Prayut orders halt to arrivals from overseas to curb virus spread

The government is focusing its attempts to curb the spread of the coronavirus on Thais and foreigners entering Thailand from overseas as the 104 new infection cases were reported today…

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

Global virus cases near million as US records youngest death

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

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Home alone: Strain of being away from office and colleagues

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

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A Samaritan’s Purse crew and medical personnel work on preparing to open a 68 bed emergency field hospital specially equipped with a respiratory unit in New York’s Central Park, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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

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

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Now, the bright side

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

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Top 10 countries with the highest numbers of COVID-19. as of March 29th, 2020

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Parents of AFS students to seek PM’s help to return their children to Thailand

The parents of about 200 Thai students, currently in the USA under the American Field Service (AFS) exchange program, will meet with Thailand’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister tomorrow (Monday)…

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Five convicts escape from Buri Ram prison during riot

Five inmates have escaped from a prison, in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Buri Ram, after about 100 prisoners staged a riot and set fire to prison some buildings. One escapee…

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

IMF chief: ‘Clear we have entered recession’

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

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

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

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

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Thais show generosity and ingenuity to outwit deadly virus

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

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

Tourists stranded in Asia by canceled flights, shut borders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 26, 2020

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Stay home or face lockdown – supreme commander

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

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

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

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Total COVID-19 infections in Thailand pass 1,000

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

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Checkpoints spring up across Thailand to control inter-provincial travel

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

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

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

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

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

Artificial intelligence may be pandemic lifesaver… one day

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

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 25, 2020

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No curfew yet, but partial lockdown is here — Wissanu

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

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Thailand reports 107 new COVID-19 cases, including two doctors

The Thai Public Health Ministry reported 107 new COVID-19 cases today (Wednesday), including two medical professionals, bringing the total confirmed infections in the country to 934, including six medical personnel….

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THAI suspends all operations until May 31st

Thai Airways International has become another victim of COVID-19, as the loss-ridden national flag carrier immediately suspends all operations until May 31st.   THAI acting president Mr. Chakkrit Parapanthukul said…

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

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

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

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Thai government declares COVID-19 state of emergency

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

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

Bangkok residents and living with ‘social distancing’

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

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

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

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

Thailand reports 3 more COVID-19 fatalities

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

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

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

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

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

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

As virus spreads, next casualty could be Tokyo Olympics

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

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

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus: report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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First Thai woman dies of COVID-19 while abroad

A 66-year old Thai woman, who worked as a chef at a Thai restaurant in Washington DC, died of COVID-19 at the Med Star Hospital in Georgetown on Saturday. According…

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of March 21, 2020

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Public urged to trust “Team Thailand” to lead the fight against COVID-19

Thailand’s former public health minister, Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, said Saturday that he expects the rate of new confirmed COVID-19 infections to spike in the next couple of days, before stabilizing…

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COVID-19: How Bangkok’s new stringent measures will affect you

Bangkok authorities have insisted that the new package of stringent measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus does not amount to a lockdown of the city.   But judging from…

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

Singapore reports first two coronavirus deaths

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

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Shoppers crowd the check-out counters of the Ramkhamhaeng branch of Makro store as Bangkokians rush to stock-pile foods and other essential items following a new set of stringent measures announced by Bangkok authorities to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19: New stringent measures trigger panic buying in Bangkok

Bangkok residents flocked to stock up on essential goods this afternoon after the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) ordered the closure of most retail businesses, bowling alleys, public swimming pools and…

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Covid-19: Shopping malls, markets in Bangkok to be closed

In what is seen as a step close to a lockdown, Bangkok authorities today ordered all department stores and markets in the city closed for three weeks starting Sunday (March…

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Thailand’s confirmed COVID-19 cases jump by 89 on Saturday

Thailand reported 89 confirmed new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, the biggest single day jump to date. This brings the country’s total confirmed infections to 411, with the boxing stadium cluster…

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Trump says US on top as outbreak shuts largest cities

New York and Illinois followed California Friday in locking down to stem the coronavirus pandemic as President Donald Trump declared the United States was already “winning” the war despite a…

