An arriving passenger walks to the taxi queue area in a terminal of the Changi International Airport in Singapore (AFP)

Hong Kong, Singapore agree ‘travel bubble’

Hong Kong and Singapore on Thursday said they had agreed “in principle” to set up a bubble allowing residents to travel freely between the two financial hubs as long as…

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China to test whole city of 9m as Europe rolls out new virus rules

All nine million people in a major Chinese port city will be tested for Covid-19 following a tiny outbreak, health officials said Monday, as surging infection numbers in Europe force…

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11 schools in Mae Sot closed as health officials conduct random COVID-19 tests

Eleven municipal schools, in Mae Sot district of Thailand’s northwestern province of Tak, are closed today as health workers spray them with disinfectant. Meanwhile, health officials are conducting random COVID-19…

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Thailand records 15 new COVID-19 cases in quarantine

Fifteen new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in state quarantine, including six Thai soldiers returning from South Sudan, have been recorded in Thailand today, according to the CCSA. In addition to the…

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Border security with Malaysia increased to prevent spread of COVID-19

Security at the Thai-Malaysian border, especially along the Kolok River, has been increased, with more frequent patrols by troops and police aimed at preventing illegal migrants from slipping into Thailand,…

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Back to basics: how Covid-19 has changed our relationship with food

COVID-19’s appetite for swallowing up businesses has made everyone struggle and those who are escaping virtually unscathed are mainly new-generation food entrepreneurs who are taking advantage of what their predecessors…

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FILE – Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)

French-Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19

Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81. The family said in a statement…

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Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the President was admitted for treatment of COVID-19 on October 4, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. The President announced via Twitter early Friday morning that he had tested positive. Numerous other prominent GOP figures and members of Congress have also tested positive in the last few days. AFP

Trump criticized for leaving hospital to greet supporters

US President Donald Trump sparked an angry backlash from the medical community Sunday with a protocol-breaking visit to his supporters outside the hospital where he is being treated for the…

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Five new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand

Thailand has recorded five new COVID-19 cases among foreign arrivals and Thai returnees in state quarantine today. According to the CCSA, one is a 26-year old Filipino, who arrived in…

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Thailand records five new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine

Thailand has recorded five new COVID-19 cases today (Wednesday), including one Thai soldier returning from South Sudan and another Thai arriving from Kuwait, who had been infected by the virus…

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Signs prohibiting entry to the Royal Hotel, currently used as an alternative state quarantine (ASQ) hotel for people returning to the country from abroad in an attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, are seen displayed at the entrance of the building in Bangkok on September 28, 2020.

Thailand records 14 new COVID-19 cases today, including 7 Thai soldiers returning from South Sudan

Seven more Thai soldiers, returning from South Sudan, are among 14 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand today (Tuesday). According to the CCSA, the new infections, confirmed by tests conducted…

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File photo, workers from “Hevra Kadisha,” Israel’s official Jewish burial society, prepare a body before a funeral procession at a special morgue for COVID-19 victims in the central Israeli city of Holon, near Tel Aviv. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Worldwide grief: Death toll from coronavirus tops 1 million

Joginder Chaudhary was his parents’ greatest pride, raised with the little they earned farming a half-acre plot in central India to become the first doctor from their village. For the…

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Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank

Covid-19 and the world: It’s “death” versus “new life”

In the view of Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, the coronavirus pandemic has presented humanity with an opportunity to build a new world. “It’s a…

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Three new COVID-19 cases in quarantine recorded in Thailand

Thailand today recorded three new COVID-19 cases, all among Thais returning from abroad and isolated in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, two new infections are a 39-year old female…

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A waiter wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cleans a table outside a restaurant in Covent Garden, London on September 22, 2020.

