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Music fans spend more time listening to tunes during pandemic -study

Music fans globally are spending more time listening to tunes, about 18.4 hours a week on average, and have turned to their favorite artists for comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP. (Photo by Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS)

COVID-19 pill may revive old, bitter debate

Common sense, whether it’s humanitarian or economic, dictates that if the world has found a drug that can make the coronavirus a lot less scary, the treatment should be made…

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A boy and a girl wearing protective masks look through the fence of Aomi Urban Sports Park, hosting 3×3 basketball tournaments, a day after the official opening of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Suicides among Japanese children at record high during pandemic

TOKYO (Reuters) – Child suicides in Japan are the highest they have been in more than four decades, local media have reported, citing the country’s education ministry. As the COVID-19 pandemic prompted school closings and…

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IMF warns pandemic darkening prospects in developing countries

Washington (AFP) – The ongoing hit from the Covid-19 pandemic and the failure to distribute vaccines worldwide is worsening the economic divide and darkening prospects for developing nations, the IMF said Tuesday….

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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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People wait for 30 minutes to monitor for possible side effects after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine from a “Mobile Vaccination Unit” set up inside a bus in Bangkok on September 8, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Thai Rural Doctors Society claims COVID-19 infections are rising, not falling

The Rural Doctors Society (RDS) has warned Thai people not to lower their guard, noting that COVID-19 infections in Thailand are not declining, as widely misunderstood. On the contrary, are…

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COVID-19 resurgence in Hua Hin and Chaiyaphum closes market and TAO office 

The Chatchai market, in Thailand’s resort town of Hua Hin, has been ordered to close for three days from Monday, after 30 people connected to the market were found to be infected with COVID-19. The mayor of Hua Hin,…

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A protester speaks in a megaphone during a protest against the mandatory sanitary pass called “green pass” in the aim to limit the spread of the Covid-19 in central Rome on October 9, 2021. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Thousands protest in Rome against Covid health pass

Thousands of protesters including members of far-right groups demonstrated in central Rome on Saturday against the extension of the Covid-19 health pass system to all workplaces.  There were scuffles with…

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Antigen tests kits can now be sold in shops and online

Secretary-General of Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), Dr. Paisal Dankhum, says that the Public Health Ministry is now allowing the sale of antigen test kits (ATK) in shops and…

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Life as a last responder in a pandemic

Grief, unpleasant odours and an unsafe working environment– these are just some of the factors that contribute to the unappealing job of an undertaker and will likely discourage anyone from…

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Vietnam’s lockdown ensnares world’s clothing giants

From shoes and sweaters to car parts and coffee, Vietnam’s strict and lengthy coronavirus lockdown has sparked product shortages among worldwide brands such as Nike and Gap which have grown…

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A view of the almost empty departure hall of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on August 1, 2020, as passenger numbers plummeted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

CCSA subcommittee proposes 2-month extension of State of Emergency

A subcommittee of Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved another 2-month extension to the Emergency Decree, which was due to expire at the end of this month,…

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A police vehicle blocks a street near the United Nations headquarters Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in New York. The 76th Session of the UN General Assembly begins this week. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

As leaders reconvene at UN, climate and COVID top the list

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Last year, no leaders came at all. This year will be quite different — sort of. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging in many parts of…

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Australia: New local COVID-19 cases jumped to 120 in Victoria from 76 a day earlier / Reuters

Australia aims to ‘live with virus’ instead of eliminating it

Australian authorities on Wednesday extended the COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne for another three weeks, as they shift their focus to rapid vaccination drives and move away from a suppression strategy…

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Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul

Health minister defends Sinovac vaccine, as MPs question its efficacy, price

The government’s alleged COVID-19 vaccine mismanagement, from the procurement initially relying on just the Chinese-made Sinovac and the UK’s AstraZeneca to their distribution and use, were contentious issues in a…

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The ‘Mu’ coronavirus variant, first identified in Colombia, has mutations indicating a risk of vaccine resistance, the WHO says / AFP

WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named ‘Mu’

The World Health Organization has said it is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as “Mu”, which was first identified in Colombia in January. Mu, known scientifically as B.1.621, has…

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Signs of improving COVID-19 situation in Thailand

The COVID-19 situation in Thailand is improving, with the rate of daily new infections steadily slowing and more patients recovering, at an average of over 20,000 cases a day for…

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Mass screening in four villages conducted in Nan after 1 infects 23 with COVID

An asymptomatic COVID-19 patient, who returned to his hometown in Wiang Sa District of Thailand’s northern province of Nan from a COVID-19 “dark red” zone without isolating or notifying authorities,…

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Thai PM sees signs of pandemic slowing with adherence to current restrictions

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Wednesday) that he is seeing signs that the COVID-19 spread in Thailand is slowing and the pandemic may reach its peak soon, if the…

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Elderly woman in Buriram mistakenly given two vaccine jabs in a day

A 70-year-old woman in Thailand’s northeastern province of Buriram was mistakenly given two shots of AstraZeneca vaccine on the same day at a vaccination centre in the province. Fortunately, she…

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Deputy abbot Mahapromphong from Wat Suthi Wararam Buddhist temple administers a rapid Covid-19 coronavirus test to a resident in the Charoen Krung neighbourhood in Bangkok on July 30, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Thailand records 2nd straight day of over 20,000 COVID cases, with 20,920 on Thursday

Thailand reported yet another record infection high of 20,920 on Thursday, with 160 more deaths recorded, a second straight day cases surpassed the 20,000 level. Daily new COVID-19 infections surpassed…

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Challenges of online learning mount as schools in many Thai provinces closed

The challenges of online learning persist in Thailand as schools in several provinces are ordered closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The concerns are especially over kindergarten children, for whom online…

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Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG) chairman Dr. Boon Vanasin / Photo from www.hfocus.org

SEC demands THG clarify claim of Pfizer procurement deal with Defence Ministry

Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has demanded that Thonburi Healthcare Group’s (THG) chairman and CEO clarifies a press report that the company is to sign a deal with the…

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10 million vaccine doses to be distributed in Thailand in August

10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, mainly AstraZeneca and Sinovac, will be distributed across Thailand in August, with Bangkok receiving 1.25 million, according to the Public Health Ministry. The vaccines…

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Deputy abbot Mahapromphong (L) from Wat Suthi Wararam Buddhist temple watches as elderly Covid-19 coronavirus patient Worapoj Salee receives oxygen from medics in the Charoen Krung neighbourhood in Bangkok on July 30, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Survey shows most Thais seriously concerned about the worsening pandemic

A vast majority of Thai people still have serious concerns about the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The level of happiness, among people in Bangkok and the newly designated ‘dark red’ provinces,…

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Donated Pfizer vaccine passed to Thai government on Monday, some medics eligible for shots

1.5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, donated by the US government and which arrived in Thailand last Friday, were handed over to the Thai government this morning (Monday), with…

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39,500 COVID-infected people are in home or community isolation

Altogether 39,500 asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients have, so far, registered to remain in home or community isolation, under the supervision of 104 community clinics and other health service…

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PM says ‘sorry’ over COVID losses, hints at semi-lockdown extension in ‘Dark Red’ zone

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said “sorry” over COVID-19 losses and that he is sympathizing with a lot of people suffering from the pandemic and its impacts, while hinting at a…

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Maj-Gen Rianthong Nanna, Director of Bangkok’s Mongkut Wattana Hospital

Mongkut Wattana hospital to reject COVID patients “dumped” on the doorstep

The director of Bangkok’s Mongkut Wattana Hospital has issued a stern warning to those who attempt to jump the admissions queue by dumping COVID-19 infected people at the hospital without…

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Record high 15,335 new COVID-19 cases, 129 more deaths on Sunday

