Headstones in Calvary Cemetery in the Borough of Queens on March 31, 2020 in New York. – A military hospital ship arrived in New York on March 30, 2020 as America’s coronavirus epicenter prepares to fight the peak of the pandemic that has killed over 2,500 people across the US. The navy’s 1,000-bed USNS Comfort entered a Manhattan pier around 10:45 am (1545 GMT). It will treat non-virus-related patients, helping to ease the burden of hospitals overwhelmed by the crisis. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

Global virus cases near million as US records youngest death

A six-week-old baby died of COVID-19 and global agencies warned of food shortages as coronavirus infections around the world neared one million Wednesday. Governments expanded lockdowns to affect about half…

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Home alone: Strain of being away from office and colleagues

Khajorn Chiaranaipanich noticed his staff were posting odd messages and complaints on social media about a week after they were instructed to work from home in line with moves to…

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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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A Samaritan’s Purse crew and medical personnel work on preparing to open a 68 bed emergency field hospital specially equipped with a respiratory unit in New York’s Central Park, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in New York. 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/Mary Altaffer)

Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — With refrigerated morgue trucks parked on New York City’s streets to collect the surging number of dead, public health officials projected Tuesday that the coronavirus could…

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People have their temperatures checked amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the immigration post in Myawaddy near the Thai border on March 23, 2020, as thousands of people crossed from Thailand as the border crossings were due to close because of the growing pandemic. – Tens of thousands of migrant labourers from Laos and Myanmar flooded bus stations and border crossings in Thailand on March 23, defying requests to stay put to prevent exporting infections of the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by STR / AFP)

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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Now, the bright side

Losing jobs hurts, and the knife is being arguably twisted with the state of emergency. Staying home, having repeated or sloppily-cooked menus and watching TV around the clock can be…

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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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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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(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 17, 2020, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva speaks in Washington, DC. – The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, Georgieva said on March 27. 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

IMF chief: ‘Clear we have entered recession’

The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Friday. “It is clear that…

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A member of the Royal Thai Police takes a food delivery rider’s temperature as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Bangkok on March 26, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand reports 109 new COVID-19 cases as PM urges Thais to stay home

Thailand reported 109 new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), bringing total infections in the country to 1,245, and one more fatality, bringing the official national death toll to six. Dr. Anupong…

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Thais show generosity and ingenuity to outwit deadly virus

As fear of catching Covid-19 grows, many Thais are doing what they can to help the country pull through this crisis – whether they are celebrities or just ordinary people…

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In this March 26, 2020, photo, tourists play on a beach in Phuket, Thailand. Tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Penny Wang)

Tourists stranded in Asia by canceled flights, shut borders

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — From the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand to the foothills of Mount Everest, tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as…

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A general view shows Pope Francis (C) presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church, to be concluded with the Pope giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, on March 27, 2020 at St. Peter’s Square the Vatican. (Photo by YARA NARDI / POOL / AFP)

Pope faces coronavirus ‘tempest’ alone in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter’s Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith. “Thick…

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Customs officers in protective suits are seen near a Sichuan Airlines aircraft on the tarmac of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport following a global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China March 26, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS

China’s Xi offers Trump help in coronavirus fight as Wuhan reopens to traffic

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that he would have China’s support in fighting the coronavirus, as Wuhan, the Chinese city…

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Tourists arrive to visit the Milan Cathedral on March 2, 2020. – The Duomo reopens, for the first time since the coronavirus crisis in the Italian Lombardia northen region. Since the Covid-19 outbreak in Italy, the epicentre of the virus in Europe, Milan is strongly hit by economic downturn, causing residents and business owners concern. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

There is no “Italian coronavirus” – Italian envoy

There is no new strain of coronavirus originating in Italy as claimed by a Thai doctor, according to the Italian ambassador to Thailand. A senior Thai health official also dismissed…

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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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Stay home or face lockdown – supreme commander

Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri today issued a stern warning to all Thai people to stay home and to practice strict social distancing to avoid…

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Army chief orders probe into Lumpini boxing event blamed for COVID-19 spread

The Army has ordered an investigation into the alleged involvement of senior army officers in organizing the “Lumpini Champion Kiatpetch” Thai boxing event at the Lumpini boxing stadium on March…

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Khlong Saensaeb boat service to stop from Friday until further notice

The boat service on Khlong Saensaeb, a popular travel alternative for Bangkok’s commuters, will suspend operations indefinitely from tomorrow (Friday). Mr. Chavalit Methayaprapas, managing director of the Krobkrua Khonsong (2002)…

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Opinion: “I am in charge” – what does it mean?

After weeks of fumbling for answers to deal with the worsening coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally said what many had wanted to hear: “I am in charge.” But…

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Total COVID-19 infections in Thailand pass 1,000

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has exceeded 1,000, since the pathogen was first detected in the country in January, with 111 new cases being reported today by…

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Checkpoints spring up across Thailand to control inter-provincial travel

Road checkpoints, manned by police and military personnel, were set up across Thailand before dawn on Thursday to control inter-provincial travel, in a stringent measure authorized under the recently declared…

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A lone pedestrian crosses 14th Street dowtown as the US Capital is almost deserted by traffic during the 6pm usual rush hour in Washington on March 25, 2020. – Local authorities have decided to shut down all non-essential businesses from March 25th to April 24th to fight the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and avoid it’s spread. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)

Virus death toll passes 20,000, three billion under lockdown

More than three billion people around the world were living under lockdown on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000…

