Coronavirus Outbreak Update

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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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)

Thailand considers further easing restrictions on international arrivals from May

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved, but only in principle, to ease more restrictions on international arrivals, tentatively from May, according to CCSA Spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin….

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Medical personnel take a break in between Covid-19 coronavirus testing in a drive-thru centre at a private hospital in Bangkok on January 8, 2021 after the Thai government imposed further restrictions due to the recent outbreak. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

CCSA advisor claims Thailand’s daily infections could be as high as 100,000

Advisor to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Dr. Udom Kachinthorn, claimed today (Friday) that actual daily infections at present may be around 100,000 and this may increase during…

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Maximum of 50,000 COVID-19 daily infections predicted after Songkran

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has predicted that there will be a maximum average of 50,000 COVID-19 cases a day after the Songkran holidays next week, about 3,000 new…

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Measures for long Songkran holidays next week to be decided on Friday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will chair a meeting of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) tomorrow (Friday) to assess the COVID-19 situation and to put final touches to preparations…

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Substantial increase in overseas arrivals in Thailand since April 1

Overseas arrivals at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport in April increased by 65.97%, to an average of 11,623 passengers a day, compared to 7,003 daily arrivals in March, since the removal…

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Thai medical professionals say “Get a vaccine booster jab before Songkran”

As the long Songkran break approaches, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and five of the country’s medical associations are urging people who have had two or three doses of COVID-19…

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Workers and volunteers look on in a compound where residents are tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus during the second stage of a pandemic lockdown in Jing’ an district in Shanghai on April 4, 2022. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

COVID outbreak ‘extremely grim’ as Shanghai extends lockdown

The COVID-19 outbreak in China’s largest metropolis of Shanghai remains “extremely grim” amid an ongoing lockdown confining around 26 million people to their homes, a city official said Tuesday. The…

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COVID-19 infections among small children on the rise – DDC

COVID-19 infections among Thai children aged under 4 are on the rise, with 27 toddlers reported to have died since the outbreak of the Omicron variant late last year, according to…

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Thailand’s first suspected infection by COVID-19 Omicron XJ strain found

The Medical Sciences Department announced the discovery of a suspected case of Omicron XJ variant today (Monday), in a Thai delivery man, and is awaiting for confirmation through more analysis…

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Revellers use water guns to spray at one another as they celebrate the Buddhist New Year, locally known as Songkran, in Bangkok on April 14, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Any possible Songkran COVID-19 surge will be manageable – MoPH

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Monday) that he is confident that COVID-19 infections, which are anticipated to surge during and after the long Songkran break, will be kept…

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Loss-ridden insurance providers get licenses revoked after massive COVID claims

Thailand’s Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has revoked the business licenses of two financially-troubled Thai insurance companies, Southeast Insurance and Thai Insurance, effective today (Friday), following a massive amount of COVID-19…

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Health Ministry seeks additional 75 million anti-viral pills ahead of Songkran

The Ministry of Public Health has asked the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) for an additional 75 million Favipiravir and Molnupiravir anti-viral medicines, as it anticipates a surge in COVID-19 infections…

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Public Health Ministry confirms no shortage of Favipiravir in Thailand

Thailand has a supply of Favipiravir anti-viral medicine which is sufficient to meet domestic demand, confirmed the Public Health Ministry, following a complaint over the drug’s shortage in the country….

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Health Minister says no water splashing on Khaosan Road during Songkran

The Ministry of Public Health has rejected a request, from businesses on Bangkok’s famed backpacker haven Khaosan Road, to allow water splashing, although other ways to celebrate Thailand’s traditional New…

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Social media report on damage of olfactory nerve through deep nasal swab is fake news

The Anti-Fake News Centre of Thailand has refuted as a fake news a social media report claiming that taking a deep nasal swab, for COVID-19 testing for example, can damage…

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Bangkok opens six walk-in vaccination facilities ahead of Songkran holiday

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is urging everyone to get inoculated against COVID-19 before the Songkran festival in mid-April and has opened six vaccination facilities offering walk-in inoculation. According to…

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A delivery man walks by police officers with protective suit outside of a hotel in Shanghai, China, on March 15, 2022. (AP Photo, File)

Much of Shanghai locked down as mass COVID-19 testing begins

BEIJING (AP) — China began locking down most of its largest city of Shanghai on Monday as a coronavirus outbreak surges and amid questions about the economic toll of the…

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Thailand’s 2022 COVID-19 antigen test positives pass one million on Saturday

This year’s COVID-19 infections in Thailand, diagnosed by means of rapid antigen tests, reached 1,015,583 yesterday (Saturday), according to COVID-19 Information Centre today. 22,476 new COVID-19 positive antigen tests were…

