NHSO’s home isolation program for COVID-19 patients ends Thursday

Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO), which has run the home isolation program for COVID-19 patients at a total cost of more than 150 billion baht, has decided to shut…

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

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

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

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

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People flock to buy cheap COVID-19 antigen test kits on sale at GPO offices

People flocked to Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) headquarters in Bangkok this morning (Friday), as the GPO began offering COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits (ATKs) for sale to the public at its…

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Mass vaccinations, tests, among measures to handle Omicron wave

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is rolling out four measures to cope with the new wave of COVID-19 infections, especially the Omicron variant, with an emphasis on slowing down the…

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Thailand to procure more COVID-19 test kits and speed up distribution amid new wave

To meet rising domestic demand, Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has instructed the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) to procure more rapid antigen test kits, or ATKs, and for the…

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Free COVID-19 tests at Bangkok’s Mor Chit bus and Hua Lamphong railway stations

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is providing free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to the public, until January 3rd, at Mor Chit bus terminal and Hua Lamphong railway station. Disease Control…

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71% of inmates in Phitsanulok prison found infected with COVID-19

The provincial prison in Thailand’s northern province of Phitsanulok has been closed to all visitors since Monday after 1,559 of the 2,190 prisoners there tested positive for COVID-19 using antigen…

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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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