A student uses hand sanitiser as she arrives at a secondary school in Bangkok on July 1, 2020, as schools reopened after being temporarily closed due to the threat of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. – Pupils in Thailand returned to school on July 1, though with strict rules to prevent fresh coronavirus outbreaks, as the kingdom pushed towards normality with the pandemic raging on beyond its borders. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Education ministry details school fees are to be refunded by private schools

Private schools, which provide online learning during the lockdown, must refund certain fees and charges to parents, either in cash or by credit note, said the Office of the Private…

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Residents queue for a mandatory Covid-19 coronavirus test in the Jordan area of the Yau Tsim Mong district of Kowloon in Hong Kong on January 22, 2021, an area of dense housing which has seen a recent spike in cases of the coronavirus. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong ends lockdown in Kowloon neighborhood

Hong Kong’s government on Monday morning ended an unprecedented lockdown after testing thousands of residents living in an area that had reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases, authorities said….

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A taxi driver waits for customers on an empty Khao San Road, once a popular tourist destination before the Covid-19 pandemic, in Bangkok on January 19, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Bangkok to ease restrictions on 13 types of business from Friday

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will ease the restrictions and allow 13 types of business to reopen from tomorrow (Friday), with strict disease control measures in place. Game Arcades; but…

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Thailand records 315 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand increase by 315 today, compared to yesterday’s 216, bringing the total to 7,694, since the first outbreak early last year. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin said…

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Bangkok set up 14 COVID-19 screening checkpoints around the city

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered 11 districts in the capital to set up 14 COVID-19 screening checkpoints, in the light of the rising number of new, locally-transmitted cases…

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Thai PM assures no national lockdown despite a surge in COVID-19 cases

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reassured that the Thai government will not resort to a lockdown of the entire country in the wake of the surge in COVID-19 infections, noting…

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Cabinet approves 11 billion baht to fight COVID-19 as Bang Lamung locked down

The Thai cabinet has approved an 11 billion baht budget to fund the procurement of medical equipment, vaccines and medicines to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and to compensate about one…

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No travel restrictions over New Year break, but PM wants Thais to stay home with families

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha assured today that no travel restrictions will be imposed during the New Year holidays, but he would prefer Thai people to celebrate the arrival of the…

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No national lockdown yet for Thailand, contagion zoning to be imposed – PM

The Thai government has decided to impose COVID-19 zoning, in accordance with the number of infections, instead of a national lockdown. Top medical experts say they are confident that the…

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People wearing face mask walk by an empty cafe in Berlin, Germany / REUTERS

France and Germany thrust into lockdown as second COVID-19 wave sweeps Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown on Wednesday, as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before…

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New Zealand reports more COVID-19 cases ahead of lockdown decision

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s first coronavirus outbreak in three months has spread further, officials reported on Friday, just hours before Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce whether…

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

Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

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

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Europe prepares for more lockdown easing as virus hopes rise

Europe on Sunday prepared for a further cautious easing of coronavirus restrictions following signs the pandemic may be slowing, after Spaniards flocked to the streets to jog, cycle and rollerskate…

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Report says Thailand’s suicide rate increasing during coronavirus pandemic

Driven to desperation by the unprecedented economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Thais taking their own lives to escape their hardship has increased, according to a research…

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Health workers wearing protective gear walk on a railway track as they arrive in a slum area for a door-to-door verification of people to find out if they have developed any of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms, in Kolkata, India, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

India, Pakistan ease restrictions for some small businesses amid lockdown

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Indian government allowed a limited reopening of shops in neighborhoods and residential areas from Saturday, more than a month after the nation went into a…

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This photo from KTVF-TV sows a couple picking out their wedding bands at Bishops Jewelry Gallery in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Friday, April 22, 2020. Alaska businesses slowly began reopening Friday in an effort to restart the state’s economy. The state’s largest city, Anchorage, will allow businesses to reopen beginning Monday. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF-TV via AP)

3 states partly reopen, despite health officials’ warnings

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Even as the confirmed U.S. death toll from the coronavirus soared past 50,000, Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska began loosening lockdown orders Friday on their pandemic-wounded businesses,…

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Life under lockdown in Cardiff, UK

A life of Taiwanese university student, Tzu-ting Huang, under lockdown in the capital city of Wales.

