Thailand morning news for April 28

Thailand morning news for April 28

Thailand morning news

Incoming flights ban extended to May 31
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on Monday decided to extend the ban on all incoming flights for another month, on continuing worries about the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Jail Turned Into Field Hospital After 42 Foreigners Caught Virus
A detention facility is being turned into a field hospital after 42 of its foreign inmates reportedly contracted the coronavirus from an immigration officer, health officials said Sunday.
— Khaosod English

BMA rolling out mobile kitchens to feed Bangkok
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched a mobile kitchen to cook 500 meals per day for people suffering financial distress during the virus pandemic.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand to extend COVID-19 emergency measures, sees improvement
Thailand on Monday reported nine new coronavirus cases and one death, bringing the country’s totals to 2,931 cases and 52 fatalities.
— CNA

April 27 Covid-19 update for Thailand
Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, reported 9 new cases confirmed over the past 24 hour period plus 1 additional death, taking the national total numbers to 2,931 confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak.
— The Thaiger

Thailand puts Chinese submarine order on hold to fund coronavirus fight
Thailand will suspend some arms purchases, including orders for two Chinese submarines, as it cuts its military budget to fund the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
— SCMP

Woman attempts suicide at ministry after being refused Bt5,000 payment
A 58-year-old woman attempted to commit suicide at the Finance Ministry building in Bangkok yesterday, where she had gone to plead for the Bt5,000 pandemic-relief payment.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Bangkok breathes cleaner air during COVID-19 pandemic and experts want it to last
Analysis of air quality in Bangkok since the Thai government began enforcing strict social isolation measures has found significant drop in dangerous pollution levels of more than 20 per cent, as compared with the same time last year.
— CNA

Commerce Minister decides not to propose CPTPP for Cabinet consideration
Commerce Ministry said on Monday (April 27) that the minister Jurin Laksanawisit has decided against proposing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to the Cabinet for consideration on Tuesday due to concerns about some issues and the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Commission to study liquidity of electricity agencies
The Office of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has instructed the country’s three power suppliers – Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) – to come up with their annual financial statement so the commission can estimate their cash flow and liquidity.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Top Prosecutor Suggests Dropping Charges Against Relief Givers
The attorney-general urged public prosecutors to exercise leniency when bringing charges against donors who violated the government’s ban on social gatherings, his spokesman said.
— Khaosod English

What does the extension of the Emergency Decree mean?
The Covid-19 Centre for Situation Administration announced today that the Emergency Decree for Thailand will be extended, although it technically will not be official until announced in official channels.
— The Thaiger

Anutin rejects trans-Pacific trade pact, says not beneficial for public health
After meeting with the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) on Monday (April 27) to evaluate the effects the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will have on Thailand, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he was against it.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

EEC targets thrown out as forecasts fogged by crisis
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office is set to revise its investment target and strategy for this year as the coronavirus pandemic ravages overall investment sentiment.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Government says no decision yet on suggestions of lifting of alcohol sales bans as Public Health Ministry says ban has been successful for stopping gatherings
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration or CCSA hasn’t agreed to postpone holidays or reopen businesses in May as of yet and will be addressing those issues at a meeting later today, Tuesday, with the Thai Cabinet.
— The Pattaya News

Somkid dismisses rumours of Uttama being removed as party leader
This is not the time to discuss changes in the ruling Phalang Pracharat Party as all the focus should be on handling the Covid-19 crisis, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: AirAsia trials PPE suits for cabin crew
Low-cost carrier AirAsia has trialled the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) suits for its cabin crew on its Philippine subsidiary, the airline told CNA on Monday (Apr 27).
— CNA

Prawit tight-lipped on becoming PPRP leader
Gen Prawit Wongsuwon remains mum on whether he will replace Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana as leader of the core coalition Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) as speculated by some Thai media.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand now ready for cautious easing of lockdown restrictions – Dr. Prasit
The COVID-19 situation in Thailand is now entering the phase where lockdown restrictions can be eased, but social distancing and the wearing of face masks are still essential, said Professor Dr. Prasit Wattanapa, Dean of the Faculty of Medicines at Siriraj Hospital and a member of the CCSA’s medical advisory panel.
— Thai PBS News

Covid-19 trends likely to stick
The business world won’t be the same after the Covid-19 pandemic is over, with technology in the limelight.
— Bangkok Post

