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Patent for Favipiravir rejected in Thailand

A patent application for Japanese-made anti-viral drug Favipiravir has been rejected by Thailand’s Intellectual Property Department over its manufacturing quality. The department’s director-general, Mr. Vuttikrai Leewiraphan, said yesterday (Wednesday) that…

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Senior virologist says Thailand needs all makes of vaccine to be administered rapidly

Thailand’s well-known and respected virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan said today (Thursday) that Thailand needs all brands of COVID-19 vaccines it can procure, to inoculate people as quickly as possible. In…

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Travel agents warned not to advertise “Vaccine Tours”

Thai tourism authorities have warned travel agents not to use the term “vaccine tour” in their advertisements, even though such tour programs are allowed, and urged them to list all…

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Passengers wearing face masks and a protective suit as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus arriving at the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Migration push among young-gen Thais ignites fierce debate over country’s direction

Thai social media has lit up with heated debate about citizens who have vowed to leave the country over growing frustration with the government’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. Both sides of…

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American academic who wrote about Thailand’s lèse majesté law granted visa

David Streckfuss, an American academic who has been involved in pro-democracy activities and written articles about the kingdom’s lèse majesté law, was granted a work visa on Monday (May 3)….

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COVID-19 vaccines update

Full coverage on COVID-19 vaccines reports. May 5, 2021: A shot in the arm: foreign residents and their eligibility for a jab A shot in the arm: foreign residents and…

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Thai ex-convict Deputy Minister spared the axe by Charter Court

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled today (Wednesday) that Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow, who was found guilty of drug trafficking by an Australian court in 1993, can retain his ministerial post…

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Well known Thai monk found at fault for involvement in politics

Thailand’s popular Buddhist monk and preacher, Phra Maha Sompong Talaputto, of Soi Thong Temple in Bangkok, has been found to be at fault by the Sangha Supreme Council for expressing…

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Huai Khwang fresh market closed seven days for disinfection and screening

Huai Khwang fresh market in Bangkok was ordered closed for seven days on Monday, after two employees were found to be infected with COVID-19. The Din Daeng district office, which…

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Eight measures to curb COVID-19 surge in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey community

Eight measures are being rolled out to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in the densely populated Khlong Toey community in Bangkok, which houses about 80,000 registered people and an…

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A Royal Thai Army soldier waiting for her turn to receive the Covid-19 coronavirus Sinovac vaccine at the Pattani Hospital in Thailand’s southern province of Pattani. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

Push to vaccinate 16 million vulnerable Thais suffers early setbacks

Only about 5 percent of Thailand’s vulnerable population have so far booked a free COVID-19 vaccination jab since the government’s appointment process was launched on Saturday. The slow uptake is…

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Bangkok to open its first ICU equipped field hospital on Tuesday

Thailand’s first field hospital equipped with intensive care unit facilities will be officially opened tomorrow (Tuesday), to receive COVID patients with severe symptoms. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said in his…

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COVID-19 situation in Thailand is nearing critical point – Dr. Prasit Wattanapha

The COVID-19 situation in Thailand is approaching a critical level, with daily new infection and fatality rates on the rise, said Dr. Prasit Wattanapha, dean of the Faculty of Medicine…

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Interest in moving out of Thailand takes Internet by storm

In just two days, over half a million Thais have joined a new Facebook group called “Let’s Move Abroad”, amid increasing criticism of the Thai government’s handling of the COVID-19…

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One protester arrested after a clash in front of Bangkok Criminal Court

One Redem protester was arrested on Sunday night, following a clash between crowd control police and some hard-core protesters who refused to disperse after the protest in front of the…

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Daily COVID-19 deaths rise to 31 as 2,041 new infections recorded in Thailand today

The COVID-related death toll rose by 31 today, the most in a single day so far, while daily new infections surged by 2,041, according to the Department of Disease Control….

