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

One new COVID-19 case is recorded in Thailand

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case today (Friday), compared to yesterday’s 17, and no new fatalities.   CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that there has not been a single…

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To go with MYANMAR-SPORT-BOXING,FEATURE by Athens Zaw Zaw This photo is taken on December 20, 2015 shows Lethwei martial arts fighter Tun Tun Min in the ring with his opponent, US national Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington, at the Thein Phyu boxing stadium in Yangon. A roar erupted at the Yangon ring as the home champion ploughed a right hook into his American opponent’s face, crumpling him to the canvas in the opening round of the bone-crunching kickboxing bout. With head-butts among the array of painful blows permitted, Lethwei pugilists say their sport is the hardiest member of Southeast Asia’s kickboxing family — even more brutal than Thailand’s better known Muay Thai. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU (Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Lumpini boxing stadium’s board fired over cluster of COVID-19 infections

The entire board of the Lumpini boxing stadium has been fired, after they were faulted by the Army’s investigation committee for failing in their duty to prevent the spread of…

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Public Health Perm-Sec threatened with a malfeasance lawsuit

The Khon Kaen Provincial Hospital Director has threatened to sue Public Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai, after he was transferred to Chanthaburi province over alleged corruption in connection with…

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People eat at a street restaurant implementing social distancing with plastic dividers after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok’s Chinatown on May 21, 2020. – Thailand continued easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 17 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be re-imposed should cases increase again. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

New COVID-19 infections surge to 17 today, but no deaths

Thailand’s new COVID-19 cases surged to 17 today, all of them Thais in state quarantine, after returning from the Middle East.   The double-digit single day increase has brought the…

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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan (C) leaves Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Palang Pracharath “coup” raises spectre of “military” rule for Thailand 

Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan looks set to become leader of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, which will hold a general assembly to elect a new executive committee by…

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This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin.

Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors charged three more police officers Wednesday in the death of George Floyd and filed a new, tougher charge against the officer at the center of the…

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FILE PHOTO: Protesters hold placards as they rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon/File Photo

America’s rivals return fire on human rights after U.S. protests

U.S. unrest over the death of a black man in police custody has reversed the usual tide of diplomacy over human rights, as nations stung by American criticism over the…

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Thailand records one new COVID-19 case, no deaths

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case today (Wednesday), bringing the cumulative cases in the country, since the outbreak began, to 3,084, with no new fatalities. CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Panprapha…

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A researcher at the Chula Vaccine Development Centre shows a tube of vaccine prototype. This prototype is now being tested on macaques.

Thai researchers closer to finding Covid-19 vaccine

Hope is in sight for the region as Thai researchers make progress in the hunt for a vaccine against coronavirus, which has wreaked havoc across the world for several months…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha answers questions during an open session at the parliament house in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The parliament session Wednesday is the first since Thailand enforced coronavirus restrictions, and it was considered a special session to discuss the government’s plan to fund stimulus packages for businesses and industries impacted by the pandemic.

PM says he won’t get involved in ruling Palang Pracharat internal politics

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has distanced himself from the latest internal strife within the ruling Palang Pracharat party, as 18 members of the executive committee resign en masse to…

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said private social media platforms “shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online”.

Facebook in turmoil over refusal to police Trump’s posts

The clash between Twitter and Donald Trump has thrust rival Facebook into turmoil, with employees rebelling against CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to sanction false or inflammatory posts by the US…

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Power struggle within Pheu Thai sign of Thaksin’s grip weakening?

On-going moves to form new political parties by key individuals within the Pheu Thai Party and its offshoot, the now-defunct Thai Raksa Chart, only prove one thing – the rifts…

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Premier League return: the issues to resolve

Premier League football is set to return on June 17 after a three-month coronavirus-enforced absence.   Nothing realistically will stop Liverpool from being crowned English champions for the first time…

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Thailand warned to brace for the second wave of COVID-19 infections

The Dean of the Faculty of Medical Science at Siriraj Hospital has warned Thailand to prepare for the second outbreak of COVID-19, which he said is a certainty and, when…

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Thai PM assures MPs of clear guidelines on how to spend one trillion baht loan

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Thursday) assured members of parliament that the Government has put in place clear guidelines, in accordance with budgeting law, on how to make use…

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Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city’s legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China’s national anthem. – Hong Kong police cast a dragnet around the financial hub’s legislature on May 27, firing pepper-ball rounds and arresting hundreds as they stamped down on protests against a bill banning insults to China’s national anthem.