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19

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WHO praises Thailand for its efforts to contain COVID-19

The World Health Organization’s representative in Thailand has praised Thailand for its ability, to date, to contain the spread of COVID-19 and for being the first country, outside China, to…

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Fighting COVID-19 is like running a marathon – Dr. Yong Poovorawan

Fighting COVID-19 is a long-haul battle, like running a marathon, as the contagion will remain with mankind for a long time, at least until there is an effective vaccine, said…

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

Italian death toll overtakes China’s as virus spreads

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

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Former Malaysian PM Mahathir in self-quarantine 

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

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

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

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Thailand reports 33 new COVID-19 cases today (Monday)

Thailand today reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, binging the total number of infections in the country to 147, with 36 having recovered, 108 in hospital and one death. Seventeen of…

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Buri Ram partially locks down the province to stem COVID-19 spread

Buri Ram has become the first province in Thailand to announce a partial lockdown to restrict the spread of COVID-19.   Governor Tatchakorn Hatthathayakul, who ordered the measure, said that,…

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Government advised to stop all crowd activities and events

Thailand’s well known virologist, Dr. Yong Poovorawan, has proposed that the Government stop all social events and activities that attract crowds, and to provide easier public access to COVID-19 tests,…

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Suvarnabhumi International Airport deserted as fear of virus grips travellers

It was eerily quiet at Suvarnabhumi at 9pm on Saturday night, as both the arrival and departure halls were virtually deserted. Mr. Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, the managing director of Airports of…

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US-China trade truce at risk as virus hits global economy

A hard-won trade war truce between the US and China is at risk as the coronavirus pandemic rocks the global economy, making it tough for Beijing to fulfil its commitments….

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Trump tests negative for virus as US expands Europe traveler ban

President Donald Trump has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, his physician said Saturday, following concerns over his exposure to a disease that has paralyzed the globe. Trump agreed to…

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Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

China, US spar over origin of coronavirus

A Chinese government campaign to cast doubt on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is fuelling a row with the United States, with a Beijing official promoting conspiracy theories and…

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Coronavirus – seven steps to prevent the spread of the virus

The formal declaration of a #COVID19 #pandemic does not change the fact that you can – and should – take these simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announces plans for a sweeping lockdown of the capital’s 12 million people, including a halt to domestic travel, in a bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus. (AFP)

Philippine capital to impose night-time curfew over virus

Manila will impose a night-time curfew in the city of 12 million, officials said Saturday, as the Philippines steps up efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The measure…

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Media urged to observe rules of engagement in crisis situations

Six Thai media associations issued a joint statement today to remind all media outlets to adhere to ethical standards in their reporting of the COVID-19 outbreak, by complying with the…

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Thailand reports 7 new COVID-19 cases, including a TV celebrity

The Thai Public Health Ministry today reported seven new COVID-19 cases, including four members of the same family and celebrity TV actor Matthew Dean. Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Suhum…

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PM appeals for unity to overcome COVID-19, drought and economic crises

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has appealed to the public to unite and join the Government in its attempts to overcome the scourges of COVID-19, drought and slowing economy. In his…

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Europe now “epicentre” of Covid-19 pandemic, says WHO

GENEVA (AFP) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that Europe was now the “epicentre” for the global coronavirus pandemic, and warned it was impossible to know when…

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waves to supporters as he leaves the presidential residence, Palacio da Alvorada, in Brasília, on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests negative for coronavirus

Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro said Friday he had tested negative for the new coronavirus, after a scare over a trip on which at least one infected member of his staff…

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US President Donald Trump says he will “likely” be tested soon for the novel coronavirus, although he stresses he is “displaying no symptoms,” during a hastily organized press conference in the White House’s Rose Garden. (Photo from AFP)

Trump declares state of emergency in coronavirus-paralysed US

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday in what critics say was a long-delayed admission of the gravity of the coronavirus crisis that’s triggered the shutdown of schools, sporting events, offices…

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People walk in the Ramblas of Barcelona on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Spain to declare state of alert over virus

