Suitable private labs to be allowed to test for monkeypox, no new case yet

Private laboratories in Thailand will be allowed to test specimens of suspected monkeypox infection, in addition to facilities at major hospitals and the Department of Medical Sciences, Deputy Public Health…

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People wearing face masks exit a BTS skytrain in Bangkok on December 6, 2021 as Thailand recorded on Monday its first case of the Covid-19 coronavirus Omicron variant. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Thailand lowers COVID-19 alert from Level 3 to 2 nationwide

The Ministry of Public Health has decided to lower the COVID-19 alert, from Level 3 to Level 2, throughout the country, in line with declining new infections, serious cases and…

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Regulation signed to make cannabis flowers a controlled herb in Thailand

Cannabis flowers, which contain a higher level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than other parts of the plant, have been classified as a controlled herb, under a new ministerial regulation already signed…

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Walk-in vaccination services launched at all of Thailand’s sub-district hospitals

In an attempt to get about 16 million people their booster COVID-19 vaccine shots, sub-district (Tambon) health promotion hospitals will provide free walk-in vaccination services to members of the public…

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Thailand’s face mask requirement in public may be eased in mid-June

The Ministry of Public Health will consider relaxing the mandatory wearing of face masks in public in some areas, tentatively by the middle of next month, as Thailand moves towards…

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Thai children’s IQ levels on the rise, over 10% above 130

The average intelligence quotient (IQ) of Thai children is on the rise, from an average of 98.3 in 2016 to 102.8 in 2021, while 10.4% of the students surveyed have…

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Maximum of 50,000 COVID-19 daily infections predicted after Songkran

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has predicted that there will be a maximum average of 50,000 COVID-19 cases a day after the Songkran holidays next week, about 3,000 new…

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Health Ministry seeks additional 75 million anti-viral pills ahead of Songkran

The Ministry of Public Health has asked the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) for an additional 75 million Favipiravir and Molnupiravir anti-viral medicines, as it anticipates a surge in COVID-19 infections…

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Health Minister says no water splashing on Khaosan Road during Songkran

The Ministry of Public Health has rejected a request, from businesses on Bangkok’s famed backpacker haven Khaosan Road, to allow water splashing, although other ways to celebrate Thailand’s traditional New…

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Cabinet decides to retain emergency medical coverage for COVID-19 patients

The Thai cabinet has decided to postpone indefinitely the Public Health Ministry’s plan to introduce a medical entitlement program for COVID-19 patients, instead of using the Universal Coverage for Emergency…

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Thailand’s birth rate falling over past five years

The birth rate in Thailand has been steadily falling over the past 5 years, so the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has discussed, with various organisations, the creation of a…

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Thai Health Ministry to remove COVID-19 from emergency coverage list on March 1

COVID-19 patients will no longer be covered by the Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients (UCEP) scheme from March 1st and will have to pay their own medical bills if they…

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A colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (green) heavily infected with Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple), isolated from a patient sample, at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Questions raised over plan to categorise COVID-19 as endemic in Thailand

Chief of the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases Health Science Centre, Dr. Thiravat Hemachudha, has raised some questions about the Ministry of Public Health’s plan to reclassify COVID-19 as…

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Thailand considers triple AstraZeneca vaccine regimen to fight Omicron variant

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) is in the process of obtaining information from Oxford University’s lab study, which shows that a three-dose course of AstraZeneca vaccine is effective against the…

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First local transmission of Omicron detected in Thailand, 63 cases confirmed so far

Thailand has confirmed a total of 63 Omicron cases to date, with more cases awaiting confirmation, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. Most of the confirmed and initially detected cases…

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No more conflict between MoPH and BMA over vaccine allocation – Anutin

The misunderstanding between the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), over the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, appears to have be resolved, at least for now….

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Thai Health Ministry to oppose resumption of the use of toxic farm chemicals

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is up in arms against the possible resumption of the use of two hazardous substances, paraquat and chlorpyrifos, the use of which, in the…

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