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1,911 new COVID cases and 18 additional deaths in Thailand

Thailand recorded 1,911 new COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths today (Thursday). 29,680 patients are still being treated in hospitals, including 1,073 severe cases, of which 356 are on ventilators,…

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Family members of COVID-19 victims leave as their funeral pyres burn at an open crematorium set up at a granite quarry on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 / AP

India hits another grim record as it scrambles oxygen supply

Infections in India hit another grim daily record on Thursday as demand for medical oxygen jumped seven-fold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing life-saving supplies…

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Patent for Favipiravir rejected in Thailand

A patent application for Japanese-made anti-viral drug Favipiravir has been rejected by Thailand’s Intellectual Property Department over its manufacturing quality. The department’s director-general, Mr. Vuttikrai Leewiraphan, said yesterday (Wednesday) that…

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Senior virologist says Thailand needs all makes of vaccine to be administered rapidly

Thailand’s well-known and respected virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan said today (Thursday) that Thailand needs all brands of COVID-19 vaccines it can procure, to inoculate people as quickly as possible. In…

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Travel agents warned not to advertise “Vaccine Tours”

Thai tourism authorities have warned travel agents not to use the term “vaccine tour” in their advertisements, even though such tour programs are allowed, and urged them to list all…

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COVID outbreak in densely populated communities could spell disaster for Bangkok

Whether Bangkok can avoid its worst nightmare in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis depends largely on how well authorities control the outbreak raging through its overcrowded Klong Toei communities. More than…

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Living on the streets during the COVID-19 outbreak

After sunset, both sides of Phra Arthit Road become makeshift dormitories for the homeless. Small spaces in front of all the buildings are used as places to bed down, accompanied…

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic holds a vial containing the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine during his visit to Belgrade’s Torlak Institute, where the vaccine has been manufactured, on April 15, 2021. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP)

Serbia to offer cash to those who get Covid vaccine

Serbia’s president said on Wednesday his country would pay each citizen who gets a Covid jab before the end of May, in what could be the world’s first cash-for-jabs scheme….

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COVID-19 vaccines update

Full coverage on COVID-19 vaccines reports. May 5, 2021: A shot in the arm: foreign residents and their eligibility for a jab A shot in the arm: foreign residents and…

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Brazilian COVID variant detected in Thai state quarantine as daily infections surge

The Brazilian COVID-19 variant has been detected among some arrivals from overseas currently in Thai state quarantine, assistant spokesperson for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan…

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2,112 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths on Wednesday

Thailand recorded 2,112 new COVID-19 cases and 15 fatalities today (Wednesday), according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Cumulative infections, since April 1st, are 46,037 and the death…

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Huai Khwang fresh market closed seven days for disinfection and screening

Huai Khwang fresh market in Bangkok was ordered closed for seven days on Monday, after two employees were found to be infected with COVID-19. The Din Daeng district office, which…

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Eight measures to curb COVID-19 surge in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey community

Eight measures are being rolled out to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in the densely populated Khlong Toey community in Bangkok, which houses about 80,000 registered people and an…

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Specific CCSA to be set up for Bangkok as fight against COVID-19 intensifies

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has intensified efforts to contain the continuing surge of COVID-19 infections in Bangkok and its peripherals by setting up an “area CCSA”, also…

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Respiratory disease specialist objects to BMA plan to administer Favipiravir to all COVID-19 patients

The president of the Thoracic Society of Thailand, and head of the Department of Respiratory Diseases and Tuberculosis at Mahidol University, Dr. Nitipat Jiarakul, has voiced disagreement with the Bangkok…

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Thailand records 1,763 new COVID-19 cases and 27 more deaths on Tuesday

Daily new COVID-19 cases in Thailand fell to 1,763 today (Tuesday), while the death toll recorded at 27 cases, according to a COVID-19 situation update from the Department of Disease…

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People visit the Forbidden City in Beijing during the Labour Day holidays, which take place from May 1 to May 5, on May 3, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Chinese tourists out in force as virus fears recede

Sipping bubble tea and dressed in their holiday finest, millions of Chinese travellers flocked to domestic tourist attractions over the May 1 long holiday with Covid-19 fears already a distant…