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‘Thailand Pass’ revocation, RT-PCR tests waiver upon arrival to be proposed

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that the “Thailand Pass” requirement for all international arrivals be revoked and that the…

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Singapore extends quarantine-free entry as Asia shifts to “living with COVID”

SINGAPORE, March 24 (Reuters) – Singapore said on Thursday it will lift quarantine requirements for all vaccinated travellers from next month, joining a string of countries in Asia moving more…

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Dozens of suspected COVID ‘Deltacron’ cases found in Thailand, all recover

In December and January, Thailand detected 73 cases of suspected “Deltacron”, a broad name describing variants of the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) that contain a mixture of mutations found in Delta…

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Songkran a test if COVID-19 can become endemic in Thailand, says hospital dean

The Songkran festival in mid-April will determine whether the COVID-19 pandemic, which has wrought havoc for more than two years, will gradually transform into an endemic disease in Thailand after…

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Cabinet approves ฿8.4bn for COVID-19 treatment, frontline medical staff

The Thai cabinet approved an allocation of 8.45 billion baht from the Central Fund for the Ministry of Public Health today (Tuesday), to cover medical expenses for the treatment of…

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Life threatening risk of repeatedly wearing same face mask confirmed

Repeatedly wearing the same facemask can put you at risk of serious, possibly fatal illnesses, due to the build-up of bacteria within the mask. Thailand’s Anti-Fake News Centre has confirmed…

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Two million capsules of Molnupiravir received by Thai Medical Services

The Thai Department of Medical Services took delivery of two million capsules, or 50,000 courses, of Molnupiravir anti-viral medicine today (Friday) from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, the joint developers and…

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Thailand drops pre-departure RT-PCR tests for overseas arrivals, allows Songkran celebrations

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed to cancel the requirement for pre-departure RT-PCR tests for international arrivals, effective from April 1st, and is to allow some celebrations…

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People wearing face masks walk through a railway station in Seoul on February 18, 2022, after South Korea’s daily Covid-19 caseload crossed 100,000 for the first time. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

South Korea reports record 400,741 new daily COVID cases

South Korea reported a record 400,741 new daily COVID-19 cases, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Wednesday, as the country seeks to further ease social distancing rules despite a wave of…

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A guide to the UCEP Plus treatment scheme for COVID-19 patients

From March 16, people who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be able to claim free treatment under Thailand’s Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients (UCEP). However, those with serious…

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Thai elderly can choose half dose COVID vaccine boosters to reduce side effects

Elderly people who are reluctant to receive a third vaccine booster shot, out of concerns for possible side effects, will be given the option of half a dose, to encourage…

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Four possible cases of BA.2.2 Omicron sub-variant detected in Thailand no cause for alarm

The Thai Medical Sciences Department has found four possible cases of infection by the BA.2.2 strain of the COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant in Thailand, but has asked the public not to…

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Thailand to expedite mailing of Favipiravir to COVID-19 patients, over 8,000 helped so far

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) and the Rajavithi hospital are speeding up the mailing out of anti-viral Favipiravir medicine to more than 3,500 COVID-19 patients in Bangkok and surrounding…

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High-risk people in Thailand urged to get vaccinated before Songkran

Thailand’s Disease Control Department’s Dr. Sumanee Wacharasint stressed today (Thursday) the need for people who are at high risk of serious complications to get vaccinated urgently, as the death toll…

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Thailand records new highs for COVID-19 infections, deaths on Thursday

COVID-19 infections have soared to a new high of 72,478 cases today (Thursday), including 22,984 diagnosed using RT-PCR tests and 49,494 using rapid antigen tests. The daily death toll also…

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Plan to make COVID-19 endemic disease in Thailand from July 1 approved

Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) approved, today (Wednesday), the Public Health Ministry’s plan to classify COVID-19 as an endemic disease in four months, starting on July 1st, if things…

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Senior Thai doctor advises asymptomatic, mild COVID-19 cases to isolate and protect others

A specialist in pulmonary disease at Thailand’s Vichaiyut Hospital, Dr. Manoon Leechawengwongs, has reiterated his recommendation that those infected with COVID-19, who have no or mild symptoms, isolate at home….

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Thailand is transitioning to an endemic, so what happens now if you catch COVID?

