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A nurse fills a syringe with a vial of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at the Pasteur Institute, in Paris, on January 21, 2021. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

A guide to Thailand’s largest ever vaccination programme

Prioritising both safety and speed as it faces a new wave of COVID-19 infections, Thailand is poised to launch its largest ever inoculation programme when the first batch of AstraZeneca…

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CCSA spokesman to quarantine after NBT anchor tests positive for COVID-19

CCSA spokesman, Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin, revealed today that he will be tested for COVID-19 and will self-quarantine, after a news anchor from Thailand’s state broadcaster NBT tested positive for the…

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Thailand finds 309 new COVID-19 cases today, mostly by proactive screening

Thailand recorded 309 new COVID-19 cases today (Friday), with no more fatalities, bringing the country’s total to 13,104 cases. There are 2,809 people currently receiving treatment, including 10 in a…

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Efficacy of vaccines may reduce after mass inoculation – Dr. Yong

The efficacy of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, tends to be lower when used in the field to inoculate millions of people, when compared to the results produced during clinical…

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Prayut Chan-O-Cha

Thai PM vows to work closely with the new US administration

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said Thursday that he is ready to work closely with US President Joe Biden and the US government, to bolster the long relationship between the two…

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A taxi driver waits for customers on an empty Khao San Road, once a popular tourist destination before the Covid-19 pandemic, in Bangkok on January 19, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Bangkok to ease restrictions on 13 types of business from Friday

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will ease the restrictions and allow 13 types of business to reopen from tomorrow (Friday), with strict disease control measures in place. Game Arcades; but…

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Exploring in a Covid world

Isolation is a new big thing for the travel of tomorrow Health declaration forms and virus tests. Quarantine-on-arrival (and on return) required. Most aircraftgrounded. Infection rates that change by the…

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People are seen in a slum along railroad tracks in downtown Bangkok on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s poor regions may be left behind in race for COVID-19 vaccines

Many municipalities’ eagerness to procure COVID-19 vaccines for their residents has roused suspicion of political motives and concerns about inequality between residents of richer and poorer areas. Local authorities have…

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Putting old-town Phimai back on the map

A university research group sets out to show off the oft-forgotten charms and culture of Phimai Once the crepe-like rice cake sitting on the filter cloth over the steaming pot…

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Biden rolls back Trump policies on wall, climate, health, Muslims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn on Wednesday, undoing policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, and making…

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Thailand’s Chai Nat province now free of COVID-19 as last eight patients recover

Thailand’s central province of Chai Nat has been cleared of COVID-19 infections after the last eight patients tested negative for the virus, with five of them being discharged from their…

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Prayut’s moment of truth arrives

The prime minister can be forgiven if he assumes that his previous problems were “political”, albeit ones that had more to do with ideology and power play than genuine well-being…

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Dr. Warong Dechgitvigrom, Thai Pakdee’s founder

Thai Pakdee group to become a political party – Dr. Warong

The pro-Monarchy Thai Pakdee group has decided to transform itself into a fully-fledged political party, to oppose the Kao Klai party and two anti-establishment groups, the Progressive Movement and the…

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Ratsadon guard wanted by police for allegedly false claim of abduction

A security guard for the anti-establishment Ratsadon group, who claimed to have been abducted by men he believed to be state officials, is wanted by police in Samut Prakan province…

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From beauty queen to TV anchor to psychiatrist – meet the latest ‘face’ of Thailand’s virus battle    

Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan has become the second former beauty queen to join the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s spokesperson team, tasked with updating the public on the mission to…

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A woman identified only by her first name Anchan, right, talks to her friend as she arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced the retired civil servant to a record 43.5 years in prison for insulting the monarchy by posting audio clips online of comments critical of the royal institution. (AP Photo)

Thai woman handed record four-decade jail term for lese majeste

A Thai woman accused of insulting the royal family was jailed Tuesday for more than 43 years, a legal rights group said, the harshest punishment ever handed out under the…

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BMA to propose easing of lockdown restrictions on Thursday

On Thursday, the communicable disease committee is scheduled to consider a proposal from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to ease lockdown restrictions on certain business and recreational activities. Deputy Bangkok…

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This photo illustration shows the Thai ‘MorChana’ contact tracing application on a smartphone in Bangkok on January 7, 2021, after Thai health officials encouraged people to use the tracking app to help curb the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Row over contact-tracing app threatens to blow hole in Thailand’s COVID defence

