Thailand sounds alarm as Arcturus strain arrives just in time for Songkran

Thailand is once again on the defensive against COVID-19 after laboratory tests showed that the new, more contagious subvariant XBB.1.16 has landed on these shores. Dr Supakit Sirilak, director-general of…

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A South Korean soldier wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) leads a group of Chinese tourists to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre upon their arrival at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, January 12, 2023. / REUTERS

South Korea to lift post-arrival COVID test requirement for travellers from China

South Korea will not require travellers from China to test for COVID-19 after arrival starting next month, although they will still need to take pre-departure tests, a senior South Korean official said on Wednesday,…

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Travel restrictions eased for tourists visiting Thailand 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has rescinded its travel restrictions, requiring foreign arrivals, from countries which require RT-PCR tests, to have at least US$10,000 health insurance coverage for…

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Patients are treated in the emergency department of a hospital in Beijing on January 3, 2023. (Photo by Jade GAO / AFP)

China stats ‘under-represent’ true impact of Covid outbreak: WHO

The World Health Organization criticised Wednesday China’s “very narrow” definition of Covid deaths, warning that official statistics were not showing the true impact of the outbreak. “We still do not…

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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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Visitors are reflected on a window pane as a man counts Chinese currency notes at a shop selling tea in Qianmen, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. / AP

Beijing threatens response to ‘unacceptable’ virus measures

The Chinese government sharply criticized COVID-19 testing requirements imposed on visitors from China and threatened countermeasures against countries involved, which include the U.S. and several European nations. “We believe that…

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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 anticipates windfall from China’s easing of travel restrictions

Thailand is expected to benefit from China’s recent easing of travel restrictions, and Thai tourism and tourism-related businesses are preparing to cope with a surge in Chinese tourists after three…

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Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules ahead of an expected shift in virus policies nationwide after widespread social unrest. The uneven…

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Elon Musk’s Twitter lifts rule against Covid misinformation

Twitter said it has stopped enforcing a policy intended to prevent the spread of Covid misinformation, as new owner Elon Musk — who has clashed previously with US officials over…

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The changing symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection

Symptoms associated with COVID-19 are changing, as the virus has evolved over the three years since the initial Wuhan outbreak, according to Dr. Yong Poovorawan, head of the Centre of…

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Thailand to issue COVID-19 reclassification measures this Friday

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is expected to announce a series of measures this Friday, in line with the reclassification of COVID-19 as an “infectious disease under watch”,…

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Virologist claims 70 percent of Thais may have been infected with COVID-19

Up to 70% of the population of Thailand may have been infected with COVID-19, as most cases have not been officially recorded because they were asymptomatic or had only mild…

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Hong Kong’s lustre as a business hub has been dulled by political unrest and a subsequent crackdown. PHOTO: AFP

Hong Kong office vacancies double after protests, pandemic

The amount of vacant top-tier office space has more than doubled in Hong Kong over the last three years as companies downsize operations, researchers have found, warning that demand could remain soft even if pandemic controls are…

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A woman gets her routine COVID-19 throat swab at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. / AP

China broadens visa availability as pandemic concerns ease

BEIJING (AP) — China is easing its tight restrictions on visas after it largely suspended issuing them to foreign students and others more than two years ago at the start…

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WHO again considers declaring monkeypox a global emergency

As the World Health Organization’s emergency committee convened Thursday to consider for the second time within weeks whether to declare monkeypox a global crisis, some scientists said the striking differences…

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Omicron’s new BA.4, BA.5 subvariants: How worried should we be?

Thai health authorities are keeping a close eye on two new Omicron subvariants – BA.4 and BA.5 – that are fast becoming dominant COVID-19strains across the world. Dr Supakit Sirilak,…

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A three year old receives his Covid-19 vaccination, with Moderna, at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Massachusetts on June 21, 2022 / AFP

Long wait over as US vaccinates youngest against Covid

US hospitals, clinics and pharmacies began vaccinating the nation’s youngest children against Covid-19 on Tuesday, a milestone that was welcomed by parents eager to protect kids from the worst impacts…

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People walk past fences outside the Heaven Supermarket bar, where a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak emerged, in Chaoyang district of Beijing, China June 13, 2022 / REUTERS

Beijing tests millions, isolates thousands over COVID cluster at 24-hour bar

BEIJING (Reuters) – Authorities in China’s capital Beijing on Monday raced to contain a COVID-19 outbreak traced to a raucous 24-hour bar known for cheap liquor and big crowds, with millions facing mandatory…

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Workers dismantle barriers at a residential area, as the city prepares to end the lockdown placed to curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai, China May 31, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song

‘Hard to believe it’s actually happening’: Shanghai to lift COVID lockdown

SHANGHAI, May 31 (Reuters) – Shanghai authorities on Tuesday began dismantling fences around housing compounds and ripping police tape off public squares and buildings, to the relief of the city’s…

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Two women hug at a closed street during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song

Shanghai hits prized ‘zero COVID’ status but lockdown lingers

Shanghai achieved its long-awaited milestone of three consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine zones on Tuesday but most residents will have to put up with confinement for…

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Subcutaneous vaccine jabs offer less protection, but fewer side effects – Thai study

Subcutaneous injection of lower doses of COVID-19 vaccine generates a lower immune response than intramuscular injection, but produces fewer undesirable side effects, according to the findings of a research study…

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Hospitals of the Future

Despite the disruptions COVID-19 has caused in the way healthcare is delivered in many countries, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future We have learned a great deal…

