10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 13, 2020

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

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WHO experts to visit China to plan COVID-19 investigation

BEIJING (AP) — Two World Health Organization experts will spend the next two days in the Chinese capital to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to investigate the origins…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 9, 2020

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Two new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand

Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 cases today, both Thais returning from abroad and in state quarantine, but no new fatalities. CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Panprapha Yongtrakul said that one is…

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Police in the southern New South Wales (NSW) border city of Albury check cars crossing the state border from Victoria on July 8, 2020 after authorities closed the border due to an outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus in Victoria. – With the city of Melbourne going into lockdown for the next six weeks, the entire state of Victoria will effectively be sealed off from the rest of the country with the state border to NSW closing on 08 July.

Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

Shoppers in Australia’s second-biggest city stripped supermarket shelves Wednesday as millions in Melbourne prepared for a return to virus lockdown, with warnings the new restrictions will cost the economy Aus$1…

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US withdrawal from WHO to take effect July, 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States will leave the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 6, 2021, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after receiving notification of the decision…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of July 3, 2020

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Thailand records two new coronavirus infections, no new deaths

Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, both among returnees from abroad, but no new fatalities. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the two new patients, Thai males…

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2.7 million in Thailand’s tourism sector redundant by September – TTIC

Confidence among Thailand’s tourism business operators fell to the lowest level in a decade during the second quarter of 2020, with about 2.6 million workers already out of work and…

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Two new quarantined COVID-19 cases are recorded in Thailand

Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 case today, both among returnees in state quarantine, but no new fatalities. According to the CCSA, the new patients are Thai men, aged 27 and…

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EU to allow in visitors from Thailand

Thailand is among 14 countries whose citizens are deemed “safe” to be let into EU from 1 July, despite the pandemic, according to BBC. It said the US, Brazil and…

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Thailand to allow limited number of foreigners into the country again

Thailand’s CCSA has agreed to reopen the country’s borders gradually, initially for six groups of foreigners and citizens from Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore and Hong Kong. CCSA spokesman Dr….

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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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Thailand records one new COVID-19 infection

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case today, among quarantined returnees from abroad, and no new fatalities. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the new patient is a 31-year old…

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Brazil judge orders Bolsonaro to wear a mask due to COVID-19

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A Brazilian judge ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public after the right-wing populist attended political rallies without one in the middle of…

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WHO reports largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases to date. New infections today were 141,794 with 3,636 fatalities. The United States is still leading…

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A client wearing a face mask leaves after getting a haircut at ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ hair salon and barber shop amid the coronavirus pandemic on June 22, 2020 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. – New York City begins Phase Two reopening on June 22, 2020 as people can eat outdoors at restaurants and barbershops and salons can also open at 50 percent capacity.

Former virus hotspot New York reopens as cases spike elsewhere

New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers Monday as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of June 22, 2020

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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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A man wearing a protective suit uses his phone at Beijing’s international airport on June 17, 2020. – Beijing’s airports cancelled more than 1,200 flights and schools in the Chinese capital were closed again on June 17 as authorities rushed to contain a new coronavirus outbreak linked to a wholesale food market.

Beijing cancels flights, shuts schools over new virus outbreak

Beijing’s airports cancelled two-thirds of all flights and schools in the Chinese capital were closed again on Wednesday as authorities rushed to contain a new coronavirus outbreak linked to a…

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Thailand records no new COVID-19 infections or deaths for third day

No new COVID-19 cases or deaths were reported in Thailand for the third day in a row on Wednesday. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said today that cumulative infections in…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of June 16, 2020

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Cabinet endorses three packages to revive ailing tourism industry

Thailand’s Cabinet today approved three packages intended to reboot Thailand’s declining tourism industry, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourist arrivals and revenues for the first quarter of this year…

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Game and internet café operators petition for resumption of business

Thailand’s internet and game cafés have petitioned the Government to allow them to resume operations after almost three months of closure. The operators said, in a letter to the Complaints…

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Many businesses ask customers, workers to waive legal rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — As businesses reopen across the U.S. after coronavirus shutdowns, many are requiring customers and workers to sign forms saying they won’t sue if they catch COVID-19. Businesses…

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A mask seller wearing a mask stands in a street market in Bangkok.

Thailand records no new COVID-19 cases or deaths

Thailand today has recorded no new COVID-19 cases and no COVID-19 related deaths. CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Pannapha Yongtrakul told a news briefing that the country’s cumulative infections to date…

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Govt plans to fly 690 Thais back from Egypt in July

The Thai government plans to send four flights to bring 690 Thai students and workers back from Egypt next month. Government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said today that Prime Minister Prayut…

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Thailand is ranked 2nd in global COVID-19 recovery index

Thailand is ranked second in the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI) after Australia, and first in Asia in the same index. Government spokeswoman Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat told the media on Sunday…

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Gavin Roberts wears his father’s police hat as he looks at the flag-draped casket of his father, Glen Ridge Police Department officer Charles Roberts, at his funeral service, after the 45-year-old father of three died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S., May 14, 2020.

