Chinese travelers rush to take advantage of reopening

After two years of separation from his wife in mainland China, Hong Kong resident Cheung Seng-bun made sure he was among the first to cross the border following the reopening…

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Will Chinese arrivals overwhelm Thailand’s healthcare sector?

While several countries have imposed stringent COVID-control measures on travellers from China, Thailand has decided to welcome them with open arms despite concerns about its healthcare sector being overwhelmed. China…

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Shanghai hospitals filled to the brim in COVID outbreak

Hospitals in Shanghai were overwhelmed by visitors on Wednesday (January 5) as international health experts predict at least one million deaths in China this year, but Beijing has reported five…

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Travelers walk through the arrivals terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on July 1, 2022. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Three ministries to meet Thursday to prepare for return of Chinese tourists

The Thai Government has assigned a special budget to take care of foreign tourists, including those from China, in case they are infected with COVID-19 on arrival and require medical…

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Which countries have imposed fresh Covid rules on travellers from China?

Around a dozen countries have slapped fresh travel regulations on travellers from China, as the world’s most populous nation faces a surge in Covid cases following its decision to relax strict virus restrictions. Here is a run-down of the countries that have imposed mandatory Covid tests and…

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2022 marks revival of Thailand’s tourism after two years in the wilderness

After bolting the doors for two years following the outbreak of the pandemic, Thailand decided to fully reopen the country in 2022, removing the COVID-19 restrictions that had throttled tourism, a…

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Thailand’s COVID death toll rises, hospitalisations fall during past week

Deaths from COVID-19 between November 27th and December 3rd surged to 105, or an average of 15 cases a day, from the previous week’s 74 deaths, according to the COVID-19…

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Beijing, Shenzhen loosen more COVID curbs as China easing gathers pace

Beijing residents cheered the removal of COVID-19 testing booths while Shenzhen followed other cities in announcing it would no longer require commuters to present their test results to travel, as an easing…

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Possible COVID infected man found dead in Bangkok’s Din Daeng area

A security guard, thought to be suffering from COVID-19, was found dead on Sunday in his rented room in Bangkok’s Din Daeng area. Huai Khwang police said they found a…

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Apple says iPhone production hit by China Covid lockdown

Apple warned customers would face longer wait times for iPhones with the holiday season approaching, after Covid restrictions in central China “temporarily impacted” production at the world’s largest factory producing the smartphone. Foxconn, Apple’s principal subcontractor, locked down its…

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Will new XBB strain cause COVID to resurge in Thailand?

The rapid spread of COVID-19’s latest subvariant – XBB – is grabbing attention worldwide, including in Thailand. Three weeks after it was first detected in Singapore, XBB now accounts for…

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Rare protest in China tech hub over Covid lockdown

Dozens of people have taken part in a rare protest in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen, social media footage shows, after officials announced a snap lockdown over a handful of Covid cases. The megacity of more than 18 million…

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A guide to Thailand’s COVID vaccination drive among babies and young kids

The youngest possible segment of the Thai population – aged from six months up to five years old – will soon be able to get COVID-19 jabs as the government…

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Residents line up for Covid-19 screening in Chengdu in southwestern China’s Sichuan province Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Chinese city of 21 million shuts down over Covid outbreak

Around 21 million people in the Chinese city of Chengdu effectively went into lockdown on Thursday as authorities raced to snuff out a new Covid-19 outbreak. China is the last…

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COVID still a killer for 500,000 vulnerable people – but Thailand has new defense

Thailand is strengthening its defenses against COVID-19 for about 500,000 immunocompromised people who – vaccinated or otherwise – remain vulnerable. This extra protection comes in the form of AstraZeneca’s long-acting…

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Are ‘rebound’ infections cause for concern and are antivirals to blame?

Concern over COVID-19 “rebound” infections is soaring globally after US President Joe Biden tweeted on Sunday (July 31) that he had “tested positive again” – just days after recovering. In…

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As schools prepare to reopen, what toll has COVID taken on Thailand’s children?