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8 Thai hospitals closed after patients conceal facts about their COVID-19 exposure

Eight hospitals in Thailand have been temporarily closed after their medical personnel became infected with COVID-19, or had to be quarantined, because a number of patients concealed facts about their…

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Thailand records 1,940 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths on Sunday

Daily COVID-19 infections resumed their upward trend today (Sunday), with 1,940, compared to 1,891 yesterday. 21 more patients have died in the past 24 hours, according to the update from…

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Voluntary curfews adopted in 19 of Thailand’s provinces

Nineteen out of 77 provinces in Thailand have now put in place voluntary curfews, to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to the CCSA and the Interior Ministry. People in…

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Anti-government protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chirawak crosses a police barrier on the way to Khlong Luang police station to hear charges for illegal gathering, in Pathum Thani on February 5, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai corrections dept. insists hunger striking protest leader Penguin’s condition not critical

Thailand’s corrections department issued an official statement today (Saturday), confirming that the general health of Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, anti-establishment Ratsadon leader and hunger striker, is normal, albeit he experiences fatigue…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 fatalities rose by 21 on Saturday with 1,891 new infections

The daily COVID-19 death toll jumped to new high of 21 today (Saturday), while new infections increased to 1,891, compared to 1,583 on Friday, according to the CCSA. Cumulative infections,…

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Travel restrictions imposed in Thailand’s Nonthaburi province

All people living in Bangkok’s neighboring province of Nonthaburi, who want to leave the province, are now required to register via QR code, upon departure and arrival, from today (May…

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Flight passengers to Phuket on April 15-26 advised to have Covid-19 test

Passengers who flew to or from Phuket between April 15th and 26th, on seven flights operated by three airlines, should check their seat numbers with the airlines and report for…

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Thailand’s daily COVID infections down to 1,583 today, 15 more fatalities

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) reported 1,583 new COVID-19 cases today (Friday), down from yesterday’s 1,871, and 15 more deaths, raising cumulative infections to 36,290 and 109 fatalities since April…

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Eateries in Thailand’s COVID-19 deep-red zones adapt to new restrictions

Many eateries in Thailand’s deep-red zone provinces, including Bangkok, are having to adapt to the new COVID-19 restrictions, even though it means their income will decrease, after the CCSA announced…

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Bangkok’s first community isolation facility set up in Khlong Toey

The first community isolation facility in Bangkok is scheduled to open tomorrow (Friday), with the goal of separating those infected with COVID-19 from their crowded community, before they go to…

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Thailand records 1,871 new COVID-19 infections and 10 deaths on Thursday

Daily COVID-19 infections in Thailand fell to 1,871 today (Thursday), below 2,000 for the first time since April 23rd, while 10 additional fatalities were also recorded, according to the Department…

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Significant progress reported in AstraZeneca vaccine production in Thailand

AstraZeneca released a statement today announcing that their plans to produce its COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand have made “significant progress” and that the first batch of the vaccine will be…

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191 emergency call centre to take calls from COVID-19 patients

Thailand’s 191 emergency call centre has started accepting calls from people infected with COVID-19 who need to be admitted to hospital, to ease the burden on the 1168, 1669 and…

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A dog stands between covered vans for tourist transport parked along an alley outside a closed travel agency in Bangkok on April 8, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Lockdown proposed for Bangkok and five other Deep Red zone provinces

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will be asked to impose lockdowns in the six Deep Red zone provinces, where the rates of…

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PM appointed Thailand’s “COVID Czar” in sole charge of handling the pandemic

The Thai cabinet today (Tuesday) designated Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the sole authority in charge of all responsibilities and duties, previously vested in his ministers, to deal with the…

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PM fined ฿6k for not wearing face mask during meeting at Government House

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was fined 6,000 baht today for not wearing a face mask while chairing a meeting of his advisory team at Government House. A picture, showing…

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Tougher measures ahead for Bangkok and 5 other provinces as 2,048 new COVID-19 cases are recorded today

The Thai Ministry of Public Health will propose to the CCSA subcommittee, today or tomorrow, that they increase restrictions in six Red Zone provinces, including Bangkok, where cumulative COVID-19 infections…