China parliament approves plan to impose HK security law

China’s parliament approved plans Thursday to impose a security law on Hong Kong that critics say will eradicate the city’s promised freedoms.   The vote by the rubber-stamp National People’s…

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A child wearing a face mask is carried into a train station at rush hour in Bangkok on May 25, 2020, as Thais continued their return to work following the lifting of restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Thailand records 11 new coronavirus infections

After a short respite, new COVID-19 infections in Thailand jumped back into double digits today, with 11 new cases. Cumulative infections in the country are now 3,065, with 11 more…

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Legal technicality forces Pailin to quit THAI board

Former PTT Plc President and CEO Pailin Chuchottaworn has resigned from the board of Thai Airways International, just one day after his appointment took effect, due to a legal technicality….

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The four men tasked with piloting THAI through bankruptcy restructuring

Hope for Thailand’s ailing national airline now rests on the shoulders of four new board members, who have been tasked with the tough job of cleaning up and preparing the…

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Five students arriving from Saudi Arabia test positive for coronavirus

Five Thai students, returning from Saudi Arabia via Malaysia, have tested positive for COVID-19. They are among a group of 39 returning from Saudi Arabia, who arrived in Thailand via…

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Pheu Thai Party gears up to grill Government over 1.9 trillion baht loan

Opposition Pheu Thai Party is gearing up to grill the Government in parliament over three executive decrees, which authorize the administration to secure 1.9 trillion baht in loans to cushion…

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Thailand considers shortening curfew hours to midnight until 4am

Thailand’s National Security Council (NSC) has been assigned, by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the CCSA chief, to consider whether the current 11pm to 4am curfew can…

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The PIA plane was close to landing when it came down among houses, sparking an explosion and killing several people on the ground

80 bodies recovered, more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

A total of 80 bodies have been recovered after a Pakistani plane crashed with nearly 100 people on board in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, provincial health officials said…

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Aerial picture showing gravediggers burying an alleged COVID-19 victim at the Vila Formosa Cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil

South America ‘a new epicentre’ of COVID-19: WHO

South America has become “a new epicentre” of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday, following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections. “In a sense,…

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Pedestrians walk on the main street of Chinatown after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 21, 2020. – Thailand continued easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 17 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be re-imposed should cases increase again. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand extends state of emergency until end of June

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has endorsed the proposal of the National Security Council to extend the country’s current state of emergency until the end of June, as…

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Public Health and Education ministries prepare to reopen schools on July 1st

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has been coordinating with the Education Ministry to make preparations for the reopening of schools nation-wide on July 1st, to ensure the safety of…

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Focus shifts from Covid-19 to political challenges facing Prayut govt

As coronavirus-related restrictions ease and people gradually resume their normal lives, Thai politics is all set to heat up again. Politicians will resume business as usual when Parliament opens for…

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Former National Office of Buddhism officials given heavy prison terms 

Former director of the National Office of Buddhism (NoB), Panom Sornsilp, and three other former senior officials were yesterday handed heavy prison sentences, after they were found guilty of corruption…

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Thailand may have its own COVID-19 vaccine next year

Thailand may have its own coronavirus vaccine next year, as the country makes progress in curbing the spread of the contagion, with one new case recorded today and no fatalities….

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15 candidate administrators of THAI rehabilitation plan nominated by Transport Ministry

The Transport Ministry has nominated 15 candidates for administrator, of the rehabilitation plan for ailing Thai Airways International, to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for consideration. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said…

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People stand in line to enter the Siam Paragon shopping mall as it reopened after restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus were lifted in Bangkok on May 17, 2020.

Over 2.6 million shoppers download Thai Chana virus tracing app

More than 2.6 million shoppers have registered for and downloaded the Thai Chana mobile application, following its launch yesterday to coincide with the second phase of resuming businesses and leisure…

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Ex-deputy commerce minister indicted on murder and other charges

Former deputy commerce minister Banyin Tangpakorn, and five other individuals, were indicted today in connection with the abduction and murder of the brother of a senior judge handling a case…

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Shoppers queue up at the entrance of Central World shopping complex on Sunday as shutdown restrictions ease.