Schools in Thailand will open their doors for the first time in more than two years on May 17, as the pandemic recedes. The Education Ministry made the decision to…

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FILE – An employee of the Kyonghung Foodstuff General Store disinfects the showroom in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Before acknowledging domestic COVID-19 cases, Thursday, May 12, 2022, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist system was protecting its 26 million people from “a malicious virus” that had killed millions around the world. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)

EXPLAINER: What’s behind North Korea’s COVID-19 admission?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Before acknowledging its first domestic COVID-19 cases, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist…

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Thailand prepares armory of anti-COVID weapons for Songkran battle 

With the number of COVID-19 patients surging to more than 20,000 daily, Thai authorities are busy taking steps to ensure an adequate supply of medicines. Even though most COVID-19 patients…

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A worker wearing protective gear looks on as people are tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a residential compound in Shanghai on March 18, 2022. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

China reports two Covid-19 deaths, first in more than a year

China reported two Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, its first in more than a year, underlining the threat posed by an Omicron outbreak that has triggered the country’s highest case counts…

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A guide to the UCEP Plus treatment scheme for COVID-19 patients

From March 16, people who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be able to claim free treatment under Thailand’s Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients (UCEP). However, those with serious…

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S.Korea daily COVID-19 cases top 100,000, curfew eased ahead of election

SEOUL, Feb 18 (Reuters) – South Korea’s new daily COVID–19 cases topped 100,000 for the first time amid its Omicron outbreak, with authorities saying social distancing measures would be only slightly eased ahead of the March 9 presidential election. Authorities…

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Japan eases strict border controls criticised by business, educators

Japan will ease border controls imposed to counter the pandemic, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday, softening measures that have been among the strictest imposed by wealthy nations and…

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Diana Merchant self-tests for COVID-19 at a No Cost COVID-19 Drive-Through testing provided the GUARDaHEART Foundation at the Guirado Park in Whittier, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. With the brutal omicron wave rapidly easing its grip, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are falling in 49 of the 50 states. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

US death toll from COVID-19 hits 900,000, sped by omicron

Propelled in part by the wildly contagious omicron variant, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 900,000 on Friday, less than two months after eclipsing 800,000. The two-year total, as…

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Airport officers stand in the international departure terminal at Ngurah Rai airport in Tuban on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on October 14, 2021, on the first day of reopening to foreign tourists from 19 countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic. SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP

Bali to welcome first international tourist flight amid cautious reopening

Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali will welcome its first direct flight carrying foreign tourists for nearly two years on Thursday, but just a handful of visitors will be on board…

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Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to prevent COVID hamster cull

HONG KONG, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Hong Kong police will deal with pet lovers who try to stop people giving up their hamsters to be put down, or who offer…

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A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson attending Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London on January 12, 2022. – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Wednesday apologised for attending a lockdown-breaching party held in his Downing Street garden, but deflected calls to resign as the opposition leader called him a “man without shame”. After days of dismal headlines and collapsing poll ratings, Johnson said he regarded the newly revealed boozy get-together in May 2020 as a work event for Downing Street staff. (Photo by JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO USE FOR ENTERTAINMENT, SATIRICAL, ADVERTISING PURPOSES – MANDATORY CREDIT ” AFP PHOTO / Jessica Taylor /UK Parliament”

UK govt apologises to Queen for parties on eve of prince funeral

The UK government on Friday apologised to Queen Elizabeth II, after revelations that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s staff broke coronavirus restrictions by partying on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral….

