Thailand morning news for April 27

Thailand morning news for April 27

Thailand morning news

Billionaires dip into deep pockets to fight Covid-19
As Covid-19 infections and fatalities continue to rise across the world, many billionaires are stepping up to help ease the blow for the poorest people while also fighting back against the deadly disease.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand loses US free trade benefits worth billions of baht
Thailand loses duty free access for 42.2 billion baht in exports to the US market from today, 6 months after Washington warned it would pull back on trade privileges unless the kingdom committed to labour rights reforms.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections drop to 15, in-patients fewer than 300
Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections have fallen to 15 today, from 53 yesterday, while the number of in-patients has dropped to 277, the lowest for over a month.
— Thai PBS News

Report says Thailand’s suicide rate increasing during coronavirus pandemic
Driven to desperation by the unprecedented economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Thais taking their own lives to escape their hardship has increased, according to a research paper commissioned by the Office of the Committee for the Promotion of Science, Research and Innovations.
— Thai PBS News

Coronavirus: Domestic Flight Fares May Increase By 80%
As domestic commercial flights are set to resume in May, ticket prices could nearly double following the Thai Civil Aviation Authority’s new regulations for fare calculations.
— Khaosod English

Thousands more Thais to be repatriated before month’s end
More than 200 Thai nationals will return to Thailand by air on Friday (April 24), as the government prepares quarantine facilities for thousands of overseas Thais being repatriated before the end of this month.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

18,200 curfew violators charged, highest incidence in Bangkok
More than 18,200 people were found violating curfew in its first 20 days, according to the Office of Judiciary.
— Coconuts Thailand

Enough water at reservoirs to supply EEC until June – IEAT
The estimated water levels at the four main reservoirs in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) should be adequate to last through the drought spell until June, Somjin Philuek, governor of Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT), said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand’s Local Startups Struggling as Funding Dries Up
Thailand’s Startups representatives gather at an online conference late on Thursday to share their views about business during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Chiang Rai Times

Ex-ministers oppose move for Thailand to join CPTPP
Two former ministers have united in opposing Thailand joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

A significant week ahead for Thailand and Pattaya as Thai Cabinet to deliberate on easing restrictions and the Emergency Decree
The week ahead will be a significant one for Thailand as on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the Thai Cabinet is expected to deliberate on extending the current Emergency Decree which controls the majority of the restrictions and rules around stopping the potential spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus in the Kingdom.
— The Pattaya News

Women addicted to gambling ‘biggest violators of social distancing practice’
Ageing women who love gambling are the biggest violators of the social distancing practice, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the Government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Sunday (April 26).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Govt asks employers to watch foreign workers for Covid-19 symptoms
Employers have been urged to keep a close eye on foreign workers for Covid-19 symptoms, following a spike in new cases among illegal immigrants in Songkhla province on Saturday.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Public Health Min to start COVID 19 test from sputum specimen
To help increase testing capacity for COVID-19, the Ministry of Public Health is set to approve a sputum test to detect the virus.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand: Saliva tests found to be effective for Covid-19
Thailand’s Ramathibodi Hospital has learned tests on suspected persons’ saliva for the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak is as precise as tests using secretions from the nose or throat, public health officials announced on Sunday (April 26).
— The Star Online

Muzzle on free speech persists
The erosion of free expression continues in Thailand. In Reporters Without Borders (RSF)’s annual 2020 World Press Freedom Index, Thailand dropped four spots, ranking 140th out of 180 countries on the open media barometer, placing it one spot below Myanmar.
— Bangkok Post

Inbound flight ban continues
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) is planning to extend its inbound flight ban for another 15 days to prevent a possible rapid increase of Covid-19 infections as over 1,000 Thais are scheduled to return to the country this week.
— Bangkok Post

Medical equipment being provided to health workers nationwide
Donations of medical equipment, including face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), have continued to be passed out to facilities nationwide contending with the coronavirus disease.
— Newsline (video)

Government defends healthcare budget cut as B2.4bn diverted to virus fight
The government says the medical benefits people receive under the universal healthcare programme remain intact even though a cabinet resolution showed B2.4 billion would be cut from the budget.
— The Phuket News

