was discovered that two women, who were admitted for…

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(File) Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul

Health minister warns of third COVID-19 wave as fewer Thai people wear face masks in public

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has expressed serious concern over results of a recent survey indicating that people wearing face masks in public has fallen from 90% to 80%…

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Pathum Thani COVID-19 cluster spread to 13 provinces, infects 676 people

The Pathum Thani COVID-19 cluster has, so far, infected 676 people across 13 provinces, as Thailand records 35 new cases today, according to Centre for Covid-19 Situation (CCSA) spokesman Dr….

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Thailand’s tourism operators lobby for borders to reopen on July 1

A group of leading tour operators and hoteliers in Thailand has launched a campaign to reopen the country on July 1, 2021. They say vaccines are a game changer that…

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Another COVID-19 fatality and 42 new cases recorded in Thailand on Tuesday

Thailand recorded one more death from COVID-19, 42 new cases and 96 additional recoveries today (Tuesday), according to the Centre for Covid-19 situation (CCSA). The 84th fatality was a 92-year…

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Thai army medic in South Sudan dismissed after trying to sell fake COVID-19 vaccine

Thai Supreme Commander General Chalermphol Srisawat has confirmed a news report that an army medic in South Sudan had given injections of harmless plain water, claiming it to be COVID-19…

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New COVID-19 cluster in Pathum Thani, 53 new cases linked to butcher’s shop

A new cluster of 53 COVID-19 infections have been linked to a pork butcher’s shop in Pornpat market in Pathum Thani, according to the Public Health ministry. The Department of…

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Samut Sakhon closes two field hospitals as pandemic situation improves

Two field hospitals in Thailand’s coastal province of Samut Sakhon were shut down today, after about two months in operation, as the COVID-19 pandemic situation steadily improves. Deputy Governor Surasak…

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A recipient of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine looks on in the driver’s seat of his vehicle during a drive-through vaccination service in Nusa Dua, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on March 1, 2021. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Bali kicks off drive-thru virus jabs for hospitality workers

Indonesian resort island Bali has launched a drive-thru vaccination campaign targeting thousands of hospitality workers, as the popular tourist destination eyes reopening to foreign visitors. Billed as the first such…

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This photograph taken on November 2, 2020 shows visitors taking pictures of the gold plated stupa at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thai tourism ministry proposes vaccine program in 5 tourism hotspots

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports ministry will propose that the Public Health ministry organize an inoculation campaign in 5 tourism provinces and discuss the prospect of vaccination passports. Tourism minister, Phiphat…

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319 Thais injected with Sinovac vaccine on Sunday, no severe side effects case yet

Altogether 319 Thais, including Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, were given Sinovac vaccine injections on Sunday and, so far, there has not been a single case of severe side effects….

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A health worker receives the first Sinovac vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus disease at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Manila on March 1, 2021. (Photo by MARIA TAN / AFP)

‘Light’ after darkness as Philippines Covid-19 vaccinations begin

The Philippines launched its Covid-19 vaccination drive on Monday, with health workers, soldiers, police and government officials first in line to get donated Chinese jabs despite concerns over their effectiveness….

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Health Minister Anutin becomes the first Thai to be given COVID-19 vaccination

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul became the first Thai to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine on Sunday morning, at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute. The inoculation was administered by…

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Thailand records 70 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

70 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Thailand on Sunday, including 58 cases in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon. The CCSA say that, of the new cases, 62 are…

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Turning the pandemic into opportunity

Personal trainers have adapted the way they train their clients in the Covid-19 era to help those who are uncomfortable going to physical locations Thanakorn Sripong, 25, found starting a…

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AstraZeneca vaccine will be ready for use in mid-March

The first batch of 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which have already arrived in Thailand from South Korea, will have to go through a quality control reconfirmation process before they…

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Thai PM postpones vaccine jab indefinitely due to technical problem

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s planned injection of AstraZeneca vaccine, scheduled for 7.30am on Sunday, has been postponed indefinitely due to a technical problem. An official, attached to Government House’s spokesman’s…