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Polish scientists find gene that doubles risk of serious COVID

Polish scientists have found a gene that they say more than doubles the risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19, a discovery they hope could help doctors identify people who…

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Keeping economic activities open while whittling down the number of COVID-19 cases will be a major task before the authorities in 2022. (Photo by Dan Freeman)

Five key economic challenges of 2022

For the third year in a row, Thailand’s and the global economic recovery will hinge on progress in fighting the COVID outbreak. Consumers, businesses, and policymakers will face five key…

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Welcome to “Newer Normal”

“New Normal” was an adapted way of life that prevailed when people thought they could perish if infected by the coronavirus. That adaptation is partly old now because, while the virus…

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Omicron less severe but still threat to health systems

Omicron is causing record numbers of cases around the world, and though it causes less severe Covid-19 experts warn this wave still threatens to overwhelm health systems. – Nose and…

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Nadal says Djokovic knew the risks: ‘He made his own decisions’

Rafael Nadal had little sympathy for long-time rival Novak Djokovic, saying on Thursday that he must face the consequences for not being vaccinated against coronavirus.   World’s number one was…

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AstraZeneca vaccine booster works against Omicron, Oxford lab study finds

A three-dose course of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the rapidly-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, the pharmaceutical company said on Thursday, citing data from an Oxford University lab study. Findings from the…

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Two-dose vaccines induce lower antibodies against Omicron, study finds

Two-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimens do not induce enough neutralising antibodies against the Omicron coronavirus variant, British scientists found, indicating that increased infections in those previously infected or vaccinated may be…

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People wait in a queue outside a pop-up vaccination centre for the Covid-19 vaccine or booster, in Hammersmith and Fulham in Greater London on December 3, 2021, as rollout accelerates in England. Britain has set a two-month target to give booster jabs to all adults over 18, as it seeks to minimise the impact from the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Daniel LEAL / AFP

‘Phenomenal’ Omicron spread accounts for 40% of London infections

Britain said on Monday that the Omicron coronavirus variant was spreading at a “phenomenal rate” and now accounted for about 40% of infections in London, so people should get a…

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Thailand removed from Germany’s list of COVID-19 high risk countries

Germany has removed Thailand from its list of COVID-19 high-risk countries, effective from today (Sunday), under which people arriving from Thailand can enter Germany without the need for quarantine, if…

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Singapore, Malaysia reopen busy land border for vaccinated travellers

Singapore and Malaysia re-opened one of the world’s busiest land borders on Monday, allowing vaccinated travellers to make the crossing after nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden…

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The photo taken on October 21, 2021 shows Xu Wei holding his son Xu Haoyang, diagnosed with Menkes syndrome, after extracting urine from his bladder for testing at a hospital, at their home in Kunming in southwestern China’s Yunnan province.

The Chinese dad making medicine to treat his dying son

Two-year-old Haoyang has likely just months to live — but the only medicine that can help his rare genetic condition is not found anywhere in China and closed borders due…

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Travelers arrive at a nearly empty security check-in at Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Current US numbers — more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported — have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. Kena Betancur / AFP

International travellers head to the United States as flights reopen

Travelers across the world prepared on Monday to be reunited with loved ones in the United States for the first time in nearly two years, as restrictions were lifted to…

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The undertaker at Wat Saphan in Bangkok’s Klongtoey district.

COVID-19 exposes just how broken the world is

The coronavirus pandemic has reflected a broken world defined by inequality, division and a lack of accountability, causing a failure to put an end to the outbreak that so far…

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Britain approves Merck’s COVID-19 pill in world first

Britain on Thursday became the first country in the world to approve a potentially game-changing COVID-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by Merck (MRK.N) and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, in a boost to…

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Gen Nattaphon Narkphanit: The military man leading Thailand’s biggest battle against COVID 

The recent appointment of Gen Nattaphon Narkphanit to lead the fight against Thailand’s new epicenter of COVID-19, the restive deep South, has sparked controversy on all sides. Nattaphon, a PM’s…

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Students from the Attarkiyah Islamic school sit to receive doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Narathiwat Hospital in the southern province of Narathiwat on October 11, 2021. Madaree TOHLALA / AFP

Five southern provinces among Thailand’s top ten for new COVID-19 cases

Five southern provinces are among Thailand’s ten with the highest rates of new COVID-19 infections today (Friday), with Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat being ranked after Bangkok,…

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AstraZeneca drug cocktail succeeds in late-stage study to treat COVID-19

AstraZeneca has requested emergency approval from U.S. regulators for its antibody cocktail, the first protective shot other than vaccines against COVID-19, another potential major step in the global fight to…