DPM Anutin: Social distancing must be new normal
The Minister of Public Health has proposed that the Prime Minister maintain outbreak control measures against COVID-19 and urged members of the public to adapt to the “new normal” in order to prevent another wave of COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

Extended stay for foreigners until end July formally endorsed
Another automatic extension for foreigners holding visas and border passes for three months has officially taken effect.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Says Tourism Likely Won’t Improve Until Vaccine Found
A vaccine for the novel coronavirus is needed to help reverse a plunge in Thailand’s critical tourism sector, according to the agency that promotes the industry.
— Bloomberg

Father Commits Suicide after Being Rejects for Government Handout
A man in Udon Thani province has committed suicide by hanging himself after his application for the government’s Bt5,000 relief payment was rejected.
— Chiang Rai Times

Government rolls out water bill discounts
Not only electricity bills are being given discounts, water is now too, along with other benefits currently available; more details in this report.
— Newsline (video)

PM delivers insurance packages for health workers
The Prime Minister has handed out insurance packages worth 60 million baht in total to medical professionals, along with 10 million baht in extra allowances for village health volunteers, all of whom are working tirelessly in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

Thai University Introduces Cheaper, Faster COVID-19 Tests Kits
Thailand’ Mahidol University has introduced cheaper and faster Covid-19 test kits that use a patients saliva to detect the coronavirus.
— Chiang Rai Times

Covid 19 coronavirus: Mercy flight to take stranded Thai nationals home from NZ
After more than a month being stuck in his Auckland room because of the coronavirus lockdown, Thai student Nitipong Phuttim, 25, is thrilled to be finally going home.
— New Zealand Herald

More Thai workers illegally arrive home from Malaysia
Twenty-five more Thai workers were arrested for illegal border crossing after wading across the Kolok River from Malaysia to Thailand on Sunday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s regulation on food distribution focuses on preventive measure against COVID-19
Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat, Government Spokesperson, disclosed about the regulations issued by Ministry of Interior and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on the distribution of food to people who have been affected by COVID-19 situation that the purpose is to prevent spread of COVID-19 due to physical contact and mass gathering.
— Pattaya Mail

Campaign aims to crowdfund relief packages for at-risk groups
The Covid-19 pandemic has spared no particular group of people. Yet, some groups have been hit harder than others.
— Bangkok Post

DEPUTY PM Prawit orders water hyacinth dealt with ahead of rainy season
The Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan , has ordered all units to clear water hyacinth ahead of the rainy season, allocating 25 problem areas along major rivers and waterways to four different agencies.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand’s Universities accept discount policy to reduce tuition fees worries
The management of 52 universities agree with a government request to cut tuition fees and offer instalments to help students during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
— Pattaya Mail

Visitors to orthopedic clinic in Yala must report to health officials immediately
Those who visited an orthopedic clinic on April 23rd, in Muang district of Thailand’s southern border province of Yala, were told today to report immediately to their nearest health office, after it was discovered one visitor had failed to tell a doctor at the clinic that he was infected with COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

Discounted goods campaign continues
The Internal Trade Department has launched the second phase of its campaign to discount goods, this time with more than 3,000 basic items with prices cut to almost 70%.
— Bangkok Post

Locals in Chiang Mai donate veggies to help those affected by Covid-19
The chief of Mae Win subdistrict in Chiang Mai province, Kesarin Tunkeaw, together with other local people, brought around 3 tonnes of vegetables from their farms to distribute to people living in some areas of the province and Phayao on Saturday (April 25), in order to help them during the Covid-19 situation.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

New procedures for airline operations during COVID-19 pandemic
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) recently held a meeting with 20 airline operators to discuss compulsory operating procedures to be used when they resume their domestic services on May 1st.
— Thai PBS News

Energy Ministry wins hearts with price cut move: poll
A majority of respondents of a Super Poll opinion survey showed the thumbs up to the move by the Ministry of Energy to cut electricity and oil price.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Udon Thani farmers decline rice sales
Most rice farmers in Udon Thani province have decided not to sell their ouput to save them for their relatives returning from other provinces due to the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown, Supot Saetang, president of the Udon Thani Rice Mill Club, said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Hotel tycoon says crisis is worst he’s seen
Bill Heinecke thought he’d seen it all in a decades-long career running hotels: the Asian and global financial crises, Sars and military coups in his adopted home, Thailand. But the current pandemic tops all that, he says.
— Bangkok Post