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Thailand records 72 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 72 new COVID-19 cases today, including 37 in Samut Sakhon province. The new infections include 9 among arrivals from abroad in state…

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Ready for your COVID-19 jab? Thailand’s inoculation plan explained

Thailand’s COVID-19 inoculation programme will likely kick off on Sunday, with top government figures receiving the first jabs to boost public confidence. The vaccine brings hope that the country’s year-long…

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Thailand’s PM and health minister to receive their first COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul are due to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine injections this Sunday, at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute, according to Dr….

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Futsal COVID-19 cluster under close watch after seven players infected

Health officials are closely monitoring a suspected COVID-19 cluster, after seven members of a futsal team in Samut Sakhon were founded to be infected, as Thailand today records 72 new…

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Thailand

British-made COVID-19 vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca arrived in Thailand yesterday, according to a social media post by the Public Health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul. Anutin posted that 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca…

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Nine high-risk provinces to receive the first lot of 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine

Bangkok and eight other provinces with high incidence of COVID-19 infections will be the first to get inoculated with the first shipment of 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine from China,…

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Staff members stand behind the desk of the reception lobby of the Connect@Changi, billed as the world’s first coronavirus-safe hotel and conference complex is pictured in Singapore. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore virus-secure hotel looks to lure business travellers

Singapore launched what it billed as a coronavirus-secure hotel and meeting complex where visitors communicate via intercom through glass panels, as the Asian financial hub slowly opens up to the…

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Thailand further eases COVID-19 restrictions

The CCSA today (Tuesday) has provided more details about the easing of restrictions on business and other activities in different zones, divided in accordance with their respective COVID-19 situations. For…

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95 new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand on Tuesday

Thailand recorded 95 new COVID-19 cases and 85 new recoveries on Tuesday, with Samut Sakhon province still on top of the list, recording 54 new infections, according to CCSA assistant…

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Eateries can now offer in-house drinks and live music up to 11pm

Restaurants and other eateries are allowed to serve alcoholic drinks to provide live music to their customers again, until 11pm, but no dancing, after the CCSA decided today to ease…

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89 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand on Monday

Thailand recorded 89 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 73 locally-acquired infections and 16 among arrivals from abroad in state quarantine, said CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan at the…

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First group of western tourists arrive in Phuket for villa quarantine

The first group of 59 European tourists arrived on Thailand’s resort island of Phuket from Indonesia on Sunday, under the “villa quarantine” program, which has been endorsed by the CCSA…

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Public health minister confirms Sinovac vaccines to arrive on Wednesday

The first lot of Sinovac vaccine from China will arrive in Bangkok on Wednesday at 10am at Suvarnabhumi international airport, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said Sunday. To confirm that…

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Ang Thong province reports first new COVID-19 cases for two weeks

After more than a fortnight of no new COVID-19 infections and easing of restrictions, Thailand’s central province of Ang Thong today reported six new cases, most of whom had travelled…

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Khon Kaen provincial health officials

Thailand records 92 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 92 new cases today (Sunday), including a ten-year old schoolboy who returned home to Khon Kaen after a recent visit to Pathum…

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Passengers on the BTS Skytrain wear face masks. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand records 82 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

The CCSA reported 82 new COVID-19 cases in Thailand on Saturday, including 71 locally-acquired and 11 among arrivals from abroad in state quarantine. Of the new local infections, 35 were…

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Why has the EU not approved Russia’s Sputnik jab?

