Coronavirus Outbreak Update

FILE PHOTO: People wait for the bus inside a glass covered stop in which a thermal imaging camera, UV sterilizer, air conditioner, CCTV and digital signage are set, to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in Seoul, South Korea, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Heo Ran

South Korea capital returns to tougher social distancing rules as virus cases spike

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported 166 new coronavirus cases as of Friday, of which 155 were domestic, prompting the reimposition of tighter social distancing curbs in Seoul area as…

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An aerial picture taken on May 12, 2020 shows a face mask placed on the face of a giant Buddha statue at Wat Nithet Rat Pradit temple in Pathum Thani outside Bangkok, as the country deals with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus situation.

Thailand records no new COVID-19 infections on Saturday

Thailand today is free of new COVID-19 infections, with a death toll remaining at 58, according to the CCSA’s news bulletin. Total infections in Thailand, to date, are 3,376, with…

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FILE PHOTO: People walk on Lambton Quay street in Wellington, New Zealand July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Praveen Menon

New Zealand COVID-19 outbreak grows, Australia still struggles

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand on Saturday reported seven new cases of the coronavirus as a lockdown in the country’s biggest city, Auckland, was extended on Friday in response to…

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People walk in front of a child playing music on her electric keyboard in central Bangkok on July 24, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand jump to 17

Thailand recorded 17 new COVID-19 cases today, all in state quarantine, with 15 of them being Thais who have recently returned from India. According to the CCSA, the cases from…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 8, 2016 a Thai Airways Boeing 747 plane prepares to land at Changi International Airport in Singapore. – Thailand’s cash-strapped national carrier will look to undergo a restructuring through the kingdom’s bankruptcy court, premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha said May 19, 2020, as the stricken company is battered by the crash in tourism caused by the coronavirus.

THAI Airways registers first half loss of 28 billion baht

Thai Airways International has suffered about 28 billion baht in losses for the first half of this year, mainly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seriously impacted its operations….

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Indonesia takes part in late-stage China vaccine trial

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More people in Indonesia rolled up their sleeves Friday to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company.   The Indonesian government announced the…

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New Zealand reports more COVID-19 cases ahead of lockdown decision

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s first coronavirus outbreak in three months has spread further, officials reported on Friday, just hours before Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce whether…

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Thai PM identifies addressing economic crisis as Government’s top priority

Reminding Thai people of the current global economic crisis, one of the worst the world has faced and one which is likely to continue until the end of next year,…

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Three new COVID-19 cases in quarantine recorded in Thailand

Thailand today recorded three new COVID-19 cases, all returnees from abroad and in state quarantine.   According to the CCSA, one is a 53-year old Thai construction worker, who arrived…

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Five new quarantined COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand on Wednesday

Thailand has recorded five new COVID-19 cases today, all arrivals from abroad and in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, one is a 50-year old American citizen, of Thai descent,…

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People wait at a bus stop in Bangkok on June 18, 2020, as sectors of the Thai economy are being reopened following restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

No new COVID-19 infections in Thailand for the second consecutive day

There were no new COVID-19 infections reported in Thailand for the second day today, as three new recoveries were recorded. The CCSA also reported that there has now not been…

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A woman waits at her departure gate at the almost empty terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on August 1, 2020, as passenger numbers plummeted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand records no new COVID-19 infections

No new COVID-19 infections have been reported in Thailand today by the CCSA, as the situation in the Philippines is now of the greatest concern among all ten ASEAN member…

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Return of Thais from Bahrain suspended after consular official gets COVID-19

The repatriation of Thais from Bahrain, as well as consular services at the Thai Embassy in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, have been suspended until August 22nd after a Bahraini official in…

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File—File picture taken Aug.4, 2020 shows students from Lagos State Model School wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus attend lectures inside a class room in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria officials resumed both public and private schools on Monday for students following months of closure to curb the spread of coronavirus. As Germany’s 16 states start sending millions of children back to school in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic, those used to the country’s famous “Ordnung” are instead looking at uncertainty, with a hodgepodge of regional regulations that officials acknowledge may or may not work. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Masks in class? Many questions as Germans go back to school

BERLIN (AP) — Masks during class, masks only in the halls, no masks at all. Distance when possible, no distance within same-grade groups, no distance at all. As Germany’s 16…

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Customers eat in a food court at communal tables divided by plastic partitions in Bangkok, Thailand.