COVID-19 infections in Thailand soared to a new high today (Sunday), logging 15,335 cases and 129 more deaths, according to the CCSA. Of the new infections, 11,759 are locally acquired…

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Samut Sakhon governor spurns ministerial regulation for patient admission to triage facilities

Samut Sakhon governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri has decided to bypass ministerial red tape to speed up the admission of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients to pre-admission centres, to prevent the…

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Thammasat hospital introduces ‘Withhold Intubation’ rule in severe aging COVID-19 cases

Due to the severe shortage of life-saving medical equipment, such as ventilators, the management of Thammasat University hospital has decided to apply a “Withhold Intubation Rule” for severe COVID-19 patients…

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13 million AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccine doses to be administered in Thailand by end of August

8 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine are being administered through to the end of August 2021, while 15.38 million doses, mainly of the…

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2,700 COVID-19 patients wait for pre-admission in Bangkok – Erawan Centre

Bangkok is currently seeing a backlog of about 2,700 people infected with COVID-19 who are waiting at home to be sent to pre-admission centres, according to Director of Bangkok Emergency…

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604 Thai medics demand mRNA vaccines for frontline medical personnel

A group of 604 medical personnel, at Ramathibodi Chakri Naruebodindra Hospital of Mahidol University, have signed a joint statement demanding that the Thai government procure mRNA or Protein Subunit vaccines…

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A child sits at a table in front of closed shops at Pratunam market in Bangkok. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Private sector skeptical over lockdown success, without mass screening, vaccinations

Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree has expressed doubt that the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s decision to tighten lockdown measures in 13 “Dark Red” provinces will…

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Thai FDA warns against buying S Korean COVID-19 home test kits online

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) is warning people against ordering South Korean-made COVID-19 home test kits, being offered by an online trader, saying that it has not yet…

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Contract signed for Thailand’s 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, delivery in Q4 this year

Thailand’s purchase contract for 20 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been signed, with delivery expected in the fourth quarter of this year, according to Pfizer and BioNTech today (Tuesday)….

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Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang

Bangkok City Hall tightens COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until August 2nd

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has imposed additional lockdown restrictions on businesses, public venues and activities in line with the CCSA’s latest efforts to curb the relentless surge of COVID-19…

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Klong Toey, Bang Khae, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, Laksi top Bangkok’s districts with most infections

Klong Toey, Bang Khae, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, and Laksi are Bangkok districts with the highest number of COVID-19 infections since April 2021, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). As…

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Workers clad in PPE gear wheel a patient with Covid-19 symptoms to be brought to hospital from a village in Pattani on July 19, 2021, as Thailand seeks to contain a surge in coronvirus cases. Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP

Delta variant overtakes Alpha strain in Thailand

The rapidly spreading Delta variant of COVID-19 has already overtaken the Alpha variant as the dominant strain in Thailand, with Delta accounting for 62.6% of 3,340 samples examined by the…

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A man prays outside of the gates of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on July 12, 2021, on the first day of stricter lockdown restrictions to try to contain the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Complete lockdown in two months possible if COVID-19 figures do not improve – DDC

More intense COVID-19 measures may be imposed in Thailand the next two weeks, with a complete lockdown of cities a possibility in the next two months, if the rate of…

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Infectious household waste on the rise, caution in disposal urged

Thailand’s infection household waste has increased over the past month, due to a continual surge in COVID-19 infections, with the upward trend expected to continue due to the practice of…

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The good and the bad of COVID-19 pandemic for the hospitality industry in Chonburi

The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has brought great challenges to the business sector and people alike. In this report, we find out how a hotel in Siracha of Chonburi province adapted…

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Mounting COVID-19 deaths in Thailand drive crematories to verge of failure

With many COVID-19 related deaths reported over the past few weeks, one may wonder if temples or cemeteries have the capacity to host funerals and cremate or bury the bodies….