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is still waiting for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to start the countdown to its launch across the 27-nation bloc. With Moscow and Brussels trading barbs…

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Well known DJ Matoom given suspended jail term and fine

Well known Thai disc jockey Techin Ploypetch, alias DJ Matoom, was sentenced to one month in prison and fined 10,000 baht today (Friday), with the prison term suspended for one…

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A health worker of the Maccabi Healthcare Services prepares to administer a dose of Pfizer-BioNtech coronavirus vaccine inside a van in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, on February 16, 2021. Israel is among countries with widest vaccination. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Pfizer first dose 85% effective after 2-4 weeks: study

The first dose of the Pfizer vaccination is 85 percent effective against coronavirus infection between two and four weeks after inoculation, according to a study published in the Lancet medical…

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Thailand records 130 new COVID-19 cases and one death on Friday

COVID-19 has claimed another life today and 130 new infections have been recorded, according to the CCSA. CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan said that the death was that of…

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(FILES) In this file photo Registered Nurse Emily Enos loads the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine into a syringe ahead of the distribution of vaccines to seniors above the age of 65 who are experiencing homelessness at the Los Angeles Mission, in the Skid Row area of Downtown Los Angeles, California on February 10, 2021, as the fight against the coronavirus pandemic continues. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Vaccine passports inject new hope for Thai tourism

A “vaccine passport” has emerged as the best hope for Thai tourism businesses devastated by COVID-19. The passport, which could exempt inoculated tourists from the mandatory 14-day quarantine, might help…

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Siam Bioscience was selected by AstraZeneca

Siam Bioscience was chosen by AstraZeneca after a detailed assessment and comparison against other institutions proposed by Thailand, according to the National Vaccine Institute (NVI). Dr. Nakorn Premsri, the director…

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First Thai doctor succumbs to COVID-19

Maha Sarakham provincial health office today reported the death of Dr. Panya Harnpanichpun, the first Thai doctor to die from COVID-19. According to the office’s Facebook post, Dr. Panya, 66,…

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CCSA deputy spokesperson, Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan

150 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand on Thursday

Thailand recorded 150 new COVID-19 cases and 249 more recoveries today, pushing cumulative infections, since early last year, to 25,111, according to the CCSA. CCSA deputy spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan…

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Market in Pathum Thani fumigated after a couple found with COVID-19  

Health workers have fumigated the See Moom Muang market in Thailand’s Pathum Thani province, as a precautionary measure, after it was discovered that a vendor couple, who parked their pickup…

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Kao Klai party told it will be blamed if Thailand doesn’t get vaccines due to its MPs criticisms

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha warned the opposition Kao Klai (Move Forward) party that it must be held accountable if Thailand fails to receive the COVID-19 vaccines it has ordered because…

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This picture taken on February 8, 2021 shows workers loading baskets of durians onto a truck for sale at a farm in Raub in Malaysia’s Pahang state as traders become more reliant on China’s appetite for the world’s smelliest fruit. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Malaysian durian trade battered as lockdown bites

Durians falling from trees are collected in nets on a farm in Malaysia, where a long lockdown has slowed domestic demand and left traders more reliant on China’s appetite for…

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Thailand records 175 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand today (Wednesday) soared back into three-digits with 175 cases, compared to yesterday’s 72, with Pathum Thani having the most at 82, followed by 73 cases…

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Two COVID-19 infections found in Thammasat University

Thammasat University reported two COVID-19 cases, one member of university staff at the faculty of law and one medical student. Both are receiving treatment in hospitals. The medical student, at…

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22 COVID-19 infections found in Chulalongkorn university campus

22 COVID-19 infections have been found in Chulalongkorn University’s (CU) Bangkok campus, most among university staff, while the virus was found on the surfaces of finger and facial scanners, according…

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Two wet markets and nine buildings in Pathum Thani locked down until Feb 25th

Pathum Thani Provincial Governor Chaiwat Chuenkosum issued an order on Monday locking down two markets and nine commercial buildings for nine days, from on Wednesday until February 25th, after 221…

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A street vendor pushes his bicycle carrying peach blossoms past shops in Hanoi on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Stay-at-home orders in Vietnam Covid-19 hotspot

Two million people in Vietnam will be put under a raft of restrictions starting Tuesday, after their northern province became the epicentre of a growing Covid-19 outbreak. Residents of Hai…

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Thailand records two more deaths, 143 new COVID cases