U.S. coronavirus cases now over 2 million

(Reuters) – Total U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 2 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as health officials urge anyone who took part in massive protests for racial justice…

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Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand

Thailand today recorded 4 more COVID-19 cases, all are Thais recently returned from abroad and in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, one is a 44-year old Thai man who…

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Thailand records two new arriving COVID-19 cases

Two more COVID-19 cases among recent arrivals were recorded today, with no locally acquired infections reported for 15 days. CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Pannapha Yongtrakul said that one of the…

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WHO says pandemic ‘far from over’ as daily cases hit record high

GENEVA (Reuters) – New coronavirus cases had their biggest daily increase ever as the pandemic worsens globally and has yet to peak in central America, the World Health Organization (WHO)…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of June 8, 2020

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of June 5, 2020

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of June 4, 2020

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People enjoy the beach in Pattaya on June 1, 2020. – People flocked back to some of Thailand’s famed sandy beaches June 1, keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions for the first time in more than two months. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

CCSA identifies 12 activities which could have COVID-19 restrictions eased

Twelve potential business and leisure activities are next in line to resume in the fourth phase of lockdown easing in July, with CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin saying today that…

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Child nursery operators appeal for permission to reopen

Operators of more than 80 privately owned children’s nurseries today lodged an appeal with the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, through the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the PM’s…

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Kasikorn Research Centre adjusts 2020 growth forecast down to -6%

Thailand’s GDP for the whole of 2020 is forecast to contract by as much as 6%, instead of 5% as previously projected, according to the Kasikorn Research Centre (KRC). Ms….

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of June 2, 2020

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Customers eat in a food court at communal tables divided by plastic partitions in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thailand records one new COVID-19 case and one death

A Thai student, who returned from Saudi Arabia and is currently in state quarantine in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, is Tuesday’s only new COVID-19 case, bringing cumulative infections in…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of June 1, 2020

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An employee holds a face shield outside a cinema at a shopping mall in Bangkok on June 1, 2020, as movie theatres were reopened with social distancing guidelines following closures due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Single new COVID-19 infection recorded in Thailand

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case and no new fatalities today (Monday). CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the new patient is 43-year old Thai woman, who arrived from…

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Four new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand Sunday, no fatalities

Thailand today recorded four new COVID-19 cases, all are Thais in quarantine after returning from abroad. CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Panprapha Yongtrakul said today that, since Thailand banned on all…

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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 child wearing a face mask is carried into a train station at rush hour in Bangkok on May 25, 2020, as Thais continued their return to work following the lifting of restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Thailand records 11 new coronavirus infections

After a short respite, new COVID-19 infections in Thailand jumped back into double digits today, with 11 new cases. Cumulative infections in the country are now 3,065, with 11 more…

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How future of Thai politics will be like

Political analysts must primarily take stock of two things, which include a recent opinion poll predicting that “post-COVID-19 politics” will be very heated, and an admission by a former red-shirted…

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Office workers wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk to work in Bangkok, Thailand

Three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand

Thailand today recorded three new COVID-19 cases, but no fatalities. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin told a news briefing today (Tuesday) that all three new cases are Thais who have…

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FILE PHOTO: Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

WHO warns of “second peak” in areas where COVID-19 declining

Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said…

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Dr. Panprapa Yongtrakul becomes the new face of the CCSA.

From beauty queen to new face in Thailand’s COVID-19 battle

Crowned Miss Thailand 2008, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul returned to the spotlight last week as assistant spokeswoman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Her task in this new position…

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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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Infections in Brazil, already the third-highest globally, are climbing by the thousands, with the outbreak in the world’s sixth-largest country expected to accelerate and not peak until early June

Brazil virus deaths surge as pandemic bites in Latin America

Brazil saw its highest number of coronavirus deaths yet Tuesday as, more than four months after COVID-19 first emerged in China, the force of the pandemic was beginning to hit…

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Thailand may have its own COVID-19 vaccine next year

Thailand may have its own coronavirus vaccine next year, as the country makes progress in curbing the spread of the contagion, with one new case recorded today and no fatalities….

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WHO faces virus probe after Trump threat

The World Health Organization agreed Tuesday to launch an investigation into its coronavirus response, as Beijing accused Washington of shirking its responsibility after President Donald Trump threatened to quit the…

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Thai GPO to produce anti-viral Favipiravir next year

Thailand is expected to be able to produce the anti-viral drug, Favipiravir, early next year, Mrs. Nanthakarn Suwanpidokkul, a special specialist attached to the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), said today….

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Trump threatens to halt WHO funding, review U.S. membership

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider…

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A woman wearing a facemask smiles in a shopping mall as it reopened after restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus were lifted in Bangkok on May 18, 2020.