With COVID-19 now spreading at a rate of more than 20,000 officially confirmed new infections per day, everyone is at risk of catching the disease. So, many people will be…

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BA.2 sub variant of Omicron becoming dominant strain in Thailand

The BA.2 sub variant of the COVID-19 Omicron variant is spreading rapidly across Thailand and is replacing the BA.1 as the dominant sub variant. Medicine which is effective against the…

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Thai national artist Pratuang Emjaroen dies of COVID-19 at 87

Thailand’s national artist for visual arts (painting) Pratuang Emjaroen died this morning (Monday) of COVID-19 at the age of 87. The funeral, in line with Ministry of Public Health guidelines,…

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 death toll reaches new 2022 high on Monday

Thailand’s daily COVID-19 death toll reached another high for this year today (Monday) of 65. Daily fatalities from COVID-19 have been on the rise this month, from 43 cases on…

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 cases forecast to reach 40,000-50,000 in mid-April

Thailand’s daily COVID-19 cases, confirmed by RT-PCR tests, are forecast by the Disease Control Department to reach 40,000-50,000 cases in mid-April and may reach 100,000 if existing restrictions are further…

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Record high COVID-19 cases using antigen tests reported in Thailand on Thursday

New COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours reached a new high of 42,138 using rapid antigen tests and 23,618 using RT-PCR tests, according to the COVID-19 Information Centre and…

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Sixteen Thai evacuees from Ukraine test positive for COVID-19

Sixteen of the 96 Thai evacuees from Ukraine, who arrived in Bangkok today, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now isolated at the quarantine centre at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases…

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Three Thai evacuees from Ukraine have COVID-19

Three of the first 38 Thais evacuated from Ukraine to Bangkok this morning (Wednesday) have tested positive for COVID-19. On arrival, all 38 were immediately taken to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases…

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Cops at Nonthaburi station contract COVID-19 amid media storm over drowning actress

Six police officers at Nonthaburi’s Muang district police station have tested positive for COVID-19 and six more are in isolation since the station has become busier than usual, due to…

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II appears on a screen via videolink from Windsor Castle, during a virtual audience to receive the Andorra’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Carles Jordana Madero (unseen), at Buckingham Palace in London on March 1, 2022.

Queen Elizabeth II returns to duties after Covid scare

Queen Elizabeth II held two virtual audiences on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace said, after she was forced to cancel engagements last week due to Covid. Concerns have mounted for the 95-year-old monarch’s health since she tested…

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COVID-infected students can attend pre-university exams with doctor’s consent

Pre-university students in Thailand, who develop mild symptoms of COVID-19, are undergoing treatment for the disease or are at risk of getting infected, can attend the General Aptitude Test/Professional and…

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 infections will remain high for 2-6 weeks

The daily number of new COVID-19 infections will remain high for at least 2-6 weeks, before they begin to stabilise and then decrease, according to the Public Health Ministry. Public…

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Thailand launches out-patient services for COVID-19 cases with mild symptoms

The Thai Ministry of Public Health launched out-patient medical services today (Tuesday) for people infected with COVID-19 who exhibit no or only mild symptoms, to ensure that all Thais have…

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

Nearly 2.2 million more doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arriving in Thailand

Thailand is expecting delivery of 2.2 million doses of Moderna mRNA vaccine, manufactured in the United States, over the course of yesterday and today (Monday). This new batch is to…

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How will removing COVID-19 from list of emergency conditions affect you?

Despite rising COVID-19 cases in Thailand, the Public Health Ministry will soon stop providing free emergency treatment at private hospitals for patients who have caught the highly transmissible virus. The…

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Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections drop to 24,719 on Saturday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand, announced today (Sunday), dropped by 896 to 24,719 cases from yesterday’s 25,615, but the death toll increased from 40 to 42 cases. The number only includes…

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Thailand’s Rural Doctor Society complains of serious Favipiravir shortage

The Rural Doctor Society (RDS) is complaining of a serious shortage of anti-viral Favipiravir medicine, to the extent that several hospitals have restricted its distribution to COVID-19 patients, except to…

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Thailand to open COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Infection clinics on March 1st

COVID-19 patients in Thailand, who are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms, will be able to access medical services at Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) clinics, in addition to home and…

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New COVID-19 infections hit another new high in Thailand on Saturday

Daily new COVID-19 infections in Thailand have reached another new high of 25,615 cases in the 24 hours to 7.30am today (Saturday), an increase of 683 over yesterday, and 40…

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People affected by unemployment following lockdown measures to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus line up for food donations at Wat Bowonniwetwiharn in Bangkok on April 22, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand launches new scheme to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospital stay

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiattibhoom Vongrachit has announced a new scheme to treat COVID-19 patients without the need for hospital admission. If found to be infected, after taking a…

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Another new daily high for COVID-19 infections recorded on Friday

Thailand reported yet another record high COVID-19 infections today (Friday) with 24,932 new official COVID-19 infections and 41 more deaths, following yesterday’s high of 23,557 cases, the highest level since…

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Thailand’s daily new COVID-19 cases reach record high on Thursday

Thailand’s daily new COVID-19 cases reached a new high today (Thursday) with the official number recorded at 23,557, surpassing the record set on August 13th, 2021, at 23,409 cases. Actual…

