Coronavirus Outbreak Update

Tourism ministry to propose zoning for night spots to operate up to 4am

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) next month the setting up of zones, in which pubs and bars would be…

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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)

Thailand’s hotel-based COVID-19 isolation facilities to be phased out from September

Beginning September 1st, all hotel-based COVID-19 isolation services will be phased out and private and state hospitals will get direct access to supplies of antiviral medication, as the country is…

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COVID-19 to be designated as infectious disease under watch, possibly in October

Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee decided to change the status of COVID-19 today (Monday), from a “dangerous infectious disease”, which came into effect on March 1st, 2020, to an “infectious…

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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)

Five COVID-19 BA.2.75 cases found in Thailand, BA.4 and BA.5 still dominant

Five cases of Omicron BA.2.75 have been found in Thailand, while BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants remain dominant, 91.5% in Bangkok and 79.8% in the rest of the country. This is…

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More transmissible COVID-19 sub-variant BA.4.6 not yet detected in Thailand

The Centre for Medical Genomics at Thailand’s Ramathibodi Hospital is closely monitoring a new sub-variant of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, BA.4.6, which spreads faster than others, including BA.4 and BA.5,…

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COVID still a killer for 500,000 vulnerable people – but Thailand has new defense

Thailand is strengthening its defenses against COVID-19 for about 500,000 immunocompromised people who – vaccinated or otherwise – remain vulnerable. This extra protection comes in the form of AstraZeneca’s long-acting…

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COVID-19 vaccination urged for children to prevent serious illness from MIS-C

Parents are being advised to take their young children for COVID-19 vaccination, as doing so can help to reduce the risk of severe symptoms or death from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome…

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14.5 billion baht compensation approved for medics caring for COVID-19 patients

The cabinet approved today (Tuesday) a 14.5-billion-baht budget to compensate and to provide risk payments to medics involved in caring for COVID-19 patients, or in efforts to contain the spread…

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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)

New public assembly ban imposed in Thailand to contain COVID-19

An announcement has been issued by Chief of Thailand’s defence forces, Gen. Chalermpol Srisawat, in his capacity as the chief officer in charge of solving emergency situations related to security…

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North Korea reports no new cases for first time since Covid outbreak

North Korea reported zero fever cases on Saturday for the first time in more than two months since it confirmed its first Covid-19 infections in May. “There were no new…

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Thai Health Ministry starts trial of LAAB drug in immunocompromised patients

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has started administering a Long Acting Antibody (LAAB) treatment to three patients suffering from chronic kidney disease, to boost their immunity against COVID-19 infection,…

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Registration for free COVID-19 vaccination booster at Bang Sue Grand Station begins Wednesday

The vaccination centre at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station will provide free COVID-19 booster vaccination shots to the public throughout August. Those interested in getting booster shots of Pfizer or…

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COVID-19-infected schoolboy dies of MIS-C, DDC says

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) said today (Thursday) that the 6-year-old COVID-19 infected schoolboy, who died on earlier this week, had been diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children…

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Thailand reports first case of Omicron BA.2.75 sub-variant

The Centre for Medical Genomics at Ramathibodi Hospital has reported the country’s first case of the COVID-19 Omicron BA.2.75 sub-variant infection, in the southern province of Trang. The case was…

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Bangkok school suspends on-site classes after 910 students get COVID-19

The Triam Udom Suksa Pattanakarn School in Bangkok has announced the suspension of on-site classes from July 25th to 27th and from August 1st to the 5th after 910 of…

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Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium, a venue of the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. STR / AFP

China to host Asian Games in 2023 after Covid postponement

China will host the 2022 Asian Games in 2023, organisers said on Tuesday, after postponing the event in Hangzhou because of Covid. The Games will now be held in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8 2023, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)…

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Many Thais start to remove face masks in some places, online survey finds