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Adaptability skills – The key to surviving the COVID-19 pandemic

The story of a person who refuses to lose hope and stays positive amidst the coronavirus outbreak. We discover how he stays the course, his ability to adapt to survive…

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PM refuses to take salary for 3 months to help anti-COVID-19 efforts

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced that he will give up his salary for three months, to help those suffering from COVID-19, while some other ministers then announced that they…

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CCSA “farm hut” quarantine model in Thailand’s northeast questioned

Thailand’s northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani has recently come up with its own model for local quarantine, to accommodate native residents infected with COVID-19 and who develop mild symptoms. The…

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SEA Games in Vietnam postponed over virus

The Southeast Asian Games, which were due to take place in Vietnam this year, have been postponed because of the pandemic and will most likely be held in 2022, a…

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Restrictive measures including travel restrictions proposed amid rising COVID-19 deaths

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is proposing to the operations centre of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Thursday), further restrictive measures such as travel restrictions from and…

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Forensic doctor says COVID death toll may be higher than reported by CCSA

A forensic doctor, at Ramathibodi Hospital of Mahidol University, has observed that the number of deaths from COVID-19, reported by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in its daily…

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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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Depressed? Or Just Plain Bored?

The pandemic has put our lives on hold and resulted in many people confining themselves to their homes as they follow health and safety precautions. With limited activities within a restricted environment,…

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Several Thai provinces welcome COVID-infected natives home for treatment

Due to the critical shortage of hospital beds in and around Bangkok, several provinces have announced their readiness to accept their infected natives, who have been waiting for empty beds…

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This picture taken on June 29, 2021 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 30 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) attending an enlarged meeting of the 2nd Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee at the 8th congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea at the Party Central Committee Headquarters in Pyongyang. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

Top North Korean officials sacked after ‘crucial’ Covid-19 incident

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un replaced several senior officials after a “crucial” coronavirus incident, state media reported Wednesday, potentially signalling a breach in the country’s epidemic defences. Pyongyang closed…

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Pandemic Endemics: COVID spawns its own vocabulary

A flurry of new words and phrases have entered the lexicon thanks to the global COVID-19 outbreak. Some of these are totally new, others already existed and a few are…

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How the hospitality workforce on the Andaman coast is adapting to survive the coronavirus pandemic

In 2004, when a deadly tsunami hit Thailand’s Andaman coast, Khao Lak in Phang Nga province and Phuket were left devastated. Thousands of people lost their lives, including Thais and…

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Construction site in Bangkok

First Beta variant case, four more clusters with over 500 infections found in Bangkok

The first case of a Beta (South African) variant COVID-19 infection and four more COVID-19 clusters, with over 500 infections, have been found in Bangkok, according to the government. Dr….

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File photo / An empty street in Bangkok on April 3, 2020, ahead of a nationwide night curfew / AFP

PM unsure 7-day lockdown of Bangkok will stop spread of COVID-19

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha remains non-committal on the proposal to lockdown Bangkok for seven days, to contain the ongoing spread of COVID-19, saying that he has to consider the…

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Command centre for foreign tourists set up in Phuket ahead of July reopening

A command centre, called “EOC Phuket Sandbox” has been set up on the resort island, with 70% of its equipment installation complete. Phuket will be the first province to welcome…

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Vaccinations using China’s Sinopharm begin in Thailand on Friday

Vaccinations, using China’s Sinopharm vaccine procured by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), began in Thailand today (Friday), starting with 6,400 elderly people, those with disabilities and the underprivileged, who could…

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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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Holding centres set up in Songkhla for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases as hospitals fill up

Two holding centres have been established in Jana and Ranot districts of Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, to accommodate asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, as hospitals there are reaching capacity. According to…

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Million more doses of AstraZeneca delivered, 2 million more Sinovac doses due next week

One million more doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to Thailand’s Public Health Ministry today (Friday), which will be distributed across Thailand later today or tomorrow, according to Public Health…

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Thailand to ease some restrictions next Monday, COVID-19 zones adjusted

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Friday) announced adjustments to COVID-19 monitoring zones and the easing of some restrictions, effective Monday (June 21st). All entertainment venues, pubs, bars…