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On-site classes in Thailand can resume under new guidelines, exams for COVID-19 cases allowed

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has issued a set of guidelines for on-site learning, to enable schools to resume classes as normal, while COVID-19 infections surge. CCSA Spokesman…

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Thailand to relax rules for international arrivals from March 1 despite COVID surge

Thailand is set to relax rules for international arrivals from March 1st despite the continual surge in COVID-19 infections in the country. The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has…

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Cabinet decides to retain emergency medical coverage for COVID-19 patients

The Thai cabinet has decided to postpone indefinitely the Public Health Ministry’s plan to introduce a medical entitlement program for COVID-19 patients, instead of using the Universal Coverage for Emergency…

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Thailand’s national health hotline in need of call centre help, volunteers

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) 1330 hotlines have been running red hot, with an average of 20,000 calls for help each day. The number of calls yesterday (Monday) jumped…

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Thai Public Health Ministry braces for more COVID-19 patients

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiattibhoom Vongrachit has issued an urgent order instructing state hospital directors and provincial health chiefs across the country to prepare their medical personnel and facilities,…

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No new COVID restrictions in Thailand, only strict enforcement of existing measures

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will not impose any additional measures amid rising COVID-19 infections, but will strictly enforce the existing restrictions in the light of surging infections,…

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COVID infection risk raised back to ‘Level 4’ in Thailand

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has once again upgraded the risk of COVID-19 infection to Level 4, the second highest level, across the country, as 90% of new infections…

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COVID community isolation centre in Bangkok’s Kiak Kai welcomes children

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said today (Monday) that infections among children and the elderly are likely to increase during the current spread of COVID-19 in Bangkok. He advised that infected…

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Thai virologist Dr. Yong predicts daily COVID-19 infections may reach 100,000

Respected virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan said today (Sunday) that COVID-19 Omicron variant infections are on the steady rise across Thailand, averaging 25,000 cases a day and the number may surge…

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Plan approved to seek funding from Loan Act to cover medical services provided to the Thai public

The board of Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) has approved a proposal to seek 51.1 billion baht in funding from the government’s one trillion baht Loan Executive Decree to…

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S.Korea daily COVID-19 cases top 100,000, curfew eased ahead of election

SEOUL, Feb 18 (Reuters) – South Korea’s new daily COVID–19 cases topped 100,000 for the first time amid its Omicron outbreak, with authorities saying social distancing measures would be only slightly eased ahead of the March 9 presidential election. Authorities…

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People advised to be aware of Long COVID’s effects on mental health

A senior doctor at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University said, today (Friday), that the coronavirus should not be considered as being similar to the common cold or influenza, due to its potentially…

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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 to consider cutting second COVID-19 tests on international arrivals

Thailand will consider a recommendation from an airline tycoon to reduce the steps required for international entry, by doing away the second COVID-19 test, currently required on the fifth day…

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Provincial governors in Thailand told to prepare plans for COVID-19 surge

Provincial governors have been ordered by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to prepare contingency plans to cope with rising COVID-19 infections, as daily new infections are exceeding 18,000, Government Spokesman Thanakorn…

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Over 2,800 cases reported in Bangkok per day over past week

For the past week, the number of daily new COVID-19 infections in Bangkok has exceeded 2,800. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reported today (Thursday) that 3,063 new COVID-19 infections have been…

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980 primary schools in Nakhon Ratchasima suspend on-site classes due to COVID-19

A total of 980 primary schools, or 70% of all the schools in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, have suspended on-site classes in favour of online learning after clusters…

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Concerns raised over Omicron variant’s long term physical and mental effects

The main concerns surrounding the rapid transmissibility of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, which accounted for 97.2% of samplings of infections last week, are not hospitalisation or mortality rates, but the…

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Police stand guard in front of protestors rallying against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination mandates despite the rain, near the parliament building in Wellington, New Zealand February 13, 2022 in this picture obtained from social media. Courtesy Charlie Coppinger/via REUTERS

New Zealand’s Ardern labels anti-vaccine mandate protests ‘imported’ as crowds defy calls to leave

WELLINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she felt demonstrations against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate now entering their second week were an “imported”…

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A medical worker walks past a makeshift testing centre for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) following the outbreak, outside a shopping mall at Sha Tin district, in Hong Kong, China, February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Lam Yik

Hong Kong leader says fifth COVID wave has ‘overwhelmed’ city’s capacity

HONG KONG, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said on Monday that the “onslaught” of coronavirus infections in the global financial hub has dealt a heavy blow…

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Removal of COVID-19 from Thailand’s universal health coverage list may be postponed

Thailand’s Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said today (Sunday) that he will discuss with Anutin Charnvirakul, the Minister of Public Health, the possibility of postponing, from March 1st to…

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