Most Thais now prefer to remove their face masks in specific locations, according to a recent survey by the Department of Health Service Support, as Thailand relaxes mask-wearing requirements. The…

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Klang Hospital’s wards full of COVID-19 patients, anti-viral drugs still being provided

The 8-bed ICU for severe COVID-19 cases requiring ventilators and the 30-bed cohort ward at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s General Hospital, also known as Klang Hospital, is now fully…

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BMA and MoPH to discuss plans for dealing with capital’s COVID-19 surge

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) will hold a special meeting tomorrow (Monday) with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) concerning joint preparations to cope with the steady surge in COVID-19…

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Online medical service launched for COVID-infected Gold Health Card holders

Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) is providing a free online telemedicine service to COVID-infected Gold Health Card holders in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut…

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A woman has a swab sample taken to be tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a swab collection site in Beijing on June 27, 2022. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

China Covid outbreak grows with millions under lockdown

China on Saturday reported its highest number of coronavirus cases since May, with millions in lockdown this weekend as authorities persist with their zero-Covid policy. Using snap lockdowns, long quarantines…

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Elderly COVID patient dies at home as hospital refuses to send ambulance

An 82-year-old bed-ridden patient has died at home, about a week after she was found to be infected with COVID-19. She did not develop any typical symptoms and a hospital…

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Private hospital sanctioned for advertising prescription drugs in COVID-19 treatment packages

A private hospital in Khlong Luang district of Pathum Thani province is facing a fine and its management may face imprisonment after it was found to have advertised COVID-19 treatment…

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Thai stats indicate BA.4, BA.5 likely more serious than other COVID sub-variants

Initial findings of research, conducted by the Thai Department of Medical Sciences, show that the COVID-19 Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants are more serious than the BA.2 sub-variant, says the…

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Gold Card, social security schemes still cover care for positive COVID antigen test cases

Healthcare scheme Gold Card holders and people on social security who test positive for COVID-19 via rapid antigen tests, can seek free medical services at the health centres or hospitals…

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Community isolation to be reactivated as new COVID infections surge in Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is considering reactivating community isolation facilities in 50 districts for COVID-19 patients in slum areas, to separate the infected from those over 60 years old,…

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Entering post-pandemic era, Thailand sees 29,000 daily COVID infections since June 25

As Thailand struggles to enter a post-pandemic period, an average of 29,000 people in Thailand have caught COVID-19 every day since June 25th, bringing the accumulated total of COVID out-patients…

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Long-Acting Antibody treatment to be provided to those suffering immunodeficiency

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and AstraZeneca (Thailand) signed a contract today (Wednesday) for the procurement of 257,500 doses of Long-Acting Antibodies (LAAB) for people who suffer from immunodeficiency, to…

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COVID-19 infections in Thailand expected to peak again in September

Daily COVID-19 infections are expected to peak at about 4,000 cases in September and outdoor mask wearing is still necessary, though voluntary, while the COVID-19 Alert Level will remain at…

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Insurance firms cheated out of ฿500m in fake COVID-19 insurance claims

Thousands of people who had taken out COVID-19 insurance coverage, under the “Found, Paid, Done” scheme, have been discovered to have used false documents to claim compensation, worth an estimated…

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Thailand’s state hospitals told to prepare for surge in COVID-19 infections

An urgent directive has been issued by Public Health Permanent Secretary Kiattibhoom Vongrachit to all state hospitals, instructing them to prepare spare beds, equipment, medication and manpower to cope with…

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Omicron’s new BA.4, BA.5 subvariants: How worried should we be?