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Bangkok to open its first ICU equipped field hospital on Tuesday

Thailand’s first field hospital equipped with intensive care unit facilities will be officially opened tomorrow (Tuesday), to receive COVID patients with severe symptoms. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said in his…

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COVID-19 situation in Thailand is nearing critical point – Dr. Prasit Wattanapha

The COVID-19 situation in Thailand is approaching a critical level, with daily new infection and fatality rates on the rise, said Dr. Prasit Wattanapha, dean of the Faculty of Medicine…

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Interest in moving out of Thailand takes Internet by storm

In just two days, over half a million Thais have joined a new Facebook group called “Let’s Move Abroad”, amid increasing criticism of the Thai government’s handling of the COVID-19…

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Daily COVID-19 deaths rise to 31 as 2,041 new infections recorded in Thailand today

The COVID-related death toll rose by 31 today, the most in a single day so far, while daily new infections surged by 2,041, according to the Department of Disease Control….

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Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Bangkok on April 3, 2019. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Anutin Charnvirakul, man in firing line for Thailand’s COVID crisis

Tycoon-turned-politician Anutin Charnvirakul may arguably be Thailand’s most-hated public health minister by now. But to be fair, his predecessors never had to tackle the world’s worst virus crisis in more…

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8 Thai hospitals closed after patients conceal facts about their COVID-19 exposure

Eight hospitals in Thailand have been temporarily closed after their medical personnel became infected with COVID-19, or had to be quarantined, because a number of patients concealed facts about their…

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PM asked to reconsider dine-in ban on eateries in Thailand’s COVID-19 Deep Red Zones

The Association of Thai Restaurants has called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the CCSA chief, to reconsider the two week dine-in ban on all eateries in…

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Thailand records 1,940 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths on Sunday

Daily COVID-19 infections resumed their upward trend today (Sunday), with 1,940, compared to 1,891 yesterday. 21 more patients have died in the past 24 hours, according to the update from…

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Dancing out of COVID and into debt

Movement restrictions and social distancing are causing stress for many people, not just psychologically, but also financially. Anything that might help lift the mood at the moment, during the third…

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Voluntary curfews adopted in 19 of Thailand’s provinces

Nineteen out of 77 provinces in Thailand have now put in place voluntary curfews, to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to the CCSA and the Interior Ministry. People in…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 fatalities rose by 21 on Saturday with 1,891 new infections

The daily COVID-19 death toll jumped to new high of 21 today (Saturday), while new infections increased to 1,891, compared to 1,583 on Friday, according to the CCSA. Cumulative infections,…

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Travel restrictions imposed in Thailand’s Nonthaburi province

All people living in Bangkok’s neighboring province of Nonthaburi, who want to leave the province, are now required to register via QR code, upon departure and arrival, from today (May…

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Flight passengers to Phuket on April 15-26 advised to have Covid-19 test

Passengers who flew to or from Phuket between April 15th and 26th, on seven flights operated by three airlines, should check their seat numbers with the airlines and report for…

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A volunteer uses an oximeter to check the oxygen level of a man before providing oxygen support for free, amidst the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), outside a Gurudwara (Sikh temple) in Ghaziabad, India, April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India posts new record daily rise in COVID-19 cases

India posted a record daily rise of 401,993 new coronavirus cases on Saturday as the country opened up its mega vaccination drive to all adults, although several states warned of…

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As vaccination booking opens in Thailand, who can get jabs and how?

All 16 million vulnerable people will be the first in line when Thailand launches free nationwide vaccinations for residents next month. Meanwhile, appointments for jabs can be made in advance…

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A teenager receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at Clalit Health Services, in Israel’s Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Pfizer/BioNTech seek Covid jab approval for 12-15-year-olds in EU

Pfizer/BioNTech said Friday they have asked European regulators to authorize their Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, a move seen as a crucial step toward achieving herd immunity. The companies…

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Thailand’s daily COVID infections down to 1,583 today, 15 more fatalities

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) reported 1,583 new COVID-19 cases today (Friday), down from yesterday’s 1,871, and 15 more deaths, raising cumulative infections to 36,290 and 109 fatalities since April…

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Eateries in Thailand’s COVID-19 deep-red zones adapt to new restrictions