Airlines set to return as ban on domestic flights ends
AirAsia and Nok Air are both set to resume domestic flights to Phuket on Friday (May 1), the day after the ban on all domestic flights is due to end.
— The Phuket News

Fears over public Covid-19 testing
Private hospitals have been warned against setting up mobile Covid-19 testing units in busy areas to avoid spreading the infection further.
— Bangkok Post

Virus fear over 9,000 returnees to Thailand, among whom are 500 Cambodians
Thailand has expressed concerns over the return of up to 9,000 workers after April 30, among whom are an estimated 600 Cambodians.
— Khmer Times

Lockdown to linger
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has decided to extend the enforcement of the executive decree, the state’s most powerful weapon against Covid-19, for another month but will allow some businesses, including shopping malls and hair salons, to reopen to ease the impact of business shutdowns.
— Bangkok Post

PM urges public to be cautious of inclement weather
Expressing concern for the health of Thai people as a summer storm sweeps through the northern region, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is asking everyone to take precautions and heed the government’s advice.
— Newsline (video)

Vaccine distant, so ‘restrictions crucial’
A vaccine against the Covid-19 disease may be available early next year, said Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
— Bangkok Post

92% of suicides due to the virus are among the self-employed according to expert research group in academia
A team of researchers at Chiang Mai and Chulalongkorn Universities are warning that deaths in Thailand directly attributable to the government lock down necessary to protect the country from the deadly coronavirus may well exceed those from Covid 19 as the country sees a spike in recorded suicides and deaths caused by the rash actions of those driven to despair by circumstances.
— ThaiExaminer.com

Thai Vietjet offers THB 9 promotional tickets for after-outbreak flights
Thai VietJet is delighted to announce promotional air tickets from as little as THB 9 (excluding taxes, fees) for flights once the COVID-19 lockdown ends.
— Bangkok Post

PepsiCo commits 18,000,000 baht to supporting COVID-19 relief efforts in Thailand
PepsiCo is committing US$ 550,000 (Bt18 million1) in partnership with Raks Thai Foundation to support communities, farmers and medical staff in the fight against the impacts of COVID-19.
— Bangkok Post

Cambodia’s exports to Thailand soar 115 percent
Cambodia’s exports to Thailand skyrocketed in the first three months of this year, although the two countries have faced strict movement of cross-border trade because of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

US self-interest behind GSP axe
The suspension of trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) worth US$1.3 billion (42 billion baht) by the US Trade Representative (USTR) was to take place on Saturday.
— Bangkok Post

Fruit, vegetable exports to Thailand rocket by over 300% in Q1
HÀ NỘI Việt Nam’s fruit and vegetable exports to Thailand hit US$50.51 million in the first quarter of 2020, shooting up more than 300 per cent from the same period last year, according to the General Department of Customs.
— Viet Nam News

Polluting brick factory shut down
A brick factory has been ordered to shut down following a desperate, bridge-top complaint from a resident about the thick smoke from the kiln blanketing nearby communities in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district.
— Bangkok Post

Khao Kheow Open Zoo’s animals given fruit flavored ice
Khao Kheow Open Zoo has been feeding animals with fruit flavored ice to reduce stress from the heat.
— Newsline (video)

Firms request lax rules for revival
Business leaders are coming out in support of the government’s extension of the emergency decree and curfew for another month, but have requested easing business restrictions to restart the economy as new infection numbers dwindle.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to host 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
The 6th edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) will be held by Thailand in 2021, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced here on Monday.
— China.org.cn

Coronavirus: Prachuap Temples Say They’re Running Out of Food
Buddhist temples in a southern province are asking for help from the government on Monday because they are running out of donations and food due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

19th clear day for Covid-19 cases in Chiang Mai
Today marks the 19th consecutive day without a new Covid-19 case in the northern capital and there are only 8 patients still remaining in hospital receiving treatment.
— The Thaiger

Hilltribes send bounty to suffering locals in Tak
Highlanders in Tak’s Phop Phra, Mae Sot and Umphang districts have given 20 tonnes of agricultural produce for distribution among officials and local people affected by Covid-19.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Government whips reject Opposition call for debate on executive decrees
Opposition demands for the convening of a special parliamentary meeting, to debate the Thai government’s three executive decrees, related to the acquisition of massive loans to cushion the economic impacts of COVID-19, have been rejected by the governing coalition parties.
— Thai PBS News