Review of cash handout applications ‘to be finished by early May’
The Ministry of Finance has sent officials to review the applications of people who had resubmitted their cases to receive the Bt5,000 monthly cash handout.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Nearly 5 million resubmit applications for cash handouts with fresh evidence
The government’s Bt5,000 handout campaign will allow approved applicants to forfeit their right to receive the cash, Lavaron Sangsnit, director-general of Fiscal Policy Office and Ministry of Finance spokesman, said on Friday (April 24).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

BMA distributes grow-at-home veg for residents in lockdown
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has handed out over 20,000 vegetable sprouts to help residents affected by the Covid-19 impact reduce expense and make use of their time during the stay-home period.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

GPO increases production and storage of drugs to treat COVID-19
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has stepped up the production of five anti-viral drugs, and the acquisition of two imported drugs, for the treatment of COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

Overwhelmed by dumped pets, Chiang Mai foundation pleads for help
Who’s to blame for hordes of newly homeless pets, the pandemic or the people? Wherever fault lies, more than 1,000 of them are overwhelming an animal foundation in Chiang Mai province, which is pleading for help feeding and homing them.
— Coconuts Thailand

Police force cuts 10% of budget to aid virus relief
The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has slashed its fiscal 2020 budget by Bt657 million to help the government fight Covid-19, Pol Lt Gen Piya Uthayo, deputy national police chief, said on Friday (April 24).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Ministry warns about false news on requirement of house registration details for masks
The Ministry of Industry has warned people not to believe in fake news stating that they have to fill house registration details to receive free masks.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

GSB halts registration for low-interest loan scheme amid overwhelming response
Government Savings Bank GSB) has suspended registration for one of its two low-interest loan schemes as it has already reached its limit within seven days of launch.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Private sector seeks energy cost subsidy for those hit by Covid-19 crisis
Energy Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong said on Thursday (April 23) that the private sector, including the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Thai Industries and the Federation of Thai SME, had proposed to the ministry to reduce energy cost for entrepreneurs who have been affected by the Covid-19 situation.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Pharmacy Council urges caution over Thailand joining the CPTPP
The Pharmacy Council of Thailand (PCT) has urged the Government not to rush into joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, fearing that early entry, without taking into account inputs from all stakeholders, may hurt the domestic pharmaceutical industry and hinder access to affordable medicines.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand turns to China to revive post-Covid tourist economy
The Covid-19 pandemic has crushed Thailand’s tourism sector, long considered a lifeline for the nation’s already battered economy, as numbers of foreign visitors have dropped below even the worst predictions plunging 76.4% in March from last year after a 42.8% drop in February.
— The Thaiger

25 more arrested entering Thailand by wading across river from Malaysia
Another 25 Thai workers were arrested this morning for illegal border crossing after wading across the Kolok River from Malaysia to Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Woman records video of summer storm power
A woman in Phayao province has recorded on her phone a video of the moment when she had to grab her child and find cover after a storm ripped off her house roof.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Suvarnabhumi ready for normal operations from May 1
Suvarnabhumi Airport will be ready to open again on May 1 after a temporary closure due to the pandemic crisis.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Wildlife species stage a comeback in a peaceful environment
One of the more positive aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand is that, with people staying at home and tourism all but ceased, the environment has an opportunity to regenerate, as shown by the more frequent sightings of several land and marine species in their natural habitats.
— Thai PBS News

Cambodian job seekers nabbed for illegal entry
Thirteen Cambodians – eight men and five women – were rounded up by a ranger patrol in Aranyaprathet district early Sunday and charged by police with illegal entry.
— Bangkok Post

Aid packages distributed to thousands in Khon Kaen district
About 3,000 residents of Ban Haet district in Khon Kaen province queued up in the early hours of Sunday to collect aid packages and cash assistance.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Medical mask vending machine opens in Samut Prakan
Amid the medical mask shortage in Thailand, a vending machine for surgical masks is now in operation in Samut Prakan province.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Park chief, officers arrested for house party
A group of 8 officers from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation are in trouble after being spotted drinking and socialising at a house party in Ngao Waterfall National Park in the southern Ranong province.
— The Thaiger

