Fewer COVID-19 tests may result in fewer infections reported during Songkran – DDC

The steady fall in daily COVID-19 infections during the Songkran holidays can be deceptive and may not reflect the real situation, as fewer RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests were conducted…

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Next fortnight will determine adjustments of COVID-19 measures in Thailand

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Monday) that the ministry will closely monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation over the two weeks following the Songkran holiday, to determine whether…

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Songkran holiday crowds start to head back to Bangkok on Friday

Songkran holiday makers began heading back to Bangkok today (Friday), as the long holidays near their end. Increased traffic is reported on arterial roads from the north and northeast, including…

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The ‘Evolving Civilisation: From Lopburi to Ayutthaya Periods’ exhibition at Bangkok National Museum features a sculpture of planetary divinities. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Songkran at the museum

At Bangkok National Museum, which is within easy walking distance from Khaosan Road and the Grand Palace, you can celebrate the Thai New Year in a traditional and subtle way….

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Dicing with death: Thai motorists continue to play with their lives on the roads

During the Songkran festival, perhaps even more so than during other long holidays, the issue of road safety is taken seriously. The fact that we still call the Thai New…

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Foreign tourists and locals take part in water fights to celebrate Thai New Year, locally known as Songkran, at Khao San Road in Bangkok on April 13, 2022. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Songkran: Profound Bangkok-countryside link that withstands test of time

Thailand’s most-celebrated and globally-renowned festival has had its fair share of politicization, with people being urged a few years ago to throw water using bowls of a specific color a…

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Songkran brings a splash of memories

For anyone who has lived in Thailand for more than a year, Songkran time is unforgettable. The bright yellow flowers, called Golden Shower or ratchaphruek, burst into bloom weeks ahead,…

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Pro-democracy protesters take part in water fights during an anti-government demonstration on the first day of Thai New Year, locally known as Songkran, at Democracy Monument in Bangkok on April 13, 2022. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s anti-establishment groups celebrate Songkran at Democracy Monument

Anti-establishment demonstrators celebrated Songkran on Bangkok’s Ratchadamnoen Avenue this afternoon (Wednesday) with a political message. They poured water on the Democracy Monument, drenched each other with buckets of water and…

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Carriages, trains added to handle passenger load over Songkran

The State Railway of Thailand has added carriages to 184 trains today (Tuesday) in anticipation of an increase in passengers travelling out of Bangkok to celebrate the Songkran festival. The…

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 death toll reached record high in the last 24 hours

The daily COVID-19 death toll reached a year high today (Sunday) with 108, breaking the 100 mark for the first time this year, with 25,139 new confirmed infections recorded in…

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Annual Songkran mass exodus from Bangkok begins

The exodus of people living or working in Bangkok, returning to their home provinces in Thailand’s north and north-east to celebrate the Songkran festival, began this evening (Friday). Long, slow…

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A health worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer vaccine for the Covid-19 coronavirus for high school students at Prachaniwet Secondary School in Bangkok on October 4, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Fatalities, low vaccination of elderly matters of concern ahead of Songkran

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is concerned about the COVID-19 fatality rate in the Northeast, which is higher than in other regions, and the low vaccination rate among…

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Medical personnel take a break in between Covid-19 coronavirus testing in a drive-thru centre at a private hospital in Bangkok on January 8, 2021 after the Thai government imposed further restrictions due to the recent outbreak. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

CCSA advisor claims Thailand’s daily infections could be as high as 100,000

Advisor to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Dr. Udom Kachinthorn, claimed today (Friday) that actual daily infections at present may be around 100,000 and this may increase during…

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Spending during Songkran this year projected to be lowest in ten years

Spending by the public during the long Songkran holiday next week is projected to be the lowest in a decade, because consumers are tending to be more careful due to…

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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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Measures for long Songkran holidays next week to be decided on Friday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will chair a meeting of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) tomorrow (Friday) to assess the COVID-19 situation and to put final touches to preparations…

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Thai medical professionals say “Get a vaccine booster jab before Songkran”

As the long Songkran break approaches, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and five of the country’s medical associations are urging people who have had two or three doses of COVID-19…

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Revellers use water guns to spray at one another as they celebrate the Buddhist New Year, locally known as Songkran, in Bangkok on April 14, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Any possible Songkran COVID-19 surge will be manageable – MoPH

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Monday) that he is confident that COVID-19 infections, which are anticipated to surge during and after the long Songkran break, will be kept…

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Thailand prepares armory of anti-COVID weapons for Songkran battle 

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

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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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Additional bus services to be operated in Thailand over Songkran holiday

