Passengers attempt to observe social distancing as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as they ride in a BTS commuter train during rush hour in Bangkok on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

11 new COVID-19 cases today as lockdown to be eased from Monday   

Thailand has recorded 11 new COVID-19 cases for the second day, all in state quarantine facilities, but no new fatalities.    The CCSA, meanwhile, agreed to ease restrictions on 14 additional business and leisure…

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A woman wearing traditional face cosmetic has her temperature taken as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus at the central railway station in Yangon on March 19, 2020. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar editor jailed for 2 years over coronavirus error

A Myanmar news editor has been jailed for two years after his agency reported a coronavirus death that turned out to be false, his lawyer said Friday.   The country…

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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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Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the…

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WHO reports most coronavirus cases in a day as cases approach five million

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization expressed concern on Wednesday about the rising number of new coronavirus cases in poor countries, even as many rich nations have begun emerging…

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Passengers attempt to observe social distancing as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as they ride in a BTS commuter train during rush hour in Bangkok on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Seven new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand

Thailand reported seven new COVID-19 infections today (Friday). All are Thai citizens who are in state quarantine after returning from Pakistan. There were no new fatalities.   These new infections…

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A woman fills a “Pantry of Sharing” with goods in Bangkok on May 13, 2020, as community pantries around the country multiply amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

One new COVID-19 case recorded as committee considers easing curfew

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 infection today, bringing the cumulative total to 3,018, and no new fatalities.   CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin praised public health volunteers in the northern…

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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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A man wearing a face mask leaves a train station in the central business district of Sydney on May 13, 2020. – Australia’s federal, state and territory governments are gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions around public gatherings and businesses. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Nearly 600,000 Australians lose jobs as virus lockdown bites

Almost 600,000 Australians lost their jobs as the virus shutdown took hold in April, the steepest monthly drop since records began more than 40 years ago, data showed Thursday.  …

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‘Major’ mental health crisis looming from pandemic: UN

The coronavirus outbreak risks sparking a major global mental health crisis, the United Nations warned Thursday, calling for urgent action to address the psychological suffering brought on by the pandemic….

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People wait to file complaints for not yet receiving the 5,000 Thai baht (150 USD) financial assistance for those whose income is impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in front of the Public Relations Department in Bangkok on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

8 new COVID-19 cases take Thailand’s total to 3,000

Thailand’s accumulated COVID-19 cases reached 3,000 today, with 8 new confirmed cases being reported, up 6 from yesterday.   CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin told a news briefing today that…

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Hong Kong gyms, bars and cinemas reopen as virus measures ease

Hong Kong on Friday began to ease major social distancing measures with bars, gyms, beauty parlours and cinemas reopening their doors after the financial hub largely halted local transmissions of…

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Stories from the frontline of Thailand’s war on Covid-19

When one of her colleagues at a Covid-19 testing laboratory developed flu-like symptoms a few weeks ago, medical scientist Thitiya Kanthadong’s worst fear was not getting infected. Her heart 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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Thailand reports new seven coronavirus infections

Thailand recorded 7 new COVID-19 infections today, down two from yesterday, and the new cases are from the Active Case Finding (ACT) operation and among returnees in state quarantine.  …

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Hopes rise in virus battle as US scientists hail drug trial

US scientists have hailed a potential breakthrough in the coronavirus fight after a trial showed patients responding to an antiviral drug, fueling global hopes for a return to normal despite…

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Thunberg donates $100,000 to support children during pandemic

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated a $100,000 prize she won from a Danish foundation to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for use against the COVID-19 pandemic, the…

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People queue to each receive a 500 THB (15 USD) cash handout from an anonymous donor at the Wat Phra Sri Mahathat Woramahawihan Buddhist temple in Bangkok on April 24, 2020. – The anonymous donor gave away cash to some 1,000 people affected by the restrictive measures related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic in Thailand. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s COVID-19 infections have increased by 15

Thailand’s COVID-19 infections have increased by 15 today, while the number of in-patients has dropped to 314, with 60 more recoveries.   No fatalities have been reported today, as the…

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Philippines extends capital’s coronavirus lockdown to May 15

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended until May 15 a lockdown in the capital Manila, his spokesman said on Friday, stretching to eight weeks one of the…

