Coronavirus Outbreak Update

US President Donald Trump says he will “likely” be tested soon for the novel coronavirus, although he stresses he is “displaying no symptoms,” during a hastily organized press conference in the White House’s Rose Garden. (Photo from AFP)

Trump declares state of emergency in coronavirus-paralysed US

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday in what critics say was a long-delayed admission of the gravity of the coronavirus crisis that’s triggered the shutdown of schools, sporting events, offices…

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People walk in the Ramblas of Barcelona on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Spain to declare state of alert over virus

Spain’s government is to declare a state of alert over the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday after infections soared over 4,200 with…

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Five military commanders and police chief reject pay as senators

Supreme Commander General Pornpipat said today that he and Defence Permanent Secretary General Nath Intharacharoen, Army Commander-in-chief General Apirat Kongsompong, Royal Thai Navy C-in-C Admiral Luechai Rootdit, Air Force C-in-C…

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Private sector asked to cancel Songkran events if virus status no better by end of March

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will seek cooperation from the private sector to cancel their Songkran celebrations if the rate of COVID-19 infections does not subside by the end…

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English Premier League suspended until April 4

The English Premier League suspended all fixtures until April 4 on Friday after a spate of coronavirus cases, including Arsenal manager MikelArteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. “Following a meeting…

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Number of infections as of March 13, 2020

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Thailand reports five new COVID-19 cases today

Thailand has announced five new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 75. Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai told the media this morning…

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Diplomat from Philippines first known coronavirus case at U.N. in New York

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A female diplomat from the Philippines mission to the United Nations tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, according to a note sent to U.N. missions, making…

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A volunteer sprays disinfectant inside a Christian church in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Friday, March 6, 2020. World stock markets are down sharply again as pessimism prevails over the economic impact of the virus outbreak (Chinatopix via AP)

China government spokesman says U.S. military may have brought virus to China

BEIJING (Reuters) – A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry suggested on Thursday the U.S. military might have brought the coronavirus to the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has been hardest…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2019 Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregorie Trudeau arrives at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. – The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said late March 22, 2020. “Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Wife of Canada’s PM Trudeau tests positive for coronavirus

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife has tested positive for the coronavirus, Canadian media reported. They quoted her husband as announcing that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, 44, came back from Europe…

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Hundreds of Thai workers miss flights due to lack of health insurance

Hundreds of Thais, working illegally in South Korea, have missed their flights to Thailand after they were prevented from boarding by airline officials at the airport in Seoul, because they…

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Number of infections as of March 12, 2020

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This picture taken from a commercial aircraft shows an aerial view of Mount Everest (C) and the Himalayan mountain range (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

China shuts down Everest over coronavirus

China has cancelled permits for Mount Everest because of the coronavirus, expedition organisers said Thursday, ahead of the spring climbing season on the world’s highest peak. Last year’s traffic-clogged spring…

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PM chairs urgent meeting to discuss hitches in arrival visa restrictions

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called an urgent meeting with the Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and chief of Consular Service Department this morning, to discuss yesterday’s…

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BREAKING NEWS – Health Ministry reports 11 new COVID-19 cases in group who shared drinks

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health today announced 11 new COVID-19 cases, saying that they had been sharing the same glass of whisky and cigarette. The new cases bring total infections…

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PM praises whistle-blowing “Mam Po Dum” page for its social contribution

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been full of praise for the “Mam Po Dum” (Queen) whistle-blowing facebook page for its contribution to Thai society, especially for its recent exposure of…

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US actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Trump suspends travel to US from Europe,  actor Tom Hanks infected

US President Donald Trump this morning announced a month-long suspension of travel from Europe, with the exception of UK, to the United States. Speaking at a rare Oval Office address…

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WHO describes coronavirus outbreak as pandemic

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization is characterizing the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. “We are deeply concerned…

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Number of infections as of March 11, 2020

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Thailand suspends visa on arrival facility for citizens of 18 countries

In light of the global spread of COVID-19 and increasing concern over a potential widespread domestic outbreak, Thailand has suspended the visa on arrival (VOA) facility for citizens of 18…

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Thailand reports six new cases today

Six new COVID-19 cases have been reported today by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, bringing the total in the country to 59, with 34 cases having fully recovered, 24 still…

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80,000 factories across Thailand told to take precautions against COVID-19

The Ministry of Industry is seeking cooperation from about 80,000 factories across the country by taking precautionary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their work places. In the…

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People wearing protective face masks are seen on a crossroads as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