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3,129 new COVID-19 infections in Thailand today, including 1,032 in Bangkok

COVID-19 infections in Bangkok continue to surge, with 1,032 new cases out of a total of 3,129 recorded nationwide today (Thursday). 30 more deaths were also recorded, according to the…

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Pheu Thai opposes PM’s plan to reopen Thailand to foreign visitors in 4 months

The opposition Pheu Thai Party is opposing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s call to reopen Thailand to foreign visitors in the next 120 days, describing the mission as “gambling with the…

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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine not yet approved in Thailand due to lack of data

Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is yet to be approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), as vital data remains missing, the organisation said today (Wednesday). The latest information,…

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Thai Central Bank instructed to review interest rate caps on personal loans

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Bank of Thailand (BoT) to review the caps on interest rates charged for personal loans, which include credit cards, ready cash cards, vehicle…

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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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2,310 new COVID-19 cases, 43 more deaths in Thailand on Thursday

Thailand recorded 2,310 new COVID-19 cases and 43 more deaths today (Thursday), as 3,035 people recover from their infections. CCSA Assistant Spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan said today that infections in…

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Thai parliament approves 500 billion baht borrowing to fight COVID-19

Thailand’s House of Representatives approved an executive decree today (Thursday), authorizing the Finance Ministry to borrow up to 500 billion baht for the fight against COVID-19, assistance for people affected…

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12 recent deaths not related to COVID-19 vaccines

12 recent deaths had nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine, according to medical experts from the Public Health Ministry, while 15 others are still under investigation. Yesterday, Dr. Chawetsan…

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Delta (Indian) COVID-19 strain in 11 Thai provinces – Medical Sciences Department

The Delta (Indian) variant of COVID-19 has spread to 11 provinces in Thailand, with 348 people found to be infected to date, including 318 cases in Bangkok alone, according to…

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2,680 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday, one more cluster found in Bangkok

Thailand recorded 2,680 new COVID-19 cases and 35 more deaths today (Wednesday), as a new cluster has been found at a company in Din Daeng district, where 54 out of…

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Daily COVID infections in Thailand reach a new high with 5,485 on Monday

Daily new COVID-19 infections in Thailand surged to a new high of 5,485 today (Monday), including 1,953 cases among prison inmates, and there were 19 more deaths. CCSA Assistant Spokesperson…

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Sinopharm vaccine / AFP

One million Sinopharm vaccine doses to be delivered to Thailand in June

One million doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine will be delivered to Thailand next month, the Chulabhorn Royal Academy announced today (Friday), the same day on which Thailand’s Food and…

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Fully vaccinated taxi drivers now have ‘Vaccine’ sign on vehicle

With a green illuminated sign that reads “Vaccine” installed on top of the car, taxi drivers who have been fully vaccinated are earning more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Managing Director…

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New poll shows most parents worry about schools reopening amid COVID-19

A poll, conducted by Thailand’s Health Department, has revealed that many parents remain very concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, ahead of the scheduled school reopening on June 14th. A whopping…

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Thailand records new daily death toll high of 47, while logging 3,323 new infections

The daily death toll from COVID-19 infections increased to a new high of 47, including a pregnant woman, today (Thursday). 3,323 new infections were also reported, including 1,219 cases among…

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COVID-19 throws all ideologies into melting pot

First, it was China’s “comfortable survival”. Then, it was the intriguing question of whether or how much states should “provide” or “facilitate” vaccination. Now, it’s the anger and disbelief following…

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Chulabhorn Royal Academy to procure alternative COVID-19 vaccines

Thailand’s Chulabhorn Royal Academy is to procure alternative makes of COVID-19 vaccines, to supplement those being acquired by the government, without going through the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO). The acquisition…

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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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FILE PHOTO: Volunteers from the Khan Trust prepare to cremate the body of a person who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Kurukshetra Crematorium in Surat, India, May 11, 2021./ REUTERS