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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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Stranded Thai citizens wearing face masks wait for officials to check their documents at the customs checkpoint in Sungai Kolok in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on the Thailand-Malaysia border on April 18, 2020, as part of strict measures to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. – Thai authorities reopened the border posts to allow Thai workers to return in batches begining April 18, and undergo qurantine procedures after the two countries imposed restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by MADAREE TOHLALA / AFP)

Thailand reports 13 new infections today, no lockdown relaxation yet

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infection rate fell to 13 today, but it is unlikely that the lockdown restrictions will be relaxed on May 1st, as had been hoped, in the 32…

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14 more crew have virus on cruise ship docked in Japan

At least 48 crew aboard a cruise ship docked in the Japanese city of Nagasaki have tested positive for coronavirus, local authorities said Thursday after confirming 14 additional cases.  …

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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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Prayut’s commanding style does not work in a crisis

Leaders across the world are fighting the same battle – curbing the Covid-19 contagion – but not all have been successful. A key reason for leaders’ success or failure lies…

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Jakarta extends restrictions ahead of Ramadan

BANGKOK (AP) — Social restrictions in Indonesia’s capital have been extended as Muslims in the world’s most populous Muslim nation prepare for a month of fasting.   Jakarta Gov. Anies…

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Members of the Thai police forces distribute free facemasks and food to poor people amid restrictions set up to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on April 9, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Daily new infections in Thailand slow to 50, PM to issue statement

The daily rate of new COVID-19 infections in Thailand continue to slow, to 50 from yesterday’s 54, as the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is considering extending financial help…

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Global virus death toll passes 94,000, but some signs of hope

Another horror day of the coronavirus pandemic saw the global death toll pass 94,000, although there were tentative signs of hope that the crisis was peaking in the United States…

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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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Tighter measures considered as COVID-19 infection rate remains unsatisfactory

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand took a nosedive from 111 yesterday to 54 today, as two more related deaths, both elderly people, were officially recorded.   The CCSA’s spokesman, Dr….

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To mask or not to mask: East and West have different views

As the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, scientists have highlighted an anomaly: while the number of infections and fatalities continues to rise in the West, the contagion is gradually subsiding…

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WHO head defends handling of coronavirus pandemic against Trump criticism

GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization gave a strident defence of his agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, in response to U.S. President Donald…

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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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A street vendor (L) and a man with a toddler wear face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as they walk along a street in Bangkok on April 2, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Thai government may impose 24-hour curfew

The Thai government may impose a 24-hour curfew, if the rate of new COVID-19 infections does not slow substantially to a satisfactory level, after a week of the 10pm-4am now…

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Well known investment banker Pakpoom Vallisuta dies of COVID-19

Mr. Pakpoom Vallisuta, Chairman of the Quant Group, Thailand’s leading investment banking advisors, has died of COVID-19.   As a financial advisor to the Charoen Pokphand Group on the acquisition…

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Passengers wearing facemasks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus wait for their train at the Central Railway Station in Bangkok on March 31, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

120 new COVID-19 cases reported as infection rate slows

Thailand’s 120 new COVID-19 infections today means the rate of spread has fallen for the fourth consecutive day, bringing total infections in the country so far to 1,771, according to…

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Putin sending medical supplies to help U.S. fight coronavirus

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is sending the United States medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov….

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Update of COVID-19 as of April 1st, 2020

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Coronavirus worst crisis since WWII, UN boss says as deaths surge

The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic continued to worsen Wednesday despite unprecedented lockdowns, as the head of the United Nations sounded the alarm on what he said was…

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Thailand’s parliamentary opposition pledges full cooperation in fight against COVID-19

Thailand’s opposition parties have promised full cooperation with the Government in the fight to win the battle against COVID-19.   Opposition and Pheu Thai party leader Sompong Amornvivat said today…

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Thailand reports 136 new COVID-19 cases as new infection rate slows

The rise rate of new COVID-19 infections in Thailand has slowed down over the past three days, from 143 on Sunday to 136 on Monday and 127 today. Medical experts…

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Update of COVID-19. as of March 31th, 2020

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Pandemic to throw millions into poverty: World Bank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is expected to sharply slow growth in developing economies in East Asia and the Pacific as well as China and throw millions into poverty,…

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A happy reunion for 6 recovered COVID-19 patients as they re-join their families

The Jana Community Hospital, in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, discharged six COVID-19 patients today. All are fit and well and ready to return to their families.   The hospital…