China eases curbs as coronavirus infections retreat, imported cases tick up

BEIJING (Reuters) – More places in China lowered emergency response levels to the coronavirus epidemic and relaxed travel restrictions a day after President Xi Jinping visited the epicenter of the…

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FILE PHOTO: British Conservative MP Nadine Dorries speaks in the Parliament during a debate on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit Deal, in London, Britain April 3, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS

UK health minister Dorries diagnosed with coronavirus

(Reuters) – British junior health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating, she said on Tuesday. Dorries said she took “all the advised precautions” as soon…

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Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Coronavirus clusters swell on both sides of the US

Alarming clusters of the coronavirus swelled on both coasts of the U.S. on Tuesday, with 70 cases now tied to a biotech conference in Boston and infections turning up at…

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TISCO slashes Thailand’s GDP forecast for 2020 to 0.8%

TISCO’s Centre of Economic and Strategic Analysis has slashed Thailand’s GDP projection for this year from 1.7% to 0.8% – the lowest since 2009. The Centre’s economic research chief, Mr….

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PM visits Bamrasnaradura Hospital to support medics and patients

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made a surprise visit to Bamrasnaradura Institute of Infectious Diseases this evening (Tuesday), to offer moral support to medical personnel and patients infected with COVID-19. Accompanied…

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Number of infections as of March 10, 2020

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In this March 8, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member walks down a corridor of an empty makeshift hospital in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province. The makeshift hospital converted from a sports venue was officially closed on Sunday after its last batch of cured COVID-19 patients were discharged. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

Xi visits virus’ epicenter as fears of recession grip world

BEIJING (AP) — China’s president visited the center of the global virus outbreak Tuesday as Italy began a sweeping nationwide travel ban and people worldwide braced for the possibility of…

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Public Health Ministry reports 3 new cases

The Thai Ministry of Public Health today reported three new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 53, with 33 of them having recovered and returned home,…

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A completely empty Fondamenta della Misericordia is seen on Monday in Venice, Italy. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a “national emergency” due to the coronavirus outbreak and imposed quarantines on the Lombardy and Veneto regions.

Italy extends coronavirus lockdown to whole country

ROME (Reuters) – The whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown until next month, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday, in an unprecedented and unexpected new attempt to…

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Number of infections as of March 9, 2020

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A health official checks the forms of incoming passengers during a health assessment at a checkpoint for people flying in from a list of countries and territories that include China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran and Italy, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on March 9, 2020. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP)

10,000 baht reward for info leading to arrest of quarantine escapees

A cash reward of 10,000 baht has been offered to anyone providing information which leads to the apprehension of any of the 80 Thai workers from South Korea, who escaped…

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Face masks snapped up at GPO outlet as ban on exports lifted

A queue of 700 people began forming as early as 3am this morning in front of the main outlet of the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, the maximum number eligible to buy…

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Medics at Khon Kaen University Hospital to rally against face mask shortage

Medical personnel at the Srinakharin Hospital of Khon Kaen University, in Thailand’s northeast, are being urged to rally in front of the hospital’s library today (Monday) at 4.30pm to protest…

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A woman gestures from the Grand Princess cruise ship, being held off the coast of San Francisco after 21 people on board tested positive for the new coronavirus

US virus cases pass 500 as California readies for cruise ship arrival

The number of US coronavirus cases soared past 500 Sunday, including two further deaths, as California braced for the arrival of infected cruise ship passengers and saw a major tennis…

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A passenger has his temperature checked as a precaution against a new coronavirus before boarding a flight to Vladivostok, Russia, at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Italy quarantines north in drastic bid to slow virus spread

ROME (AP) — Italy took a page from China’s playbook Sunday, attempting to lock down 16 million people — more than a quarter of its population — for nearly a…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, talks on his mobile phone in front of a screen showing the Nikkei index outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Oil prices crash, Asian shares set to tumble

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian share markets were set for a beating on Monday as investors fled to bonds to hedge the economic shock of the coronavirus, and oil plunged more…

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Number of infections as of March 8, 2020

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Poll shows 71.2% reject government cash giveaway scheme

71.2% of respondents, to a Super Poll opinion survey, disagree with the Government’s plan to give two 1,000 baht monthly cash handouts to low income earners, as part of the…

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Rescue workers are seen on the site where a hotel being used for the novel coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS.