Thai health authorities are keeping a close eye on two new Omicron subvariants – BA.4 and BA.5 – that are fast becoming dominant COVID-19strains across the world. Dr Supakit Sirilak,…

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A colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (green) heavily infected with Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple), isolated from a patient sample, at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

BA.4 and BA.5 COVID sub-variants may become dominant in Thailand

Medical Sciences Department Director-General Dr. Supakit Sirilak has predicted that the COVID-19 Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants are likely to become dominant in Thailand,after random testing of 948 Omicron cases…

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Chula Hospital bans all visits to ward patients as new COVID-19 cases surge

Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Hospital is now banning visits to patients in all wards, as a precautionary measure following a new surge in new COVID-19 infections. According to the hospital, only one…

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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)

Covid air war being lost, experts warn, urging mass ventilation

The world is still not using one of its most effective weapons against Covid — properly ventilating public spaces — more than two years into the pandemic, experts warn. At…

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Researcher prepare samples of human sweat for a Labrador Retriever, to detect the COVID-19 coronavirus at a mobile canine unit in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand sees rise in severe COVID-19 cases after easing of restrictions

The sub-committee of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has expressed concern over a spike in lung infections among COVID-19 patients and those needing ventilators, said CCSA Assistant Spokesperson…

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NHSO’s home isolation program for COVID-19 patients ends Thursday

Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO), which has run the home isolation program for COVID-19 patients at a total cost of more than 150 billion baht, has decided to shut…

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Thai health minister catches COVID-19 after overseas trip despite 6 vaccine shots

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul tested positive for COVID-19, using a rapid antigen test, upon his return from abroad on Sunday, even though he has already received six doses of…

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

Additional booster shots recommended against COVID BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants

A senior Thai doctor has warned people not to underestimate the threat posed by the COVID-19 Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants and has recommended additional booster shots, claiming that they…

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Wearing face masks is now voluntary in Thailand

From Thursday June 23, the wearing of face masks outdoors and in public places is no longer mandatory and people are free to choose whether to wear one, according to…

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Over 80 COVID-19 BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variant cases found in Thailand to date

A total of 81 cases of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variant infections have, so far, been found in Thailand, according to latest information from the Global Initiative on Sharing All…

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A three year old receives his Covid-19 vaccination, with Moderna, at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Massachusetts on June 21, 2022 / AFP

Long wait over as US vaccinates youngest against Covid

US hospitals, clinics and pharmacies began vaccinating the nation’s youngest children against Covid-19 on Tuesday, a milestone that was welcomed by parents eager to protect kids from the worst impacts…

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Thai research – cats can pass COVID-19 to humans and vice versa

Recent research undertaken by a team based at Prince of Songkhla University, in southern Thailand, has concluded that cat to human COVID-19 infection is possible, albeit very rare because infected…

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US approves Covid vaccines for youngest kids

US health authorities on Saturday cleared the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for children aged five and younger, in a move President Joe Biden greeted as a “monumental step” in the fight against…

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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

Thailand lowers COVID-19 alert from Level 3 to 2 nationwide

The Ministry of Public Health has decided to lower the COVID-19 alert, from Level 3 to Level 2, throughout the country, in line with declining new infections, serious cases and…

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‘Thailand Pass’ for non-Thais scrapped, new guidelines issued for masks

Non-Thais arriving in Thailand will no longer be required to apply for the “Thailand Pass” before their departure, nor will they be required to have insurance coverage of US$10,000 from…

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No lifting of Thailand’s face masks in public mandate, some places may be exempted

The mandate requiring the wearing of face masks in public will not be lifted outright when the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meets tomorrow (Friday), but guidance will be…

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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)

No COVID-19 deaths in Bangkok for the second consecutive day

No death from COVID-19 infection has been reported in Bangkok or the southern provinces for the second consecutive day, as the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 28 more…

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Poll – Majority agree with no face masks outdoors, 2am closure of nightspots

More than 65% of the respondents to an opinion poll, conducted by Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), said they agree with the proposals to ease the outdoor mask…

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Walk-in vaccination services launched at all of Thailand’s sub-district hospitals

In an attempt to get about 16 million people their booster COVID-19 vaccine shots, sub-district (Tambon) health promotion hospitals will provide free walk-in vaccination services to members of the public…