Thailand’s much-touted contact-tracing app, MorChana, risks losing its “national hero” status as questions emerge about its efficacy and transparency. Last Friday (Jan 15), the MorChana Volunteer Team abruptly announced the…

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Medical personnel take a nose swab at a Covid-19 coronavirus testing centre at a private hospital in Bangkok on January 8, 2021 after the Thai government imposed further restrictions due to the recent outbreak. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Expert explains why medics and the elderly are vaccination priorities

Thailand’s well known virologist, Dr. Yong Poovorawan, has explained why Thailand must prioritize COVID-19 inoculation of medical personnel and senior citizens. Dr. Yong, posting on his Facebook page, said the…

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This photo taken on March 14, 2020 shows a man busking in a face mask at an unusually-empty night market in Chiang Mai, as the number of visitors to the region has plunged due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Chiang Mai to reopen its night market this week

Chiang Mai is preparing to open its popular night market tomorrow (Wednesday), after no new COVID-19 cases have been recorded there for 6 consecutive days. Chiang Mai governor, Charoenrit Sanguansat,…

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This picture taken on January 27, 2012 shows a Buddhist monk looking at a board showing a map of a deep sea port project in Mayingyi, part of the Dawei Special Economic Zone development, a planned 50 billion USD deep sea port and factory development led by a Thai industrial giant, in southern Myanmar. Anger is growing in villages earmarked to be flattened for a huge industrial area in south Myanmar as activists step up the pressure amid signs that the project may be faltering. AFP PHOTO/SOE THAN WIN (Photo by Soe Than WIN / AFP)

Myanmar cancels Thai investment in controversial mega-port

Myanmar on Monday announced it was cancelling contracts with a Thai industrial giant to work on a controversial deep sea port project. The Dawei mega-project was touted as a way…

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A protester gives the three-finger salute at a demonstration against section 112, Thailand’s royal defamation lese majeste law, at Victory Monument in Bangkok on January 16, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Fresh push to abolish lese majeste law triggers fierce pushback from Thai establishment

Thailand’s heated debate over the lèse-majesté law has been revived, with supporters and detractors clashing on social media following the arrest of dozens of alleged violators in recent weeks. Some…

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First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Thailand this week

Thailand may get its first emergency shipment of COVID-19 vaccine this week, ahead of schedule, and vaccinations should be able to begin in February, according to Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general…

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Investigate every fatality among those vaccinated against COVID-19 – Dr. Yong

The deaths of people who die after being injected with COVID-19 vaccines are not always related to the vaccines. There is, therefore, a need to determine whether there is any…

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Reconciliation panel takes shape with 11 initial members

Eleven members have been appointed to the newly-formed reconciliation committee tasked with finding a solution to the ongoing political conflict. However, representatives from the opposition and anti-government protesters are so…

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369 new COVID-19 cases recorded today, but no more fatalities

Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) recorded 369 new COVID-19 cases today (Monday), the majority of which are in Samut Sakhon province, discovered through proactive screening. The latest infections…

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Thai author imprisoned for four years and 11 months on lèse majesté charge

An anti-Monarchy author was sentenced to four years and six months in prison this morning (Monday), by the Criminal Court, after he was found guilty of violating the country’s lèse…

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A policeman from a K-9 unit searches for anyone trapped under the rubble at Mitra Manakarra hospital in Mamuju on January 17, 2021, which was badly damaged in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake on January 15. – Members of a search and rescue team look for people trapped in the rubble at Mitra Manakarra hospital in Mamuju on January 17, 2021, which was badly damaged in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake on January 15. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Indonesian medics overwhelmed by quake casualties

Medics battled exhaustion and the risk of Covid-19 as they raced Monday to treat scores of people injured by a devastating earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. At least 81 people were…

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Policemen wearing face masks and shields as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, stand guard at a check point in an almost empty road on the eve of Christmas, in Manila on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Philippines says China to donate half a million Covid-19 vaccines

Beijing’s top diplomat pledged Saturday to donate half a million coronavirus vaccine shots to the Philippines, Manila officials said — despite growing resistance there to Chinese-made jabs over concerns about…

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Arrest warrants to be issued after Saturday’s Chamchuri mall explosion

Police are to issue warrants for the arrest of at least two people suspected of throwing a “ping pong bomb” onto a group of police officers in front of the…

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59 areas in Bangkok and suburbs polluted with excessive PM2.5 on Sunday

