UVC lamps, designed to kill viruses in environment, now used at Thai hospitals

The third generation of UVC lamps, which emit ultraviolet light at wavelengths of 200nm to 280nm, are claimed to be 99.99% effective in killing pathogens, including COVID-19, in just three…

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Public Health defends ‘Mix & Match’ vaccination approach with Sinovac

Vaccination with the first dose being of the Sinovac inactivated virus vaccine, followed by the second dose using the AstraZeneca viral vector vaccine is the standard for vaccination for Thai…

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Australia: New local COVID-19 cases jumped to 120 in Victoria from 76 a day earlier / Reuters

Australia aims to ‘live with virus’ instead of eliminating it

Australian authorities on Wednesday extended the COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne for another three weeks, as they shift their focus to rapid vaccination drives and move away from a suppression strategy…

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Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul

Health minister defends Sinovac vaccine, as MPs question its efficacy, price

The government’s alleged COVID-19 vaccine mismanagement, from the procurement initially relying on just the Chinese-made Sinovac and the UK’s AstraZeneca to their distribution and use, were contentious issues in a…

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The ‘Mu’ coronavirus variant, first identified in Colombia, has mutations indicating a risk of vaccine resistance, the WHO says / AFP

WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named ‘Mu’

The World Health Organization has said it is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as “Mu”, which was first identified in Colombia in January. Mu, known scientifically as B.1.621, has…

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No COVID-19 South African C.1.2 variant in Thailand…yet

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has not yet found a single case of the South African C.1.2 variant of the COVID-19 virus in the country. Director of the Emergency Health Hazard and Disease…

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More empty beds found in Bangkok’s field hospitals as more patients recover

As the number of recovering COVID-19 patients has exceeded the number of new infections in the past 10 days, so has the quantity of unoccupied hospital beds in Bangkok and…

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Mass screening in four villages conducted in Nan after 1 infects 23 with COVID

An asymptomatic COVID-19 patient, who returned to his hometown in Wiang Sa District of Thailand’s northern province of Nan from a COVID-19 “dark red” zone without isolating or notifying authorities,…

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Japan stops use of 1.63 million Moderna doses over contamination

Japan will halt the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna’s Covid vaccine after reports of contamination in several vials, drugmaker Takeda and the health ministry said Thursday. Takeda, which…

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COVID related deaths among pregnant women 2.5 times higher than others

The fatality rate among COVID-19 infected pregnant women in Thailand accounts for 1.85% of all the cases found in pregnant women and is 2.5 times higher than the death rate…

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Demonstrators march in Lille, northern France, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, during a rally against the COVID-19 health pass needed to access restaurants, long-distance trains and other venues. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Anti-vaccine demonstrates in France for sixth weekend

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of France again on Saturday against the government’s Covid-19 vaccination policies amid concern from rights groups about anti-Semitic sentiment in the…

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Thailand crosses the one million COVID-19 infections mark on Friday

Thailand’s total COVID-19 infections since last year have surpassed the one-million mark to reach 1,009,710 cases today (Friday), with 19,851 new cases and 240 more deaths reported, including a seven-month…

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Thai PM urged to review suspension of deal to buy 8.5 million China-made ATKs

Ostland Capital, the firm which won the bidding to supply the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) with 8.5 million rapid antigen test kits (ATKs), worth almost 600 million baht, has asked…

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A man sits in front of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House amid an extended lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Sydney on August 13, 2021. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Sydney extends lockdown, imposes partial curfew

Sydney (AFP) – Sydney extended its two-month-old lockdown for another month and introduced a partial curfew Friday, as Australia’s largest city struggled to contain a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.  New South Wales…

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This aerial photo shows the Olympic and Paralympic Village ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 19, 2021. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

First virus case reported in Paralympic Village

Tokyo (AFP) – A first coronavirus case has been detected in the Paralympic Village, days before the Games open, organisers said Thursday as Japan battles a record wave of infections. The…

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Thai PM sees signs of pandemic slowing with adherence to current restrictions

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Wednesday) that he is seeing signs that the COVID-19 spread in Thailand is slowing and the pandemic may reach its peak soon, if the…