Three new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand today

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, all having arrived from abroad and in state quarantine. According to a CCSA news bulletin, one is a 31-year old Bangladeshi businessman,…

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Thailand listed in US travel advisory as one of seven COVID-19 low risk locations

Thailand is among only seven countries and territories categorized in the latest US travel advisory as being at low-risk for COVID-19 infection. Professor Dr. Nop Siriruek Songsivilai, Secretary-General of the…

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Commuters walk in and out of a train station at rush hour in Bangkok on May 25, 2020, as Thais continued their return to work following the lifting of restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Three new COVID-19 infections in state quarantine recorded in Thailand today

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), all of whom are Thai’s who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, two new of…

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FILE PHOTO: Bourke Street mall, a normally busy shopping hub in Melbourne, is seen devoid of people after the city re-entered Stage 3 restrictions as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo

Australia’s Victoria sees ‘stabilisation’ in new coronavirus cases

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, recorded 466 cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday and 12 COVID-19 deaths, though authorities expressed hope for a stabilisation in new…

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CCSA panel to allow sport spectators and entry of Chinese fruit traders

The CCSA’s panel considering the easing of lockdown restrictions has agreed to allow spectators to attend sports events and to allow Chinese traders to enter Thailand to buy Thai fruit…

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Facebook employees to work from home until July 2021

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak and will give them $1,000 for home office needs, a…

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People walk in front of a child playing music on her electric keyboard in central Bangkok on July 24, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand records 15 new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand today (Friday) shot up to 15, all of them Thais who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine.   CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin…

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India hits 2 million coronavirus cases as deaths pass 41,000

NEW DELHI (AP) — India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases of infection and more than 41,000 deaths.   India’s health ministry…

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Thailand records two new COVID-19 infections in quarantine

Thailand today recorded two new COVID-19 cases, among Thais who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine.   According to the CCSA, the two new cases had returned…

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Canadian pastor guilty of defying Myanmar’s coronavirus law

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced the Canadian pastor of an evangelical church to three months imprisonment after finding him guilty of violating a law…

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OBEC to propose to CCSA this Friday that its 4,500 schools reopen

Thailand’s Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) will, on Friday, propose to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that all the 4,500 schools under its supervision resume classes. Since…

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Thailand records seven new COVID-19 cases in quarantine

Thailand today recorded seven new COVID-19 cases, six of them are Thai returning from abroad, including one American woman, all in state quarantine. CCSA assistant spokesperson Panprapha Yongtrakul told a…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of August 14, 2020

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A pro-government and pro-monarchy rally demanding the protection of traditional Thai values is reflected in the sunglasses of a demonstrator wearing a Joker mask in downtown Bangkok on July 30, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand records one new COVID-19 infection

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case today, a Russian national arriving from Russia, who is currently in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, the new case is a 33-year old…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of August 4, 2020

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Three new COVID-19 infections reported in quarantine in Thailand on Monday

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases today, all Thais returning from abroad and currently in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, two new cases are a 26-year old Thai woman…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of August 3, 2020

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FILE PHOTO: Seafarers who have spent the past months working onboard vessels arrive at the Changi Airport to board their flight back home to India during a crew change amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Singapore to make travellers wear electronic tags to enforce quarantine

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will make some incoming travellers wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure that they comply with coronavirus quarantines as the city-state gradually reopens its borders, authorities…

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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A man wears a protective mask as he drives past a banner promoting prevention against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hanoi, Vietnam July 31, 2020. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

Vietnam virus outbreak hits factories employing thousands in Danang epicentre

HANOI (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central city of Danang more than a week ago has spread to at least four factories in the city with…

