Coronavirus Outbreak Update

India needs at least 38 million masks to fight coronavirus

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India needs at least 38 million masks and 6.2 million pieces of personal protective equipment as it confronts the spread of coronavirus, and has approached hundreds…

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Indian workers arrange beds to prepare a quarantine center at the Sarusojai sports complex in Gauhati, India, Saturday, March 28, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Virus infections top 600,000 globally with long fight ahead

BERLIN (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in Europe and the United States and officials dug in…

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Top 10 countries with the highest numbers of COVID-19. as of March 28th, 2020

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‘I struggled to breathe:’ Dybala reveals coronavirus nightmare

Juventus star Paulo Dybala revealed Friday how he “struggled to breathe” after contracting coronavirus which has killed over 9,000 people in Italy.   The Argentine international announced last Saturday he…

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All banks in shopping malls and hypermarkets closed today and tomorrow

All state and privately owned bank branches and financial institutions located in shopping malls and hypermarkets, which usually operate seven days a week, are closed today and tomorrow to prevent…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 17, 2020, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva speaks in Washington, DC. – The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, Georgieva said on March 27. 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

IMF chief: ‘Clear we have entered recession’

The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Friday. “It is clear that…

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A member of the Royal Thai Police takes a food delivery rider’s temperature as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Bangkok on March 26, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand reports 109 new COVID-19 cases as PM urges Thais to stay home

Thailand reported 109 new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), bringing total infections in the country to 1,245, and one more fatality, bringing the official national death toll to six. Dr. Anupong…

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Thais show generosity and ingenuity to outwit deadly virus

As fear of catching Covid-19 grows, many Thais are doing what they can to help the country pull through this crisis – whether they are celebrities or just ordinary people…

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In this March 26, 2020, photo, tourists play on a beach in Phuket, Thailand. Tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Penny Wang)

Tourists stranded in Asia by canceled flights, shut borders

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — From the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand to the foothills of Mount Everest, tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as…

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A general view shows Pope Francis (C) presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church, to be concluded with the Pope giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, on March 27, 2020 at St. Peter’s Square the Vatican. (Photo by YARA NARDI / POOL / AFP)

Pope faces coronavirus ‘tempest’ alone in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter’s Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith. “Thick…

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Customs officers in protective suits are seen near a Sichuan Airlines aircraft on the tarmac of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport following a global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China March 26, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS

China’s Xi offers Trump help in coronavirus fight as Wuhan reopens to traffic

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that he would have China’s support in fighting the coronavirus, as Wuhan, the Chinese city…

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Britain’s PM Boris Johnson waves during a meeting with fundarisers for the Royal British Legion outside Dowing Street in London, Braitain October 28, 2019 REUTERS/Toby Melville

UK PM Boris Johnson has coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he has tested positive for coronavirus. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now…

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More public venues in Bangkok face closure

More public venues in Thailand’s capital face closure, from tomorrow until end of April, as the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) tightens the partial lockdown of the city to stem the…

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Analysis: Thais hopeful but many wary of military-style ‘emergency’

The state of emergency declared by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday targets a new national threat that even the authors of the old emergency law could not have imagined…

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The city-state has introduced a series of new measures to tackle the virus, including closing bars and cinemas as well as banning large events

In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close

Singaporeans could be jailed for up to six months if they intentionally stand close to someone else, under tough new rules announced Friday to halt the spread of the coronavirus….

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Thai army officers involved in boxing event transferred to inactive posts

An army general, who is also the manager of the Lumpini boxing stadium, the scene of a COVID-19 cluster infection, and other army officers allegedly involved in the organizing of…

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Anutin in hot water over remarks on medical personnel

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul found himself in hot water again on Thursday with what was seen as his criticism of medical personnel who exposed themselves to coronavirus infections. But…

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 26, 2020

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Malaysia’s king, queen quarantined after staff test Covid-19 positive

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s King and Queen are currently under quarantine after seven staff members of the palace tested positive for coronavirus, national news agency Bernama reported Thursday. Sultan Abdullah…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 cases might reach 3,000 by end of April

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has forecast that the number of COVID-19 infections will increase to about 3,000 by the end of April, if the average rate of new infections…

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Stay home or face lockdown – supreme commander

Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri today issued a stern warning to all Thai people to stay home and to practice strict social distancing to avoid…

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Thailand bans export of eggs for 7 days to prevent shortages

To prevent a possible shortage of eggs for local consumption, Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce has imposed a 7-day export ban, effective today (Thursday) following a rush by consumers to stock…