COVID-19 death tolls are likely a “significant undercount”, WHO says

Official tolls showing the number of deaths directly or indirectly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be a “significant undercount”, the World Health Organization said on Friday, saying…

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Inside Bang Sue Grand Station

On-site vaccination facility to open Monday at Bang Sue Grand Station

The Bang Sue Grand Station has been designated, by the Transport Ministry, to be an on-site COVID-19 vaccination centre for about 370,000 workers in the public transport sector, such as…

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Indian variant found in community for first time at Laksi worker camp

A construction worker housing facility in Bangkok’s Laksi area has been placed under extraordinarily tight control after 15 workers there tested positive for the highly contagious Indian variant of COVID-19,…

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‘Mor Mai Thon’ doctors petition for more vaccine alternatives

A group of doctors, who call themselves “Mor Mai Thon”, which translates as “doctors won’t take it anymore”, has launched a petition on change.org, demanding that the Public Health Minister…

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Thailand reports 2,636 new COVID-19 cases and 25 more deaths on Thursday

Thailand today (Thursday) recorded 2,636 new COVID-19 cases, including 671 cases among prisoners, and 25 additional deaths, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Of the new infections,…

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Bang Kapi market closed for 3 days to contain the spread of COVID-19

The Bang Kapi district office has ordered the closure of Bang Kapi fresh market for three days, starting Thursday, after 53 people working at and living around the market have…

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A local resident listens to medical staffs before queing up for the COVID-19 virus testing at the Wanhua District in Taipei on May 19, 2021. / AFP

Taiwan raises coronavirus alert level after spike in infections

Taiwan on Wednesday raised its coronavirus alert level, tightening social distancing measures as it battled a widening outbreak. The Level 3 alert was imposed on the entire island with entertainment…

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Vials of the Chinese made Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine / AFP

Public Health Ministry accepts more COVID-19 vaccine from China

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, accepted delivery of 500,000 more doses from China’s Sinovac from Yang Xin, Chargé D’affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Thailand. Yang Xin said, during…

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Bangkok residents queue to get tested for COVID-19 at the Thai-Japanese Sports Stadium in Din Daeng district.

Daily new COVID-19 infections reach record high of 9,635 cases today, with 6,800+ in prisons

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand today increased exponentially, to a new single day record of 9,635 cases, thanks to the inclusion of 6,853 infections among prison inmates, according to the…

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Across England, Wales and most of Scotland, indoor hospitality in pubs will return despite concerns over the spread of a more transmissible variant of the coronavirus / AFP

UK Covid-19 restrictions eased despite variant concerns

Most of the UK took a major step towards normality on Monday as coronavirus restrictions were eased, despite concerns over the spread of a more transmissible Covid variant. Across England,…

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Corrections Department ensures no concealing actual number of COVID-19 infections, as cases surpasses 10,000

The Corrections Department said it has not, and will not conceal the actual number of COVID-19 infections among prison inmates. The doubts among the public began when the number of…

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Children walk home with their guardians after school in Singapore earlier this year/ AFP

Singapore warns new virus strains infecting more children, shuts schools

Singapore will close schools from Wednesday as authorities warned new coronavirus strains like the one first detected in India were affecting more children in the city-state. The government has been…

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6.39 million Thais have applied for COVID-19 vaccination

About 6.39 million Thais have registered for COVID-19 vaccinations via the Mor Prom application, according to the Facebook page of the government’s app today (Monday). Of these, 715,446 are in…

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CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin

2,256 new COVID-19 infections and 30 more deaths recorded on Friday

Thailand recorded 2,256 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,087 cases in Bangkok alone today (Friday), and 30 more deaths, including a 15-year old, the youngest fatality so far, according to CCSA…

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Govt to get tough on fake news about COVID-19 and vaccines

Officials at the Thai government’s Anti-Fake News Centre have been instructed to intensify their efforts to prevent and crack down on fake news, which is deemed detrimental to life and…

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