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Elderly woman in Buriram mistakenly given two vaccine jabs in a day

A 70-year-old woman in Thailand’s northeastern province of Buriram was mistakenly given two shots of AstraZeneca vaccine on the same day at a vaccination centre in the province. Fortunately, she…

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Thailand’s daily COVID death toll skyrockets to 312 Wednesday, 2nd day of new high

Thailand’s daily COVID-19 death toll skyrocketed to 312 on Wednesday (August 18th), the first time the number surpassed the 300-mark, as new records have been set for a second straight…

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People jog past a social distancing sign on the first day of New Zealand’s new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety measure that mandates wearing of a mask on public transport, in Auckland, New Zealand, August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall

New Zealand thrown into lockdown over single suspected Delta case

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put New Zealand under strict lockdown on Tuesday after the country’s first coronavirus case in six months was reported in the largest city of Auckland. Ardern’s “go hard, go early”…

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Thai GPO launches 2nd phase of clinical trials of inactivated chimeric vaccine

Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) launched the second phase of human trials of its COVIC-19 HXP-GPOVac vaccine candidate on Monday, after the completion of the first-phase trials which show satisfactory…

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Thailand’s new COVID-19 infection high set for 3rd straight day on Friday as 21,379 logged

Thailand’s COVID-19 daily new infection record has been broken for the third straight day on Friday, with 21,379 cases and 191 deaths reported. The number of people being hospitalised dropped…

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COVID-19 help centre set up for vulnerable children, over 65,000 test positive this year

A COVID-19 help centre for children has been set up jointly by four agencies to help children impacted by the pandemic, both for the infected who do not have access…

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Challenges of online learning mount as schools in many Thai provinces closed

The challenges of online learning persist in Thailand as schools in several provinces are ordered closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The concerns are especially over kindergarten children, for whom online…

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Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG) chairman Dr. Boon Vanasin / Photo from www.hfocus.org

SEC demands THG clarify claim of Pfizer procurement deal with Defence Ministry

Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has demanded that Thonburi Healthcare Group’s (THG) chairman and CEO clarifies a press report that the company is to sign a deal with the…

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This photo taken on August 3, 2021 shows residents queueing to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China mass testing shows virus cases at six-month high

Beijing (AFP) – China on Wednesday reported its highest daily number of local coronavirus cases in months as mass testing and contact tracing campaigns uncovered a trail of Delta variant infections….

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A nurse takes throat swab samples in new round of COVID-19 testing in Nanjing city in eastern China’s Jiangsu province Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. The current coronavirus outbreaks in China, while still in the hundreds of cases in total, have spread much more widely than previous ones, reaching multiple provinces and cities including the capital, Beijing. Many of the cases have been identified as the highly contagious delta variant that is driving a resurgence in many countries. (Chinatopix via AP)

China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID outbreak spreads

BEIJING (AP) — China suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan on Tuesday as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached…

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10 million vaccine doses to be distributed in Thailand in August

10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, mainly AstraZeneca and Sinovac, will be distributed across Thailand in August, with Bangkok receiving 1.25 million, according to the Public Health Ministry. The vaccines…

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Donated Pfizer vaccine passed to Thai government on Monday, some medics eligible for shots

1.5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, donated by the US government and which arrived in Thailand last Friday, were handed over to the Thai government this morning (Monday), with…

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39,500 COVID-infected people are in home or community isolation

Altogether 39,500 asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients have, so far, registered to remain in home or community isolation, under the supervision of 104 community clinics and other health service…

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PM says ‘sorry’ over COVID losses, hints at semi-lockdown extension in ‘Dark Red’ zone

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said “sorry” over COVID-19 losses and that he is sympathizing with a lot of people suffering from the pandemic and its impacts, while hinting at a…

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Record high 15,335 new COVID-19 cases, 129 more deaths on Sunday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand soared to a new high today (Sunday), logging 15,335 cases and 129 more deaths, according to the CCSA. Of the new infections, 11,759 are locally acquired…

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Home isolation volunteers hope to help the country survive the COVID-19 crisis

Thailand has begun to place asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in home isolation, to free up hospital beds for those in more need, as the country struggles to slow the spread of…