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported two more deaths from COVID-19 and 143 new cases today (Monday). According to CCSA deputy spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan, one of the…

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Thailand economy shrinks most since 1997 on tourism collapse

Thailand’s pandemic-shattered economy suffered its worst full-year performance in more than two decades, data showed Monday, with officials citing the toll of both a gutted tourism industry and ongoing political…

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Thailand records its first case of South African strain of COVID-19

A Thai gem trader has been found to be infected with the South African strain of COVID-19, the first such case in Thailand, said Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the…

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Pathum Thani market cluster infects 182 people in eight provinces so far

COVID-19 infections related to Pornpat Market, in Thailand’s central province of Pathum Thani, have spread to eight other provinces and, so far, 182 people have tested positive for the virus,…

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166 new COVID-19 cases in Thailand on Sunday

Thailand recorded 166 new COVID-19 cases today, as Bangkok’s neighboring province of Pathum Thani surpassed Samut Sakhon, for the first time, with 67 new infections found through proactive screening of…

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A mother wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus applies a sanitiser to her child while riding the BTS Skytrain in Bangkok in January 5, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand records 126 new COVID-19 cases and 970 new recoveries today

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) recorded 126 new COVID-19 cases and 970 new recoveries today (Saturday). Of the new infections, 116 were locally-acquired and 10 are among arrivals…

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Passengers on the BTS Skytrain wear face masks. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand records 175 new COVID-19 cases on Friday

The CCSA reported 175 new COVID-19 cases and 411 new recoveries in Thailand today (Friday). Of the new cases, 167 were locally-acquired, including 120 discovered through proactive screening, and 47…

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Chulalongkorn U closed until end of month to contain COVID19 spread

Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University has now closed its campus until February 28th and is urging all its staff and students not to leave their lodgings or meet other people during the…

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A Myanmar migrant worker carries a baby while waiting for a nose swab at a Covid-19 coronavirus mobile testing clinic in Pathum Thani province on January 10, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Pathum Thani closes 2 markets for 5 days

Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, has ordered two markets in Thanyaburi district to close for 5 days from today after COVID-19 infections were found to be linked to them….

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Are Thai govt savings bonds attractive?

Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) chief Patricia Mongkhonvanit on Wednesday encouraged people to purchase newly issued government savings bonds worth Bt8 billion. The Bt8 billion issuance is part of Bt55…

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First phase of plan for two million doses of the Sinovac vaccine unveiled

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has unveiled its plan for first phase of inoculations, using two million doses of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine, targeting specific types of recipient in 10…

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22 Samut Sakhon markets closed for three days of major cleanup and reorganisation

Twenty-two fresh and flea markets, in the municipal area of Thailand’s eastern province of Samut Sakhon, have been ordered to close for three days from tomorrow (Friday) for a major…

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A health worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Wuhan, China’s central Hubei province on February 7, 2021. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

The WHO’s China mission: Five questions still unanswered

The World Health Organization expert mission to China ended this week without finding the source of the coronavirus that has killed over 2.3 million worldwide. But the team of foreign…

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Cupid’s arrow but no COVID-19 jab for Thais this Valentine’s Day

Amid all the confusion about Thailand’s COVID-19 vaccination plans, two things are very clear: People will not start getting inoculated from Valentine’s Day no matter what top government figures said…

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Thailand’s latest COVID-relief scheme hit by controversy

A total of Bt210 billion is being pumped into Thailand’s latest COVID-19 relief effort, but experts say needy Thais could fall through cracks in the scheme. The Rao Chana (We…

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(File) Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul

Thailand to start human trials of locally developed COVID-19 vaccine in March

Thailand will begin the first stage of human trials in March of a new COVID-19 vaccine, which has been developed jointly by the Faculty of Tropical Medicine of Mahidol University…

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A student undergoes a temperature check 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. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

157 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand today

Thailand recorded 157 new COVID cases, 548 new recoveries and one more COVID-19 related death today (Wednesday), according to the CCSA. The new cases include 132 in Samut Sakhon province,…