3,025 household goods prices will be reduced by up to 68%
The Commerce Ministry, along with dozens of companies. has announced the reduction of the cost of many household goods as the Covid-19 crisis has affected the spending power of people across the country.
— The Thaiger

97 year old Phuket woman recovers from Covid-19
A 97 year old “granny” from Bang Tao, Phuket, has been discharged from hospital, having recovered from the Covid-19 virus.
— The Thaiger

Top TV provider TrueVisions blasted for openly recruiting ‘censorship officer’
A top cable and satellite television provider is being called out for posting a job listing for an “international news censor” on the nation’s biggest job site.
— Coconuts Thailand

Worried Nok Air passenger: No social distancing on packed flight
A Nok Air passenger posted on her Facebook page a picture of a packed Nakhon Si Thammarat-Don Meaung flight, expressing her concern at the lack of social distancing.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Pattaya Animal Coalition takes care of stray animals in closed off area of Jomtien Beach
Today part of the PAC – Pattaya Animal Coalition, volunteered with the DRAT (Disaster Response Associations Thailand) team to keep Jomtien beach empty from any activity on the beach per the order of the Chonburi Governor.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya Police arrest 12 Thais and eleven foreigners for violating Emergency Decree to stay out of public areas such as beaches and parks
Pattaya- Pattaya City Law Enforcement arrested twelve Thai Nationals and eleven foreigners at around 5:00 PM this evening who were violating the Governor of Chonburi’s orders to stay off of public beaches and places.
— The Pattaya News

THAI to press ahead with B11bn maintenance facility
Thai Airways International will press on with a project to build a 11-billion maintenance facility east of Bangkok after partner Airbus dropped out due to the coronavirus outbreak, a senior official said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Phang Nga may unlock Koh Yao island
Phang Nga’s governor Chamroen Tippayapongthada said on Monday (April 27) that the province will soon unlock its Koh Yao island.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Probe launched into Korat funeral fraud
The Royal Thai Police is conducting a disciplinary probe into a police inspector accused of embezzling cash from the cremation budget for officers killed in the mass shooting at Terminal 21 Korat in Nakhon Ratchasima in February.
— Bangkok Post

Chonburi Government says official decision on easing any local restrictions or business closures to come “soon”
The Chonburi Public Relations Department noted this evening that any decisions on easing Covid-19 and Coronavirus restrictions or re-opening businesses in the hard hit province will be the choice of the Chonburi Governor, as long as National Emergency Decree guidelines are followed.
— The Pattaya News

Thais in Japan advised to register to return home on 2 flights in May
Thai citizens in Japan, who wish to return home, have been advised to register via the Thai embassy’s website, if they want seats on two repatriation flights in May.
— Thai PBS News

Five virus-hit immigration detainees rushed to hospital
Five undocumented immigrants found to be infected with Covid-19 have been rushed to hospital in Hat Yai after their conditions worsened.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Media ad spending set to drop 15%
Spending on media advertising is projected to drop 15% to 77 billion baht this year as the coronavirus pandemic causes brands to tighten their budgets amid a weak economy, according to researcher Media Intelligence (MI).
— Bangkok Post

Ubon police chief accused of rudely refusing airport health check
The police chief of Ubon Ratchathani has been transferred after allegedly refusing to comply with health screening procedures when his flight landed at the provincial airport.
— Bangkok Post

Agencies work on reforesting burned down forests
The Royal Forest Department (RFD) is making preparations to recover the recently burned down forested areas in Thailand’s North, the department’s director-general Attaphon Charoenchansa said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Govt sees GDP, investment boost if joins CPTPP trade pact
Thailand could expect a boost to its economic growth, investment and exports to help offset the negative impact of the new coronavirus pandemic if it participates in an Asia-Pacific trade agreement, the commerce ministry said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Special benefits still applicable for state welfare cardholders
Holders of state welfare cards will continue being entitled to additional benefits announced since the outbreak of Covid-19, the Government Public Relations Department said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Relief Handout Called Off After 2,000 Showed Up
A cash handout event in Chonburi was brought to an end earlier than expected because hundreds of people showed up, officials said.
— Khaosod English