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Growing need for help as the COVID-19 new infected rate is climbing

Tone used to come and go between Thailand and Myanmar. He is a documented worker with a passport and paperwork, all legal. He is one of the 37 immigrant workers…

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Samut Sakhon governor spurns ministerial regulation for patient admission to triage facilities

Samut Sakhon governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri has decided to bypass ministerial red tape to speed up the admission of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients to pre-admission centres, to prevent the…

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Thammasat hospital introduces ‘Withhold Intubation’ rule in severe aging COVID-19 cases

Due to the severe shortage of life-saving medical equipment, such as ventilators, the management of Thammasat University hospital has decided to apply a “Withhold Intubation Rule” for severe COVID-19 patients…

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Students and Teachers Struggle with Online Learning

Every day, these children gather and hang out together at this spot several kilometers from their village. With smartphones in their hands, it may appear they are hunting Pokémons on…

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Thailand continues to break COVID record each day, as 14,575 infections logged on Friday

Thailand’s daily new COVID-19 infection record has been broken each day since last Friday, except for Tuesday July 20th. Today (Friday) sees 14,575 new cases and 114 more deaths, according…

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Thai health officers travel by boat to COVID-19 patients in remote communities

These two health workers are zipping up their PPE suits, putting on masks and face shields and slowly climbing into a boat on the banks of a countryside canal. This…

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2,700 COVID-19 patients wait for pre-admission in Bangkok – Erawan Centre

Bangkok is currently seeing a backlog of about 2,700 people infected with COVID-19 who are waiting at home to be sent to pre-admission centres, according to Director of Bangkok Emergency…

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604 Thai medics demand mRNA vaccines for frontline medical personnel

A group of 604 medical personnel, at Ramathibodi Chakri Naruebodindra Hospital of Mahidol University, have signed a joint statement demanding that the Thai government procure mRNA or Protein Subunit vaccines…

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A child sits at a table in front of closed shops at Pratunam market in Bangkok. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Private sector skeptical over lockdown success, without mass screening, vaccinations

Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree has expressed doubt that the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s decision to tighten lockdown measures in 13 “Dark Red” provinces will…

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Thai FDA warns against buying S Korean COVID-19 home test kits online

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) is warning people against ordering South Korean-made COVID-19 home test kits, being offered by an online trader, saying that it has not yet…

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Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang

Bangkok City Hall tightens COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until August 2nd

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has imposed additional lockdown restrictions on businesses, public venues and activities in line with the CCSA’s latest efforts to curb the relentless surge of COVID-19…

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Klong Toey, Bang Khae, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, Laksi top Bangkok’s districts with most infections

Klong Toey, Bang Khae, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, and Laksi are Bangkok districts with the highest number of COVID-19 infections since April 2021, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). As…

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Thai Traditional medication relieves mild COVID-19 symptoms

Fah Talai Jone is a well-known medicinal plant in Thailand. The leaves are traditionally used to make an exceedingly bitter tea, to treat a number of illnesses, including fevers and…

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Grocery trucks from monks to the elderly in Lampang

In Thai society, monks play a vital role as the anchors of faith and spirituality for many people. So, when communities are in crisis, monks are often seen coming out of…

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Excitement and worries, Samui’s roller-coaster journey

Samui opened again to foreign arrivals this week, using a tourism model that is a little different from the Phuket “sandbox”. For the tourists, the COVID-19 restrictions will be stricter…

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Infectious household waste on the rise, caution in disposal urged

Thailand’s infection household waste has increased over the past month, due to a continual surge in COVID-19 infections, with the upward trend expected to continue due to the practice of…

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Humerto Stefanon, left, visits the gravesite of his late wife, Maria Olga Herrera, who died of COVID-19, at the Chacarita cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Argentina is close to reaching 100,000 deaths related to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Dispiriting setback: COVID deaths, cases rise again globally

(AP) – COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for a return to…

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The good and the bad of COVID-19 pandemic for the hospitality industry in Chonburi

The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has brought great challenges to the business sector and people alike. In this report, we find out how a hotel in Siracha of Chonburi province adapted…

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Mounting COVID-19 deaths in Thailand drive crematories to verge of failure

With many COVID-19 related deaths reported over the past few weeks, one may wonder if temples or cemeteries have the capacity to host funerals and cremate or bury the bodies….