China quarantine hotel collapse kills 10

At least ten people were killed in the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China, authorities said Sunday. Rescuers retrieved 48 people from the…

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People wait in a line to buy face masks at a retail store in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 25, 2020. – South Korea reported 60 more COVID-19 coronavirus cases on February 25, the smallest increase for four days in the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s morning updates. The country now has 893 cases. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Health officials confirm two more virus patients have returned home

Two more coronavirus patients have fully recovered and returned home, bringing the number of those who have recovered to 33. Furthermore, 2,629 out of 4,366 cases under investigation have been…

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Search underway for 80 escaping Thai workers returning from South Korea

Authorities are searching for about 80 Thais who arrived, in a group of 200 on four flights, at Suvarnabhumi international airport yesterday after returning from working illegally in South Korea….

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Pope Francis wipes his nose during the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on February 26, 2020, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope’s Sunday prayer to be livestreamed as coronavirus spreads

VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Francis’s Angelus prayer on Sunday will be livestreamed in a break with centuries-old tradition, the Vatican announced, as the number coronavirus cases topped 100,000. The…

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Rescue workers are seen on the site where a hotel being used for the novel coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS.

70 people trapped as China’s hotel used for quarantine collapses

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) – A five-storey hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the south-east Chinese port city of Quanzhou on Saturd trapping about 70 people, state media said. A…

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All visitors to Thailand from high-risk countries to be quarantined

All visitors from high-risk countries will be subjected to 14-day quarantine at their hotels in Thailand, after which they will be free to travel if they do not exhibit any…

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FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, a shopper walks in a street market aimed for Chinese tourists in Bangkok, Thailand. The outbreak of new virus centered on the Chinese city of Wuhan is giving global business chills. Thailand’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to 1% from 1.25% on Wednesday to help the economy weather a series of setbacks, most lately the virus outbreak in China that has devastated its tourism sector. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

China exports plunge on coronavirus epidemic

China’s exports plummeted in the first two months of this year on the back of a coronavirus epidemic that forced businesses to suspend operations, disrupting the world’s supply chains. Exports…

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Coronavirus cases hit 100,000 as cruise ship fears grow

The number of cases from the new coronavirus topped 100,000 worldwide as the US battled to contain an outbreak on board a stranded cruise ship where 21 people have tested…

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A woman wearing a face mask stands on a street in Jakarta on March 2, 2020. – Indonesia on March 2 reported its first confirmed cases of coronavirus, after health officials in the world’s fourth-most populous country hit back at questions over its apparent lack of infected patients. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

300-400 suspected new coronavirus infections investigated in Thailand everyday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand are steadily increasing, with the number of new suspected cases being investigated averaging 300-400 a day, said public health permanent secretary-general Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai at a…

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A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a department store in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2020. South Korea has the world’s second-highest cases. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Returnee from South Korea seen dining and shopping in violation of self-confinement

Many people in the Nong Chang district of Thailand’s north-western province of Uthai Thani are concerned today after they learned that a woman, who returned from South Korea on March…

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Crowds snap up Internal Trade Department bargain face masks

The Internal Trade Department’s mobile retail outlets, offering face masks at bargain prices, were overwhelmed with customers who formed long lines at each of the 21 locations in Bangkok where…

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Number of infections as of March 6, 2020

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Medical workers wearing face masks jump rope as they take a break outside the hotel where they stay, in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China March 5, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

New coronavirus infections may drop to zero by end-March in Wuhan: Chinese government expert

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wuhan, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus epidemic, will likely see new infections drop to zero by the end of this month, an expert with the country’s top panel…

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South Korea promises to observe Thai workers for 14 days before they fly home

Thailand has asked South Korea to keep Thai workers within the country for 14 days of health observation before allowing them to fly back to Thailand, said government spokeswoman Mrs….

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An equipment service worker for King County Metro sprays a disinfectant, throughout a metro bus in Seattle, Washington, a new focal point for the coronavirus epidemic

Coronavirus triggers work-from-home trend in Seattle

Tech firms in Seattle, a new focal point for the coronavirus epidemic, were telling employees this week to take advantage of technology to work remotely in an effort to contain…

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South Korean soldiers wearing protective gears spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The number of infections of the COVID-19 disease spread around the globe. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

‘This is not a drill’: WHO urges the world to fight virus

BANGKOK (AP) — The global march of the new virus triggered a vigorous appeal from the World Health Organization for governments to pull out “all the stops” to slow the…

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Thais returning from high-risk areas to face legal action if they don’t self-quarantine

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has issued a stern warning, to all Thais returning from high-risk areas, that failure to observe the 14-day self-quarantine requirement will result in legal action…

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Medical workers wearing protective gear transfer a suspected coronavirus patient (C) to another hospital. (Photo by – / YONHAP / AFP)

Thai worker with COVID-19 being treated in S. Korean hospital

A Thai woman, working illegally in South Korea, has been infected with COVID-19 and admitted to hospital for treatment after she had an examination on February 29th. Pinyuda Chamchan, labour…

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Number of infections as of March 5, 2020

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Government launches “Have Problems, Consult PM” program

Thailand’s government has launched a new program, called “Have Problems, Consult the PM”, to enable members of the public to voice their grievances and problems directly to their Prime Minister….