Many eateries in Thailand’s deep-red zone provinces, including Bangkok, are having to adapt to the new COVID-19 restrictions, even though it means their income will decrease, after the CCSA announced…

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A pre-school boy uses a newly developed, lollipop-shaped Covid-19 test prior to the testing of pre-schoolers at the ‘City of Vienna Kindergarten’ in Vienna, Austria on April 28, 2021. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

Austria tests toddlers for virus with ‘lollipops’

A newly developed, lollipop-shaped coronavirus test is being rolled out in some of Austria’s kindergartens as an alternative for toddlers who don’t take well to throat or nose swabs. Students,…

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COVID-19 patients concealing their chronology infect 20-30 Thai medics per day

78 nurses from 17 hospitals in Bangkok have had to self-isolate after dealing with COVID-19 infected patients who lied about their recent movements, according to the Confederation of Thai Professional…

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India’s coronavirus infections cross 18 million; record number of daily deaths

India’s total COVID-19 cases passed 18 million on Thursday after another world record daily infection and as the government rejected reports of problems with its vaccine campaign. India reported 379,257…

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Bangkok’s first community isolation facility set up in Khlong Toey

The first community isolation facility in Bangkok is scheduled to open tomorrow (Friday), with the goal of separating those infected with COVID-19 from their crowded community, before they go to…

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Thailand records 1,871 new COVID-19 infections and 10 deaths on Thursday

Daily COVID-19 infections in Thailand fell to 1,871 today (Thursday), below 2,000 for the first time since April 23rd, while 10 additional fatalities were also recorded, according to the Department…

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Brazil begin to produce homemade COVID-19 vaccine

Butantan Biomedical Institute in Brazil announced that they began to produce their very own COVID-19 vaccines, ButanVac. While local media reported that the institution lacks regulatory approval to hold clinical…

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Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (C) answers questions from the media at Government House before the swearing-in ceremony for the new Thai cabinet in Bangkok on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Has Anutin become a pawn in Prayut’s COVID blame game?

As Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul is being blamed for perceived failures in handling Thailand’s latest and worst wave of COVID-19, whose tide of infections and deaths has triggered partial…

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191 emergency call centre to take calls from COVID-19 patients

Thailand’s 191 emergency call centre has started accepting calls from people infected with COVID-19 who need to be admitted to hospital, to ease the burden on the 1168, 1669 and…

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A dog stands between covered vans for tourist transport parked along an alley outside a closed travel agency in Bangkok on April 8, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Lockdown proposed for Bangkok and five other Deep Red zone provinces

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will be asked to impose lockdowns in the six Deep Red zone provinces, where the rates of…

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A child wearing a protective facemask runs on a sidewalk marked for social distancing in front of a Buddhist shrine in central Bangkok. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Maybe it’s better if we do nothing at all

It goes without saying that “Doing nothing” does not include wearing face masks, hand washing, and some exercise. The time has come once again for Thais to “de-group”, “de-party”, “de-politicize”,…

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US actress Regina King (R) presenting English director Emerald Fennell the Oscar for Original Screenplay for “Promising young woman” during the live ABC Telecast of the 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, on April 25, 2021. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk / AMPAS / AFP)

A less than glittering Oscars ceremony

The coronavirus has had an immense impact on the Oscars and indeed, the entertainment industry in general COVID-19 overshadowed Oscars this year, but the lukewarm attention to what many consider…

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PM appointed Thailand’s “COVID Czar” in sole charge of handling the pandemic

The Thai cabinet today (Tuesday) designated Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the sole authority in charge of all responsibilities and duties, previously vested in his ministers, to deal with the…

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Chinese Embassy shortens list of Thai facilities approved for issuance of medical certificates for travellers to China

Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in The Kingdom of Thailand has reduced, from 51 to 36, the number of Thai hospitals and laboratories which they consider credible for…

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Troops and army equipment join the fight against 3rd wave of COVID-19

The Thai army has mobilized its men and equipment to assist public health officials in providing field hospitals, to accommodate COVID-19 patients, facilitating the transport of patients to hospitals and…

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PM fined ฿6k for not wearing face mask during meeting at Government House

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was fined 6,000 baht today for not wearing a face mask while chairing a meeting of his advisory team at Government House. A picture, showing…