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Nurses in 14-day quarantine after infected patient conceals chronology

Nurses at a hospital in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat have had to enter quarantine, after a COVID-19 infected patient allegedly refused to disclose their true chronology. At…

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Arrivals of all non-Thai citizens from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh suspended until further notice

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has temporarily suspended all arrivals of non-Thai citizens from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, in an escalated effort to prevent the spread of a…

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Thailand proposes post-ASEAN summit group to solve Myanmar crisis

Thailand has proposed what is known as “Friends of the Chair” to coordinate with all parties concerned in the crisis besetting Myanmar with an aim of reaching a negotiated peace…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha attends a signing ceremony for the agreement to purchase AstraZeneca’s potential Covid-19 vaccine at Government House in Bangkok on November 27, 2020. (Photo by CHALINEE THIRASUPA / POOL / AFP)

Thai govt in stormy waters as country slammed by third COVID wave   

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government are suffering a barrage of attacks from critics and political rivals as Thailand is hit by a third wave of COVID-19 infections. Some…

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A Covid-19 field hospital set up on the outskirts of Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

A quick look inside Thailand’s field hospitals

With daily COVID-19 cases hitting successive record highs over the past few weeks, Thailand is now busy setting up field hospitals across the country. Field hospitals have opened not just…

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A child sits at a table in front of closed shops at Pratunam market in Bangkok on April 16, 2021, as Thailand imposes further restrictions to deal with a spike in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Vaccination delay threatens another downward spiral for Thai economy

The combination of a new wave of COVID-19 and delayed vaccination is set to wreak more damage on Thailand’s economy, with people’s incomes falling further and business risks rising. Slow…

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PM assures Thai people that government will lead country through COVID crisis

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured the Thai people that he and his government will explore all means to get Thailand through the current crisis, posed by the third wave…

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Wanthong at the execution field.

Khun Phaen tale with a new twist does justice to its heroine

The new interpretation of “Khun Chang, Khun Phaen” in a TV series has made the ancient folktale popular with new generation of viewers The TV series “Wanthong” on One Channel…

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A health worker closes the door of a Covid-19 field hospital, recently set up to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, on the outskirts of Bangkok on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s medical system facing its biggest test as virus surges back 

With COVID-19 cases now rising by more than 1,000 per day, many Thais are wondering whether the country’s healthcare sector will crumble under the pressure. Despite the launch of field…

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Six furry friends seized in drug raid up for auction

Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board has put six cats, seized during an illicit drugs raid last month, up for auction. Secretary-General of the Office of the Narcotics Control…

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Thai PM says Russia agrees to sell Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand

Russia has agreed to sell its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand, under a government-to-government deal, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in his Facebook post on Thursday. He said the…

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Thailand’s GDP growth forecast to drop this year from 2.8% to 1.6% due to COVID-19

Thailand’s economic growth rate projection for this year is expected to shrink from to 1.6%, from 2.8%, due to the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest…

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7 more fatalities and 1,470 new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand on Thursday

Seven more COVID-19 patients, most of them with underlying conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease, have died, as 1,470 new COVID-19 cases were recorded today. While fewer cases…

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Lockdown planned for two villages in Thailand’s Phichit province

The provincial communicable disease committee of Phichit province plans to lock down two villages in Sam Ngam district, after seven members of two families were found to be infected with…

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Free taxis provided by Rajavithi Hospital for COVID-19 patients in Bangkok

The state-run Rajavithi Hospital has launched a free taxi service, to cater to COVID-19 patients travelling from hospital to destinations within Bangkok and its suburbs. Patients need to book one…

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Floating solar cell platforms in the reservoir. (Photo by Reuters)

Thailand close to completing massive floating solar farm

Thailand is close to completing one of the world’s biggest hydro-floating solar hybrid projects on the surface of a dam, part of steps towards boosting renewable energy production after years…

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Court dismisses application to stay payment of ฿24bn compensation to Hopewell Thailand