Thais adopt ‘new normal’ as malls reopen after shutdown eases

Thais woke up on Sunday to find malls open for the first time since March 22, as the government’s second phase of easing lockdown measures unveiled the “new normal” of…

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Democrat party hits back at Progressive Movement’s laser messages

Thailand’s Democrat party has accused the Progressive Movement of distorting facts about the crackdown on red-shirt protesters in Bangkok by the government of then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva a decade…

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Thailand’s rainy season officially begins May 18th

Thailand officially enters the rainy season tomorrow (Monday), said Meteorological Department director-general Squadron Leader Somsak Khaosuwan today. Citing a meteorological model, he said that the rainy season this year will…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective gear sprays disinfectant on a bus before passengers board, after the state government resumed public bus service on limited routes after nearly seven-week lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kolkata, India, May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

India’s coronavirus infections surpass China, but contagion slowing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s total novel corornavirus cases rose to 85,940 on Saturday, taking it past China, where the pandemic originated last year, though a strict lockdown enforced since…

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China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau removed from high-risk area list

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has taken China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau off its list of COVID-19 high-risk countries. The ministerial announcement, published in the Royal Gazette on…

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Laser messages light up Bangkok lockdown and focus heat on military

On the surface, the projection of messages by the Progressive Movement and the Move Forward Party (Kao Klai) were simple reminders of the May 2010 crackdown and the May 1992…

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14.5 million Thais eligible for the monthly 5,000-baht state subsidy

14.5 million Thai citizens have passed the eligibility screening for the three month 5,000 baht state subsidy. Mr. Lawan Saengsanit, director of the Fiscal Policy Office and spokesman of the…

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‘This virus may never go away,’ WHO says

GENEVA (Reuters) – The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would…

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing masks to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrive at Gimpo international airport in Seoul, South Korea, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea demands removal from Thailand’s list of COVID high risk countries

The South Korean Embassy in Bangkok issued a statement today urging the Thai government to remove South Korea from the list of COVID-19 “high risk” countries, claiming the situation now…

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PM insists THAI adheres to a viable rehabilitation plan

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that the only way for Thai Airways International (THAI) to survive its financial crisis is to enter and stick to an effective rehabilitation program,…

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Police probe projection of political messages on 10th anniversary of end of red-shirt protests

The Royal Thai Police have been asked, by the Ministry of Defence, to investigate the use of a laser to project a political message, on several government buildings and public…

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People eat their lunch in a food hall implementing social distancing after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

CCSA to draw up a list of business and leisure activities which can resume

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is likely to decide on Friday on a full list of business and leisure activities which will be allowed to resume, as part…

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People wearing face masks walk inside a subway station during morning rush hour, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China’s Wuhan reports first coronavirus cluster since lifting of lockdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wuhan, the original epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, reported on Monday its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the central Chinese city…

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A portrait of a teacher who was mobilized during the pandemic is displayed on a giant screen in Paris on the eve of France’s easing of lockdown measures [AFP / Thomas SAMSON]

France, Spain ease virus lockdowns but UK wary

Millions of people in France and Spain were set to embrace a relaxation of stay-at-home rules on Monday, but Britain extended its lockdown as countries plot their way tentatively through…

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International tourists, predominantly Russian nationals, enjoy the beach despite concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and restrictions for travellers at a resort in Phuket on March 20, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Provincial governors ordered to screen everyone arriving from Phuket

All Thailand’s provincial governors have been instructed, by the country’s Interior Ministry, to screen everyone arriving from the southern resort province of Phuket and to quarantine anyone suspected of being…

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Britain to introduce two-week quarantine for arrivals

Britain plans to introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for most international arrivals, reports said Saturday, despite growing pressure on the government to relax virus lockdown measures. It comes as the…

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FILE PHOTO: The skyline of the Beijing’s Central Business District rises behind people crossing a street during evening rush hour as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in China, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

US tightens visa rules for Chinese journalists amid coronavirus tensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States issued a new rule on Friday tightening visa guidelines for Chinese journalists, saying it was in response to the treatment of U.S. journalists in…

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China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a summit of the BRICS major emerging economies in Brasilia in November 2019 (POOL/AFP/File/Pavel Golovkin)

US accuses China, Russia of coordinating on virus conspiracies

The United States on Friday accused China and Russia of stepping up cooperation to spread false narratives over the coronavirus pandemic, saying Beijing was increasingly adopting techniques honed by Moscow….