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16 million doses of unused COVID-19 vaccines to be sent to sub-district hospitals

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has recently decided to distribute 16 million doses of Sinovac, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines to Tambon (sub-district) health promotion hospitals across the country…

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Workers dismantle barriers at a residential area, as the city prepares to end the lockdown placed to curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai, China May 31, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song

‘Hard to believe it’s actually happening’: Shanghai to lift COVID lockdown

SHANGHAI, May 31 (Reuters) – Shanghai authorities on Tuesday began dismantling fences around housing compounds and ripping police tape off public squares and buildings, to the relief of the city’s…

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Six million Thai senior citizens still not boosted against COVID-19

Many Thai people, including about six million senior citizens, are still not vaccinated with third COVID-19 vaccine because they are either concerned about the possible side effects or think that…

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Relaxation of mask requirement may start in provinces with improved COVID status

Some provinces in the “Green” and “Blue” zones, where the COVID-19 situation has improved satisfactorily, should be the pilot areas for the relaxation of the requirement to wear face masks…

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Thailand’s face mask requirement in public may be eased in mid-June

The Ministry of Public Health will consider relaxing the mandatory wearing of face masks in public in some areas, tentatively by the middle of next month, as Thailand moves towards…

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Pfizer/BioNTech say 3 COVID shots elicit good response in children under 5

(Reuters) – Drugmakers Pfizer Inc PFE.N and BioNTech SE 22UAy.DE said on Monday that three doses of their COVID-19 vaccine generated a strong immune response in children under age 5 and was safe and well-tolerated in their clinical trial. The companies said they plan to soon…

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Health workers wearing personal protective equipment are seen at the entrance of a fenced residential area under lockdown due to Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Beijing on May 18, 2022. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Thousands of Covid-negative Beijing residents sent to quarantine

Thousands of Covid-negative Beijing residents were forcibly relocated to quarantine hotels overnight due to a handful of infections, as the capital begins to take more extreme control measures resembling virus-hit…

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Free Moderna vaccination service available at Bangkok’s Bang Sue station

The vaccination centre at the Bang Sue railway station in Bangkok is providing a free COVID-19 inoculation service, using the Moderna vaccine, from today (Saturday) until stocks of the vaccine…

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Thailand scraps quarantine for air, land arrivals from June 1, ‘Thailand Pass’ only for non-Thais

From June 1st, Thais returning to Thailand need not apply for a “Thailand Pass”, but foreigners are still required to do so, but the process for foreigners to enter Thailand…

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Thailand to consider further easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Friday

The easing of restrictions on entertainment venues, such as bars and pubs, readjustment of COVID zoning and the lowering of the national alert level, from Level 3 to 2, are…

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Two women hug at a closed street during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song

Shanghai hits prized ‘zero COVID’ status but lockdown lingers

Shanghai achieved its long-awaited milestone of three consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine zones on Tuesday but most residents will have to put up with confinement for…

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No closure of class or school in Thailand if COVID-19 infection is detected

The Department of Health has clarified that no class or school will be shut down if a student, teacher or member of school staff is found to be infected with…

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People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of Pyongyang Station in Pyongyang, North Korea April 27, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Russia would consider North Korea request for COVID vaccine supply

May 13 (Reuters) – Russia will promptly consider any request from North Korea for COVID-19 vaccine supplies, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “North Korean comrades are well aware of our various inoculations, they are…

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Concern over side effects means parents unwilling to vaccinate young children

Many parents are not taking their children to be vaccinated because they are concerned over the possible side effects, said Health Services Department Director-General Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai today (Sunday), citing the…

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Thai Health Ministry may propose lowering COVID Alert from Level 3 to 2

The Ministry of Public Health anticipates that COVID-19 infections in Thailand will be on a decline by the end of this month or in early June, which will enable it…

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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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Thai FDA approves use of Covovax and Spikevax vaccines in younger people