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Philippines to reimpose stricter coronavirus lockdown in capital as cases spike

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines will reimpose a stricter coronavirus lockdown in and around the capital for two weeks from Tuesday, authorities said on Sunday, as the country struggles to…

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FILE PHOTO: Bourke Street mall, a normally busy shopping hub in Melbourne, is seen devoid of people after the city re-entered Stage 3 restrictions as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo

Australia’s Melbourne braces for closures, losses as it emerges from night-time curfew

(Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous city Melbourne emerged on Monday from its first night-time curfew to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus, as residents braced for further closures and…

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Five new COVID-19 cases are recorded in Thailand on Sunday

Thailand today recorded five new COVID-19 cases, all in state quarantine, while the death toll remains 58. According to the CCSA report, one of the five new cases is a…

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Two foreigners landing in Thailand have COVID-19 and are in quarantine

Thailand today recorded two new COVID-19 cases, both foreigners arriving from Europe and now in quarantine. According to the CCSA, one is a Serbian footballer, arriving on a chartered flight…

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People wait in line for COVID-19 test in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, July 31, 2020. Vietnam reported on Friday the country’s first ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days without any cases. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Vietnam reports 2nd death, more cases linked to hospital

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A second person died of coronavirus complications in Vietnam, officials said Saturday, a day after it recorded its first-ever death as it struggles with a renewed…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 31, 2020

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Thailand records six new COVID-19 infections in state quarantine

Thailand today recorded six new COVID-19 cases today, all in state quarantine, as the CCSA repeated its appeal to the Thai public to keep their guard up, citing Vietnam and…

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Six new COVID-19 cases in Thailand’s state quarantine recorded

Thailand today recorded six new COVID-19 cases, all returnees from abroad and in state quarantine. According to the CCSA report on Facebook, four new cases are students who arrived from…

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Thai army to delay sending troops for overseas training

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is considering delaying plans to send troops for overseas training, due to safety concerns, after 9 of the 151 troops returning from a training course…

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Thailand ranked top for efforts to limit and recover from COVID-19

The Global Recovery Index (GRI) and Global Severity Index (GSI) have ranked Thailand in 1st place, out of 184 countries, for its success in reducing the severity of and recovering…

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Thai police consider charging organizers of recent Jennie concerts

Police are considering taking legal action against the organizers of concerts, held in Thailand’s southern provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi on July 24th and 25th, during which some…

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One new COVID-19 case recorded in Thailand’s state quarantine

Thailand today recorded one new COVID-19 case in state quarantine, said Dr. Thanarak Phlipat, deputy director-general of Disease Control Department (DCD), at a news briefing today (Wednesday). He said that…

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One of 127 COVID-19 infected Thais in Egypt dies

One of 127 Thais in Egypt, who was infected with COVID-19, has died. 100 others are still receiving treatment and 26 have recovered. The Thai Embassy in Cairo said, in…

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Three Thai monks in Los Angeles infected with coronavirus

Three Thai monks in Los Angeles have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Two have been hospitalized, while the third is in quarantine at the temple, as his condition is not serious,…

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Two new COVID-19 cases recorded among soldiers returning from Hawaii

Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 cases today (Tuesday) among Thai troops who returned from a training course in Hawaii last week. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the new…

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Thai workers stranded in Uzbekistan asked to be patient and calm

Thai workers stranded in Uzbekistan have been warned, by the Thai embassy in Moscow, not to attempt to damage their work camp in an attempt to force the embassy to…

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Four new COVID-19 cases recorded on Monday in Thai state quarantine

Thailand recorded four new COVID-19 cases today, all arrivals from abroad and in state quarantine. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin told a news briefing today (Monday) that three of the…

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Nine new coronavirus infections today, all in state quarantine

Thailand recorded nine new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, all among Thais in state quarantine after returning from abroad. The country’s death toll remains 58. According to the CCSA, three had…

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FILE PHOTO: A health worker wearing a protective suit takes a nose-swab sample from a man during tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Bondi Beach drive-through testing centre, as the state of New South Wales grapples with an outbreak of new cases, in Sydney, Australia, July 20, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australia reports jump in daily new cases, record deaths