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Adaptability skills – The key to surviving the COVID-19 pandemic

The story of a person who refuses to lose hope and stays positive amidst the coronavirus outbreak. We discover how he stays the course, his ability to adapt to survive…

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PM refuses to take salary for 3 months to help anti-COVID-19 efforts

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced that he will give up his salary for three months, to help those suffering from COVID-19, while some other ministers then announced that they…

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SEA Games in Vietnam postponed over virus

The Southeast Asian Games, which were due to take place in Vietnam this year, have been postponed because of the pandemic and will most likely be held in 2022, a…

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Restrictive measures including travel restrictions proposed amid rising COVID-19 deaths

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is proposing to the operations centre of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Thursday), further restrictive measures such as travel restrictions from and…

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First tourist under ‘Phuket Sandbox’ reopening test positive for COVID-19

Thailand has recorded the first case of COVID-19 among foreign tourists entering the kingdom through the resort island of Phuket under the “Phuket Sandbox” scheme, which has been welcoming fully…

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Forensic doctor says COVID death toll may be higher than reported by CCSA

A forensic doctor, at Ramathibodi Hospital of Mahidol University, has observed that the number of deaths from COVID-19, reported by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in its daily…

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COVID-19 in Thailand expected to worsen next week, CCSA says

Gen. Nattaphon Narkphanich, secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC) and director of the operations centre of the CCSA, said today (Friday) that the CCSA predicts an increase in the…

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Medical staff remove a body of a patient who died of Covid-19 at a hospital in Bekasi on July 1, 2021, as Indonesia launches ’emergency restrictions’ to battle virus surge. (Photo by Rezas / AFP)

Indonesia to impose ’emergency’ curbs to battle virus surge

Jakarta, Indonesia (AFP) – Indonesia will impose “emergency” coronavirus restrictions this week to battle an alarming surge in infections, President Joko Widodo said Thursday, as the country scrambles to avoid a collapse…

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Several Thai provinces welcome COVID-infected natives home for treatment

Due to the critical shortage of hospital beds in and around Bangkok, several provinces have announced their readiness to accept their infected natives, who have been waiting for empty beds…

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How the hospitality workforce on the Andaman coast is adapting to survive the coronavirus pandemic

In 2004, when a deadly tsunami hit Thailand’s Andaman coast, Khao Lak in Phang Nga province and Phuket were left devastated. Thousands of people lost their lives, including Thais and…

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Construction site in Bangkok

First Beta variant case, four more clusters with over 500 infections found in Bangkok

The first case of a Beta (South African) variant COVID-19 infection and four more COVID-19 clusters, with over 500 infections, have been found in Bangkok, according to the government. Dr….

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File photo / An empty street in Bangkok on April 3, 2020, ahead of a nationwide night curfew / AFP

PM unsure 7-day lockdown of Bangkok will stop spread of COVID-19

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha remains non-committal on the proposal to lockdown Bangkok for seven days, to contain the ongoing spread of COVID-19, saying that he has to consider the…

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Command centre for foreign tourists set up in Phuket ahead of July reopening

A command centre, called “EOC Phuket Sandbox” has been set up on the resort island, with 70% of its equipment installation complete. Phuket will be the first province to welcome…

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Vaccinations using China’s Sinopharm begin in Thailand on Friday

Vaccinations, using China’s Sinopharm vaccine procured by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), began in Thailand today (Friday), starting with 6,400 elderly people, those with disabilities and the underprivileged, who could…

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Workers in PPE spray the ground with diinfectant in Baishazhou market during a visit of World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

First COVID-19 case could have emerged in China in Oct 2019 – study

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The virus that causes COVID–19 could have started spreading in China as early as October 2019, two months before the first case was identified in the central city of Wuhan, a new study showed on Friday. Researchers from Britain’s…

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Million more doses of AstraZeneca delivered, 2 million more Sinovac doses due next week

One million more doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to Thailand’s Public Health Ministry today (Friday), which will be distributed across Thailand later today or tomorrow, according to Public Health…