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Concern over risk of increased infections transmitted by Thais returning from high-risk areas

A senior doctor at the Disease Control Department (DCD) has expressed serious concern over the risk of a further spread of COVID-19, due to infections among Thais returning from high-risk…

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Thailand reports 136 new COVID-19 cases, PM repeats call for social distancing

As COVID-19 infections continue to rise, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm has again told people to stay at home, practice social distancing and avoid all social activities, or face harsher…

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Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe’s cities cleaner air

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still…

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Grim forecast of coronavirus infections refuted by senior health official

A senior doctor at Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD), has dismissed as “very unlikely” the grim forecast by some doctors that by April 15th COVID-19 infections in Thailand will reach…

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A man walks his dog in Barcelona on March 27, 2020 during a national lockdown to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. – The death toll in Spain soared over 4,800 after 769 people died in 24 hours, in what was a record one-day figure for fatalities in the country. (Photo by Pau Barrena / AFP)

Spain coronavirus outbreak ‘close to peaking’

The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged over 5,600 on Saturday after a record 832 people died in 24 hours, as  officials said the epidemic appeared to be close to…

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India needs at least 38 million masks to fight coronavirus

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

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

Virus infections top 600,000 globally with long fight ahead

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

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‘I struggled to breathe:’ Dybala reveals coronavirus nightmare

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

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All banks in shopping malls and hypermarkets closed today and tomorrow

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

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More public venues in Bangkok face closure

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

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

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

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

In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close

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

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Thai army officers involved in boxing event transferred to inactive posts

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

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Thai chef in NYC dies of COVID-19

A Thai chef, working at a Thai restaurant in New York City, died of COVID-19 today.   A Facebook post, by a compatriot in New York City, reported that the…

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Prayut: I am in charge of this mission

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

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

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

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

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

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THAI suspends all operations until May 31st

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

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Masks a must for all train passengers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Covid-19: Nearly one billion confined to homes

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

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Only collective action will prevent a lockdown — Anutin

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

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Thailand reports 50 new COVID-19 cases Friday, including a 6-month old baby

Fifty new COVID-19 cases were reported Friday morning, by the Thai Ministry of Public Health, including a six-month old baby, the country’s youngest victim to date. This brings the total…

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

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

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

Trump focuses attention on possible coronavirus treatments

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

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Chachoengsao governor orders 224 people into home quarantine

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

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Stringent restrictions imposed on airline arrivals in Thailand

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

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

Olympic flame lands in Japan as doubts grow over Tokyo Games

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

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California governor orders entire state to stay at home

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

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

Wuhan reports no new virus cases, offering hope to world

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

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Australia, New Zealand move to seal borders to curb virus

Australia and New Zealand moved to seal off their borders Thursday, announcing unprecedented bans on entry for non-residents in the hope of stemming the rise of COVID-19 infections.   Prime…

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Emerging infectious diseases expert warns “Time is running out for Thailand”

Chulalongkorn University’s Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases chief, Dr. Thiravat Hemachudha, has warned the Thai government that time is running out for Thailand if it does not immediately close its…

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FILE- In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant watches during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Durant is among the four Brooklyn Nets who have tested positive for the new coronavirus. A backlash roiled across social media Wednesday, March 18, as several celebrities and professional athletes revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didn’t have a fever or other tell-tale symptoms. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

Celebrities get virus tests, raising concerns of inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes faced a backlash this week as many revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didn’t have a…

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Foreigners can claim medical expenses from state for virus treatment in Thailand

Foreign visitors, who are treated for COVID-19 in Thailand, and those who are placed under investigation pending COVID-19 test results, will have the right to claim back the medical expenses…

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In this March 14, 2020, photo, a security personnel views a thermal screening monitor as visitors enter Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. As the virus outbreak spreads ever further, it’s becoming clear that some strategies are more likely to succeed in containing it: pro-active efforts to track down and isolate cases, access to basic, affordable public health and clear, reassuring messaging from leaders. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

Best strategies against virus: Track, isolate, communicate

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore, a tiny city-state of less than 6 million people, had one of the earliest and biggest clusters of cases of the coronavirus in early February, before…

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Army personnel and volunteers cleaning up areas around Rajprasong Intersection early Thursday morning.