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Tougher measures ahead for Bangkok and 5 other provinces as 2,048 new COVID-19 cases are recorded today

The Thai Ministry of Public Health will propose to the CCSA subcommittee, today or tomorrow, that they increase restrictions in six Red Zone provinces, including Bangkok, where cumulative COVID-19 infections…

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Nurses in 14-day quarantine after infected patient conceals chronology

Nurses at a hospital in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat have had to enter quarantine, after a COVID-19 infected patient allegedly refused to disclose their true chronology. At…

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Arrivals of all non-Thai citizens from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh suspended until further notice

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has temporarily suspended all arrivals of non-Thai citizens from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, in an escalated effort to prevent the spread of a…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha attends a signing ceremony for the agreement to purchase AstraZeneca’s potential Covid-19 vaccine at Government House in Bangkok on November 27, 2020. (Photo by CHALINEE THIRASUPA / POOL / AFP)

Thai govt in stormy waters as country slammed by third COVID wave   

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government are suffering a barrage of attacks from critics and political rivals as Thailand is hit by a third wave of COVID-19 infections. Some…

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Smoke billows from a chimney of an electric crematorium as burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 coronavirus are seen at a crematorium in Bhopal on April 23, 2021. (Photo by Gagan NAYAR / AFP)

India’s crematoriums overwhelmed as virus ‘swallows people’

For the fourth straight day, India on Sunday set a global daily record of new coronavirus infections, spurred by an insidious new variant that emerged here. The surge has undermined…

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Thailand’s prime minister asked to reconsider another national lockdown

A group of Thai medical professionals has issued a statement, asking the country’s prime minister to reconsider locking down the country again as a matter of urgency, citing the rapid…

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In this picture taken on April 23, 2021, relatives wait next to a Covid-19 coronavirus patient laying on a stretcher in a hospital complex for admission in New Delhi. (Photo by Maude BRULARD / AFP)

Death and despair at the doors of stricken Delhi hospital

Barely breathing, Shyam Narayan arrived at the New Delhi hospital in a red rickshaw, his feet hanging over the side, but it soon became clear to his desperate family that…

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A Covid-19 field hospital set up on the outskirts of Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

A quick look inside Thailand’s field hospitals

With daily COVID-19 cases hitting successive record highs over the past few weeks, Thailand is now busy setting up field hospitals across the country. Field hospitals have opened not just…

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A child sits at a table in front of closed shops at Pratunam market in Bangkok on April 16, 2021, as Thailand imposes further restrictions to deal with a spike in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Vaccination delay threatens another downward spiral for Thai economy

The combination of a new wave of COVID-19 and delayed vaccination is set to wreak more damage on Thailand’s economy, with people’s incomes falling further and business risks rising. Slow…

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PM assures Thai people that government will lead country through COVID crisis

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured the Thai people that he and his government will explore all means to get Thailand through the current crisis, posed by the third wave…

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The Olympic rings are lit at the waterfront of Odaiba in Tokyo. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Japan declares virus emergency three months before Olympics

Japan announced a new virus state of emergency in Tokyo and three other regions on Friday, as the country battles surging infections just three months before the Olympic opening ceremony. The…

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Police march past a billboard related to stopping the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus as protesters gather for a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Coup cripples economy and new COVID-19 wave could potentially kill it

As Myanmar grapples with the immediate consequences of the military coup, the dangers of the COVID-19 epidemic have been largely been forgotten. Now, however, COVID-19’s third wave is hitting neighbouring…

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File / Beds and items provided to patients in a field hospital set up in the Bangkok Arena indoor multi-purpose sporting venue to accomodate an upsurge in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the country.