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Thailand to ease some restrictions next Monday, COVID-19 zones adjusted

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Friday) announced adjustments to COVID-19 monitoring zones and the easing of some restrictions, effective Monday (June 21st). All entertainment venues, pubs, bars…

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3,129 new COVID-19 infections in Thailand today, including 1,032 in Bangkok

COVID-19 infections in Bangkok continue to surge, with 1,032 new cases out of a total of 3,129 recorded nationwide today (Thursday). 30 more deaths were also recorded, according to the…

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Pheu Thai opposes PM’s plan to reopen Thailand to foreign visitors in 4 months

The opposition Pheu Thai Party is opposing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s call to reopen Thailand to foreign visitors in the next 120 days, describing the mission as “gambling with the…

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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine not yet approved in Thailand due to lack of data

Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is yet to be approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), as vital data remains missing, the organisation said today (Wednesday). The latest information,…

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Thai Central Bank instructed to review interest rate caps on personal loans

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Bank of Thailand (BoT) to review the caps on interest rates charged for personal loans, which include credit cards, ready cash cards, vehicle…

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2,310 new COVID-19 cases, 43 more deaths in Thailand on Thursday

Thailand recorded 2,310 new COVID-19 cases and 43 more deaths today (Thursday), as 3,035 people recover from their infections. CCSA Assistant Spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan said today that infections in…

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Thai parliament approves 500 billion baht borrowing to fight COVID-19

Thailand’s House of Representatives approved an executive decree today (Thursday), authorizing the Finance Ministry to borrow up to 500 billion baht for the fight against COVID-19, assistance for people affected…

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12 recent deaths not related to COVID-19 vaccines

12 recent deaths had nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine, according to medical experts from the Public Health Ministry, while 15 others are still under investigation. Yesterday, Dr. Chawetsan…

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2,680 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday, one more cluster found in Bangkok

Thailand recorded 2,680 new COVID-19 cases and 35 more deaths today (Wednesday), as a new cluster has been found at a company in Din Daeng district, where 54 out of…

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Half of Japanese think Olympics will go ahead whether they want or not: poll

Half of the Japanese public think the Olympics will take place this summer whether they want it to or not, a survey by Yomiuri daily newspaper showed on Monday, less…

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China reports its exports up 28% and imports hit decade-high

China’s exports rose 27.9 percent in May while imports grew at the fastest pace in more than a decade as the global economy powers back from the pandemic crisis, data…

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The naming of COVID variants invites another pandemic – of racism

Many Thais were shocked and frustrated at international news reports identifying a “Thai variant” of COVID-19 last week. Among them was Medical Sciences Department director-general Dr. Supakit Sirilak, who said…

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Daily COVID infections in Thailand reach a new high with 5,485 on Monday

Daily new COVID-19 infections in Thailand surged to a new high of 5,485 today (Monday), including 1,953 cases among prison inmates, and there were 19 more deaths. CCSA Assistant Spokesperson…

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Sinopharm vaccine / AFP

One million Sinopharm vaccine doses to be delivered to Thailand in June

One million doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine will be delivered to Thailand next month, the Chulabhorn Royal Academy announced today (Friday), the same day on which Thailand’s Food and…

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Fully vaccinated taxi drivers now have ‘Vaccine’ sign on vehicle

With a green illuminated sign that reads “Vaccine” installed on top of the car, taxi drivers who have been fully vaccinated are earning more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Managing Director…

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New poll shows most parents worry about schools reopening amid COVID-19

A poll, conducted by Thailand’s Health Department, has revealed that many parents remain very concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, ahead of the scheduled school reopening on June 14th. A whopping…

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Thailand records new daily death toll high of 47, while logging 3,323 new infections

The daily death toll from COVID-19 infections increased to a new high of 47, including a pregnant woman, today (Thursday). 3,323 new infections were also reported, including 1,219 cases among…

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Chulabhorn Royal Academy to procure alternative COVID-19 vaccines

Thailand’s Chulabhorn Royal Academy is to procure alternative makes of COVID-19 vaccines, to supplement those being acquired by the government, without going through the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO). The acquisition…