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Thailand reports 4 new COVID-19 cases

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health reported four new COVID-19 cases today, two Thais, one Italian and a Chinese, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 47.  …

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Three commuters, center, wear masks as they walk through the World Trade Center transportation hub, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

U.S. virus death toll hits 11; feds investigate nursing home

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities announced an investigation of the Seattle-area nursing home at the center of an outbreak of the new coronavirus as the U.S. death toll climbed to 11, including…

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Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe

Shelves are being stripped bare of toilet rolls, hand sanitiser and surgical masks everywhere from Japan to France to the United States as panic buying criss-crosses the globe with the…

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How to protect yourself against COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus introduced to humans for the first time. It is spread from person to person mainly through the droplets produced when…

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Italy reported 28 more deaths on Wednesday taking the toll to 107

Italy shuts schools as global coronavirus battle intensifies

Europe’s coronavirus hotspot Italy shut all schools and universities on Wednesday in a bid to stop the deadly disease from spreading, as governments bolstered supplies and intensified protective measures.  …

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Thailand’s global ranking for COVID-19 infections improves slightly

Thailand’s ranking, by number of confirmed COVID-19 infections, has improved from 15th to 16th place, a position it shares with Australia, based on WHO figures, according to Dr. Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin,…

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New stimulus economic packages to help all sectors affected by coronavirus

Thailand’s Finance Ministry is to roll out a new set of stimulus measures to help all sectors of Thai society currently affected by the COVID-19 situation, which has hit at…

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More than 1,100 Thai’s returning from South Korea before March 1st cannot be located

Thailand’s Ministry of Labour has expressed concern that the whereabouts of 1,181 Thai workers, who returned from South Korea between February 24th and March 1st, are currently not known and…

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Thai workers returning from South Korea will be quarantined for 14 days

To allay Thai public concern over COVID-19 being spread by Thai workers returning from South Korea, Thailand’s Prime Minister confirmed today that all the returnees, from the cities of Daegu…

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Number of infections as of March 4, 2020

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WHO warns of global shortage of medical equipment to fight coronavirus

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday warned of a global shortage and price gouging for protective equipment to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus and asked companies and…

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FILE PHOTO: General view of the Sapporo Odori Park and city center in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, February 25, 2020. Picture taken February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan’s Hokkaido reports three more coronavirus infections

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido reported three more cases of coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 82 in the prefecture.   The new cases all…

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This Feb 27, 2020, photo released by Louis Wang, shows his work desk with laptop and textbooks at home in northeast China. Wang, a middle school history teacher in northeast China, said his workload has ballooned due to the arduous process through which online classes must be approved. Chinese schools turning to online learning during a virus outbreak are running into the country’s ubiquitous and often arbitrary internet censorship. (Louis Wang via AP)

China’s schools, forced online by virus, run into censors

BEIJING (AP) — Less than 30 minutes into a lecture on bioinformatics, Chu Xinjian’s class was abruptly cut short.   It was the first day of an unusual semester. Across…

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South Korean soldiers in protective gear sanitize a shopping street in Seoul, South Korea, March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Heo Ran

Thousands wait for hospital beds in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported 516 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday as thousands of sick people waited for hospital beds in Daegu, the city at the center of the…

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Special buses will take Thai workers home when they return from South Korea

Special transport has been arranged, by the state-run Transport Company, to take returning Thai workers from the airports their homes once they land from South Korea, as a precautionary measure…

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Wuhan style screening to be imposed on Thais returning from South Korea

Thai citizens returning from South Korea, including those working there illegally, will have to undergo stringent screening measures on arrival in Thailand, similar to those imposed on visitors from the…

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New anti-virus measures for foreign visitors and Thais returning from high risk areas

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry, via a ministerial announcement, has designated nine countries and two territories as high risk areas for COVID-19, and visitors to Thailand from these areas will be…

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Thai PM shrugs off speculation of cabinet reshuffle

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has brushed aside speculation about an imminent cabinet reshuffle, saying that his main focus is on coping with the COVID-19 situation and the prevention of…

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Number of infections as of March 3, 2020

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WHO says world in uncharted territory as US virus toll rises

The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on Tuesday but surged abroad…