Phuket reports 4 new Covid-19 cases, all in Bang Tao (Sunday)
The southern province of Phuket reports 4 new confirmed Covid-19 cases today, all in the Bang Tao area of the island’s Cherngtalay subdistrict, bringing the total in Phuket to 206 since the outbreak began in January.
— The Thaiger

Single-mum with two kids fights for survival after being laid-off amid Covid-19 crisis
There are about 1.4 million single-parent families in Thailand and most of them have inadequate monthly income, according to recent studies. Napapach Payakkham’s family is one of them.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thais living in Japan can get compensation
Thais resident in Japan are eligible for 100,000 yen (around Bt30,000) as compensation from the Japanese government, the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo said on its Facebook page on Friday (April 24).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Virologist calls for gradual easing of lockdown with change in public behaviour
An expert virologist at Chulalongkorn University, Dr Yong Poovorawan, has called for caution and safeguards in easing lockdown measures to coexist with Covid-19.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

PM mourns death of 72-year old health volunteer in road accident
Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has offered his condolences to the family of a 72-year old public health volunteer who died in a recent road accident, as he was on his motorbike delivering face masks and sanitizer gel to villagers in the Termbang Nangbuat district of Suphan Buri province.
— Thai PBS News

Focused approach helps Suzuki buck the trend as auto industry sputters
Sales of Suzuki in the first quarter grew 15.1 per cent, compared to the same period in 2019, while other brands saw decline in sales.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Opposition wants special parliamentary meeting over executive decrees
Thailand’s opposition parties have asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to consult the cabinet about the opening of an extraordinary session of parliament, to allow all parties to debate the Government’s executive decree calling for the acquisition of a 1.9 trillion baht loan.
— Thai PBS News

The Soul of Molam (16) – Masters of the khaen and the future of dying molam styles
Ethnomusicologist John Garzoli talks about the ways that molam and the khaen have evolved in the past few decades and his hopes for the future of the genre.
— Isaan Record

Social-distancing measures to be applied in canal boats
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will work with the Marine Department to put in place social-distancing measures in Bangkok’s commuter boats, deputy BMA governor Sakonthee Phatthiyakul said on Friday (April 24).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Sontirat orders probe into Bt150,000 vegetable carts ordered by Egat
Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong ordered a probe into the purchase of overpriced vegetable carts under the “Supply and Construction of 500/230 kV(GIS)” project after activist Srisuwan Janya displayed an invoice for Bt150,000 each.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Former Suthep’s Protest Leader Appointed to House Committee
A socialite known for her leadership during a protest against an elected government back in 2014 was appointed to the House Committee on police affairs on Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Chiang Mai University students demand 30 per cent cut in tuition fees
Chiang Mai University students gathered in the university at 10am on Friday (April 24), demanding that tuition fees be lowered by 30 per cent to help them during the Covid-19 crisis.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Handicapped people lay claim to cash handouts
Around 50 representatives from Disabilities Thailand, Thailand Association of the Blind, Association for the Mentally Ill of Thailand, and other organisations related to handicapped people submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Finance, claiming the right to receive the government’s Bt5,000 handout amid the Covid-19 crisis.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

A “Depressed” woman jumps off Bangkok MRT station
A woman fell to her death from the elevated Tha Phra MRT Station in Bangkok Yai district at 9am on Friday (April 24).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Buriram To Require Everyone to Carry ‘Health Stickers’
Authorities in a major northeastern province will introduce a ‘healthy sticker’ that residents will be required to carry when venturing outside, the governor said on Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Zebras seen as source of disease that is killing horses in Thailand
Zebras are presumed to be the cause of African Horse Sickness that has killed hundreds of horses all over Thailand, experts said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Man broadcasts suicide live on Facebook
A man reportedly hanged himself to death in Buriram province and broadcast his suicide on Facebook Live.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Curfew subjects Thailand’s many homeless to arrest
“The homeless can’t stay at home.” Earlier this month, Police in Chiang Mai arrrested “Tui,” a homeless man, for violating the national curfew imposed as part of the Emergency Decree to contain the spread of Covid-19.
— The Thaiger