The state-run Transport Company is to increase bus and van services during the long Songkran holidays to about 3,700 daily trips out of Bangkok on April 11th and 12th and…

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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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Bangkok opens six walk-in vaccination facilities ahead of Songkran holiday

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is urging everyone to get inoculated against COVID-19 before the Songkran festival in mid-April and has opened six vaccination facilities offering walk-in inoculation. According to…

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Songkran a test if COVID-19 can become endemic in Thailand, says hospital dean

The Songkran festival in mid-April will determine whether the COVID-19 pandemic, which has wrought havoc for more than two years, will gradually transform into an endemic disease in Thailand after…

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Thailand drops pre-departure RT-PCR tests for overseas arrivals, allows Songkran celebrations

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed to cancel the requirement for pre-departure RT-PCR tests for international arrivals, effective from April 1st, and is to allow some celebrations…

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High-risk people in Thailand urged to get vaccinated before Songkran

Thailand’s Disease Control Department’s Dr. Sumanee Wacharasint stressed today (Thursday) the need for people who are at high risk of serious complications to get vaccinated urgently, as the death toll…

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Thailand exceeds 3 million COVID-19 infections since January 2020

Thailand’s COVID-19 infections, since the arrival of the virus in the country on January 13th, 2020, reached 3,004,814 today (Saturday), as a senior doctor predicted that daily infections may exceed…

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No travel restrictions in Thailand during Songkran this year

No travel restrictions will be imposed when the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meets next week to discuss measures to be introduced during the annual Songkran festival in mid-April,…

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A child wearing a protective facemask runs on a sidewalk marked for social distancing in front of a Buddhist shrine in central Bangkok. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Maybe it’s better if we do nothing at all

It goes without saying that “Doing nothing” does not include wearing face masks, hand washing, and some exercise. The time has come once again for Thais to “de-group”, “de-party”, “de-politicize”,…

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Higher, faster, deadlier: Third wave of COVID triggers growing fear in Thailand    

A grim warning has been issued by a leading medical expert as Thailand grapples with its third and worst wave of COVID-19: expect a double-digit death toll to become regular…

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The huge challenges facing Thailand’s ageing society

National Elderly Day on April 13 serves as a reminder that Thai society is ageing fast. The country is facing a multitude of challenges as its elderly population expands rapidly…

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An elderly woman sits along an alley in a low-income neighborhood in Bangkok on May 4, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Songkran Holiday Blues for the Elderly

Songkran is the Thai New Year holiday that many Thais look forward to spending a week-long off from work and being with their loved ones, especially Thai elders that wait…

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People walk past closed shops on Khao San Road, a once popular tourist strip in Bangkok. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Third wave of COVID infections spins new economic risks

Thailand’s new wave of COVID-19 infections has raised the economic risk level, but a clear picture of the impact will only emerge after the Songkran break. The Thai economy contracted…

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Travellers went through COVID-19 screening process before entering to the Mo Chit Bus Terminal on 9 April 2021.

Expert warns of high chance of wider COVID-19 outbreak during Songkran

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections are expected to increase rapidly during the two weeks following the Songkran holidays, especially now that the UK strain of the virus is spreading, according to…

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CCSA to consider closure of all entertainment venues in 41 provinces

On Friday, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health will propose that the CCSA orders the closure of all entertainment venues, such as pubs, bars and massage parlours, in 41 provinces for…

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Thais advised to stay home for Songkran to limit spread of COVID-19 UK strain

Thailand’s top virologist, Dr. Yong Poovorawan, has expressed his concern that the UK strain of COVID-19, which is now linked to the Thonglor cluster and is spreading through Bangkok and…

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Culture Ministry proposes holidays from July 4th to 9th for Songkran celebrations

Thailand’s Ministry of Culture will propose, to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the declaration of special public holidays, from July 4th to 9th, for belated Songkran celebrations, which…

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Members of the Thai police forces distribute free facemasks and food to poor people amid restrictions set up to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on April 9, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Daily new infections in Thailand slow to 50, PM to issue statement

The daily rate of new COVID-19 infections in Thailand continue to slow, to 50 from yesterday’s 54, as the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is considering extending financial help…

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Private sector asked to cancel Songkran events if virus status no better by end of March

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will seek cooperation from the private sector to cancel their Songkran celebrations if the rate of COVID-19 infections does not subside by the end…

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297 people die in five days of Songkran festival

The five days of Songkran up to yesterday have claimed 297 lives with another 2,807 people injured in 2,702 road accidents across the country, according to the Centre for the…

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Songkran is set to boost economic sentiment

After Thai consumer confidence in March recorded the first drop in three months, businesses pin their hope that Songkran will boost the spirit of spending. Usually, there is an uptick…

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