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Chiang Mai’s Muang Mai market closed for disinfection after new cluster of COVID-19 infections emerges

Chiang Mai’s largest retail market for fresh food, fruits and vegetables, Muang Mai, remains eerily quiet for a second day today (Sunday) after the provincial communicable disease committee decided to…

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WHO backs antibody treatment for high-risk Covid patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday recommended the synthetic antibody treatment Regeneron for Covid-19, but only in patients with specific health profiles.   Persons with non-severe Covid-19 who are…

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Children walk home with their guardians after school in Singapore on May 17, 2021, as the country prepares to shut all schools and switch to home-based learning until the end of the term due to a rise in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Singapore fully vaccinates 80% of population against COVID-19

Singapore has fully inoculated 80% of its 5.7 million people against COVID-19, the health minister said on Sunday, becoming the world’s most vaccinated country and setting the stage for further…

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Thai frontline medic’s heartfelt plea to Prime Minister Prayut

Thammasat field hospital has asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to set up a war room, so he meet with his ministers and senior officials every morning to assess the latest…

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3 villages near poultry plant in Phetchabun locked down as 3,000 workers found infected with COVID-19

Three villages around a frozen poultry plant in Bung Samphan district of Phetchabun province have been locked down after 19 villagers and more than half of the 6,500 plus workers…

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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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5,916 new COVID-19 infections, 44 more deaths in Thailand on Sunday

Thailand logged 5,916 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,498 cases in Bangkok (not counting prisoners) and 44 more deaths today (Sunday), according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Five…

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Thailand records 4,059 new COVID-19 cases and 35 more deaths on Tuesday

Thailand’s COVID-19 caseload surged by 4,059 cases today (Tuesday), with 35 more deaths. New clusters have been found in nine provinces, including three in Bangkok, according to the Centre for…

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Thailand’s consumer confidence index for May lowest for 22 years

Thailand’s consumer confidence index (CCI) for the month of May plunged to its lowest point in 22 years and eight months, due to impacts from the third wave of the…

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Concern for real estate industry as COVID-19 spreads among construction workers

The Thai Real Estate Association and related agencies are discussing ways to control the spread of COVID-19 among construction workers, amidst rising concerns that it could delay construction of many…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 3rd wave surpasses 100,000 cases on Sunday

COVID-19 infections, since the outbreak of the third wave in April, have crossed the 100,000 line to 100,637 today, with 3,382 new cases and 17 more deaths being logged, according…

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437 more COVID-19 cases found in Phetchaburi factory

437 more COVID-19 infections have been found connected to the Cal-Comp Electronics factory in Phetchaburi province, bringing the total in the cluster to 2,111 so far, according to local authorities….

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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine approved by TFDA for emergency use in Thailand

The US-made Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) for emergency use, said the agency today (Thursday). It is the fourth vaccine approved by…

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What to do before and after your vaccination

If you are over 60 years old, or if you have chronic respiratory disease, heart and blood vessel disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease or stroke, cancer, obesity or diabetes,…

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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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COVID-19 insurance policies, paying out on infection, cancelled

Amid a surge in cases, several insurance companies have cancelled their COVID-19 insurance policies, which promised payment upon the discovery of infection, dubbed “Found, Paid, Done” policies. They have now…

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At-risk people linked to a Covid-19 coronavirus cluster traced to entertainment venues, wait to be vaccinated with the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, at a makeshift clinic at Saeng Thip sports ground in Bangkok on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine could result in 96.7% immunity in 4 weeks

A study of 61 patients shows that people who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have achieved 96.7% immunity within a month, compared to those who had…

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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine waits for approval from Thai FDA

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is looking to procure the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), after a discussion with a Moderna representative today. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine…

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2nd field hospital for Khlong Toey COVID-19 patients is in the works

A second field hospital, to accommodate COVID-19 patients from Bangkok’s Khlong Toey slum area, is being planned, with an old building next to the Port Authority head office as the…