Gov’t Proposes Postponing All May Holidays
Media reports on Monday said a government meeting chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha agreed to postpone all May holidays until further notice due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Lift emergency decree, urges business research centre director
The government should lift the emergency decree and use the Contagious Disease Act instead as the present situation has caused at least Bt1.2 trillion to Bt1.3 trillion in damages, said Anusorn Tamajai, the director of the Economic and Business Research Centre for Reform at Rangsit University’s Institute of Economics.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Masks face market glut: price plunges by 50%
Face masks have now swamped the market, dragging down the price by 50 per cent from Bt20 a unit to Bt10.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Suphan Buri rice to be exchanged for dried sea fish
About 15 tonnes of Suphan Buri rice to help fishermen affected by the Covid-19 crisis arrived at the Phuket Network Management Centre on Sunday under a rice-for-fish exchange project.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

NBTC sec-gen resignation postponed due to “three pending missions”
National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) secretary-general Thakorn Tanthasit’s resignation is to be postponed and take effect on July 1 due to the Covid-19 crisis, board president General Sukit Khamasundara said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Trade fairs reworked as focus turns to online events
The Commerce Ministry is set to host its first online trade show — Multimedia Online Virtual Exhibition (Move) — along with a business matching platform for digital content entrepreneurs in late May, expecting sales worth 1 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

One dead, seven injured in two vehicle crash in Banglamung
One person has died while seven people have sustained injuries after two pickup trucks collided in Nongprue just before curfew last night.
— The Pattaya News

Songkhla’s tourist attractions neglected as lockdown continues
The Ganesha statue in Songkhla’s Sumnak Kham sub-district has received no worshippers recently due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

New normal at department stores
Central Pattana shows what department stores will be like if the government eases social restrictions. (Photos by Pornprom Satrabhaya)
— Bangkok Post

4 More BTS Green Line Stations to Open on June 3
Four more BTS stations extending towards the northern suburbs of Bangkok are expected to open in June.
— Khaosod English

Govt to spurn CPTPP trade deal, says FTA Watch
The government is backtracking on plans to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade deal, according to FTA Watch.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Foreigners stuck on Phi Phi screened for Covid-19
Some 270 foreign tourists stranded on Phi Phi Island were screened for Covid-19 by Krabi provincial authorities on Monday (April 27).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Booze industry urges govt to lift prohibition
Alcohol-industry organisations have asked the prime minister to lift the ban on selling alcohol, imposed as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Ride the BTS to four new north Bangkok stations in June
Life may be standing still for many, but the BTS marches on. Four new skytrain stations stretching northward through the capital got an opening date today.
— Coconuts Thailand

203 Thais returning home from New Zealand and Japan
168 Thai nationals who have been stranded in New Zealand will be returning home today. The flight left Auckland International Airport at 1.10pm local time, and will arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 8:15pm.
— The Thaiger

Virus screening tight as Thai returnees flood southern border checkpoint
No cases of Covid-19 have been discovered at the Padang Besar border checkpoint in Songkhla so far, after the nearby Sadao crossing was closed last week when at least four immigration officials tested positive for the virus.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Two Americans afraid to go back home, want to remain in Thailand
Two American tourists have asked that they are allowed to stay in Thailand as they are afraid of the Covid-19 situation in the United States, which has become more serious.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

No Customers, But This Second-Hand Bookstore Keeps Its Doors Open
Most of the bars, shops, and guesthouses that make up the popular backpacker area around Khaosan Road have been shut for weeks now due to the coronavirus, but a famed English-language bookstore remains open without fail.
— Khaosod English

Candidates for Thai-Denmark Milk Land franchise
The Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation (DFPO) of Thailand aims to appoint a business administration representative from four candidates to support the Thai-Denmark Milk Land (TDML) franchise amid the Covid-19 crisis, DFPO deputy director Suchart Chariyalertsak said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Bangkok authorities under fire for over-zealous tree pruning
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has come in for some flak after some over-enthusiastic pruning of the city’s trees.
— The Thaiger

Official Caught Extorting Money for Virus Health Stickers
A local administrator in Buriram was charged with a criminal offense after he was caught demanding money from residents in exchange for ‘healthy stickers’ that they need to carry, the governor said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Historic Loei stupa closed for a week
Phra That Si Song Rak in Loei has been closed for seven days and will not hold its annual ceremony of worship, Dan Sai district chief Natee Prompakdee said today (April 27).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

 

 

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