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Around the world people are changing the way they greet each other to reduce the risk of contracting the new coronavirus and prevent it spreading

Handshake? No thanks: coronavirus changes global habits

Say no to a handshake, refuse every peck on the cheek and definitely avoid hugging. Instead, try a direct gaze, or maybe a hand gesture.   Around the world people…

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Iranians hold portraits of former and current Supreme Leaders, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as they queue up to vote during parliamentary elections at the Shah Abdul Azim shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran on February 21, 2020. – Iranians began voting in a parliamentary election which conservatives are expected to dominate, capitalising on public anger against moderate conservative President Hassan Rouhani over a ravaged economy, corruption and multiple crises. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Adviser to Iran’s top leader dies of coronavirus

TEHRAN (AP) — An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died from the new coronavirus, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness striking both…

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NHSC to seek 3.5 billion baht to cope with COVID-19

The National Health Security Committee (NHSC) is to seek cabinet approval tomorrow (Tuesday) for 3.5 billion baht from the Central Fund, to be used in coping with COVID-19 situation over…

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Raid on junk shop suspected of recycling used face masks

Public health officials and police raided a junk shop in Wiharn Daeng district of Thailand’s central province of Saraburi today and seized tens of thousands used and recycled face masks….

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The costs of testing for COVID-19 infection

According to information obtained by Thai PBS, the charges made for an individual to be tested for COVID-19 infection vary from hospital to hospital. Hospital                                   Price (Baht) Siriraj Piya Maharajkaroon       …

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New COVID-19 case in Thailand

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has increased by one to 43, as another patient recovers and has been cleared of the disease.   Public health permanent secretary,…

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Number of infections as of March 2, 2020

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MotoGP World Championship postponed indefinitely due to virus concerns

The MotoGP World Championship, scheduled to be held in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Buri Ram from March 20th to 22nd, has been postponed indefinitely amid concerns over the spread of…

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Travelers wear protective mask as they walk through in terminal 5 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Authorities announce 2nd coronavirus death in US

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington state said Sunday night that a second person had died from the coronavirus — a man in his 70s from a nursing facility…

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A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a department store in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2020. South Korea has the world’s second-highest cases. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

New virus: Nearly 89,000 infected, over 3,000 dead

A new virus first detected in China has infected nearly 89,000 people globally and caused more than 3,000 deaths. The World Health Organisation has named the illness COVID-19, referring to…

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Pedestrians wearing face masks walk on a sidewalk in western Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Iran is preparing for the possibility of “tens of thousands” of people getting tested for the new coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases spiked again Saturday, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said, underscoring the fear both at home and abroad over the outbreak in the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran raises death toll to 54 from new coronavirus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s health ministry raised on Sunday the nationwide death toll from the new coronavirus to 54 as the number of confirmed infected cases jumped overnight by…

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Government House increases anti-virus measures

Workers fumigated the Government House and its compound today, as part of escalated preventive measures in the wake of rising concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Sanitizer gel has been…

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Health minister concerned over potential COVID-19 spread at mass rallies

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has expressed grave concerns over the prospect of a rapid spread of COVID-19 if thousands of people gather together at an event like a…

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First COVID-19 related death in Thailand

A medical panel, from Thailand’s National Infectious Committee, will determine the exact cause of the death of a COVID-19 patient, who contracted dengue fever prior to becoming infected with the…

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Lawmakers propose special sitting of parliament to consider student protests

Government MPs and a senator have separately proposed a special parliamentary session be convened in the light of the student flash mobs occurring across the country. In a letter, addressed…

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Trump says ready to help Iran with coronavirus if asked

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he was ready to aid Iran with its outbreak of novel coronavirus if the country asked for assistance. “If we can help the Iranians…

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Luxembourg reports first coronavirus case, linked to Italy

Luxembourg on Saturday announced its first case of infection by the new coronavirus: a man who recently returned from Italy, Health Minister Paulette Lenert told reporters. The man in his…

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First coronavirus death on US soil confirmed, Trump calls for calm

The first fatality from the novel coronavirus has been confirmed on US soil, as President Donald Trump on Saturday urged Americans not to panic. Health officials said the man who…

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Thai Health Ministry announces the country’s 42nd confirmed COVID-19 case

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health today announced the country’s 42nd confirmed COVID-19 case, as health officials attempt to trace his family, colleagues and anyone else with whom the patient has…

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Passengers from Sapporo asked to report to health officials

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has stepped up efforts to locate some of the passengers who travelled on flight XJ621, from Japan’s Sapporo to Bangkok, on February 20th, because 2 of…

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