RT-PCR test requirement on arrival in Thailand to remain in place

The RT-PCR COVID-19 test requirement upon arrival in Thailand will remain in place in light of the emergence of the new “Omicron” COVID-19 variant in many countries, the Thai cabinet…

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A student steps over social distancing markers as they wait in line to undergo temperature checks as schools reopen due to the easing of restrictions after a temporary closure to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on February 1, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Weekly antigen COVID tests required by private schools in Thailand

Several parents have complained about the costs of weekly antigen COVID-19 tests being required by many private schools, even though they are not mandated by the country’s Education Ministry. The…

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Thai FDA joins hands with online platforms to curb sale of substandard ATKs

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) is cooperating with Lazada, Shopee and HDmall.com.th to protect shoppers from being duped into buying substandard antigen test kits (ATKs) from unscrupulous traders….

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Improper handling test kits may have led to false positives at Mukdahan school

The false positive results produced by COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits (ATKs) at Khamsoi Pittayasan School, in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Mukdahan, may be due to improper testing or storage…

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Thai Health Ministry to conduct random COVID-19 tests on students every two weeks

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health will conduct random COVID-19 tests, using rapid antigen test kits (ATKs), on 10-15% of students every two weeks to boost their confidence in vaccination, said…

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Hospitals in Nakhon Si Thammarat stop using China’s Lepu ATKs due to high error rate

The provincial health chief of Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat has ordered all state-run hospitals in the province to stop using the Chinese-made Lepu rapid antigen test kits…

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Cheap but quality ATKs to be available at GPO stores in Bangkok on Oct 18

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) will put two million quality rapid antigen test kits (ATKs) on sale to the public, for home use, at 40 baht per kit at its…

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Thai FDA changes rules to make antigen test kits more available and cheaper

Antigen rapid test kits (ATKs) for home use will become more easily available in stores and at more affordable prices after an announcement in the Royal Gazette, expected next week,…

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COVID-19 alert in Thai parliament after senator, 2 officials found infected

All of Thailand’s senators, MPs and parliamentary officials are being subjected to COVID-19 screening, with rapid antigen test kits (ATKs), before being allowed into the parliament building, from this morning…

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15,191 new COVID-19 infections and 18,721 recoveries recorded in Thailand on Saturday

Thailand recorded 15,191 new COVID-19 cases, 18,721 new recoveries and 253 more deaths today (Saturday), according to the COVID-19 Information Centre. Cumulative infections, since April 1st this year, are 1,339,281…

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8.5 million COVID test kits to be distributed for free across Thailand from Sep 16

8.5 million COVID rapid antigen test kits (ATKs) purchased from China will be distributed to members of the public free of charge, starting on September 16th. The National Health Security…

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Bangkok to conduct mass screenings at 29 large wet markets in the capital

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will launch mass COVID-19 screening, using rapid antigen test kits (ATKs), targeting about 19,000 vendors and workers at 29 of the largest wet markets in…

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ATK screenings planned for 800 markets and communities in COVID “dark red” provinces

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) will seek approval from the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for its plan to screen up to 200,000 people living in and around…

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House passes Thailand’s 37.6 billion baht public health budget in its second reading

Thailand’s House of Representatives passed the Public Health Ministry’s (MoPH) 37.6 billion baht budget for the 2022 fiscal year, in its second reading today (Saturday), by 242:124 votes,despite opposition MPs’…

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2,000 pharmacies in Bangkok sign up to help those in home isolation scheme

About 2,000 pharmacies have joined Bangkok’s home isolation program, under which they will provide antigen test kits (ATKs), medication and counselling to asymptomatic, mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients and those in…

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Rural Doctor Society asks PM to stop ATK procurement from China’s Lepu Medical Technology

Thailand’s Rural Doctor Society (RDS) is urging Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to stop the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) signing a contract with China’s Lepu Medical Technology, for the supply of…

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Samut Sakhon governor offers to quit if he can’t solve communication problem with COVID-19 patients

Samut Sakhon’s Governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri has volunteered to resign if his officials fail to contact COVID-19 patients, currently in community isolation facilities or pre-admission centres, within 24 hours of the…

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