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Khlong Saensaeb boat service to stop from Friday until further notice

The boat service on Khlong Saensaeb, a popular travel alternative for Bangkok’s commuters, will suspend operations indefinitely from tomorrow (Friday). Mr. Chavalit Methayaprapas, managing director of the Krobkrua Khonsong (2002)…

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Seven Cabinet members in “high risk” groups

If one of the directives under the state of emergency decree is to be taken seriously, at least seven of the members of the Prayut cabinet will need to confine…

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Total COVID-19 infections in Thailand pass 1,000

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has exceeded 1,000, since the pathogen was first detected in the country in January, with 111 new cases being reported today by…

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Checkpoints spring up across Thailand to control inter-provincial travel

Road checkpoints, manned by police and military personnel, were set up across Thailand before dawn on Thursday to control inter-provincial travel, in a stringent measure authorized under the recently declared…

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A lone pedestrian crosses 14th Street dowtown as the US Capital is almost deserted by traffic during the 6pm usual rush hour in Washington on March 25, 2020. – Local authorities have decided to shut down all non-essential businesses from March 25th to April 24th to fight the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and avoid it’s spread. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)

Virus death toll passes 20,000, three billion under lockdown

More than three billion people around the world were living under lockdown on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000…

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Medical staff treat a COVID-19 coronavirus patient at a hospital in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province (Photo by STR / AFP)

Artificial intelligence may be pandemic lifesaver… one day

On December 30, researchers using artificial intelligence systems to comb through media and social platforms detected the spread of an unusual flu-like illness in Wuhan, China. It would be days…

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Prayut wants Thais to prepare for the worst, asks for trust in his leadership

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the Thai people on Wednesday to expect the worst in the next several weeks or months as the coronavirus continues to ravage the country and…

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 25, 2020

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Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greets members of the public as he leaves after a visit to the Costume Workshop of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) where a major redevelopment and restoration project is taking place, in Stratford-upon-Avon on February 18, 2020, (Photo by Jacob King / POOL / AFP)

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of the new coronavirus but “otherwise remains in good health”, his office said on Wednesday. The…

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No curfew yet, but partial lockdown is here — Wissanu

The government has no plans for the time being to impose a curfew to stem the spread of the coronavirus but will stringently enforce restrictions on travel and gatherings as…

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COVID-19 as of March 25, 2020

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Prayut: I am in charge of this mission

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that Thailand has reached a turning point in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic and he is now in charge of “every aspect” of…

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Thailand reports 107 new COVID-19 cases, including two doctors

The Thai Public Health Ministry reported 107 new COVID-19 cases today (Wednesday), including two medical professionals, bringing the total confirmed infections in the country to 934, including six medical personnel….

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In this image taken from video on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 48-year old COVID-19 survivor Carlo Navarro smiles during a Skype interview with The Associated Press from Lipa, Philippines, where he continues to be on self-quarantine. Days after he was cleared and discharged from hospital, Navarro shared his COVID-19 experience on a Facebook public post. (AP Photo)

Filipino shares his experiences as coronavirus survivor

BANGKOK (AP) — When Carlo Navarro, his wife and 15-year-old daughter visited Japan from the Philippines in February, they knew they were taking a chance with the coronavirus, but thought…

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Opinion: Prayut needs a real “conversation” with the people

The decision on Tuesday to impose a nation-wide state of emergency was supposed to be the most drastic action to be taken by the Prayut government in its fight against…

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THAI suspends all operations until May 31st

Thai Airways International has become another victim of COVID-19, as the loss-ridden national flag carrier immediately suspends all operations until May 31st.   THAI acting president Mr. Chakkrit Parapanthukul said…

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Masks a must for all train passengers

Starting today commuters using all rail systems, including BTS and underground trains, are required to wear masks.   Face masks will be available for sale at entrances to train stations…

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An Indian health worker speaks next to a banner durign a Corona virus information camp for travellers at an India-Nepal border crossing some 32 kms from Siliguri on January 26, 2020. – Health authorities in Nepal on January 24 confirmed that a student who returned from Wuhan, China tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the first South Asian country to report the deadly disease. (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP)

India imposes 21-day lockdown to curb coronavirus

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will begin the world’s largest lockdown on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a TV address, warning citizens to stay inside or risk inviting…

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Top 10 Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 as of March 24, 2020

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US has potential to become new Covid-19 epicenter — WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States has the potential to become the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic due to a “very large acceleration” in infections there, the World Health…

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Search on for tour bus passengers after three test positive for COVID-19

Officials, in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, have been trying to track down passengers from a VIP tour bus, which travelled from Bangkok to the Chiang Saen district of…

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Coronavirus infection – how it works

What makes a virus contagious? And what exactly happens during an infection? Here’s how the process works.