Britain to impose new virus curbs as WHO issues grim warning

The British government announced fresh steps on Tuesday to try to stop a coronavirus surge in England, as the World Health Organization warned that new cases worldwide soared to record…

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Six new COVID-19 cases recorded in quarantine in Thailand

Thailand recorded six new COVID-19 infections today, all among Thais who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, two new cases are an 8-year…

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New grand plan to bring tourists back to Thailand in fallout of COVID-19

Thailand is preparing to welcome back foreign tourists – at least, those with deep pockets – from next month, with a strategy that seeks to restore its battered tourism sector…

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A health worker wearing protective gear collects a swab sample from a resident during a medical screening for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a police colony in Mumbai on September 16, 2020. – India’s total coronavirus cases passed five million on September 16, health ministry data showed, as the pandemic extends its grip on the vast country at an ever-faster rate. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP)

India virus cases cross 5 million in ‘worse than sci-fi’ pandemic

Coronavirus infections in India soared past five million on Wednesday, as a WHO envoy warned the pandemic was “still at the beginning”. Global cases are rapidly approaching 30 million, with…

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Ten new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine recorded in Thailand

Thailand today reports ten new COVID-19 cases, most are Thai arrivals from abroad in state quarantine, including a one-year old girl. According to the CCSA, the ten new infections arrived…

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Conflict over trucks operating between Thailand and Myanmar

Thai and Myanmar officials are in conflict over the operation of cargo trucks travelling between Thailand’s Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province and the Thachilek township in Myanmar. The…

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This photo taken on January 11, 2019 shows the river separating the town of Muse in Myanmar (foreground) and Ruili in China (background), as seen from Muse in Shan State [File: Ye Aung Thu/AFP]

China locks down city on Myanmar border over coronavirus

China has locked down a city on the border with Myanmar and will launch a mass coronavirus testing programme, officials said Tuesday, after a handful of infections were detected there….

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Two new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine recorded in Thailand

Thailand today has recorded two new COVID-19 cases among Thais returning from abroad and in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, the they are a 23-year old man and a…

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Chinese investment in Australia plunges as tensions mount

Chinese investment in Australia almost halved in 2019, new data released Monday showed, as relations between the two countries deteriorated. Researchers from the Australian National University said Chinese investment Down…

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A Japanese film producer is the only new COVID-19 infection in Thailand today

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case today (Wednesday), among returnees from abroad currently in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, the new case is a 38-year old Japanese film producer…

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Four French tourists allowed into Phuket as part of a trial reopening

Four French tourists recently arrived in Phuket on a private jet and were approved to enter Thailand by the CCSA, to test the readiness of COVID-19 preventive measures on the…

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Covid-19 vaccine trial paused after unexplained illness

Clinical trials of one of the most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccines, which is being developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University, were “paused” Tuesday after a volunteer developed an…

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One new COVID-19 case recorded in Thailand

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case in state quarantine today, according to the CCSA. The new infection is a 46-year old Indian man, who arrived from India on September 1st…

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Five new COVID-19 cases recorded today among those in quarantine

Thailand today recorded five new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine (SQ) in Bangkok. According to the CCSA, two of the new cases are French citizens, one is a three-year old…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of August 31, 2020

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British teacher in quarantine is only new COVID infection in Thailand

Thailand today recorded one new COVID-19 case in quarantine in Bangkok. According to the CCSA, the new infection is a 29-year old British language teacher working in Thailand.  She arrived…

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People walk in front of a child playing music on her electric keyboard in central Bangkok on July 24, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

No new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand today 

Thailand is free of new COVID-19 infections today, while three more people have recovered. According to the CCSA, cumulative infections remain at 3,411 whereas total recoveries have risen to 3,252…

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U.S. coronavirus deaths top 1,100 for a third day in a row

(Reuters) – The United States on Thursday recorded more than 1,100 deaths from COVID-19, marking the third straight day the nation passed that grim milestone as the pandemic escalates in…

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Australia’s Qantas airline to cut 6,000 jobs as virus hits

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Qantas plans to cut at least 6,000 jobs and keep 15,000 more workers on extended furloughs as Australia’s largest airline tries to survive the coronavirus…

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US virus outbreaks stir clash over masks, personal freedom

PHOENIX (AP) — When the coronavirus flared in China’s capital this week, Beijing canceled flights, suspended reopenings and described the situation as “extremely grave.” But with cases rising in some…

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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)

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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FILE PHOTO: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrives to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. Carl Court/Pool via REUTE

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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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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