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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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Thai Health Ministry wants to turn Hua Mark indoor stadium into a COVID-19 triage centre

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, called an urgent meeting today, with senior public health officials and administrators at Bangkok’s City Hall, to tackle the lack of hospital beds and…

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Police Hospital seeks help after patient transporters infected with COVID-19

Bangkok’s Police General Hospital has asked the Royal Thai Police to send about 90 officers urgently, to help in the transport of patients, after more than 10 patient transporters were…

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Indigenous nurse of the Misak ethnic group Anselmo Tunubala, 49, inoculates an elderly indigenous woman with a Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19 in the Guambia indigenous reservation, rural area of Silvia, department of Cauca, Colombia, on April 15, 2021. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)

Vaccine doses pass one billion mark as global cases top new record

The number of Covid-19 jabs administered globally surpassed the one billion mark on Saturday, offering hope even as the number of virus cases worldwide hit a new daily record mainly…

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Senior doctor explains why calls to 1668 hotlines are often remain unanswered

The Thai Medical Services Department has appealed for public understanding over complaints, including the one from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, claiming that calls to the 1668 hotlines are, on many…

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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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Six suffer partial paralysis after inoculation with Sinovac vaccine

Six people, who were inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine in Thailand’s eastern coastal province of Rayong, developed partial paralysis and had to be given medication to dissolve blood clots, said…

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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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More high-risk venues closed in Prachuap Khiri Khan as new COVID-19 cases surge

The provincial administration of Thailand’s southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan has ordered the closure of several more types of venue, which are considered to represent a high risk for…

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Experts concerned more children are contracting COVID-19 in the latest wave

An expert in infectious diseases in children has expressed her concern that more children are catching COVID-19 from family members, while the COVID-19 vaccines for children are still under development….

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Thailand records 48 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday

Thailand reported 48 new COVID-19 cases and 66 recoveries today (Tuesday), according to the CCSA. Of the new infections, 27 are locally-acquired, which include 17 in Bangkok, 8 in Samut…

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a statement to journalists on the government measures against the SARS-like virus in Phnom Penh on January 30, 2020. – Cambodia’s health ministry reported the country’s first case of the virus on January 27, a 60-year-old man who arrived from Wuhan and is now stable, as the death toll from China’s viral epidemic on January 30 leapt to 170, with 7,892 confirmed infections. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Cambodian PM Hun Sen tests negative after meeting Hungary FM

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday he had tested negative for Covid-19, a day after meeting Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto who was confirmed…

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Workers are transported on a truck to a construction site in Bangkok on July 23, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Does my employer have to say if a coworker has the virus?

Does my employer have to say if a coworker has the virus? Employers are generally not required to tell workers when someone in the workplace has tested positive for the…

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Seven new COVID-19 cases in quarantine recorded in Thailand today

Thailand today recorded seven new COVID-19 cases, all in alternative state quarantine (ASQ), and two new recoveries. According to the CCSA, one new infection is a 40-year old Brazilian, who…

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A Kashmiri shopkeeper sits at the entrance of his half closed shop during lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, July 27, 2020. Indian-controlled Kashmir’s economy is yet to recover from a colossal loss a year after New Delhi scrapped the disputed region’s autonomous status and divided it into two federally governed territories. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

India sets global record with single-day rise in coronavirus cases

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India on Sunday reported the biggest single-day jump in coronavirus infections of any nation in the COVID-19 pandemic, as the epicentre shifts to the south Asian…

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A health worker collects nasal swab samples from a woman during a mass test for the new coronavirus in a neighborhood in Tangerang, Indonesia, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: China battles new outbreak in far west Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — The number of confirmed cases in a new COVID-19 outbreak in China’s far west has risen to 17. The National Health Commission said Saturday that 16 more…

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Top 10 countries with the highest numbers of COVID-19. as of March 28th, 2020

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India imposes 14-hour curfew to curb coronavirus spread

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India launched a 14-hour long curfew on Sunday to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic in the country, where 315 people have so far been found to have…

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