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Medical staff treat a COVID-19 coronavirus patient at a hospital in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province (Photo by STR / AFP)

Artificial intelligence may be pandemic lifesaver… one day

On December 30, researchers using artificial intelligence systems to comb through media and social platforms detected the spread of an unusual flu-like illness in Wuhan, China. It would be days…

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No curfew yet, but partial lockdown is here — Wissanu

The government has no plans for the time being to impose a curfew to stem the spread of the coronavirus but will stringently enforce restrictions on travel and gatherings as…

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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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In this March 23, 2020 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers disinfect a subway train in preparation for the restoration of public transport in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province. China’s health ministry says Wuhan has now gone several consecutive days without a new infection, showing the effectiveness of draconian travel restrictions that are slowly being relaxed around the country. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

China to lift lockdown in most of virus-hit Hubei province

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities said Tuesday they will end a two-month lockdown of most of coronavirus-hit Hubei province at midnight, as domestic cases of the virus continue to subside….

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Thai government declares COVID-19 state of emergency

The Thai government has declared a national state of emergency, effective form Thursday for a month, in an intensified attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus. The declaration is expected…

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People practice social distancing as they sit on chairs spread apart in a waiting area for take-away food orders at a shopping mall in hopes of preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Bangkok residents and living with ‘social distancing’

As much as they want to comply with the “stay at home” directive from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, many people that Thai PBS World talked to admitted that their routine…

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TDRI asks Govt. to support workers and SMEs affected by closures

Thailand’s economic think-tank, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), has proposed the Government directly help workers and their families and small enterprises affected by the closures, imposed by the authorities,…

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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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People have their temperatures checked amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the immigration post in Myawaddy near the Thai border on March 23, 2020, as thousands of people crossed from Thailand as the border crossings were due to close because of the growing pandemic. – Tens of thousands of migrant labourers from Laos and Myanmar flooded bus stations and border crossings in Thailand on March 23, defying requests to stay put to prevent exporting infections of the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Thailand reports 3 more COVID-19 fatalities

Thailand announced three more deaths caused by COVID-19 today, bringing the country’s death toll to four, as 106 new infections were confirmed, a drop from yesterday’s 122 and Sunday’s 188….

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It was the meeting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had on March 6 at the Government House with Thailand’s top medical experts that many believed helped set the government’s direction in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. – Photo from the Government House

“Team Thailand”: Elite medical squad at war with Covid-19

Thais are now pinning their hopes on “Team Thailand”, the term Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul coined to describe the panel of medical gurus tasked with defending the nation against…

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UK PM Johnson orders Britons: you must stay at home

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Britons on Monday to stay at home to halt the spread of coronavirus, imposing curbs on everyday life without precedent in peacetime….

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Thailand facing coronavirus from Italy which may be more virulent than the Asian virus

Thailand is fighting a war against COVID-19, because the coronavirus that infected over 50 boxing fans and, perhaps many more, came from Italy, which is more aggressive and dangerous than…

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Top 3 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 23, 2020

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A countdown clock for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is reflected in a puddle of water outside Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 2020. The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes Canada saying it won’t send a team to the games this year and the leader of track and field, the biggest sport at the games, also calling for a delay. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

As virus spreads, next casualty could be Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 24, 2020 Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City. – Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, US media reported on March 22, 2020. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus: report

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, US media reported Sunday. Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to…

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A woman and two children, all wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, leave a supermarket in Hadyai district in Thailand’s southern province of Songkla on March 22, 2020. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

“Future is in your hands” – health official, 122 new infection cases reported

Thailand has now reached a critical point which could see the country go either the way of several European countries that are being ravaged by the coronavirus outbreak or that…

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A picture taken March 18, 2020 shows Riyadh’s closed Tiba Trade Centre in the Saudi capital after the desert kingdom’s authorities decided to close shopping centres, restaurants and public gardens as well as suspend work in the private sector as a precaution against COVID-19 coronavirus disease. – Saudi Arabia called today for a ‘virtual’ G20 summit over coronavirus. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Saudi imposes curfew to curb coronavirus spread, UAE suspends passengers flights

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will impose a nationwide curfew starting on Monday after reporting a jump of almost a quarter in coronavirus cases, while the United Arab Emirates will…

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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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Tourists wearing masks take photos at Jewel Changi Airport, following the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore March 5, 2020. — Reuters pic

Singapore reports first two coronavirus deaths

Two patients in Singapore died from COVID-19 on Saturday morning  due to complications, the first deaths the republic has seen, the Straits Times reported. It said a 75-year-old Singaporean woman…

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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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A general view of the almost empty departure hall of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on March 11, 2020, as visitor numbers have plummeted in the region over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

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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Medical personnel at work in the intensive care unit of the hospital of Brescia, Italy, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Italy has become the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths, surpassing China by registering 3,405 dead. Italy reached the gruesome milestone on the same day the epicenter of the pandemic, Wuhan, China, recorded no new infections. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Italian death toll overtakes China’s as virus spreads

ROME (AP) — Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak eclipsed China’s on Thursday as the scourge extended its march across the West, where the United States and other countries…

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Mahathir Mohamad (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir in self-quarantine 

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is observing self-quarantine after coming into close contact with a member of parliament who tested positive for Covid-19, Malaysian media reported. “He is under…

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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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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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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The arrival area of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

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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Malaysia to ban citizens from travel abroad, foreign arrivals: PM

Malaysia will ban its citizens from travelling overseas and foreigners from entering the country in drastic measures announced by the prime minister Monday aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly…

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File photo from Thai Government

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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