Thailand’s Central Administrative Court dismissed an application today (Wednesday), by the Transport Ministry and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), for a stay of execution of the ruling, by the…

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A statue of Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi at Marina Beach in Chennai, India. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

How the world has changed since Gandhi

Human beings’ “fights for freedom” have come a long way since the man loved and idolized by so many all across the world and considered a symbol of peaceful resistance…

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Thailand to buy another 35m doses of COVID-19 vaccine from other companies  

Thailand will procure an additional 35 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from other 2 or 3 companies, on top of the 65 million from Sinovac and AstraZeneca, according to a…

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iLaw rallied to submit signatures of charter changes supporters at the parliament house in September 22, 2020.

Thailand’s NGO law: Uprooting foreign influence or gagging govt critics? 

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are coming under tougher government scrutiny in many countries, and Thailand recently joined the trend by introducing a draft law that would allow state monitoring of NGO…

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Muay Thai child boxer punching his way out of poverty

There are an estimated 300,000 boy and girl boxers under the age of 15 in Thailand, according to the Professional Boxing Association, while fewer than 10% are officially registered with…

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A medical worker wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) takes a swab sample from a woman during a mass testing event at a sport complex in Bangkok on April 17, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

When to get a COVID test and what to do if you test positive

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand rising on a daily basis, many people are worrying about whether they have contracted the contagious virus. In fact, even simple cold…

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PM insists 61 million doses of COVID vaccines this year should be enough for Thailand

Thailand will have procured up to 61 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this year, which should be sufficient to cope with the pandemic, said Prime Minister…

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LINE chat circulated at the weekend a complete fabrication – US Embassy

The LINE chat between someone, said to be a US Embassy official, and a Thai political activist, is a complete fabrication and the US government is not funding or providing…

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Thai cabinet agrees to another 7,000 baht each for 33.5 million Thais under “Rao Chana” scheme

The Thai cabinet, today (Tuesday), approved the Finance Ministry’s proposal to extend the “Rao Chana” economic stimulus scheme until end of June for 33.5 million Thais, including 2.4 million new…

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Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, during the televised addredd on April 16, 2021.

The momentum was missed, and the PM’s message was off track

The televised address by Thai prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Friday was widely criticized. Experts said it is not just because of the issue of communication skills, but also the…

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Phuket tightens control on all local and foreign arrivals until end of April

Phuket has imposed strict new controls on all people entering the resort island, effective from tomorrow (Wednesday) until the end of April. The new measure, which was approved by the…

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With few vaccines, Thailand relies on Favipiravir in battle against COVID

Although most COVID-19 patients in Thailand will not be treated with Favipiravir since their symptoms are too mild, the country is still using more than 20,000 pills of this antiviral…

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Do’s and Don’ts in field hospitals

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has released guidelines and rules for stays in field hospitals. They are: -Bring your own personal items, such as cutlery, toiletries, clothes, towels and medication -Cigarettes,…

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Anti-government protest leader Parit Chirawak crosses a police barrier on the way to Khlong Luang police station to hear charges for illegal gathering, in Pathum Thani on February 5, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Ratsadon leader Parit refuses to be defended as he rejects justice process

Thailand’s anti-establishment Ratsadon leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak declared, before judges of the Criminal Court today (Monday), that he does not recognize the judicial process and will not attend his trial…

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Thai FDA discourages use of rapid test kits to assess immunity after COVID vaccination

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised against the use of commercial rapid antibody test kits to assess immunity after vaccination, due to their unreliability and possible false results….