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Thailand looking for a path out of lockdown

The lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world have come to a standstill as lockdowns, quarantines, social distancing and bans on public gatherings are enforced to curb…

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South African police clashed with Cape Town township residents protesting over access to food aid during a coronavirus lockdown

Hungry S.Africans clash with police over food aid in Cape Town

South African police on Tuesday fired rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with Cape Town township residents protesting over access to food aid during a coronavirus lockdown. Hundreds of angry…

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A worker wearing a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus sprays disinfectant as a vehicle prepares to enter to an office building carpark in Beijing, Monday, April 13, 2020. China on Monday reported over 100 new cases of coronavirus infection, dozens of them imported. Of the new domestic cases, several were recorded in the province of Heilongjiang bordering Russia and southern business hub of Guangzhou. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Countries facing pressure to loosen virus restrictions

TOKYO (AP) — South Korean officials warned Monday that hard-earned progress fighting the coronavirus pandemic could be upset by new infections at bars and leisure spots, highlighting global tensions between…

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Orange growers had to dump their fruit due to lack of buyers during lockdown. Image Credit: Manager Online

Lockdown forces orange growers to dump their fruit due to lack of buyers

A number of orange growers in Thailand’s Sukhothai province have been forced to dispose of their fruit, because of a lack of customers, due to the inter-provincial travel restrictions imposed…

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Pattaya under lockdown as of Thursday

Thailand’s famous resort city of Pattaya will be locked down from Thursday until further notice. Entry to the city will not be permitted and the movements of those living or…

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Phuket’s governor closes Karon and Rawai areas

Two more areas in Phuket, well known for their resort hotels and beautiful beaches, have been locked down, effective today until further notice, as the provincial administration escalates efforts to…

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Phuket orders lockdown of famous Patong area

Phuket governor Pakkapong Thaweepat has ordered a lockdown of resort town’s night entertainment zone, as the provincial administration steps up its fight against the spread of COVID-19. Effective today (Sunday)…

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Phuket, Yala, Narathiwat placed on lockdown

Three southern provinces of Phuket, Yala and Narathiwat have been placed on lockdown in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic.  Land traffic in an out of these provinces are…

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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)

Phuket lockdown comes into effect at midnight on Sunday

Citing the worsening COVID-19 situation in Phuket province, Governor Pakkapong Thaveewat has imposed a lockdown of the popular resorting island, prohibiting all land and sea access to and from the…

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An Indian health worker speaks next to a banner durign a Corona virus information camp for travellers at an India-Nepal border crossing some 32 kms from Siliguri on January 26, 2020. – Health authorities in Nepal on January 24 confirmed that a student who returned from Wuhan, China tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the first South Asian country to report the deadly disease. (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP)

India imposes 21-day lockdown to curb coronavirus

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will begin the world’s largest lockdown on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a TV address, warning citizens to stay inside or risk inviting…

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa annouces South Africa will close its borders from Wednesday to all foreigners from countries highly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

S.Africa orders lockdown as continent moves to stop virus spread

Numerous sub-Saharan countries acted to stem the spread of coronavirus on Monday, with South Africa announcing a soldier-patrolled lockdown and Senegal and Ivory Coast each declaring a state of emergency. …

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Lockdowns not enough to defeat coronavirus, says leading World Health Organisation expert

LONDON (REUTERS) – Countries can’t simply lock down their societies to defeat coronavirus, the World Health Organisation’s top emergency expert said on Sunday (March 22), adding that public health measures…

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Bangkok disconnected: Lives unravel as city enters self-quarantine

Prapas Thongsuk was desperate to hug his daughter when she landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport late on Friday, but all he could do was sigh with relief to see his daughter…

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Emerging infectious diseases expert warns “Time is running out for Thailand”

Chulalongkorn University’s Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases chief, Dr. Thiravat Hemachudha, has warned the Thai government that time is running out for Thailand if it does not immediately close its…

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PM ready to close Thai borders to entry if virus situation worsens to Stage 3

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that his government is ready to close the country’s borders to all foreign arrivals, if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens to Stage 3. The…

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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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