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Machine error blamed for 40 false positive tests for COVID-19 in Yala

Machine error has been blamed for the 40 recent false positive test results for COVID-19 in Thailand’s southern province of Yala. Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong, director-general of the Medical Science Department,…

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People eat their lunch in a food hall implementing social distancing after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

PM warns businesses to maintain strict social distancing or face closure

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned stores that they must observe the rules on maintaining strict physical distancing between their customers, or they may be closed down again. The…

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WHO says has no proof from US on ‘speculative’ Wuhan lab claims

The World Health Organization said Monday that Washington had provided no evidence to support “speculative” claims by the US president that the new coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. “We…

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Pompeo says ‘significant’ evidence that new coronavirus emerged from Chinese lab

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday there was “a significant amount of evidence” that the new coronavirus emerged from a Chinese laboratory, but did not…

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New classroom arrangements in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak in Tak-based Ban Huuai Nok Kok School.

Will impoverished children lose out on education in new normal?

The wide education gap dividing the haves and the have nots threatens to become a chasm now that schools have been closed as part of measures to contain the Covid-19…

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Medical staff wearing protective clothing conduct test on residents for COVID-19 coronavirus in Benan Setar Hospital, in Thailand’s southern province of Yala due to high incidence of cases in the area. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

Yala province awaiting results of tests on 40 possible COVID-19 cases

A second set of swabs, taken from 40 asymptomatic in-patients at a hospital in Thailand’s Yala province, have been sent to a laboratory in Songkhla for analysis. This comes after…

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Thai government gets high marks for its handling of coronavirus pandemic

The majority of respondents to an opinion poll support the Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the assistance provided to help ease the resulting economic hardships. The Suan Dusit…

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Three new infections as Thailand begins a limited easing of COVID-19 rules

The daily rate of new COVID-19 infections in Thailand fell to 3 today, as the country takes the first steps in the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. Accumulated infections in the…

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Governor Chaiwat Chuenkosum leading a campaign to clean up the streets of Ratchaburi when he was its governor.

Loei governor rises as “savior” in Covid-19 struggle

Given his humble background and inspirational rise to the top, Loei governor Chaiwat Chuenkosum knows exactly where to find people in dire need. Hence, his destination one day recently was…

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Medical staff wearing protective clothing conduct test on residents for COVID-19 coronavirus in Benan Setar Hospital, in Thailand’s southern province of Yala due to high incidence of cases in the area. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

Thailand’s sees the lowest number of new COVID-19 infections for a month

Thailand’s daily new COVID-19 infection rate continues to decrease, with 6 cases reported today (Friday).   Of the six new cases, one is an unemployed 64-year old Thai, who is…

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May brings reopenings around the globe as virus toll climbs

NEW YORK (AP) — May is bringing cautious reopenings from coronavirus lockdowns, from Beijing’s Forbidden city to shopping malls in Texas, as the grim economic toll from the pandemic ticks…

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Six types of business and leisure activities to resume on Sunday

From this Sunday, six types of businesses and recreational activities will be allowed to reopen in Thailand, but on a limited scale, as the CCSA gradually eases COVID-19 lockdown restrictions….

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COVID-19 causes about one trillion baht in damage to Thai economy

The overall damage Thailand’s national economy, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently estimated at about one trillion baht, while business confidence for the first quarter of this year has…

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Thailand reports nine new coronavirus cases

Thailand recorded 9 new COVID-19 infections today, the third day of single figure increases, and no virus related fatalities. This brings the accumulated infections in the country to 2,947, while…

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Covid-19 puts damper on Thailand’s prospects of joining trans-Pacific trade pact

Thailand’s chance of joining the trans-Pacific trade bloc is now very slim after strong opposition has prompted the withdrawal of a proposal to apply for membership. Given the ongoing Covid-19…

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Cabinet maintains four public holidays in May