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How hunger strikes became a powerful tool against oppression

Supporters of the anti-establishment movement are calling on two detained protest leaders to end their hunger strike as concerns for their health grow. The calls are mounting as Parit “Penguin”…

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Buri Ram village locked down after a dead hospital patient found infected with COVID-19

A village in the Prakhon chai district of Thailand’s northeastern province of Buri Ram was declared off-limits today, and the emergency ward of the district hospital was closed for three…

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High demand for COVID-19 screening after 20 infections related to Ayutthaya market

Health officials in Thailand’s central province of Ayutthaya have expanded COVID-19 screening to 800 people at high risk in Muang district, after 20 people, linked to the central farmers’ market,…

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Syringes with the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine lay on a table at a pop up vaccine clinic at the Jewish Community Center on April 16, 2021 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Thailand’s vaccine shopping list as COVID surges

As the number of new COVID-19 cases surges this month, the government is rushing to find more vaccines for Thais. On Friday (April 16), Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha took…

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All nightspots in Bangkok to remain closed for another 14 days

All entertainment outlets in Bangkok, including pubs, karaoke bars and massage parlours, which have already been closed for more than a week, will remain closed for at least the next…

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1,547 new COVID-19 cases and 2 more deaths recorded on Sunday

Thailand recorded 1,547 new COVID-19 cases and 2 more deaths today (Saturday), one of them linked to the Thonglor cluster. CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said one of the fatalities…

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People stand in line to be sprayed with disinfectant during a mass testing event at a sport complex in Bangkok on April 17, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Bangkok virus spike sparks alcohol ban, venue closures

Hundreds waited at a Bangkok stadium to get free Covid-19 tests Saturday as a spiraling infection rate gripped Thailand, on a fourth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases….

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Jana district residents to file complaint against SBPAC over boxing event

Residents of Jana district, in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, are considering taking legal action against the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC) for allegedly defying an order of the…

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Commuters with facemasks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus walk to a train station at rush hour in Bangkok a few months ago.

Six million Thais rendered jobless by COVID-19 pandemic – ThaiHealth

About six million Thais have been rendered jobless, since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Thailand early last year, and 1.3 million university and college graduates are unlikely to find jobs or…

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17 medics at Samut Prakan hospital isolated after patient lies about contact with an infected person

Seventeen medical personnel at Samut Prakan provincial hospital have been quarantined after a patient failed to disclose information about his contact with a person infected with COVID-19. The hospital said,…

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1,582 new COVID cases in Thailand as disease spreads nationwide

COVID-19 infections in Thailand surged to 1,582 cases today (Friday), and the disease has now spread to all 77 provinces. According to Dr. Chawetsan Namwat, of the Disease Control Department,…

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A health worker administers the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, to a man from an at-risk group at a makeshift clinic in Bangkok on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s sluggish vaccine rollout no match for super-contagious COVID strain     

Thailand is ramping up its COVID-19 vaccination drive following an unprecedented surge in infections since April 5, with Thursday (April 15) bringing a record 24-hour high of 1,535 new cases….

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Public health minister says Thailand will continue with the use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Thailand will go ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination program using the AstraZeneca vaccine, because authorities have not found any rare, but significant and serious side effects among the vaccine’s recipients…

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“Time to sacrifice” – Another lonely Ramadan in Thailand

From cancelled Iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers in the provinces with 50 COVID-19 infections or more, almost all Muslims across Thailand are bracing for a bleak fasting month of…

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More high-risk venues closed in Prachuap Khiri Khan as new COVID-19 cases surge

The provincial administration of Thailand’s southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan has ordered the closure of several more types of venue, which are considered to represent a high risk for…

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Progressive early years education with the proof in the pudding

Progressive learning is something very new, even alien to most people, especially in Asian countries which focus very much on test results and rankings. But even though it is a…

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A health worker in full personal protective equipment (PPE) is pictured inside a Covid-19 field hospital, recently set up to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, on the outskirts of Bangkok on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

What are the penalties for violating Thailand’s COVID law?