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Covid lab origin theory gains traction in United States

Long dismissed as a kooky conspiracy theory favored by the far right, the idea that Covid emerged from a lab leak in Wuhan has been gaining increasing momentum in the…

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Xavier Becerra, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, answers questions during his Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., February 24, 2021. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

U.S. calls for ‘transparent’ new investigation into COVID origins

The United States called on Tuesday for international experts to be allowed to evaluate the source of the coronavirus and the “early days of the outbreak” in a second phase…

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FILE PHOTO: Volunteers from the Khan Trust prepare to cremate the body of a person who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Kurukshetra Crematorium in Surat, India, May 11, 2021./ REUTERS

COVID-19 death tolls are likely a “significant undercount”, WHO says

Official tolls showing the number of deaths directly or indirectly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be a “significant undercount”, the World Health Organization said on Friday, saying…

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Inside Bang Sue Grand Station

On-site vaccination facility to open Monday at Bang Sue Grand Station

The Bang Sue Grand Station has been designated, by the Transport Ministry, to be an on-site COVID-19 vaccination centre for about 370,000 workers in the public transport sector, such as…

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Indian variant found in community for first time at Laksi worker camp

A construction worker housing facility in Bangkok’s Laksi area has been placed under extraordinarily tight control after 15 workers there tested positive for the highly contagious Indian variant of COVID-19,…

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‘Mor Mai Thon’ doctors petition for more vaccine alternatives

A group of doctors, who call themselves “Mor Mai Thon”, which translates as “doctors won’t take it anymore”, has launched a petition on change.org, demanding that the Public Health Minister…

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Bang Kapi market closed for 3 days to contain the spread of COVID-19

The Bang Kapi district office has ordered the closure of Bang Kapi fresh market for three days, starting Thursday, after 53 people working at and living around the market have…

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A local resident listens to medical staffs before queing up for the COVID-19 virus testing at the Wanhua District in Taipei on May 19, 2021. / AFP

Taiwan raises coronavirus alert level after spike in infections

Taiwan on Wednesday raised its coronavirus alert level, tightening social distancing measures as it battled a widening outbreak. The Level 3 alert was imposed on the entire island with entertainment…

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Vials of the Chinese made Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine / AFP

Public Health Ministry accepts more COVID-19 vaccine from China

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, accepted delivery of 500,000 more doses from China’s Sinovac from Yang Xin, Chargé D’affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Thailand. Yang Xin said, during…

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Bangkok residents queue to get tested for COVID-19 at the Thai-Japanese Sports Stadium in Din Daeng district.

Daily new COVID-19 infections reach record high of 9,635 cases today, with 6,800+ in prisons

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand today increased exponentially, to a new single day record of 9,635 cases, thanks to the inclusion of 6,853 infections among prison inmates, according to the…

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Across England, Wales and most of Scotland, indoor hospitality in pubs will return despite concerns over the spread of a more transmissible variant of the coronavirus / AFP

UK Covid-19 restrictions eased despite variant concerns

Most of the UK took a major step towards normality on Monday as coronavirus restrictions were eased, despite concerns over the spread of a more transmissible Covid variant. Across England,…

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Corrections Department ensures no concealing actual number of COVID-19 infections, as cases surpasses 10,000

The Corrections Department said it has not, and will not conceal the actual number of COVID-19 infections among prison inmates. The doubts among the public began when the number of…

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Children walk home with their guardians after school in Singapore earlier this year/ AFP

Singapore warns new virus strains infecting more children, shuts schools

Singapore will close schools from Wednesday as authorities warned new coronavirus strains like the one first detected in India were affecting more children in the city-state. The government has been…

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6.39 million Thais have applied for COVID-19 vaccination

About 6.39 million Thais have registered for COVID-19 vaccinations via the Mor Prom application, according to the Facebook page of the government’s app today (Monday). Of these, 715,446 are in…

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CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin

2,256 new COVID-19 infections and 30 more deaths recorded on Friday

Thailand recorded 2,256 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,087 cases in Bangkok alone today (Friday), and 30 more deaths, including a 15-year old, the youngest fatality so far, according to CCSA…

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