Air quality in Bangkok and its suburbs has slightly improved today, with 59 areas being affected by excessive PM2.5 dust, including Din Daeng Road which was identified as the most…

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Four injured by explosion in confrontation between police and protesters in Sam Yan area

Three anti-riot police officers and a reporter were slightly injured this afternoon (Saturday) when a missile, thought to be some type of explosive device, was thrown at a group of…

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Reconciliation committee ‘doomed to fail’ without participation from protesters

Though a reconciliation committee has now been established, critics say it has little chance of resolving Thailand’s ongoing political conflict when one side is absent from the panel.  Proposed by…

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Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin

Youths believed to have died of benzodiazepine overdose in ketamine powdered milk

Excessive levels of a substance in the benzodiazepine family, formerly marketed as “Valium” but now called Diazepam, has been detected in the bodies of some of the young Thais who…

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All hotels and resorts in Kanchanaburi to close due to latest COVID outbreak

Yesterday, the Governor of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, Jirakiat Poomsawat, issued an order to close all hotels and resorts immediately and until further notice, including businesses that function like a hotel….

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11 new COVID-19 cases in Rayong, anyone who visited Suan Mook market last week at risk

The Governor of Rayong, Channa Iamsaeng, announced this morning that 11 new COVID-19 infections have been found in the province, raising the number to 552. So far, only one COVID…

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Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat, the deputy national police chief

20 police and 10 officials implicated in trafficking illegal workers from Myanmar

About 20 police officers and 10 officials from other state agencies are suspected of being involved in the smuggling of illegal migrant workers from Myanmar into Thailand, said Pol Gen…

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Thailand’s CCSA gets a new spokeswoman

Towards the end of today’s CCSA briefing on the COVID-19 situation in Thailand, Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin introduced a new spokeswoman, Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan, who will be joining the team providing…

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Critics inject doubt over Thailand’s vaccine deal with China

As contagion-hit Thailand rushes to register two COVID-19 vaccines, a debate has sprung up about the efficacy of one of the candidates – China’s CoronaVac. Even the Global Times, a…

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271 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths recorded on Thursday

Thailand’s CCSA announced today that two new COVID-19 related fatalities have been recorded, bringing the national toll to 69. One was a 71-year-old British man with diabetes, thyroid and lung…

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Baby gets COVID-19 as concern grows over clusters in families and work places

A three-month old baby, in the Bang Bon area of Bangkok, has tested positive for COVID-19, apparently acquired from a family friend, as health officials voice concern over a rise…

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Law and the virus fail to halt Thailand’s ‘guerrilla’ protest movement

The new wave of COVID-19 has forced leaders of the anti-establishment movement to break from street rallies and focus instead on legal cases stemming from their campaign. As a result,…

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This photograph taken on January 4, 2021 in Paris, shows figurines next to a vaccine vial reading “Covid-19 vaccine”. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Pulmonologist suggests both Thais and migrants inoculated first dose within this year

Thai pulmonologist, Dr. Manoon Leechawengwongs, is suggesting that Thailand provides first dose inoculations to all Thais and migrants within this year, rather than half the country being inoculated with 2…

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(FILES) In this file photo a pharmacist fills a syringe to prepare a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for front-line health care workers at a vaccination site at Torrance Memorial Medical Center on December 19, 2020 in Torrance, California. – Canada announced on January 12, 2021 a deal to secure an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which would allow for more than half of Canadians to be inoculated before summer. The American and German pharmaceutical giants will also accelerate deliveries of their jointly-developed vaccine over the coming months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

PM will allow local administration to buy FDA-approved vaccines

Local government bodies in Thailand will be allowed to acquire COVID-19 vaccines using their own budgets, but the vaccines must be approved by the Food and Drug administration of the…

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Thailand records 157 new COVID-19 cases as virus spreads to 60 provinces

157 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded today (Wednesday), as the contagion spreads to 60 of Thailand’s 77 provinces, with Phitsanuloke being the latest to record its first case, according…

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About 1,400 Thais returning from Myanmar to be repatriated through Mae Sot

Thailand’s northwestern province of Tak is preparing for the arrival of some 1,400 Thai citizens, most of whom crossed the border illegally to work in casinos and entertainment venues in…

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Hair salons and motorcyclists affected by latest COVID outbreak

The latest outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting many businesses,mostly due to the stringent measures imposed by the government. Among such businesses are hair salons, where customers can only be serviced…

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Five pieces of misleading information about COVID-19