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has approved the extended use of India’s Covovax (Novavax formulation) to cover those aged 12 to 17, instead of 18 and older, and the…

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Choice of vaccine now available at Bangkok’s Bang Sue vaccination centre

People who want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Central Vaccination Centre at Bang Sue grand station in Bangkok can now choose the vaccine type. Those getting booster shots…

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Subcutaneous vaccine jabs offer less protection, but fewer side effects – Thai study

Subcutaneous injection of lower doses of COVID-19 vaccine generates a lower immune response than intramuscular injection, but produces fewer undesirable side effects, according to the findings of a research study…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 alert level lowered from 4 to 3

The Public Health Ministry’s Emergency Operations Centre for COVID-19 has lowered the national COVID-19 alert level from 4 to 3, as the daily infection rate has been falling. Level 4…

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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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Bangkok to open nine Long COVID clinics

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will open clinics at its nine hospitals to treat patients suffering from Long COVID, starting next Monday. Permanent Secretary of the BMA, Khachit Chatchavanich, said…

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People wearing face masks line up for COVID-19 tests on the third consecutive day of mass coronavirus testing in Beijing, Thursday, May 5, 2022. Hong Kong on Thursday reopened beaches and pools in a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, while China’s capital Beijing began easing quarantine rules for arrivals from overseas. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Hong Kong reopens beaches, Beijing relaxes quarantine rules

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong on Thursday reopened beaches and pools in a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, while China’s capital Beijing began easing quarantine rules for arrivals from overseas. Hong…

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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)

Omicron as severe as previous COVID variants, large study finds

May 5 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus is intrinsically as severe as previous variants, unlike assumptions made in previous studies that it was more transmissible but…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 wards being phased out as COVID admissions fall

A number of Thai hospitals are phasing out their COVID-19 specific wards, as the number of COVID-19 admissions steadily declines, said Director-General of the Medical Services Department Dr. Somsak Akksilp,…

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Thailand’s COVID infections fall to below 10,000 first day in months on Monday

Daily new COVID-19 infections are slowing, with 9,331 confirmed cases reported today (Monday), the first time the rate has dropped below 10,000 cases since early February. The daily death toll…

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Talks underway to allow COVID-19 voters at Bangkok elections

The Disease Control Department has been consulting with the Election Commission about how to enable voters infected with COVID-19 to cast their ballots in the May 22nd Bangkok gubernatorial and…

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Passengers wearing face masks and a protective suit as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus arriving at the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

‘Thailand Pass’ to stay, PM to oversee situation after end of “Test and Go”

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will not scrap the “Thailand Pass” scheme, as has been widely anticipated, but will shorten the registration process for overseas tourists applying to…

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Tourism minister suggests replacing ‘Thailand Pass’ with ‘Vaccine Passport’

Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said yesterday (Wednesday) that he will ask the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at its next meeting to consider replacing the “Thailand…

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Government in no rush to end ‘Thailand Pass’ scheme, boosters may be required

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that Thailand must proceed cautiously before scrapping the “Thailand Pass” scheme, as is being demanded by the private sector, to make sure that there…

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Phuket to scrap COVID-19 testing, vaccine proof for arrivals from May 1

The Phuket provincial communicable disease committee decided on Tuesday to scrap the requirement for COVID-19 testing of all arrivals by air, land and sea and the requirement to show proof…

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Parents urged to protect young children against COVID-19 amid deaths of Under 5s

Prominent Thai virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan is urging parents of children under 5 to take special care of them by protecting them from COVID-19 infection, citing the death toll among…

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Thailand to scrap RT-PCR tests, ‘Test & Go’ for vaccinated arrivals from May 1

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided today (Friday) to scrap the requirement for RT-PCR testing of overseas arrivals, and the “Test and Go” scheme for fully vaccinated travelers …

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Some unvaccinated, those with allergies to get protein subunit vaccine