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, recorded 459 cases of the new coronavirus, the second-highest daily total and up from 357 cases the previous day, the state’s leader…

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A family use a hand sanitizer station as the National Zoo reopens for socially-distanced patrons for the first time since the start of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington, U.S. July 24, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. records 1,000 coronavirus deaths for fourth day, some progress seen

(Reuters) – The United States recorded more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 for the fourth straight day on Friday but a top White House advisor on the pandemic said she…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 25, 2020

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Thailand’s Health Minister vows to fight NESDB health volunteer reward cuts

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has cried foul over Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Board’s (NESDB) plan to cut to seven the 500 Baht monthly payments for the country’s…

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In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford blood samples from coronavirus vaccine trials are handled inside the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England Thursday June 25, 2020. Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. In research published Monday July 20, 2020 in the journal Lancet, scientists said that they found their experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55. (John Cairns, University of Oxford via AP)

COVID-19 vaccines expected next year at about 620 baht per dose

The first anti-COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be available for use in humans next year, at an estimated cost of 620 baht per dose, said Dr. Siriroek Songsivilai, secretary-general of…

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Thailand records 3 new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine on Saturday

Three new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Thailand today (Saturday), all in state quarantine. According to the CCSA’s Facebook page, one is a 23-year old Thai woman, who arrived from…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 24, 2020

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Workers are transported on a truck to a construction site in Bangkok on July 23, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand records ten new COVID infections in quarantine

Thailand recorded ten new COVID-19 cases today, all among Thais in state quarantine, including six soldiers who recently returned from attending a training course in Hawaii.   CCSA spokesman Dr….

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U.S. coronavirus deaths top 1,100 for a third day in a row

(Reuters) – The United States on Thursday recorded more than 1,100 deaths from COVID-19, marking the third straight day the nation passed that grim milestone as the pandemic escalates in…

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Thailand reports eight new COVID-19 cases in quarantine

Thailand has recorded eight new COVID-19 cases today (Thursday), all Thais in state quarantine after returning from abroad. According to the CCSA, four of the eight infections are among Thais…

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11 of the Thai troops returning from Hawaii in hospital for observation

Eleven of the 151 Thai troops returning to Thailand on Wednesday, after completion of their training course in Hawaii, were isolated for observation at Mongkutklao Military Hospital in Bangkok, after…

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Thailand records six new COVID-19 cases as state of emergency is extended

Thailand today (Wednesday) recorded six new COVID-19 infections, all among returnees from abroad in state quarantine, as the CCSA decides to extend the state of emergency for another month, until…

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COVID-19 testing at Suvarnabhumi airport upgraded to increase efficiency

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has upgraded its COVID-19 testing facility at Suvarnabhumi international airport, which is now capable of producing test results within 70 minutes. The DCD’s Director-General, Dr….

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PM defends proposed extension of state of emergency

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Tuesday) defended a proposed extension of the state of emergency for another month, maintaining that such an extension has nothing to do with anti-government…

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Medical professor recommends delay of travel bubble for at least 6 months

The travel bubble plan, which would allow small groups of foreign tourists to visit Thailand, should be shelved for at least another six months, because of the high-risk of COVID-19…

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Five new quarantined COVID-19 cases recorded today in Thailand

Thailand today recorded five new COVID-19 cases, all among those in quarantine after returning from abroad, as the CCSA decides to stop counting the days that Thailand is free from…

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FILE PHOTO: A drive-in COVID-19 testing center is shown empty and abandoned as Los Angeles reports spike in positive tests amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Inglewood, California, U.S., June 23, 2020.