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Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe at the World Health Organization (WHO) hold a press conference with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, right, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, April 21, 2021. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)

WHO: Europe entering ‘plausible endgame’ to COVID pandemic

COPENHAGEN (AP) — The director of the World Health Organization’s Europe office said Thursday the continent is now entering a “plausible endgame” to the pandemic and that the number of coronavirus deaths…

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Omicron sub-variant found in 57 countries: WHO

A sub-variant of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus strain, which some studies indicate could be even more infectious than the original version, has been detected in 57 countries, the WHO…

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World may enter COVID-19 post-pandemic phase this year, says Thailand’s DDC

COVID-19 pandemic may enter the post-pandemic stage this year, due to mass vaccinations and the fact that the Omicron variant is less potent than Delta, though it is more transmissible,…

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Thailand’s agriculture minister admits swine fever now in 13 provinces

Agriculture Minister Chalermchai Srion has admitted that African Swine Fever (ASF) has now spread to 13 of Thailand’s provinces in the central, north-eastern and southern regions, including Bangkok. The Livestock…

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mRNA booster shot provides some level of protection against Omicron, research shows

A shot of an mRNA vaccine as a booster affords some level of protection against Omicron infection in the short term. The duration of this protection and its effectiveness against…

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Thai genomics centre predicts COVID-19 will become endemic in the near future

The Centre for Medical Genomics, at the Faculty of Medicine of Ramathibodi Hospital, reported today (Monday) that Thailand is approaching the “end game” of the COVID-19 pandemic, with “a glimmer…

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Trading of pigs infected with ASF blamed for spread of virus in Thailand’s small pig farms

The sale of sick live pigs by unscrupulous pig farmers and traders is believed to be a main cause of the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in pig farms…

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Omicron: How the world’s fastest spreading virus could also end the pandemic

The Omicron variant has now spread across the globe, with new cases surging in countries including Thailand. As of Sunday (Jan 9), registered 15.28 million new COVID-19 cases in…

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The Royal Caribbean cruise ship “Spectrum of the Seas” is seen docked at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong, China October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong bans some inbound flights, tightens COVID-19 curbs

HONG KONG, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Hong Kong announced a two-week ban on incoming flights from eight countries, including the United States and Britain, and tightened restrictions on Wednesday as…

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Thai agriculture ministry considers live pig export ban to control pork price

Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives will consult the Commerce Ministry over a temporary ban on the export of live pigs, to ease skyrocketing pork prices which are affecting…

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Thailand records 194 more COVID-19 Omicron cases on Wednesday

Omicron variant infections in Thailand increased by 194 yesterday (Wednesday), to 934. Dr. Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the Medical Sciences Department, said today (Thursday) that the new cases include 88…

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Thai national karate team members found infected with COVID-19 on return from Kazakhstan

All except one of the 19-member Thai karate team were found to be infected with COVID-19 after their return from the Asian Karate Championships (AKC) held in Almaty, the capital…

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More insurance firms face bankruptcy if COVID-19 insurance claims are not scrapped

The Thai General Insurance Association has predicted that more insurance companies may collapse next year, due to the surging number of claims for compensation for COVID-19 infections, if the Omicron…

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Private and public sectors urged work from home after New Year holidays

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is seeking cooperation from both the public and private sectors by allowing their employees to work from home after the long New Year…

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Thai Health Ministry says cloth face masks effective if worn properly

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is insisting that cloth face masks can protect against the Omicron COVID-19 variant, if they are made of muslin and worn properly. The statement was…

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Tips for safe travel during long New Year holidays

The Thai Department of Health Services is offering tips for safe travel during New Year holidays, especially for protection against COVID-19, including the easily transmissible Omicron variant. Head of the…

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Medical Sciences Department reports total of 739 Omicron cases in Thailand

Confirmed Omicron cases in Thailand have increased to 739, including 488 cases among arrivals from abroad and 251 locally-acquired cases, according to Dr. Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the Medical Services…

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People walk through Westminster Underground station during morning rush hour, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Next pandemic could be more lethal than COVID, vaccine creator says

LONDON (Reuters) – Future pandemics could be even more lethal than COVID-19 so the lessons learned from the outbreak must not be squandered and the world should ensure it is prepared for the next viral onslaught, one of the creators…

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Asian and European countries, alarmed by new COVID variant, tighten curbs

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian and European countries rushed to tighten restrictions on Friday after a new and possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant was detected in South Africa, with Singapore and India announcing stricter border controls…

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People are seen at a busy market in a poor township on the outskirts of the capital Harare, Monday, Nov, 15, 2021./ AP

Scientists mystified, wary, as Africa avoids COVID disaster

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At a busy market in a poor township outside Harare this week, Nyasha Ndou kept his mask in his pocket, as hundreds of other people, mostly…

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Protesters attend a Freedom and Rights Coalition demonstration to demand an end to Covid-19 restrictions and mandatory vaccination outside the Parliament House building in Wellington on November 9, 2021. Neil SANDS / AFP

Thousands protest in New Zealand against COVID-19 rules

New Zealand beefed up security measures at its parliament on Tuesday as thousands of people gathered to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and government lockdowns aimed at controlling the pandemic….

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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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Chinese journalist jailed over Covid reports ‘close to death’

A citizen journalist jailed for her coverage of China’s initial response to Covid in Wuhan is close to death after going on hunger strike, her family said, prompting renewed calls…

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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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China’s COVID-19 cases spike ahead of Communist Party conclave

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases spiked to a near three-month high and tighter curbs to contain the spread are expected in the capital Beijing in the…

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

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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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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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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