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MOPH says nearly 2,000 infections in latest COVID outbreak linked to markets

The CCSA spokesperson, Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin has revealed during the daily press briefing that 1,815 infections across the country are linked to markets, 90.19% of the cases are vendors, while…

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Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek, center, of the World Health Organization team say farewell to their Chinese counterpart Liang Wannian, left, after a WHO-China Joint Study Press Conference held at the end of the WHO mission in Wuhan, China. / AP

WHO team: Coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab

The coronavirus most likely first appeared in humans after jumping from an animal, a team of international and Chinese scientists looking for the origins of COVID-19 said Tuesday, saying an…

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CCSA deputy spokesperson, Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan

Samut Sakhon pork vendor infects 87 with COVID-19 in 5 provinces – CCSA

A pork vendor, living in the Ampawa district of Samut Sakhon, has been blamed for the cluster infection of at least 87 people, scattered in and around Bangkok, Samut Sakhon,…

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Thailand’s Disease Control Board approves 63-million dose inoculation plan

Thailand’s Disease Control Board has approved the COVID-19 vaccine management and distribution plan for 2021. The country’s health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, said that Thailand will receive 2 million doses of…

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Thai health officials skeptical about vaccine passports

Thai health officials are not convinced about the “vaccine passport” idea, which would allow travellers, who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Thailand without the need to endure 14-days…

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237 new COVID-19 infections in Thailand on Sunday, down from 490 yesterday

The daily rate of new COVID-19 infections in Thailand has dropped from Saturday’s 490 to 237 today, including 202 cases in Samut Sakhon, the country’s current infection hotspot. CCSA assistant…

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Eight-step vaccination process worked out by Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute

Thailand’s public health ministry’s Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute (BIDI) has developed an eight-step process for COVID-19 vaccinations to be provided at hospitals across the country. Public Health Vice Minister Dr….

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490 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand on Saturday, including 450 in Samut Sakhon

Thailand recorded 490 new COVID-19 cases, including 450 in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon alone on Saturday. CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Panprapa Yongtrakul said, during today’s COVID-19 situation briefing, that…

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Two Samut Sakhon sub-districts put on strict lockdown to prevent spread of COVID-19

The Samut Sakhon provincial administration has decided to lock down two sub-districts in Muang district, including four major factories, where more than 7,000 employees, mostly migrant workers, are infected with…

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Customers walk past seafood stalls at a market in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on January 18, 2021. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

No coronavirus contamination found in 117 samples of Thai seafood

No coronavirus contamination was found in 117 seafood samples taken from markets in Bangkok and other provinces between November 2020 to January 2021, according to the department of medical sciences…

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586 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Friday

The CCSA’s deputy spokesperson, Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan, announced that 586 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded today, 573 are local transmissions and 13 are from abroad. The new cases raise…

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul

Thailand’s health minister assures vaccine procurement is not delayed

The mass vaccination of Thai people will start in June, with five million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to be injected each month until the end of the year, said Public…

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BMA cancels Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown on February 12th

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to cancel Chinese New Year’s celebrations, scheduled for February 12th in the capital’s Chinatown area, due to concerns over the continued spread of…

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Samut Sakhon still has most daily new cases, Bangkok intensifies proactive screening

Thailand recorded 809 new COVID-19 cases today (Thursday), 13 of whom are imported cases, with no new fatalities. Most of the new cases are asymptomatic. This brings the national total…

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People cross a street in Tokyo on February 2, 2021 as Japan’s government is set to approve a month-long extension of its coronavirus state of emergency. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Japan toughens virus measures with new law

Japan passed a new law strengthening enforcement of its virus restrictions on Wednesday, allowing authorities to fine bars and restaurants that defy closure requests. People can also be fined up…

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Thailand placed 4th in ASEAN on the Democracy Index 2020

Thailand has been placed fourth in ASEAN, and 73rd in the world, while categorized as one of the world’s “Flawed Democracies,” on the Democracy Index 2020 by The Economist Intelligence…