COVAVAX protein subunit vaccine will be administered to some unvaccinated people and those who are allergic to other vaccines, said Thailand’s Disease Control Department Director-General Opart Karnkawinpong, as Thailand formally…

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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)

Warning of new COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant spreading in US

Thailand’s Center for Medical Genomics (CMG) at Ramathibodi hospital has issued a warning about a new Omicron sub-variant, BA.2.12.1, which is becoming more prevalent in the US, accounting for roughly…

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A man wearing a mask passes by a folklore Chinese guardian lion statue often found outside buildings to protect it from harmful spirits or threats on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Shanghai allows 4 million out of homes as virus rules ease

BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai allowed 4 million more people out of their homes Wednesday as anti-virus controls that shut down China’s biggest city eased, while the International Monetary Fund cut…

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Fewer COVID-19 tests may result in fewer infections reported during Songkran – DDC

The steady fall in daily COVID-19 infections during the Songkran holidays can be deceptive and may not reflect the real situation, as fewer RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests were conducted…

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Thailand, along with 88 other countries, removed from US ‘Don’t Travel’ list

The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday removed Thailand and 88 other countries from its “Do Not Travel” list. Thailand is now categorised as Level 3,…

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File photo: A commuter wears a mask while riding the subway as cases of the infectious coronavirus Delta variant continue to rise in New York City, New York, U.S., July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

U.S. will no longer enforce mask mandate on airplanes, trains after court ruling

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – The Biden administration will no longer enforce a U.S. mask mandate on public transportation, after a federal judge in Florida on Monday ruled that the…

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Next fortnight will determine adjustments of COVID-19 measures in Thailand

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Monday) that the ministry will closely monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation over the two weeks following the Songkran holiday, to determine whether…

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Mass vaccine booster shots for students aged 12-17 in Thailand in May

The Public Health Ministry will, in May, start administering booster shots of Pfizer vaccine to students aged 12-17 who received their second dose 4-6 months prior. The move is to…

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 deaths reach another new high of 128 on Sunday

Daily COVID-19 deaths in Thailand continue to rise, from yesterday’s 125 to 128 today (Sunday), while new infections dropped from 18,892 to 17,775, according to the COVID-19 Information Centre. 24,545…

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 fatalities reach record high for this year at 125

The daily COVID-19 death toll jumped to 125 today (Saturday), up from yesterday’s 119, a record high single day high for this year, according to the COVID-19 Information Centre. Daily…

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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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฿211 million approved for study of Thailand’s first plant-based COVID vaccine

The cabinet approved a 211 million baht budget today (Tuesday) for a study of the safety and efficacy of a plant-based candidate sub-unit vaccine in boosting the body’s immune response…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 death toll exceeds 100 for three consecutive days

The death toll from COVID-19 exceeded 100 for three days in a row on today (Tuesday), with people who are over 60, those suffering from certain underlying diseases and pregnant…

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A colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (green) heavily infected with Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple), isolated from a patient sample, at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

COVID-19 Omicron BA.2 will supersede BA.1 in next two weeks in Thailand

The Thai Medical Sciences Department has predicted that, in less than two weeks, the BA.2 sub-variant of the Omicron variant will account for 100% of new COVID-19 infections in Thailand….

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 death toll reached record high in the last 24 hours

The daily COVID-19 death toll reached a year high today (Sunday) with 108, breaking the 100 mark for the first time this year, with 25,139 new confirmed infections recorded in…

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Oral mixture developed to help small children take anti-viral Favipiravir

The Faculty of Pharmacy at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University has developed a liquid solution in which crushed Favipiravir tablets can be dissolved to help young children infected with COVID-19 take the…

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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

Fatalities, low vaccination of elderly matters of concern ahead of Songkran

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is concerned about the COVID-19 fatality rate in the Northeast, which is higher than in other regions, and the low vaccination rate among…

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