Thailand morning news for April 2

Thailand morning news for April 2

Thailand morning newsYala struggles to enforce ban on Friday prayer at mosques
Yala authorities are hard-put trying to convince local Muslim leaders of the need to obey the Chularatchamontri’s order suspending Friday prayers at all mosques, amid worries that mass gatherings spread the coronavirus disease.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PM says tourists will get automatic visa extensions
Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is concerned that foreigners seeking visa extensions have been gathering in their hundreds at Thailand’s immigration offices each day, at a time when social distancing is needed due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
— The Thaiger

Prayut Warns Emergency Decree May Extend If Pandemic Doesn’t Ease
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday told the media after the Cabinet meeting that he may extend the state of emergency decree for another month or two should Thailand’s COVID-19 situation does not ease.
— Khaosod English

Thailand confirms 120 new coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths
Thailand confirmed 120 new coronavirus cases and two more deaths on Wednesday (Apr 1), said a spokesman of the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.
— CNA

Over 300 commercial airplanes grounded at Thailand’s airports
Over 300 commercial airplanes have been grounded at two major airports of Thailand, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi, due to novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand to sanitise coins, banknotes, issue new cash
Thailand’s Ministry of Finance on Wednesday (April 1) said the Treasury Department will release new coins and collect old ones for a thorough cleanup to help stem the spread of Covid-19.
— The Star Online

State Railway of Thailand cancels 22 long distance train routes due to Covid19 and to encourage people to stay home
Long distance trains are still running at limited capacity, with some destinations cancelled until the spread of COVID-19 can be contained.
— The Pattaya News

Man found dead on Thai train tests positive for COVID-19
A man found dead on a passenger train in Thailand has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday, as the country’s death toll from the contagion more than triples from a week ago.
— CNA

Sa Kaeo government confirms ninth case of COVID19 in Province is a Thai waitress back from Pattaya, releases timeline
Sa Kaeo The Sa Kaeo government and Covid19 response team reported today that the ninth case of Covid-19 in the province is a 38 year old Thai waitress who worked in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Stranded migrant workers can stay and work in Thailand, for now
Today the Thai Labour Ministry is allowing stranded workers from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar to stay and work beyond the expiration date of their work permits, due to the recent closure of their borders.
— The Thaiger

6 Covid-19 recovered patients head home to their families
The hospital director in Songkla, Dr. Supat Hasuwankit, posted on his Facebook page today, that it was a happy moment for 6 patients and their families after having been in hospital since March 17 fighting against the deadly Coronavirus, to finally go home.
— The Thaiger

Thai Immigration proposes extending tourist visas until June 30
The Thai Immigration Bureau has asked the Cabinet to approve a measure extending tourist visas until June 30 for foreigners stranded in Thailand following the disruption of international flights due to the Covid-19 coronavirus.
— The Thaiger

Rice exports seen rising as virus outbreak troubles competitors
Thai rice exporters expect to increase sales as the spread of coronavirus sparks global food security concerns and major competitors face export bans or go into lockdown to battle the outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Nation Multimedia Cuts Pay, Permits Layoffs Amid Outbreak
The Nation Multimedia Group, one of Thailand’s largest media conglomerates, announced Tuesday that it will slash the salaries of its employees to cope with the business downturn brought by the coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

Grand Bella Hotel in Pattaya is set to become field hospital for Covid19 patients under investigation
As we originally announced yesterday, the Grand Bella Hotel in Pattaya was under consideration after offering to become a field hospital for Covid19 patients under investigation and has now been approved for that process.
— The Pattaya News

Veteran former politician Prachuab Chaiyasan dies of cancer
Former politician and minister in several previous Thai administrations, Mr. Prachuab Chaiyasan, aka Isan Idi (Amin), died of lung cancer at Siriraj hospital this morning (Wednesday).
— Thai PBS News

BMA orders capital’s convenience stores to close from midnight until 5am
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has reduced the opening hours of convenience stores, food shops and stalls by ordering them to close from midnight to 5am, from Thursday until end of April.
— Thai PBS News

Digital payments nearly double in March amid virus outbreak
Thailand’s digital payments jumped 93% in March from a year earlier, the central bank said on Wednesday, as the coronavirus outbreak pushes up demand for online services.
— Bangkok Post

Well known investment banker Pakpoom Vallisuta dies of COVID-19
Mr. Pakpoom Vallisuta, Chairman of the Quant Group, Thailand’s leading investment banking advisors, has died of COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

BOT responds to temporary breakdowns for online payments
The new online payment systems, put in place to provide payments related to government stimulus packages, have suffered from temporary breakdowns in the past few days.
— The Thaiger

Phuket’s Patong all but shut down
A notice from Patong municipality is urging Patong’s residents to stay at home and not venture out of doors, including the Soi Bangla entertainment area, which has become the hotbed of Covid-19 coronavirus in the island province of Phuket.
— The Thaiger