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand

Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 infections today and no new fatalities. Cumulative cases in the country, to date, are 3,033, with 2,857 recoveries and 56 deaths. The two new cases…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask passes by a billboard depicting Chinese President Xi Jinping as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Belgrade, Serbia, April 1, 2020. The text on the billboard reads “Thanks, brother Xi”. Picture taken April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic/File Photo

China’s Xi says supports WHO probe when COVID-19 controlled

China supports a comprehensive review of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic led by the World Health Organization (WHO) after the virus that causes the disease is brought under…

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with resturant executives in the State Dining Room of the White House May 18, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Trump reveals he is taking hydroxychloroquine

President Donald Trump on Monday made the surprising revelation that he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that his own government experts say is not suitable for fighting the novel…

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People stand in line to enter the Siam Paragon shopping mall as it reopened after restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus were lifted in Bangkok on May 17, 2020.

Over 2.6 million shoppers download Thai Chana virus tracing app

More than 2.6 million shoppers have registered for and downloaded the Thai Chana mobile application, following its launch yesterday to coincide with the second phase of resuming businesses and leisure…

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FILE PHOTO: A woman walks outside the Royal Palace which has being closed for visitors as precaution against the coronavirus outbreak in Phnom Penh, Cambodia March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Cindy Liu

Cambodia says all COVID-19 patients recovered, no new cases for a month

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia’s last patient with the new coronavirus has recovered and left hospital, leaving the Southeast Asian country with zero cases, the health ministry said on Saturday,…

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Zero new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand today

Thailand enjoys another day free from new COVID-19 infections and fatalities, the second time this week. A beaming CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that, two months after Thailand reported…

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Can COVID-19 kick-start long-distance learning?

The debate over when Thailand’s schools should reopen has become highly politicized, but it has also led to an intriguing question of whether Thai students are prepared for an increase…

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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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PM thanks Thais for making zero new infections today a reality

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked the Thai people for their collective efforts in making it possible for Thailand to achieve no new COVID-19 infections today. In the meantime, he…

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An aerial picture taken on May 12, 2020 shows a face mask placed on the face of a giant Buddha statue at Wat Nithet Rat Pradit temple in Pathum Thani outside Bangkok, as the country deals with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus situation.

Zero new COVID-19 deaths or infections reported in Thailand

For the first time since January 13th, when Thailand recorded its first COVID-19 case, no new infections or fatalities have been reported in the country today (Wednesday). “Today, there are…

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov visits the Dream Island amusement park ahead of its upcoming inauguration in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Shamil Zhumatov/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian president’s spokesman hospitalized with coronavirus

MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, the latest in a series of setbacks for President Vladimir Putin as Russia struggles to contain the…

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A worker disinfects a bench at Westmead Hospital amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australians told to ‘maintain vigilance’ as coronavirus curbs eased

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australians need to stay on guard against new outbreaks of novel coronavirus as mobility restrictions are eased across the country this week, authorities said, as the death…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 19, 2020 Dr Lars Falk is pictured with protective clothing in a ward with COVID-19 patients at the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) department in the Karolinska hospital in Solna, near Stockholm, Sweden, on April 19, 2020 during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. – From the hospital ward and the distress of patients dying, to the home front full of fear of infecting their own families, medical workers face gut-wrenching daily decisions more than ever in the fight against the coronavirus. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)

As countries begin reopening, US virus expert warns of dangers

France began reopening schools on Tuesday and Russia and India started getting back to work as the top US infectious disease expert warned that relaxing coronavirus lockdowns too quickly could…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of May 12, 2020

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A health worker in protective clothing give s thumbs up from behind a plastic partition as she prepares to collect nasal swab samples to test for the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Thai health workers started testing community of about 1600 people of Klong Toey slum at a nearby Buddhist temple.

Thailand records just two new COVID-19 cases

Two new COVID-19 infections were recorded in Thailand today, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 3,017, according to the daily update on the pandemic situation by the CCSA. The death…

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How superpowers probably helping COVID-19

Two heads are better than one, goes a universal proverb. Which can also mean that two superpowers must be better than the rest of the world when it comes to…

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Europe, New York start emerging from lockdown as fresh cases hit Asia

Swathes of Europe as well as New York began the long process of reopening from coronavirus lockdowns on Monday, but a resurgence of infections in China and South Korea offered…

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“Pantry of Sharing” campaign unlocks Thais’ spirit of generosity

The Pantry of Sharing initiative has spurred Thais’ willingness to help out those in need. It remains to be seen, though, whether this new spirit of giving will last amid…

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People eat their lunch in a food hall implementing social distancing after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

CCSA to draw up a list of business and leisure activities which can resume

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is likely to decide on Friday on a full list of business and leisure activities which will be allowed to resume, as part…