“Don’t believe everything you read” is good advice for all netizens, as we are still seeing a large amount of fake news being published online. Recently, COFACT Thailand has identified…

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654 bags of used medical gloves for resale seized by the police today

The Metropolitan Police Bureau and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today seized 654 bags of used rubber gloves, which were being repackaged as new medical gloves,from a warehouse in…

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Electricity, water and internet bills to be reduced to help public and SMEs

Thailand’s cabinet has resolved to launch a set of urgent relief measures, to help the public and SMEs, by boosting liquidity, increasing benefits for the unemployed and reducing the cost…

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This handout from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health taken and released on November 4, 2020 shows Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (C) visiting Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Nonthaburi province after Szijjarto tested positive for the Covid-19 novel coronavirus in Thailand. (Photo by Handout / THAILAND’S MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /THAILAND’S MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS –

Experts warn against Anutin’s push to ban free Covid treatment for illegal migrants

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has tossed an explosive question into the country’s ongoing battle against the COVID-19 outbreak: Should illegal migrant workers pay for their own treatment if infected?…

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A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walks past a sign for Covid-19 coronavirus testing at the Urban Institute for Disease Prevention and Control in Bangkok on January 11, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Thailand records 287 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration or CCSA has reported 287 new COVID-19 cases today, 278 of which are locally-acquired infections, 9 were imported, and there have been no new…

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A student passes through the inspection gate on the first day of the reopening of the International Pioneers School in Bangkok on June 16, 2020, following its temporary closure due to the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. – Some schools in Thailand have reopened as they adopted preventive measures such as social distancing and regular disinfection to halt the spread of the virus. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Millions of kids suffer ‘COVID slide’ as Thai education hit by new virus wave

The fresh wave of COVID-19 is threatening to plunge Thai students into a deeper “summer slide”, a recent report by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) suggests….

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273 crew members of a Thai aircraft carrier are being quarantined

In Sattahip district, in the eastern province of Chon Buri, 273 crew members on the Chakrinarubet aircraft carrier have been quarantined, in a building in Sattahip naval base, after two…

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Red ‘general’ Jatuporn no longer marching to Thaksin’s tune

The old saying “there are no permanent friends or foes in politics” has been proven true once again. Jatuporn Prompan, an activist/politician and a long-time loyal ally of the Shinawatra…

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Thai workers look at job advertisements displayed at the Labour Ministry in Bangkok.(Photo by PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP)

Household debt in Thailand highest in 12 years

COVID-19 can be blamed for pushing Thai household debt to its highest level in 12 years, around 480,000 baht per household, said The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce…

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This photograph taken on December 19, 2020 shows longtail boats moored at a beach on Koh Lipe island in the Andaman Sea. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Tourism sector propose debt moratoria and electricity subsidy

Thailand’s Tourism Council is calling for the government to help revive the industry urgently, grant long-term debt moratoria, and cut power bills for a year. Vice president of the council,…

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China is delaying imports of Thai produce from red-zone provinces

China’s custom authorities are imposing more stringent COVID-19 testing measures on imports, and there has been a big impact on Thai produce as some Chinese companies have not yet placed…

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249 new COVID-19 cases today, increase in middle-aged women getting infected

Thailand today has recorded 249 new COVID-19 cases, raising the cumulative total to 10,547 since early last year, including 6,090 cases since December 15th, when the first infection of the…

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Children’s Day YouTube video melts hearts, sparks hot debate on inequality 

With Children’s Day last Saturday (Jan 9) mostly limited to online activities due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a YouTuber stole the show with her video about poor kids in a…

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PM orders help to be sent to flood victims in Thailand’s 4 southern provinces

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern over the flooding in the country’s four southern provinces and has ordered manpower and materials to be rushed to the area. Government…

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Outspoken academic blames “COVID mafia” for second wave of COVID-19

In his post on www.thaipost.net on Sunday, former Thammasat University lecturer Kaewsan Atipothi claimed that the first wave of COVID-19 last year was the result of globalization and Thailand’s “close contact with the international community”, but the second…

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Health Minister mulls no free medical treatment for gamblers or illegal Thai immigrants

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has floated the idea of denying free medical treatment to Thais who cross borders illegally to work in Myanmar, only to return infected with…

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5 districts in Pattani declared public disaster zones as flood water rises  

Five districts of Thailand’s southern border province of Pattani have been declared disaster zones after the swollen Pattani River overflowed its banks. Water spilling from canals in Muang district has…

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SRT suspends weekend tourism and commercial train services until Feb 28th

From today (Saturday), until February 28th, the State of Railway of Thailand (SRT) has suspended 49 weekend tourism and commercial services, in line with the CCSA’s policy to discourage travel…

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The ‘MorChana’ contact tracing application on a smartphone.