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Emergency declared as government rolls out measures to help workers and businesses

The Thai government has declared a nationwide state of emergency in a stepped- up effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has so far affected 827 people and killed…

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Medical expert sees worst case scenario if “stay at home” directive ignored

A leading medical expert has painted a grim scenario for the COVID-19 situation in Thailand over the next 30 days if people do not follow the advice to stay at…

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In this March 23, 2020 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers disinfect a subway train in preparation for the restoration of public transport in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province. China’s health ministry says Wuhan has now gone several consecutive days without a new infection, showing the effectiveness of draconian travel restrictions that are slowly being relaxed around the country. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

China to lift lockdown in most of virus-hit Hubei province

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities said Tuesday they will end a two-month lockdown of most of coronavirus-hit Hubei province at midnight, as domestic cases of the virus continue to subside….

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Thai government declares COVID-19 state of emergency

The Thai government has declared a national state of emergency, effective form Thursday for a month, in an intensified attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus. The declaration is expected…

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People practice social distancing as they sit on chairs spread apart in a waiting area for take-away food orders at a shopping mall in hopes of preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Bangkok residents and living with ‘social distancing’

As much as they want to comply with the “stay at home” directive from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, many people that Thai PBS World talked to admitted that their routine…

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TDRI asks Govt. to support workers and SMEs affected by closures

Thailand’s economic think-tank, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), has proposed the Government directly help workers and their families and small enterprises affected by the closures, imposed by the authorities,…

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Situation COVID-19 Worldwide as of March 24, 2020

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa annouces South Africa will close its borders from Wednesday to all foreigners from countries highly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

S.Africa orders lockdown as continent moves to stop virus spread

Numerous sub-Saharan countries acted to stem the spread of coronavirus on Monday, with South Africa announcing a soldier-patrolled lockdown and Senegal and Ivory Coast each declaring a state of emergency. …

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People have their temperatures checked amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the immigration post in Myawaddy near the Thai border on March 23, 2020, as thousands of people crossed from Thailand as the border crossings were due to close because of the growing pandemic. – Tens of thousands of migrant labourers from Laos and Myanmar flooded bus stations and border crossings in Thailand on March 23, defying requests to stay put to prevent exporting infections of the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Thailand reports 3 more COVID-19 fatalities

Thailand announced three more deaths caused by COVID-19 today, bringing the country’s death toll to four, as 106 new infections were confirmed, a drop from yesterday’s 122 and Sunday’s 188….

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It was the meeting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had on March 6 at the Government House with Thailand’s top medical experts that many believed helped set the government’s direction in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. – Photo from the Government House

“Team Thailand”: Elite medical squad at war with Covid-19

Thais are now pinning their hopes on “Team Thailand”, the term Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul coined to describe the panel of medical gurus tasked with defending the nation against…

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UK PM Johnson orders Britons: you must stay at home

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Britons on Monday to stay at home to halt the spread of coronavirus, imposing curbs on everyday life without precedent in peacetime….

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 23, 2020

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Thailand to launch package to help workers and businesses affected by closures

The cabinet is expected to roll out a package of measures to help people and businesses affected by the temporary closure of retail and other businesses in Bangkok and other…

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Bangkok residents told not to travel outside the city and to at stay home

In light of the exponential surge in COVID-19 infections and the potential for increased transmission in upcountry provinces, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang today appealed to everyone, currently in Bangkok, not…

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Thailand facing coronavirus from Italy which may be more virulent than the Asian virus

Thailand is fighting a war against COVID-19, because the coronavirus that infected over 50 boxing fans and, perhaps many more, came from Italy, which is more aggressive and dangerous than…

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Thais in Malaysia may only return home by air

Thai people living or working in Malaysia, who wish to return home, can now only do so by air, after all land border crossings between Thailand and Malaysia were closed…

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Top 3 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 23, 2020

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A countdown clock for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is reflected in a puddle of water outside Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 2020. The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes Canada saying it won’t send a team to the games this year and the leader of track and field, the biggest sport at the games, also calling for a delay. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

As virus spreads, next casualty could be Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 24, 2020 Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City. – Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, US media reported on March 22, 2020. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus: report