The cabinet today rejected the CCSA’s proposal to postpone the four public holidays in May. The official holidays are May 1st Labour Day, May 4th Coronation Day, May 6th Visakha…

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WHO chief says pandemic ‘far from over’, worried about children

GENEVA (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is “far from over” and is still disrupting normal health services, especially life-saving immunisation for children in the poorest countries, the head of the…

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FILE PHOTO: A child plays under The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Queens borough of New York City, U.S., April 25, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Global coronavirus cases pass three million as lockdowns begin to ease

BEIJING (Reuters) – Global confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 3 million on Monday, as the United States neared 1 million cases, according to a Reuters tally. It comes as many countries…

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Thailand’s Commerce Ministry back-peddles on joining CPTPP

Under pressure pharmaceutical and agricultural groups, the Thai Commerce Ministry has withdrawn its cabinet proposal recommending that Thailand should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Deputy…

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Thailand now ready for cautious easing of lockdown restrictions – Dr. Prasit

The COVID-19 situation in Thailand is now entering the phase where lockdown restrictions can be eased, but social distancing and the wearing of face masks are still essential, said Professor…

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New COVID-19 infections fall to 9, lowest since January

Thailand today reported 9 new COVID-19 infections, which is the lowest daily increase since January 27th, when eight cases were recorded. The new infections have increased accumulated cases to 2,931….

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FILE PHOTO: Medical personnel in protective suits wave hands to a patient who is discharged from the Leishenshan Hospital after recovering from the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China March 1, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo

China says all coronavirus patients in Wuhan have now been discharged

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, now has no remaining cases in its hospitals, a health official told reporters on Sunday. The…

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168 Thais from New Zealand to arrive in Bangkok tonight

168 Thai nationals, many of them students, who have been stuck in New Zealand during the coronavirus lockdown, will return home tonight (27th April). The Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington…

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Immigration officials negotiating with Thai returnees at Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday.

Visitors to orthopedic clinic in Yala must report to health officials immediately

Those who visited an orthopedic clinic on April 23rd, in Muang district of Thailand’s southern border province of Yala, were told today to report immediately to their nearest health office,…

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Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections drop to 15, in-patients fewer than 300

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections have fallen to 15 today, from 53 yesterday, while the number of in-patients has dropped to 277, the lowest for over a month.  No new fatalities…

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Medical staff accompany a woman (C), who was healed from the coronavirus (COVID-19) after having spend more than a month in a coma, upon her discharge from the hospital in the city of Ariana near the capital Tunis on April 24, 2020. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)

WHO warns over virus immunity as global death toll tops 200,000

The global death toll in the novel coronavirus pandemic soared past the grim 200,000 milestone on Sunday, as the World Health Organization warned against “immunity passports” for recovered patients, seen…

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New procedures for airline operations during COVID-19 pandemic

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) recently held a meeting with 20 airline operators to discuss compulsory operating procedures to be used when they resume their domestic services on…

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Britain nears grim milestone of 20,000 coronavirus hospital deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain could hit the grim milestone of 20,000 COVID-19 deaths later on Saturday, when the daily count is added to the current toll of 19,506 people who…

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FILE PHOTO: Medical personnel in protective suits wave hands to a patient who is discharged from the Leishenshan Hospital after recovering from the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China March 1, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo

China sees more imported coronavirus cases despite restrictions

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s northwestern province of Shaanxi reported on Saturday seven new imported cases of the novel coronavirus, all in citizens returning home from Russia, even as domestic cases…

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Pompeo says U.S. may never restore WHO funds after cutoff over pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the COVID-19 pandemic shows the need to overhaul the World Health Organization, warning that Washington may never restore WHO funding and…

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Thailand’s youngest coronavirus patient recovers and goes home

Thailand’s youngest COVID-19 patient, a one month old baby, has fully recovered and has gone home to Rayong province this morning (Thursday), after almost 20 days of treatment at Bamrasnaradura…

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WHO warns ‘long way to go’ in coronavirus crisis

The global coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon, with many countries still in the early stages of the fight, health experts have warned as researchers revealed the first…

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Health minister orders anti-viral vaccine trials accelerated

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has urged the National Vaccines Committee to shorten the period, required to develop the specifications for the production of a COVID-19 vaccine, from six…