As daily COVID-19 infections surge, concerns mount over ICU capacity

As the daily number of Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections surged to a new high of 2,070 today (Friday), public health officials have expressed concern that existing ICU capacity will not…

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A health worker closes the door of a Covid-19 field hospital, recently set up to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, on the outskirts of Bangkok on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s medical system facing its biggest test as virus surges back 

With COVID-19 cases now rising by more than 1,000 per day, many Thais are wondering whether the country’s healthcare sector will crumble under the pressure. Despite the launch of field…

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Japan faces new virus emergencies, three months before Olympics

Japan’s government is to declare virus states of emergencies in Tokyo and three other regions on Friday, exactly three months before the Olympic opening ceremony, as new infections surge. The…

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Thai PM says Russia agrees to sell Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand

Russia has agreed to sell its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand, under a government-to-government deal, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in his Facebook post on Thursday. He said the…

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Thailand’s GDP growth forecast to drop this year from 2.8% to 1.6% due to COVID-19

Thailand’s economic growth rate projection for this year is expected to shrink from to 1.6%, from 2.8%, due to the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest…

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7 more fatalities and 1,470 new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand on Thursday

Seven more COVID-19 patients, most of them with underlying conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease, have died, as 1,470 new COVID-19 cases were recorded today. While fewer cases…

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Lockdown planned for two villages in Thailand’s Phichit province

The provincial communicable disease committee of Phichit province plans to lock down two villages in Sam Ngam district, after seven members of two families were found to be infected with…

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Free taxis provided by Rajavithi Hospital for COVID-19 patients in Bangkok

The state-run Rajavithi Hospital has launched a free taxi service, to cater to COVID-19 patients travelling from hospital to destinations within Bangkok and its suburbs. Patients need to book one…

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A nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 at the vaccination center set up at the University City Exhibition Center and Congress in Coyoacan, Mexico City on March 24, 2021. (Photo by CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP)

Fake Pfizer vaccine shots on sale in Mexico and Poland

US drugmaker Pfizer confirmed that suspect doses of its coronavirus vaccine that were seized in Mexico and Poland were indeed fake, with doses going for as much as $1,000 a…

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AOT head office in Don Mueang closed after over 30 staff infected with COVID-19

Airports of Thailand (AOT) Public Company has closed its head office, opposite Don Mueang international airport, and its safety control centre inside the airport, after 31 staffs were found to…

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Thailand records 1,458 new COVID-19 cases and two fatalities on Wednesday

Daily COVID-19 infections in Thailand increased slightly to 1,458 today (Wednesday), from 1,443 yesterday, with two more fatalities due to severe lung infections, said Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan, assistant spokesperson for…

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A medical worker wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) takes a swab sample from a woman during a mass testing event at a sport complex in Bangkok on April 17, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

When to get a COVID test and what to do if you test positive

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand rising on a daily basis, many people are worrying about whether they have contracted the contagious virus. In fact, even simple cold…

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PM insists 61 million doses of COVID vaccines this year should be enough for Thailand

Thailand will have procured up to 61 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this year, which should be sufficient to cope with the pandemic, said Prime Minister…

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Thai cabinet agrees to another 7,000 baht each for 33.5 million Thais under “Rao Chana” scheme

The Thai cabinet, today (Tuesday), approved the Finance Ministry’s proposal to extend the “Rao Chana” economic stimulus scheme until end of June for 33.5 million Thais, including 2.4 million new…

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Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, during the televised addredd on April 16, 2021.

The momentum was missed, and the PM’s message was off track

The televised address by Thai prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Friday was widely criticized. Experts said it is not just because of the issue of communication skills, but also the…

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The COVID-19 testing center in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Canada to spend big to ‘punch way out of Covid recession’

Canada’s finance minister announced Can$101.4 billion (US$80.9 billion) in spending to help its battered economy recover from the pandemic and set a greener course with a new climate target. The…

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Phuket tightens control on all local and foreign arrivals until end of April

Phuket has imposed strict new controls on all people entering the resort island, effective from tomorrow (Wednesday) until the end of April. The new measure, which was approved by the…

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With few vaccines, Thailand relies on Favipiravir in battle against COVID

Although most COVID-19 patients in Thailand will not be treated with Favipiravir since their symptoms are too mild, the country is still using more than 20,000 pills of this antiviral…

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Do’s and Don’ts in field hospitals

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has released guidelines and rules for stays in field hospitals. They are: -Bring your own personal items, such as cutlery, toiletries, clothes, towels and medication -Cigarettes,…

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Thai FDA discourages use of rapid test kits to assess immunity after COVID vaccination

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised against the use of commercial rapid antibody test kits to assess immunity after vaccination, due to their unreliability and possible false results….

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A health worker collects a swab sample to test for COVID-19 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai, India, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

COVID-19 India variant – what do we know?

