11 July 2024

Thai PBS World Daily is here to provide you with a daily news roundup of the top stories in Thailand. Here’s what you need to know for today.

Storm Noru will hit Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen on Thursday

Typhoon Noru is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam tomorrow and then weaken to a tropical storm, as it moves through Laos and into Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen provinces on Thursday.

The Meteorological Department said the storm will weaken further, as it moves through the north-eastern region, the central plains and the northern part of Thailand. This will bring heavy rain to Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin and Buri Ram provinces, among others which fall in its path.

Abortion legal in Thailand up to 20th week of pregnancy from October 26th

A woman in Thailand who is no more than 20-weeks into her pregnancy will be able to seek a legal abortion, under an edict of the Ministry of Public Health, which was published in the Royal Gazette yesterday and will come into force after 30 days.

As for the procedures, prior consultation from a medical practitioner must be done first and, if a woman who is less than 12 weeks pregnant insists on an abortion, her medical professional will perform the procedure as appropriate.

COVID-19 preventive measures in schools to be lifted from October 1st

Thailand’s Ministry of Education will lift COVID-19 preventive measures in schools, which will become effective from October 1st.

The measures, such as face-mask wearing all the time in schools, seat distancing of 1-2 metres, limits on the number of participants in group activities, will cease. Temperature screening before entering school and good air circulation in classrooms will, however, remain.

Myanmar beauty queen granted asylum in Canada

Myanmar’s former beauty queen and anti-junta activist, “Han Lay”, who has been stranded in Thailand due to immigration difficulties, has finally been granted asylum in Canada.

Han Lay has been here since last Wednesday, and attempts were reportedly made by Myanmar authorities to have her repatriated, but she was not forcibly sent back.