California reports nearly 12,000 COVID cases, biggest increase since pandemic started

California reported a record increase of more than 11,800 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, according to a Reuters tally of county data, as the Trump administration pushes for schools…

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In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford blood samples from coronavirus vaccine trials are handled inside the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England Thursday June 25, 2020. Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. In research published Monday July 20, 2020 in the journal Lancet, scientists said that they found their experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55. (John Cairns, University of Oxford via AP)

UK coronavirus vaccine prompts immune response in early test

LONDON (AP) — Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who…

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Central bank governor says Thai economy does not need bailout from IMF

The Thai economy is strong enough and the country does not need to seek a financial bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), although its GDP this year may be…

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One new COVID-19 infection in state quarantine recorded in Thailand

Thailand today (Monday) recorded one new COVID-19 case in state quarantine, but no new fatalities or recoveries. According to CCSA spokesman, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the new case is a 52-year…

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A barrier blocks a street prior to the 8 pm curfew, imposed due to Florida’s climbing numbers of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, in Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. July 18, 2020. REUTERS/Liza Feria

Florida coronavirus cases surge for fifth day as Trump pledges outbreak will be under control

(Reuters) – Florida reported over 12,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the fifth day in a row the state has announced over 10,000 new infections, even as President Donald…

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Australia warns coronavirus outbreak will take weeks to tame

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A surge in COVID-19 cases in Australia’s second-biggest city could take weeks to subside despite a lockdown and orders to wear masks, Australia’s acting chief medical officer…

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Thailand’s CCSA to consider sixth phase of lockdown easing this week

The CCSA will meet mid-week to consider a sixth phase of lockdown restriction easing, by allowing the entry of foreign migrant workers, from Thailand’s neighboring countries, to ease the labour…

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U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass 140,000 as outbreak worsens

(Reuters) – U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus exceeded 140,000 on Saturday as cases continued to rise in 43 out of 50 states over the past two weeks, according to…

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Australia’s Victoria state reports 363 new coronavirus cases

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, on Sunday reported 363 new cases of the novel coronavirus, after 217 cases were recorded on Saturday. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said…

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is seen at the Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil, July 18, 2020.REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says coronavirus restrictions kill economy

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday that lockdown measures used to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus “kill” and have “suffocated” the country’s economy….

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 18, 2020

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Thailand records seven new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine

Thailand recorded seven new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), all among Thai returnees from abroad and in state quarantine, according to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin. Four of the seven infections…

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US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland’ on July 11, 2020. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)

Trump says he will not consider a national mask mandate

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would not consider a national mandate requiring people to wear masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Asked…

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A health worker collects nasal swab samples from a woman during a mass test for the new coronavirus in a neighborhood in Tangerang, Indonesia, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: China battles new outbreak in far west Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — The number of confirmed cases in a new COVID-19 outbreak in China’s far west has risen to 17. The National Health Commission said Saturday that 16 more…

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Des Moines Public Schools custodian Tracy Harris cleans a chair in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. School districts that plan to reopen classrooms in the fall are wrestling with whether to require teachers and students to wear face masks. In Iowa, among other places, where Democratic-leaning cities like Des Moines and Iowa City have required masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus, while smaller, more conservative communities have left the decision to parents. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Millions of kids told full return to school in fall unlikely

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Millions more children in the U.S. learned Friday that they’re unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic…

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Diplomat refused accommodation at a condominium is not an Estonian envoy

The Honorary Consul-General of Estonia in Thailand said today that the diplomat, who was refused entry to a condominium in Bangkok last night, is not an Estonian, but a European…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 17, 2020

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Thailand records 3 new COVID-19 cases, CCSA cancels quarantine exemptions for diplomats

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases today (Friday), all among arrivals from Sudan on the same flight as a Sudanese diplomat’s family member, who had tested positive for the virus….

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Estonian diplomat refused entry to condominium for fear of COVID-19

An Estonian diplomat was denied accommodation, for 14-days of quarantine, by the management of a condominium in Bangkok last night, for fear that the diplomat’s presence may cause panic among…

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CAAT tightens up control of stopover charter and special flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has tightened the control of chartered and special flights by Thai airliners and international flights, which land in Thailand for refueling or brief…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on July 15, 2020 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (C) visiting a commercial centre in Rayong province to inspect condition following a visit of Egyptian soldier with COVID-19 coronavirus. – Thailand suspended all inbound flights July 14 after an Egyptian soldier skipped self-quarantine and went to a shopping mall in Rayong province before testing positive for COVID-19. Prayut said he took “all responsibility” for the oversight and issued a rare apology for undermining the public’s “confidence and safety”.