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2 districts of Maha Sarakham declared Red Zones as Thailand records 795 new COVID-19 cases today

The Muang and Kantharavichai districts of the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham have been declared Red Zones, and 17 high-risk venues have been closed, after a cluster of 21 COVID-19…

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People line up to have their temperatures taken as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at the Ministry of Transport at the border crossing over the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in Mae Sot in Tak province on October 29, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Mae Sot to monitor strangers in their communities as 10 new COVID-19 cases are recorded

Health officials in Thailand’s western province of Tak are seeking cooperation from members of the public to identify strangers, especially illegal Myanmar migrant workers, and to report them to authorities…

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7 factories in Samut Sakhon sealed until end of February, no staff allowed to leave

The Public Health Emergency Operation Centre of Samut Sakhon has decided to seal off seven major factories, where many workers are infected with COVID-19, forbidding any worker to leave their…

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First doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered a week after arrival in Thailand

Thai people will receive the first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine within a week of the first 50,000 doses from Italy arriving in Thailand this month, although the date of…

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This picture taken on February 1, 2021, shows vials of Russian Sputnik V vaccine in Belgrade Fair turned into a vaccination centre. (Photo by OLIVER BUNIC / AFP)

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine 91.6% effective: Lancet study

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6 percent effective against symptomatic Covid-19, according to an analysis published in The Lancet on Tuesday that independent experts said allayed transparency concerns over the…

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People walk during their lunch break in the financial business district of Raffles Place in Singapore on January 11, 2021. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore limits contact-tracing data access after outcry

Singapore‘s parliament passed a law Tuesday limiting the use of data collected for coronavirus contact-tracing after the government admitted it could be accessed by police, sparking privacy concerns. The city-state…

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This picture taken on February 2, 2020 in Brussels shows a vial of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at the first Covid-19 vaccination center in Belgium on February 2, 2020 in Brussels, amid the crisis linked with the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

More than 100 million vaccinated

More than 100 million Covid-19 vaccines have been given around the world, an AFP tally from official sources found Tuesday. But none of the world’s 29 poorest countries has formally…

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A laboratory technician prepares to process bags of blood plasma from donors at The Blood and Tissue Bank Fundation (Fundacion del Banco de Sangre y Tejidos) in Palma de Mallorca on October 5, 2020 as part of a research project that seeks to prove the effectiveness of plasma from recovered patients for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)

Thai Red Cross is calling for plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients

The Red Cross is appealing for plasma donations from fully recovered COVID-19 patients, because it may contain the antibodies which can help others infected by the virus. Donors must be…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of February 2, 2021

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A worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) sprays disinfectant at the Samut Sakhon Shrimp Center market that was temporarily shut down due to several vendors testing positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, spurring a wider outbreak across Thailand, in Samut Sakhon on January 25, 2021. (Photo by Jonathan KLEIN / AFP)

Central Shrimp Market to stay closed until at least February 15th

The Central Shrimp Market in Samut Sakhon province, the epicenter of the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand, will remain closed until at least February 15th. The local administration in the…

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Parents in Mae Sot district rush to collect children from schools following reports of five new COVID-19 infections

All schools in the municipal area of Mae Sot district, in Thailand’s western province of Tak, were ordered closed again today, only an hour after the resumption of in-person classes,…

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Schools in Bangkok resume in-person classes today

Many schools across Bangkok have resumed in-person classes today, with strict preventive COVID-19 measures in place. 437 schools, under the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) reopened today, after being closed for…

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Thailand needs to find the infected as early as possible

Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) explained today (Monday) that Thailand is entering phase 2 of the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. This week, proactive screening will continue as intensely…

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1,200 in a Samut Prakan community being tested after 21 found with COVID-19

Health officials in Thailand’s Samut Prakan province are now screening 1,200 people in the Toh Rung market community, after 21 people there were found infected with COVID-19. Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong,…

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