Although public cooperation is the authorities’ main strategy for combating Thailand’s latest COVID-19 surge, this does not mean violators of disease-control measures are going scot-free. A couple who flew from Bangkok…

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Nakhon Ratchasima opens its first field hospital for COVID-19 patients

The first field hospital in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima is scheduled to open on Thursday, to ease congestion at general hospitals. Located in the Chartchai Hall building of…

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Targeted controls to be introduced as daily new COVID-19 infections pass 1,000

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to develop tighter controls, including targeted lockdowns, in provinces classified as Red zones, as daily COVID-19 infections surge to a new high…

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Complaint filed against owner and manager of Hua Hin pub over COVID-19 cluster

A complaint has been lodged with Hua Hin district police, by the district’s assistant health official and the deputy district officer, against the owner and manager of the Maya pub…

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When age really is just a number

In Thailand’s greying society, the elderly are leading more active lives in every sense Songkran is not just about splashing water but is also an occasion to pay respect to…

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A transmission electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, isolated from a patient in the US, as virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. (Photo by Handout / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / AFP)

Virus against humans: advantages and disadvantages

A few days ago, the most telling quote and the most telltale headline emerged as the world’s fight against COVID-19 entered a very crucial phase. “We are currently in a…

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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra waves to supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on August 1, 2017. (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Yingluck verdict opens another can of worms in the rice-pledging saga

Supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra are cheering an April 2 ruling by the Administrative Court, claiming it clears the fugitive former prime minister of all legal responsibility for her government’s graft-plagued…

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COVID-positive Transport Minister Saksayam and his mysterious timeline

The release of Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob’s timeline has failed to dampen public curiosity about his movements before he tested positive for COVID-19. Even after he launched legal action against…

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The rise and fall of Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand’s first COVID-positive Cabinet minister

Saksayam Chidchob was previously best known as the “nominee” of his older brother, veteran politician Newin. However, last week he landed himself in trouble by becoming the first Cabinet member…

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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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Op-Ed: Let’s do more to accomplish a healthy aging community during the covid-19 pandemic

What will you encounter when you are getting older? You will experience the great magnitude of physical and mental health changes resulting from the aging process, the transition from healthy…

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Pol Col Duangchote Suwancharas (Photo from blog.addnine.com)

Two senior Thonglor police officers transferred over pub COVID-19 cluster

The superintendent of Thonglor police station, Pol Col Duangchote Suwancharas, and Pol Lt-Col Thanakorn Ngamyen, the inspector for suppression affairs, have been transferred to the operations centre of Metropolitan Police…

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Road construction vehicles torched in Thailand’s southern Pattani province

Suspected insurgents set fire to a backhoe, one road grader, a water truck and two utility poles in the southern border province of Pattani on Monday. Six armed men, believed…

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985 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand on Monday as surge slows slightly

Thailand recorded 985 new COVID-19 cases today (Monday), as the surge in daily new infections appears to be slowing, said Disease Control Department Director-General Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong today. He also…

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Sophon Iamsirsithavorn, DCD deputy director-general

DCD says COVID-19 infection rise will ease in a month if prevention is strictly enforced

New COVID infections are expected to fall to an average around 440 cases per day a month from now, but only if all the preventive measures, introduced by the Disease…

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Manager of two Thonglor pubs sentenced to two months in prison

The manager of two pubs, in Bangkok’s Thonglor area, which were blamed as the source of the current Thonglor COVID-19 cluster, has been sentenced to two months in prison, without…

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Thailand records 967 new COVID-19 cases today, a single day record in 2021

COVID-19 infections in Thailand continue to surge, with 967 new cases being recorded today (Sunday), according to the CCSA. The new infections include 964 locally acquired infections, of which 530…

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This National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease(NIAID) handout photo obtained March 31, 2021 shows a colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (teal) infected with UK B.1.1.7 variant SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (orange), isolated from a patient sample. (Photo by Handout / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / AFP)

A guide to the UK variant fuelling Thailand’s third wave of COVID-19

After wreaking havoc overseas, the highly-contagious UK variant of COVID-19 has entered Thailand and sparked a fresh nationwide outbreak centred on nightspots in Bangkok’s upmarket Thong Lor area. This latest…

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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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COVID surge in Chiang Mai prompts expansion of field hospital and appeal for donations of consumables

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai is running short of ambulances, to bring those with COVID-19 to the field hospital,which was recently set up at the international trade exhibition centre,…

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