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A memorial pays tribute to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two and a 23-year veteran of the force, along the highway in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Canadian police are investigating at 16 crime scenes after a weekend rampage by a gunman disguised as a police officer left at least 18 dead, including Stevenson, and homes in smoldering ruins in rural communities across Nova Scotia. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian police say 22 victims after rampage in Nova Scotia

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian police said Tuesday they believe there are at least 22 victims after a gunman wearing a police uniform shot people in their homes and set fires…

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Cabinet approves power bill cuts for 22 million Thai households for 3 months

The cabinet has approved an Energy Ministry proposal for the Government to help shoulder the electricity bills of 22 million households for three months, back dated to March, to cushion…

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One million people disqualified from 5,000-baht subsidy lodge appeals

Over the past two days, about one million people, who were disqualified from receiving the Government’s monthly 5,000 baht hardship subsidy, have submitted their appeals, Mr. Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, secretary to…

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Hundreds of New Hampshire residents rallied outside the statehouse in Concord on April 18 to urge a quick end to the northeastern state’s virus-related stay-at-home rule. (AFP / Joseph Prezioso)

Hundreds protest against US virus rules

(AFP) Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across America against coronavirus-related lockdowns — with encouragement from President Donald Trump — as resentment grows against the crippling economic cost of confinement. An…

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PM reaches out to Thailand’s 20 richest people for help

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has appealed to Thailand’s 20 richest people for help by asking them to join the Government in steering the country through the crisis caused by…

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China says WHO has said no evidence coronavirus was made in a lab

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday the World Health Organization has said there is no evidence that the coronavirus that has infected more than 2 million people…

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PM apologizes for miscommunication about 5,000 baht subsidies

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has offered a public apology for his miscommunication, which has caused widespread public confusion, over the 5,000 baht monthly cash subsidy for people affected by business…

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FILE PHOTO: The skyline of the Beijing’s Central Business District rises behind people crossing a street during evening rush hour as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in China, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Pandemic to bring Asia’s 2020 growth to halt for first time in 60 years: IMF

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asia’s economic growth this year will grind to a halt for the first time in 60 years, as the coronavirus crisis takes an “unprecedented” toll on the…

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Ban on flights to Thailand extended to end of April

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has decided to extend the ban on all incoming flights, with certain exceptions, from April 19th to the end of this month. The…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks at the ASEAN Summit this morning. — Picture from the Government House

PM Prayut urges ASEAN’s joint efforts to fight Covid-19

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning called on ASEAN countries to mobilize the energies and efforts of all sectors to jointly fight the novel coronavirus which is ravaging more than…

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Patients and medical workers wear personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns outside the emergency room at NYU Langone Medical Center, Monday, April 13, 2020, in New York. 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/John Minchillo)

Virus cases about 2M worldwide; few new hot spots

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York’s coronavirus death toll topped 10,000 and the worldwide number of confirmed cases hovered around 2 million on Monday, even as the lack of fresh hot…

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Surgeon recalls Chulalongkorn Hospital’s first operation on COVID-19 patient

A surgeon at Chulalongkorn Hospital has shared, via Facebook, his first nerve-racking experience of operating on a patient infected with COVID-19.   Dr. Phuphat Vongwattanakit said, while it was the…

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A woman is loaded into an ambulance by paramedics in the Harlem neighbourhood of Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Speed of coronavirus deaths shocks doctors as New York toll hits new high

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York, the hardest-hit state in America, on Wednesday reported its highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in a single day with even veteran doctors and nurses…

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PM visits hotel based state quarantine facility

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today visited a group of Thais who have recently returned from the United States, including several exchange program students, at a designated state quarantine facility based…

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Pattaya under lockdown as of Thursday

Thailand’s famous resort city of Pattaya will be locked down from Thursday until further notice. Entry to the city will not be permitted and the movements of those living or…

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Phuket’s governor closes Karon and Rawai areas

Two more areas in Phuket, well known for their resort hotels and beautiful beaches, have been locked down, effective today until further notice, as the provincial administration escalates efforts to…

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(Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Global virus cases top a million, deaths surpass 50,000

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world soared past one million on Thursday and deaths topped 50,000 as Europe reeled from the pandemic and the United States reported…

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