A closer look at Thailand’s (non-mandatory) contact tracing apps

Two mobile applications, ThaiChana and MorChana, have become popular in Thailand after millions felt compelled to download them in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak early last year. The Centre…

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Police arrested 19 Rohingya in Pathum Thani

In Bangkok’s neighboring province of Pathum Thani, police arrested 19 Rohingya at a construction site in Bang Khu Wat sub-district in Muang district yesterday. Seven of them tested positive for…

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21 nabbed in a raid of illegal gambling den in a Pattaya condo

Police arrested 21 Thai and foreign gamblers in a raid on an illegal gambling den in a condominium building in Pattaya early this morning. Among those arrested are 14 Chinese,…

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Medical personnel register a security guard for Covid-19 coronavirus testing at a private hospital in Bangkok on January 8, 2021 after the Thai government imposed further restrictions due to the recent outbreak. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Communication breakdowns leave Thailand vulnerable to second virus wave

When it comes to staying safe from COVID-19, knowledge is power. However, Thais seeking clear guidance on the crisis were hit by yet another communication breakdown this week, as government…

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Residents walk along a road submerged by floodwaters in Mentakab in Malaysia’s Pahang state on January 8, 2021, following heavy monsoon rains. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Six dead, nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia floods

At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia after monsoon rains pounded the country’s east coast, authorities said Friday, causing what residents described as the worst flooding in…

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Almost 700 asymptomatic patients admitted to field hospitals for observation

686 asymptomatic COVID-19-infected patients have been admitted to field hospitals in Thailand’s Red Zone provinces of Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chon Buri and Chanthaburi for observation, said Dr. Veeravuth Imsamran, deputy…

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Thailand Politics

Thaksin’s top cop has a new mission – a corruption-free, developed Pathum Thani  

With fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as his role model, Pol Lt-General Camronwit Toopkrajank is on a mission to turn his hometown of Pathum Thani into a highly developed…

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Thailand recorded 205 new COVID-19 cases today, no fatalities

Thailand recorded 205 new COVID-19 cases today, 131 locally transmitted cases, another 58 being discovered through proactive screening, of which over 90% are asymptomatic. The rest are among those entering…

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Expert says construction of field hospitals necessary before hospitals overflow

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, Dr. Prasit Watanapa, said today that field hospitals are necessary, especially in areas experiencing increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections. These temporary…

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Loei closes schools and lottery market after finding more COVID-19 cases

Loei province has ordered all schools and a lottery market to close for 14 days after a family tested positive for COVID-19. One case in the province is a 78…

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Trump acknowledges Biden will be next president in wake of Capitol chaos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -As the threat of a second impeachment loomed, President Donald Trump acknowledged on Thursday that Joe Biden will be the next U.S. president, a day after his supporters…

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Not installing tracing app is not a crime, but concealing information is

Anuthin Charnvirakul, Thailand’s Public Health minister, said that, although it is a requirement, under a newly issued directive, for everyone to download and use the country’s tracing application, he understands…

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Picture of the waxing gibbous moon as seen from Montevideo on Christmas Eve on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Mariana SUAREZ / AFP)

Lunacy or great leap forward? Thailand’s first moon mission ignites fierce debate

Thailand’s first lunar exploration programme is scheduled to launch on January 13, though public debate on the moon mission has been raging since mid-December when it was unveiled by a…

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Thailand’s Buri Ram records its first COVID-19 case in 280 days

Thailand’s northeastern province of Buri Ram recorded its first COVID-19 case in 280 consecutive days on Wednesday, according to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin. The Facebook page of the Buri…

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Thailand records one fatality and 305 more COVID-19 cases

Thailand recorded 305 COVID-19 cases today (Thursday), bringing the national total to 9,636. There was also one more fatality, a bedridden 88 year old who was also suffering from cancer….