Thailand’s army launches anti-COVID-19 clean-up in the capital

Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong has ordered troops of the First Army Region to clean roads and footpaths throughout Bangkok every night until March 31st.   The big clean-up, using…

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Police said some 10,000 Muslims gathered in an open field in Raipur town in southern Bangladesh to pray “healing verses” from the Koran to rid the country of the deadly novel coronavirus

Massive Bangladesh coronavirus prayer gathering sparks outcry

A massive coronavirus prayer session with tens of thousands of devotees sparked an outcry in Bangladesh Wednesday as the South Asian nation reported its first death from the global pandemic….

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British schools struggle to stay open amid coronavirus outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) – Schools across Britain were struggling to stay open on Wednesday, with some forced to partially or fully close as staff and students stayed at home because of…

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Governments grapple with virus border closures, lockdowns

BERLIN (AP) — Governments grappled Wednesday with how to implement border closures, travel restrictions and lockdowns that have caused transportation chaos and imperiled economies, but which authorities say are needed…

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Commentary: COVID-19 realigns everyone’s priorities

What humans young or old assume to be “important” are going out one by one. Some stock market activities have been suspended. Sport events around the globe, with enormous commercial…

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35 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing total in Thailand to over 200

The Thai Ministry of Public Health today reported 35 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 212.   In the north-eastern province of Khon…

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the coronavirus (COVID-19) response with tourism industry executives in the Cabinet Rooom of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Trump presses for $1 trillion stimulus as U.S. coronavirus deaths cross 100

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration pressed on Tuesday for enactment of a $1 trillion stimulus package, possibly with $1,000 direct payments to individual Americans, to blunt the economic…

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Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin (R) and Philip Wen walk through Beijing Capital Airport before their departure on February 24, 2020. – Two Wall Street Journal reporters left China on February 24 after being expelled over a controversial headline in an op-ed that angered Beijing. Three reporters were ordered out of the country last week over what Beijing deemed a racist headline that the journalists were not involved in writing — marking one of the harshest moves against foreign media in years. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China expels US journalists in biggest crackdown in years

BEIJING (AFP) — China on Wednesday expelled American journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal in the communist government’s most severe move against…

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Govt risks losing trust in war against virus with poor communication

Public outcry about the government’s handling of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has been growing louder, and the reason is clear – poor communication.   And the latest package of…

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Covid-19: Entertainment venues to be closed for 14 days, sporting events suspended

All entertainment places in and around Bangkok, including pubs, massage parlours, nightclubs and movie houses, will be closed for two weeks as part of the government’s attempts to curb the…

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Covid-19: Entertainment, sports venues to be closed for 14 days

All entertainment places and sports venues in and around Bangkok, including pubs, massage parlours and nightclubs, will be closed for two weeks as part of the government’s attempts to curb…

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Thailand reports 30 new COVID-19 cases

Thirty new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Thai Ministry of Public Health this morning, bringing the total number of infections in Thailand to 177.   The ministry said that…

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Pakistan PM warns new virus may devastate developing nations

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister said Monday he fears the new coronavirus will devastate the economies of developing nations, and warned richer economies to prepare to write off the…

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Malaysia closes borders, schools and businesses as virus tally climbs

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia will shut its borders to travellers, restrict internal movement, close schools and universities and order most businesses to shut after its number of coronavirus cases…

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Coronavirus ‘not under control’ – Trump

US President Donald Trump acknowledges pandemic may send US economy into recession and suggests nation may be dealing with virus until “July or August.”   The White House on Monday…

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Medical workers in overalls stretch a patient under intensive care into the newly built Columbus Covid 2 temporary hospital to fight the new coronavirus infection, on March 16, 2020 at the Gemelli hospital in Rome.

Europe locks down as global virus panic spreads

European leaders are set to ban non-essential travel into the continent on Tuesday, the latest drastic attempt to curb the coronavirus pandemic that has upended society, battered markets and killed…

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UK closes down social life as coronavirus outbreak accelerates

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday shut down social life in Britain and ordered the most vulnerable to isolate for 12 weeks, ramping up the battle against…

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Covid-19: Mass gatherings banned, Songkran holiday postponed

The Prayut government today announced a series of measures aimed at containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus that will include a ban on mass gatherings and the postponement of…

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Buri Ram partially locks down the province to stem COVID-19 spread

Buri Ram has become the first province in Thailand to announce a partial lockdown to restrict the spread of COVID-19.   Governor Tatchakorn Hatthathayakul, who ordered the measure, said that,…

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