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, US media reported Sunday. Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to…

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A woman and two children, all wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, leave a supermarket in Hadyai district in Thailand’s southern province of Songkla on March 22, 2020. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

“Future is in your hands” – health official, 122 new infection cases reported

Thailand has now reached a critical point which could see the country go either the way of several European countries that are being ravaged by the coronavirus outbreak or that…

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A picture taken March 18, 2020 shows Riyadh’s closed Tiba Trade Centre in the Saudi capital after the desert kingdom’s authorities decided to close shopping centres, restaurants and public gardens as well as suspend work in the private sector as a precaution against COVID-19 coronavirus disease. – Saudi Arabia called today for a ‘virtual’ G20 summit over coronavirus. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Saudi imposes curfew to curb coronavirus spread, UAE suspends passengers flights

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will impose a nationwide curfew starting on Monday after reporting a jump of almost a quarter in coronavirus cases, while the United Arab Emirates will…

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 22, 2020

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India imposes 14-hour curfew to curb coronavirus spread

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India launched a 14-hour long curfew on Sunday to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic in the country, where 315 people have so far been found to have…

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First Thai woman dies of COVID-19 while abroad

A 66-year old Thai woman, who worked as a chef at a Thai restaurant in Washington DC, died of COVID-19 at the Med Star Hospital in Georgetown on Saturday. According…

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Lockdowns not enough to defeat coronavirus, says leading World Health Organisation expert

LONDON (REUTERS) – Countries can’t simply lock down their societies to defeat coronavirus, the World Health Organisation’s top emergency expert said on Sunday (March 22), adding that public health measures…

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The normally bustling Rajprasong Intersection was almost deserted Sunday morning.

Bangkok wakes up to an unusually quiet Sunday

It’s a Sunday like no other Sundays for Bangkok, usually one of the busiest cities in the world. As the new series of measures designed to combat the ravaging coronavirus…

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Chiang Mai imposes partial lockdown

Thailand’s norther city of Chiang Mai is to impose strict measures to limit gatherings of people in venues deemed at high risk of enabling the further spread of COVID-19. From…

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Thailand reports 188 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

Thailand reported a single day jump of 188 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total so far to 599, with most of the new cases concentrated in Bangkok. Public…

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A deserted street is pictured, after Italy reinforced the lockdown measures to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Catania, Italy March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

Italy coronavirus deaths jump by almost 800, government shuts most workplaces

ROME (Reuters) – Italy recorded a jump in deaths from coronavirus of almost 800 on Saturday, taking the toll in the world’s hardest-hit country to almost 5,000.   In its…

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An employee of the municipal company disinfects the Piazza Santa Croce in front of Basilica Santa Croce, in Florence, on March, 21 2020, as part of the measures taken by Italian government to fight against the spread of the COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. – Italy reported a record 627 new coronavirus deaths on March 20, 2020 and saw its world-topping toll surpass 4,000, despite government efforts to stem the pandemic’s spread. The Mediterranean country’s daily rate of fatalities is now higher than that officially reported by China at the peak of its outbreak around Wuhan’s Hubei province. (Photo by Carlo BRESSAN / AFP)

Covid-19: Nearly one billion confined to homes

Almost one billion people were confined to their homes worldwide on Saturday as the global coronavirus death toll topped 12,000 and countries around the world rolled out stay-at-home measures.  …

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 21, 2020

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Public urged to trust “Team Thailand” to lead the fight against COVID-19

Thailand’s former public health minister, Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, said Saturday that he expects the rate of new confirmed COVID-19 infections to spike in the next couple of days, before stabilizing…

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COVID-19: How Bangkok’s new stringent measures will affect you

Bangkok authorities have insisted that the new package of stringent measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus does not amount to a lockdown of the city.   But judging from…

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Tourists wearing masks take photos at Jewel Changi Airport, following the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore March 5, 2020. — Reuters pic

Singapore reports first two coronavirus deaths

Two patients in Singapore died from COVID-19 on Saturday morning  due to complications, the first deaths the republic has seen, the Straits Times reported. It said a 75-year-old Singaporean woman…

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Covid-19: New stringent measures trigger panic buying in Bangkok

Bangkok residents flocked to stock up on essential goods this afternoon after the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) ordered the closure of most retail businesses, bowling alleys, public swimming pools and…

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Covid-19: Shopping malls, markets in Bangkok to be closed

In what is seen as a step close to a lockdown, Bangkok authorities today ordered all department stores and markets in the city closed for three weeks starting Sunday (March…