While Thailand has recorded the presence of the UK variant of coronavirus in just the last couple of weeks, the world is now getting worried about the ‘double mutant’ discovered…

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Buri Ram village locked down after a dead hospital patient found infected with COVID-19

A village in the Prakhon chai district of Thailand’s northeastern province of Buri Ram was declared off-limits today, and the emergency ward of the district hospital was closed for three…

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Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department

Thai government to procure two million Favipiravir anti-viral tablets

Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has recently entered into contract negotiations to procure one million tablets of Favipiravir, and anti-viral drug used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, and is…

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A health worker collects a sample from a young passenger for a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test at a state transport bus station in Bangalore on April 5, 2021. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)

Young and infected: Covid-19’s new patients as India battles huge surge

At the start of the year, India thought it had beaten the pandemic and had kicked off a mass vaccination drive. The nation of 1.3 billion people has been hit by…

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High demand for COVID-19 screening after 20 infections related to Ayutthaya market

Health officials in Thailand’s central province of Ayutthaya have expanded COVID-19 screening to 800 people at high risk in Muang district, after 20 people, linked to the central farmers’ market,…

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Syringes with the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine lay on a table at a pop up vaccine clinic at the Jewish Community Center on April 16, 2021 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Thailand’s vaccine shopping list as COVID surges

As the number of new COVID-19 cases surges this month, the government is rushing to find more vaccines for Thais. On Friday (April 16), Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha took…

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All nightspots in Bangkok to remain closed for another 14 days

All entertainment outlets in Bangkok, including pubs, karaoke bars and massage parlours, which have already been closed for more than a week, will remain closed for at least the next…

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1,547 new COVID-19 cases and 2 more deaths recorded on Sunday

Thailand recorded 1,547 new COVID-19 cases and 2 more deaths today (Saturday), one of them linked to the Thonglor cluster. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said one of the fatalities…

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People stand in line to be sprayed with disinfectant during a mass testing event at a sport complex in Bangkok on April 17, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Bangkok virus spike sparks alcohol ban, venue closures

Hundreds waited at a Bangkok stadium to get free Covid-19 tests Saturday as a spiraling infection rate gripped Thailand, on a fourth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases….

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Jana district residents to file complaint against SBPAC over boxing event

Residents of Jana district, in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, are considering taking legal action against the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC) for allegedly defying an order of the…

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Commuters with facemasks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus walk to a train station at rush hour in Bangkok a few months ago.

Six million Thais rendered jobless by COVID-19 pandemic – ThaiHealth

About six million Thais have been rendered jobless, since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Thailand early last year, and 1.3 million university and college graduates are unlikely to find jobs or…

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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.

New restrictions nationwide start Sunday to curb surge in COVID-19 infections

New restrictions are to be imposed across Thailand, from Sunday, for a minimum of 14 days, to contain the rapid spread of the third wave of COVID-19 infections. As endorsed…

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17 medics at Samut Prakan hospital isolated after patient lies about contact with an infected person

Seventeen medical personnel at Samut Prakan provincial hospital have been quarantined after a patient failed to disclose information about his contact with a person infected with COVID-19. The hospital said,…

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1,582 new COVID cases in Thailand as disease spreads nationwide

COVID-19 infections in Thailand surged to 1,582 cases today (Friday), and the disease has now spread to all 77 provinces. According to Dr. Chawetsan Namwat, of the Disease Control Department,…

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Pfizer CEO: Vaccine third dose ‘likely’ needed within 12 months

The head of Pfizer said in an interview aired Thursday that people will “likely” need a third dose of his company’s Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination,…

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COVID zoning system adjusted to just Red, Orange to reflect current situation

Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee has revised the COVID-19 zoning system, in line with the worsening situation, by dividing the country into just Red and Orange zones, instead of Red,…

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“Time to sacrifice” – Another lonely Ramadan in Thailand

From cancelled Iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers in the provinces with 50 COVID-19 infections or more, almost all Muslims across Thailand are bracing for a bleak fasting month of…

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Nakhon Ratchasima opens its first field hospital for COVID-19 patients

The first field hospital in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima is scheduled to open on Thursday, to ease congestion at general hospitals. Located in the Chartchai Hall building of…

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