Spain’s government is to declare a state of alert over the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday after infections soared over 4,200 with…

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Diplomat from Philippines first known coronavirus case at U.N. in New York

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A female diplomat from the Philippines mission to the United Nations tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, according to a note sent to U.N. missions, making…

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A volunteer sprays disinfectant inside a Christian church in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Friday, March 6, 2020. World stock markets are down sharply again as pessimism prevails over the economic impact of the virus outbreak (Chinatopix via AP)

China government spokesman says U.S. military may have brought virus to China

BEIJING (Reuters) – A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry suggested on Thursday the U.S. military might have brought the coronavirus to the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has been hardest…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2019 Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregorie Trudeau arrives at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. – The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said late March 22, 2020. “Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Wife of Canada’s PM Trudeau tests positive for coronavirus

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife has tested positive for the coronavirus, Canadian media reported. They quoted her husband as announcing that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, 44, came back from Europe…

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Number of infections as of March 12, 2020

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This picture taken from a commercial aircraft shows an aerial view of Mount Everest (C) and the Himalayan mountain range (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

China shuts down Everest over coronavirus

China has cancelled permits for Mount Everest because of the coronavirus, expedition organisers said Thursday, ahead of the spring climbing season on the world’s highest peak. Last year’s traffic-clogged spring…

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US actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Trump suspends travel to US from Europe,  actor Tom Hanks infected

US President Donald Trump this morning announced a month-long suspension of travel from Europe, with the exception of UK, to the United States. Speaking at a rare Oval Office address…

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People wearing protective face masks are seen on a crossroads as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

China eases curbs as coronavirus infections retreat, imported cases tick up

BEIJING (Reuters) – More places in China lowered emergency response levels to the coronavirus epidemic and relaxed travel restrictions a day after President Xi Jinping visited the epicenter of the…

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Virus concerns will cut restaurant revenues by about 8% this year – Kasikorn Research Centre

Public concern over COVID-19 is expected to slash the revenues of the restaurant sector this year by 25.6-36.5 billion baht to between 402 and 412 billion baht, according to Kasikorn…

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FILE PHOTO: British Conservative MP Nadine Dorries speaks in the Parliament during a debate on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit Deal, in London, Britain April 3, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS

UK health minister Dorries diagnosed with coronavirus

(Reuters) – British junior health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating, she said on Tuesday. Dorries said she took “all the advised precautions” as soon…

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Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Coronavirus clusters swell on both sides of the US

Alarming clusters of the coronavirus swelled on both coasts of the U.S. on Tuesday, with 70 cases now tied to a biotech conference in Boston and infections turning up at…

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In this March 8, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member walks down a corridor of an empty makeshift hospital in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province. The makeshift hospital converted from a sports venue was officially closed on Sunday after its last batch of cured COVID-19 patients were discharged. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

Xi visits virus’ epicenter as fears of recession grip world

BEIJING (AP) — China’s president visited the center of the global virus outbreak Tuesday as Italy began a sweeping nationwide travel ban and people worldwide braced for the possibility of…

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A completely empty Fondamenta della Misericordia is seen on Monday in Venice, Italy. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a “national emergency” due to the coronavirus outbreak and imposed quarantines on the Lombardy and Veneto regions.

Italy extends coronavirus lockdown to whole country

ROME (Reuters) – The whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown until next month, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday, in an unprecedented and unexpected new attempt to…

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‘Lightning rod’ Thammanat keeps fingers crossed as Cabinet shake-up looms

After surviving the recent censure debate with bruises, embattled Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao faces further controversy after his close aide was accused of colluding with a profiteer who allegedly…

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A passenger has his temperature checked as a precaution against a new coronavirus before boarding a flight to Vladivostok, Russia, at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Italy quarantines north in drastic bid to slow virus spread

ROME (AP) — Italy took a page from China’s playbook Sunday, attempting to lock down 16 million people — more than a quarter of its population — for nearly a…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, talks on his mobile phone in front of a screen showing the Nikkei index outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Oil prices crash, Asian shares set to tumble

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian share markets were set for a beating on Monday as investors fled to bonds to hedge the economic shock of the coronavirus, and oil plunged more…

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Rescue workers are seen on the site where a hotel being used for the novel coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS.