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Thailand’s confirmed COVID-19 cases jump by 89 on Saturday

Thailand reported 89 confirmed new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, the biggest single day jump to date. This brings the country’s total confirmed infections to 411, with the boxing stadium cluster…

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Trump says US on top as outbreak shuts largest cities

New York and Illinois followed California Friday in locking down to stem the coronavirus pandemic as President Donald Trump declared the United States was already “winning” the war despite a…

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19

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WHO praises Thailand for its efforts to contain COVID-19

The World Health Organization’s representative in Thailand has praised Thailand for its ability, to date, to contain the spread of COVID-19 and for being the first country, outside China, to…

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Thai Lion Air will suspend operations from March 25th to end of April

Thai Lion Air has notified the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand that it will temporarily suspend operations, for both domestic and international flights, effective March 25th, until the COVID-19 outbreak…

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Thailand’s PM will take decisive action over COVID-19, but at the right time

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is ready to take decisive action at the appropriate time, to cope with the relentless spread of COVID-19 but, for the time being, he prefers…

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Jakarta declares emergency over coronavirus outbreak

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – The governor of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Friday declared a state of emergency for the next two weeks in the city, the centre of Indonesia’s coronavirus outbreak,…

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Only collective action will prevent a lockdown — Anutin

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul today called for collective efforts by all Thais to fight the coronavirus pandemic which continues to ravage more than half of…

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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)

New flight rules cause confusion among Thais overseas wanting to fly home

The new anti-virus restrictions, just announced by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), requiring airlines to demand “fit to fly” health certificates from passengers before boarding a flight to…

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An virology expert at Chulalongkorn University, Dr. Yong Poovorawan

Fighting COVID-19 is like running a marathon – Dr. Yong Poovorawan

Fighting COVID-19 is a long-haul battle, like running a marathon, as the contagion will remain with mankind for a long time, at least until there is an effective vaccine, said…

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Trump focuses attention on possible coronavirus treatments

President Donald Trump focused attention on possible treatments for the new coronavirus on Thursday, citing potential use of a drug long used to treat malaria and some other approaches still…

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Chachoengsao governor orders 224 people into home quarantine

Chachoengsao provincial governor Rapee Pongbuppakit has quarantined himself and has notified 224 others, who were in close contact with the mayor of Chachoengsao provincial administration organization (PAO), of the need…

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Stringent restrictions imposed on airline arrivals in Thailand

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has imposed stringent restrictions on both Thai and non-Thai citizens arriving from abroad by air, as well as aircraft flying into Thailand, effective…

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A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympic flame lands in Japan as doubts grow over Tokyo Games

MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday from Greece in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan.   The flame,…

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California governor orders entire state to stay at home

All 40 million residents of California were Thursday ordered to stay at home indefinitely in a bid to battle the coronavirus pandemic in the nation’s most populous state.   The statewide directive,…

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Medical personnel at work in the intensive care unit of the hospital of Brescia, Italy, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Italy has become the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths, surpassing China by registering 3,405 dead. Italy reached the gruesome milestone on the same day the epicenter of the pandemic, Wuhan, China, recorded no new infections. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Italian death toll overtakes China’s as virus spreads

ROME (AP) — Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak eclipsed China’s on Thursday as the scourge extended its march across the West, where the United States and other countries…

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Former Malaysian PM Mahathir in self-quarantine 

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is observing self-quarantine after coming into close contact with a member of parliament who tested positive for Covid-19, Malaysian media reported. “He is under…

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Thailand reports 60 new COVID-19 cases – the biggest one day jump to date

Thailand today reported 60 new COVID-19 cases, the largest single day increase so far, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 272. Disease Control Department director-general Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai told…

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PM warns governors to enforce strict measures to contain virus spread or face transfer

All Thailand’s provincial governors have been told to file daily reports, on the enforcement of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, to the Committee Managing the COVID-19 Situation, headed…

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An office worker wearing a mask against coronavirus moves past lantern decorations in a mall and office building in Beijing on Thursday, March 19, 2020. China has only just begun loosening draconian travel restrictions within the country, but has stepped-up 14-day quarantine regulations on those arriving in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere from overseas, amid expectations of a new influx of students and others returning home. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Wuhan reports no new virus cases, offering hope to world

BEIJING (AP) — Last month, Wuhan was overwhelmed with thousands of new cases of coronavirus each day. But in a dramatic development that underscores just how much the outbreak has…

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