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Only essential travel allowed to and from 5 Thai provinces

An announcement in the Royal Gazette states that Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Trat, and Chanthaburi are designated as the highest level strict control zones and will see tougher travel…

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Over 900 workers at cannery in Samut Sakhon found infected with COVID-19

More than 900 employees of a seafood cannery in Thailand’s coastal province of Samut Sakhon have been found infected with COVID-19, Labor Minister Suchart Chomklin disclosed on Wednesday. He said…

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Governors told to prepare provincial field hospitals for worst case scenario

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has instructed all provincial administrations to prepare for the setting up of field hospitals in the worst case scenario, where hospitals become overwhelmed…

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KRC estimates ฿45bn economic loss in a month from new COVID-19 outbreak

Thailand’s second COVID-19 outbreak, which originated in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon on December 19th, may cause economic damage estimated at about 45 billion baht in just one month,…

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Meteorological Department predicts cold weather for Thailand on Friday through Sunday

An intense cold front from China is moving south and is forecast to cover the northern part of Thailand from Friday until Sunday, causing temperatures in the northern and northeastern…

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A woman wearing a face mask walks past golden Buddha statues in Bangkok on January 5, 2021, after the Thai government imposed further restrictions due to the recent Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Thailand records one more death in Samut Sakhon

Thailand has recorded one more COVID-19 fatality, bringing the total to 66 deaths, and 365 new COVID-19 infections today, bringing the national total figure to 9,331 cases. The fatality was…

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A medical worker administers a Sinovac Biotech vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus to a woman at a healthcare centre in Yantai, in eastern China’s Shandong province on January 5, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Thailand plans to inoculate at least 60 million people against COVID-19

The office of Thailand’s Prime Minister announced today that the cabinet has resolved to allocate about 1.2 billion baht for the first 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This first…

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Thailand hits vaccine accelerator as virus launches second surge

Battling a fresh outbreak of COVID-19, Thailand has decided to speed up its free nationwide vaccination programme. The first batch of vaccines supplied by Chinese vaccine developer Sinovac Biotech will…

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This photo illustration shows a mobile phone user displaying the TraceTogether application, used to aid contact tracing efforts relating to the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus situation, in Singapore on January 4, 2021. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore admits police can access contact-tracing data

Singapore has admitted data collected for contact-tracing can be accessed by police despite earlier assurances it would only be used to fight the coronavirus, sparking privacy concerns Tuesday about the…

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Visitors to 11 locations told to report to officials as alarm over COVID-19 grows

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) today asked anyone who visited areas in five provinces since December 15th to report immediately via the BKKcovid19 website so that city officials can contact them….

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Attendees at a New Year event Chiang Mai pub told to get COVID-19 tests

Customers who visited a popular pub in Chiang Mai province, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, have been told to report immediately to the Lanna and Nakhon Ping…

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Thailand’s vicious dilemma: to lockdown or not to lockdown   

Thailand is caught in a dilemma – impose a national lockdown to contain COVID-19 quickly and effectively, or keep the economy going despite the surge in cases. Amid record rises in…

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Five of Thailand’s coastal provinces placed under total lockdown

Thailand’s five coastal provinces of Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat have been placed under total lockdown, meaning travel in and out of the provinces is banned, unless…

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PM modifies Bangkok governor’s 7pm dine-in deadline to 9pm

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has adjusted the order of Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, mandating eateries in Bangkok to end dine-in service at 7pm, to allow customers to remain until 9pm….

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Cambodia reopens schools and museums after five week coronavirus lockdown

Cambodia on Monday (January 4) reopened schools, museums, entertainment venues, bars, and sports stadiums after a five-week lockdown aimed at curbing coronavirus infections across the country. Students could be seen…

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Central shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province.

COVID-19 infections jump to record high with 745 new cases in a single day

Thailand recorded 745 new COVID-19 cases today (Monday), the most in a single day since the virus reached Thailand, with the majority of the new cases being migrant workers. One…

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Korn urges government to use ฿600bn loan balance to ease impact of COVID-19

Thailand’s former finance minister Korn Chatikavanij has urged the government to make quick use of all available resources, particularly the 600 billion baht residue of two loans, to ease the…

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Thai PM imposes lockdown restrictions in 28 “Red Zone” provinces from Monday

A set of lockdown measures, which include travel restrictions, voluntary working from home, school closures, a ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and on all crowd-attracting activities, especially in 28…

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First four cases of UK variant strain of coronavirus found in Thailand

The fast-spreading variant of the virus which causes COVID-19, first identified in the UK, has been found in Thailand in a family of four Britons who arrived from Kent, in…

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Restaurant association to ask Thai PM not to ban customers from dining-in

The Association of Thai Restaurants is against a measure, proposed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), banning customers from dining in restaurants and food shops, claiming that this will further…

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