Four new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine reported in Thailand

Thailand recorded four new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, all among returnees from abroad and currently in state quarantine.   According to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, two are a 33-year…

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The politics of students’ hairstyles

For decades, students have been grumbling about rigid school rules on hairstyles – short bobs for girls and tight crops, shaved at the sides for boys. However, though subtle, their…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on July 15, 2020 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (2nd L) meeting medical workers in Rayong province to inspect condition following a visit of Egyptian soldier with COVID-19 coronavirus. – Thailand suspended all inbound flights July 14 after an Egyptian soldier skipped self-quarantine and went to a shopping mall in Rayong province before testing positive for COVID-19. Prayut said he took “all responsibility” for the oversight and issued a rare apology for undermining the public’s “confidence and safety”.

1,603 in Rayong and Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area test negative for COVID-19

A total of 1,603 people have been cleared of COVID-19 infection, on the first day of mass swab testing, and health officials are waiting for the results of tests on…

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In this April 13, 2020, file photo, a worker assembles gearboxes at the Kofon factory in Huanggang in central China’s Hubei province. China’s economy rebounded from a painful contraction to grow by 3.2% over a year earlier in the latest quarter as anti-virus lockdowns were lifted and factories and stores reopened.

China becomes first economy to grow since virus pandemic

BEIJING (AP) — China became the first major economy to grow since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, recording an unexpectedly strong 3.2% expansion in the latest quarter after anti-virus…

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Valentina Fasano cleans her work space with sanitizing wipes at the Girl’s Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Miami. This Miami-Dade County summer camp program is operating at limited capacity, and has enhanced health screening and sanitizing procedures, practices social distancing, and required wearing of face coverings.

Confirmed US virus cases rise amid new global restrictions

MIAMI (AP) — California, Arizona, Texas and Florida together reported about 36,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as restrictions aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic took hold in the…

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Government blasted in parliament over the Egyptian COVID-19 debacle

Thailand’s opposition MPs have slammed the Government for its mishandling of the Egyptian military mission’s visit to Rayong and demanded Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha take full responsibility for the failings….

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CCTV image shows a group of the Egyptian delegation in a shopping mall in Rayong Province. Photo from Facebook page Infectious1234

All disease control personnel at U-tapao airport transferred

The entire disease control unit at U-tapao airport, including its chief, have been transferred for their alleged failure to check properly the hotel in Rayong province where the Egyptian military…

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Thai PM says news of Egyptian delegation incident was like being hit by a plane

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, said today he felt as though he had been hit by a plane when he learned of the Egyptian military mission’s transgression of Thailand’s health…

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Five new COVID-19 quarantined infections recorded in Thailand

Thailand today recorded five new COVID-19 cases, all among returnees from abroad in state quarantine, but no new fatalities. CCSA assistant spokesperson, Dr. Panprapa Yongtrakul, said that the new infections…

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Rayong hotel closed for disinfection as PM apologizes for mishandling VIP arrivals

The hotel in Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong, where the Egyptian military mission stayed last week, has closed for at least 14 days from today (Tuesday) for a full cleansing…

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CCSA offers an apology for mishandling foreign VIP arrivals

Thailand’s CCSA has offered a public apology, especially to the people of Bangkok and Rayong, over the mishandling of foreign VIP arrivals, and has promised to review all privileges extended…

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All flights from Egypt to be barred from landing in Thailand

All flights from Egypt will be barred from landing in Thailand, following an incident last week when members of an Egyptian military mission defied Thai regulations by not confining themselves…

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COVID-19 testing for staff at Sukhumvit condo who may have had contact with an African diplomatic family

Thai public health officials went to a condominium in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area today, to test staff who had close contact with the family of an African diplomat, a member of…

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