Thailand Manufacturing PMI Hits Record Low in March
Thailand’s manufacturing PMI fell to a record low in March as declines in output and new orders accelerated markedly, IHS Markit said Wednesday.
— Marketscreener

Thailand 4.0 Reinvigorates ASEAN and Connects Thailand to the Global Community
As it takes on the mantle of chair of the ASEAN in 2019, the Kingdom of Thailand has maintained an extremely favourable business environment.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya tourism execs call for massive tax cuts, economic relief to survive coronavirus pandemic
Pattaya tourism executives called on the government to grant them massive tax breaks and economic relief to prevent hotels, tourist attractions and related businesses from going bankrupt.
— Pattaya Mail

Bangkok to close parks as Thailand’s coronavirus cases rise
The Thai capital of Bangkok will close all parks as it tightens measures to rein in a coronavirus pandemic by limiting people’s movements, a city hall spokesman said on Wednesday.
— ABS-CBN News

Government issues more measures to assist business sector affected by COVID-19
To ease the impact of COVID-19 on the business sector in Thailand, the Revenue Department has extended personal income tax filing to August 31, while SME operators are allowed to suspend loan payments for up to 12 months.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand’s new asylum law leaves refugees with more questions, few protections
The Thai-Myanmar border has long been home to refugees and people displaced by Myanmar’s cycle of internal conflicts.
— Asean Today

Local measures enacted to limit COVID 19 spread
Several provinces have already implemented their own measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
— NBT World (video)

Air Quality in Northern Thailand at Very Unsafe Levels Due to WildFires
The Pollution Control Department has reported very unsafe air quality levels were reported in nine northern provinces on Wednesday.
— Chiang Rai Times

Bangkok checkpoints screen 38,000 travelers
Officials being stationed at the more-than-370 recently erected road checkpoints across the country are working hard to perform health checks on motorists entering their respective areas, as the number of COVID-19 patients continue to rise in a daily basis.
— NBT World (video)

Stranded Thai students prefer to stay in US than risk travel
Several Thai students stranded in the United States have said they would rather stay put than return home and risk contracting or transmitting COVID-19 en route because the US has more than 188,000 COVID-19 cases.
— The Phuket News

Spirit figures help village keep out infection
Hmong people at a village in Phop Phra district have taken stringent precautions against catching Covid-19, including seeking help from divine spirits, which are represented by masked wooden figures.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand suspends commercial trains
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has on Wednesday (April 1)suspended the service of its 44 commercial trains to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
— The Star Online

Big cleaning events curbing COVID 19 spread
Various parts of the nations have held big cleaning events to disinfect public spaces, in order to reduce the infection rate of COVID-19.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand’s Sex Workers Screwed by the Government They Help Support
Empower Foundation, an organization promoting rights and opportunities for sex workers in Thailand has written a letter to the government pleading for help.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand’s family conglomerates have a stranglehold over food retail
When the U.K.’s largest supermarket chain, Tesco, announced that it was selling its Thai and Malaysian stores to Charoen Pokphand Group, a gigantic Thai family conglomerate, for $10.6 billion, it was the biggest deal in Asia this year so far.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thailand’s parliamentary opposition pledges full cooperation in fight against COVID-19
Thailand’s opposition parties have promised full cooperation with the Government in the fight to win the battle against COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

Grab reduces commission
Grab Thailand has reduced the commission fee collected from food merchants from 35% to 30% to accommodate rising demand for food delivery in amid the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Curfew By Other Name? Bangkok Orders All Shops To Close at Midnight
All business enterprises, including convenience stores and roadside food stalls, in the capital must be closed at midnight starting tonight, the City Hall ordered Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Gov’t MP Blames Amateur Housewives for Egg Shortages
A pro-government lawmaker blamed young housewives for the ongoing egg shortages, saying they are only capable of making desperate egg dishes during their quarantines.
— Khaosod English

PM may suspend public transport over virus fears
Even though intra- and interprovincial travel has fallen by about 40%, following the declaration of a national state of emergency last week, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that he might order a reduction or even a suspension of public transport if the rate of Covid-19 coronavirus infections does not show a sustained drop.
— The Thaiger

King and Prayut Praise Bureaucrats on National Civil Servants’ Day
His Majesty the King and PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday called upon Thai bureaucrats to serve with honesty and uphold their honor on the occasion of Thai Civil Servants’ Day, which falls on April 1.
— Khaosod English

Covid-19 policies wind down
Some 6.8 million coronavirus insurance policies were taken out in less than two months since they were made available, with many companies already ceasing sales of lump-sum payout plans, says Suthiphon Taveechaiyagarn, secretary-general of the Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Races Ahead as Global Healthcare Hub
Investors bet on medical device market as health tourism surges
— Bangkok Post

 

 

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