China quarantine hotel collapse kills 10

At least ten people were killed in the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China, authorities said Sunday. Rescuers retrieved 48 people from the…

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Pope Francis wipes his nose during the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on February 26, 2020, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope’s Sunday prayer to be livestreamed as coronavirus spreads

VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Francis’s Angelus prayer on Sunday will be livestreamed in a break with centuries-old tradition, the Vatican announced, as the number coronavirus cases topped 100,000. The…

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Rescue workers are seen on the site where a hotel being used for the novel coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS.

70 people trapped as China’s hotel used for quarantine collapses

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) – A five-storey hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the south-east Chinese port city of Quanzhou on Saturd trapping about 70 people, state media said. A…

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Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand today

Two more new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today by Thailand’s Public Health Ministry, bringing the total to 50. Of those, 31 have fully recovered and most have returned home, leaving…

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Number of infections as of March 5, 2020

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How to protect yourself against COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus introduced to humans for the first time. It is spread from person to person mainly through the droplets produced when…

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New stimulus economic packages to help all sectors affected by coronavirus

Thailand’s Finance Ministry is to roll out a new set of stimulus measures to help all sectors of Thai society currently affected by the COVID-19 situation, which has hit at…

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The costs of testing for COVID-19 infection

According to information obtained by Thai PBS, the charges made for an individual to be tested for COVID-19 infection vary from hospital to hospital. Hospital                                   Price (Baht) Siriraj Piya Maharajkaroon       …

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New COVID-19 case in Thailand

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has increased by one to 43, as another patient recovers and has been cleared of the disease.   Public health permanent secretary,…

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First COVID-19 related death in Thailand

A medical panel, from Thailand’s National Infectious Committee, will determine the exact cause of the death of a COVID-19 patient, who contracted dengue fever prior to becoming infected with the…

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Luxembourg reports first coronavirus case, linked to Italy

Luxembourg on Saturday announced its first case of infection by the new coronavirus: a man who recently returned from Italy, Health Minister Paulette Lenert told reporters. The man in his…

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First coronavirus death on US soil confirmed, Trump calls for calm

The first fatality from the novel coronavirus has been confirmed on US soil, as President Donald Trump on Saturday urged Americans not to panic. Health officials said the man who…

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US reports third case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin

US health officials on Friday reported a third case of the new coronavirus transmitted to a person who did not travel overseas or come in contact with anyone known to…

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Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture declares state of emergency over coronavirus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido declared a state of emergency on Friday as the number of coronavirus cases rose, asking residents to stay indoors over the weekend….

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Students arrives at their elementary school in Sendai, northern Japan, Friday morning, Feb. 28, 2020, a day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement. Abe asked all elementary, middle and high schools nationwide on Thursday to close until late March from March 2 to help control the spread of the new virus in the country. (Hironori Asakawa/Kyodo News via AP)

World harshens its virus response as epidemic worsens by day

BANGKOK (AP) — Saudi Arabia cut travel to Islam’s holiest sites, South Korea toughened penalties for those breaking quarantines and airports across Latin America looked for signs of sick passengers…

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Banks start installing thermal scanners to detect COVID-19 infection

A number of commercial banks have taken the precautionary measure of installing thermal scanners to check the body temperatures of bank visitors, for the safety of their staff and customers…

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A dog wears a paper cup over its mouth on a street in Beijing on February 4, 2020. – The number of total infections in China’s coronavirus outbreak has passed 20,400 nationwide with 3,235 new cases confirmed, the National Health Commission said on February 4. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Hong Kong finds coronavirus in pet dog samples, unclear if infected

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities said on Friday they quarantined a pet dog of a coronavirus patient after its nasal and oral samples tested “weak positive” for the…

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Iran vice president tests positive for new virus

The coronavirus epidemic in Iran has cost 26 lives, the health ministry announced Thursday, with a vice president becoming the latest top official to be infected as the spread appeared…

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