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China’s Wuhan reports first coronavirus cluster since lifting of lockdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wuhan, the original epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, reported on Monday its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the central Chinese city…

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Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, among others, greet visitors at Shanghai Disney Resort as the Shanghai Disneyland theme park reopens following a shutdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

Shanghai Disneyland re-opens after three-month closure due to coronavirus

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co reopened its Shanghai Disneyland park on Monday to a reduced number of visitors, ending a roughly three-month closure caused by the coronavirus outbreak. This…

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk at a main shopping area, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Shanghai, China May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

China to reform disease prevention system

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will reform its disease prevention and control system to address weaknesses exposed by the coronavirus outbreak, a senior health official said on Saturday. China has been…

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Four new COVID-19 infections and one fatality reported today

Thailand reported four new COVID-19 cases today, bringing accumulated infections to 3,004, and one more fatality. The death was that of a 68-year old man living in Bangkok. On March…

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WHO urges countries to quickly identify Covid-19 cases while easing restrictions

GENEVA (XINHUA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that countries that lift restrictions and open their economies should be ready to quickly identify Covid-19 cases if they…

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Britain to introduce two-week quarantine for arrivals

Britain plans to introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for most international arrivals, reports said Saturday, despite growing pressure on the government to relax virus lockdown measures. It comes as the…

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FILE PHOTO: Tourists sit on the mostly deserted steps of the Sydney Opera House, March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

Australia’s biggest states hold off relaxing COVID-19 lockdowns

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous states held back from easing COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday even as some states allowed small gatherings and got ready to open restaurants in line…

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks exit a subway station during a rainy day, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China reports one new coronavirus case, 15 asymptomatic cases

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported one new coronavirus case for Friday, unchanged from the day before, data from the national health authority showed on Saturday. One new imported case was…

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FILE PHOTO: The skyline of the Beijing’s Central Business District rises behind people crossing a street during evening rush hour as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in China, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

US tightens visa rules for Chinese journalists amid coronavirus tensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States issued a new rule on Friday tightening visa guidelines for Chinese journalists, saying it was in response to the treatment of U.S. journalists in…

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China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a summit of the BRICS major emerging economies in Brasilia in November 2019 (POOL/AFP/File/Pavel Golovkin)

US accuses China, Russia of coordinating on virus conspiracies

The United States on Friday accused China and Russia of stepping up cooperation to spread false narratives over the coronavirus pandemic, saying Beijing was increasingly adopting techniques honed by Moscow….

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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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In this Thursday, April 30, 2020, photo provided by the Save Elephant Foundation, a herd of 11 elephants walk along a dirt road during a 150-kilometer (93 mile) journey from Mae Wang to Ban Huay in northern Thailand. Save Elephant Foundation are helping elephants who have lost their jobs at sanctuary parks due to the lack of tourists from the coronavirus pandemic to return home to their natural habitats. (Save Elephant Foundation via AP)

Thai elephants, out of work due to coronavirus, trudge home

BANGKOK (AP) — The millions of unemployed in Thailand due to the coronavirus include elephants dependent on tourists to feed their voracious appetites. With scant numbers of foreign visitors, commercial…

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People eat in between plastic partitions, set up in an effort to contain any spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Penguin Eat Shabu hotpot restaurant in Bangkok on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

One new COVID-19 infection reported as 40 people in Yala are cleared

Thailand reported one new COVID-19 infection again today and one more fatality, with 14 new recoveries. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said today that all the 40 problematic cases, from…

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A hairdresser tends to a customer at a barber shop, which was reopened after an easing of measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 3, 2020. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP)

Thais emerge to a “new world” after lockdown

After falling silent for more than a month under lockdown, Lek’s hairdressing salon in Bangkok is suddenly echoing to the sound of appointment calls after Thailand began relaxing restrictions on…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 29, 2018 shows an illustration picture of a toy umbella and coins next to the logo of rental website Airbnb. – Home sharing platform Airbnb on May 5, 2020, announced it will slash one fourth of its workforce — some 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the travel industry. The cuts are needed for the San Francisco-based company to survive until people start traveling anew, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive Brian Chesky said in a blog post. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Airbnb slashes staff in effort to ride out pandemic

Home-sharing platform Airbnb said Tuesday it will slash one fourth of its workforce — some 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the travel industry. The cuts are needed…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on “Department of Defense Budget Posture on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Top U.S. general: ‘We don’t know’ if coronavirus emerged from Chinese lab

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. general said on Tuesday it was still unknown whether the coronavirus emerged from a wet market in China, a laboratory or some other location,…

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People eat their lunch in a food hall implementing social distancing after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 5, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

PM warns businesses to maintain strict social distancing or face closure

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned stores that they must observe the rules on maintaining strict physical distancing between their customers, or they may be closed down again. The…

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