Students in border, remote areas handicapped for online education
Only 57 per cent of poor students have access to the internet, according to a study on the effects on students during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Last of three inmates who had escaped from Rayong prison caught
The last of three inmates who had broken out of Khao Mai Kaeo Prison in Rayong province on April 22 was arrested on Sunday when he was caught hiding in a village storehouse.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Egat explains purchase of power station parts ‘not vegetable carts’
Purchase of parts for power station equipment were misunderstood as buying of vegetable carts, a senior official of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) clarified after questions were raised by an activist.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Opinion: Thais Should Fear the Danger of Pandemic’s New Normal
The end of the coronavirus pandemic is nowhere in sight, yet the New Normal of lives and politics in Thailand is already here.
— Khaosod English

Thais from Iran, India fly back today
Almost 200 Thai nationals will return from Iran and India on Saturday (April 25), while the government has decided to facilitate border transportation with several safety measures to sustain trade and also prevent the spread of Covid-19.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Consumer goods to be sold at discounted prices to help people amid Covid-19 crisis
The Department of Internal Trade will organise a campaign to sell consumer products at cheap prices in the second phase starting from April 25 until June 30 to help alleviate people’s financial burden during the Covid-19 crisis, Deputy PM and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said on Saturday (April 25).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

31 Thais return from Japan, sent for quarantine
Thirty-one Thais stranded in Japan arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Friday (April 24).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Limited domestic travel may be allowed after lockdown restrictions eased
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan expected the government to ease lockdown measures to allow people to exercise or move about in public areas.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Opportunity rises in telemedicine business amid the Covid-19 crisis
The Covid-19 crisis seemingly provides a sudden change into a future world, one in which digital has become central to every interaction, forcing both individuals and businesses further up the adoption of technologies over times.
— Thailand Today

Being homeless in Khon Kaen amidst the COVID-19 crisis
Homeless people in Khon Kaen city are one of the most vulnerable groups among the urban poor. How are these people dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak and what measures are the government taking to protect the most vulnerable members of society?
— Isaan Record

171 Thais returning from India today
The rest of 171 Thais stranded in India will arrive at Don Mueang International Airport at 3.10pm on Saturday (April 25) on an Air Asia flight from Kolkata after the first batch of returnees touched down on Friday (April 24) afternoon.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Summer heat makes Bueng Kan road ‘explode”
Extremely high temperatures in Bueng Kan province have made a concrete road expand and ‘explode”.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Pandemic Kindness: Expats Across Thailand Donate to Thais, Migrant Workers
Expats residing in Thailand are offering aid such as free food and lodging to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – even after Koh Samui police warned a group of foreign volunteers for not observing social distancing during their charity event.
— Khaosod English

Queuing up for Covid relief
People suffering hardship during the Covid-19 crisis queued at Hatyai Wittayalai School on Friday (April 24) to receive necessities donated by teachers, parents and philanthropists in Songkhla province.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Colour-coding for provinces based on Covid-19 situation
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday (April 24) colour-coded provinces nationwide according to the statistics of Covid-19 patients.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Korat reduces curfew checkpoints
The Covid-19 Response Centre in Nakhon Ratchasima has decided to reduce the number of curfew checkpoints in the northeastern province from 53 to 25, from April 23.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Nan first province to reopen electrical appliance shops
Nan on Friday (April 24) became the first province in Thailand to allow electrical appliance shops in department stores, malls and large retail stores to reopen.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

YouTube show host Poomjai, 5 others get suspended jail sentence for illegal fishing
Famous DJ and YouTube show host Poomjai “DJ Poom” Tangsanga and five others were given suspended jail sentences for unlicensed fishing in Mu Koh Chumphon National Park in August 2019.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

A rare shadow phenomenon
Sunday (April 26) marked the first time this year when the Sun’s position was perpendicular to Thailand.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Forced to Stay Home by Virus, Some Thais Turn to Online Dating Groups
Without movies, restaurants, malls, bars, and even home visits, if you strictly follow the doctors’ advice, romantic relationships in Thailand are taking on new forms during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Plans to open more labs for testing Covid-19
Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Friday (April 24) that the number of patients under investigation (PUI) has risen significantly since April 7 due to a change in criteria.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

 

 

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