Thailand morning news for March 23

Thailand morning news for March 23

Thailand morning news

Tens of thousands of people leave Bangkok after millions temporarily laid off due to Covid19
Earlier this month Thai authorities made the difficult and historic decision to postpone Songkran due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus threat and fear of it spreading if hundreds of thousands of people went home to the rural Northern provinces.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand plans up to B100bn liquidity support fund amid pandemic
Thailand on Sunday introduced measures that include a liquidity support fund worth 70 billion to 100 billion baht to reduce risk in the debt market amid the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand reports 188 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday
Thailand reported a single day jump of 188 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total so far to 599, with most of the new cases concentrated in Bangkok.
— Thai PBS News

Public urged to trust “Team Thailand” to lead the fight against COVID-19
Thailand’s former public health minister, Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, said Saturday that he expects the rate of new confirmed COVID-19 infections to spike in the next couple of days, before stabilizing and then reducing after a week, if all the preventive measures introduced are followed strictly and with the public’s full cooperation.
— Thai PBS News

WHO praises Thailand for its efforts to contain COVID-19
The World Health Organization’s representative in Thailand has praised Thailand for its ability, to date, to contain the spread of COVID-19 and for being the first country, outside China, to identify a coronavirus as the cause, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Government asks Provincial Governor’s for help in controlling Covid19, surprised at amount of people returning home
Since the government asked every sector to adopt a “Work from Home” policy, in an attempt to slow down the virus outbreak, more people than expected have been traveling to their hometowns.
— The Pattaya News

First Thai woman dies of COVID-19 while abroad
A 66-year old Thai woman, who worked as a chef at a Thai restaurant in Washington DC, died of COVID-19 at the Med Star Hospital in Georgetown on Saturday.
— Thai PBS News

Officials concerned about people heading ‘up country’ after being put off work
Bangkok’s next door provinces are imposing increased preventative measures to deal with Thailand’s current surge of Covid-19 cases by closing a range of retail business, starting today.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Rai reports first coronavirus cases
The Thai Health Department reported 89 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, two of which are in Chiang Rai Province.
— The Thaiger

All time high – Thai drug smuggling in Thailand
2019 was Thailand’s worst year to date for smuggling of MDMA, commonly known as “ecstasy,” mainly from Germany, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Slovenia.
— The Thaiger

Carriers halt international flights
Thai AirAsia (TAA) and Bangkok Airways have temporarily cancelled all international flights from today but will continue to operate domestic routes, the airlines announced separately yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

BoT shores up market stability
The Bank of Thailand is seeking to shore up market stability after a jump in bond yields stoked concerns that stresses are building up.
— Bangkok Post

Covid-19: New stringent measures trigger panic buying in Bangkok
Bangkok residents flocked to stock up on essential goods this afternoon after the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) ordered the closure of most retail businesses, bowling alleys, public swimming pools and golf courses, starting tomorrow to stem the spread of coronavirus infections.
— Thai PBS News

New flight rules cause confusion among Thais overseas wanting to fly home
The new anti-virus restrictions, just announced by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), requiring airlines to demand “fit to fly” health certificates from passengers before boarding a flight to Thailand, have thrown many Thai citizens overseas, who want to fly home, into confusion.
— Thai PBS News

English Rose Bar raided in Pattaya for remaining open during current Covid-19 restrictions
On March 21, 2020 at 11:00 PM, Banglamung and Pattaya Police led by Mr. Amnat Charoensri of Banglamung and Police Colonel Khemmarin Phisama of Pattaya City raided the English Rose Bar in Central Pattaya located on Soi Chaiyapoon.
— The Pattaya News

Bangkok wakes up to an unusually quiet Sunday
It’s a Sunday like no other Sundays for Bangkok, usually one of the busiest cities in the world. As the new series of measures designed to combat the ravaging coronavirus.
— Thai PBS News

Chiang Mai imposes partial lockdown
Thailand’s norther city of Chiang Mai is to impose strict measures to limit gatherings of people in venues deemed at high risk of enabling the further spread of COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

Thai-Lao bridge in Nakhon Phanom to close from Sunday night
The 3rd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge across the Mekong river linking this northeastern Thai province with Khammouane province in Laos will be closed from 10pm on Sunday as a precaution against Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Shutdown order issued for Korat
In the wake of restrictions placed on Bangkok and surrounding provinces, an order has been issued to temporarily shut down shopping malls and others venues considered high risks for the Covic-19 spread in this major northeastern province, effective from Sunday to April 12.
— Bangkok Post

Border checkpoints in Tak to close from Monday
All checkpoints in this northern border province along the border with Myanmar will be closed to people and vehicles – with an exception for vehicles transporting goods and their crew – from Monday, March 23, until further notice, governor Ansit Sampantharat said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Sa Kaeo closes 19 Cambodian border checkpoints – Covid-19
Despite denials only days ago, all 19 checkpoints in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo, two permanent and 17 temporary, along the border with Cambodia will be temporarily closed in a bid to stem the spread of the Covid-19 coronivirus.
— The Thaiger

13 cases in Phuket, official
13 cases of Covid-19 coronavirus have now been confirmed in the southern Thai island of Phuket. 6 new cases have been announced in the past 24 hours.
— The Thaiger

COVID-19: How Bangkok’s new stringent measures will affect you
Bangkok authorities have insisted that the new package of stringent measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus does not amount to a lockdown of the city.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Lion Air will suspend operations from March 25th to end of April
Thai Lion Air has notified the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand that it will temporarily suspend operations, for both domestic and international flights, effective March 25th, until the COVID-19 outbreak situation eases off or May 1st, whichever is the later.
— Thai PBS News

Two Thai Men Confess to Raping American Tourist on Koh Phangan
Police on Friday said two local men on a popular tourist island confessed to sexually assaulting a foreign tourist.
— Khaosod English

Classic Thai Films Available on YouTube for Quarantine Watching
A host of films deemed to be “historically and culturally significant” are now available to view for free on YouTube.
— Khaosod English

Chachoengsao governor orders 224 people into home quarantine
Chachoengsao provincial governor Rapee Pongbuppakit has quarantined himself and has notified 224 others, who were in close contact with the mayor of Chachoengsao provincial administration organization (PAO), of the need to enter 14 days of self-quarantine at home.
— Thai PBS News

Stringent restrictions imposed on airline arrivals in Thailand
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has imposed stringent restrictions on both Thai and non-Thai citizens arriving from abroad by air, as well as aircraft flying into Thailand, effective from midnight on March 22nd.
— Thai PBS News

Finance Ministry Says Covid-19 Treatment for Foreigners is Free
Thailand’s Ministry of Finance on Thursday has confirmed that foreign visitors who were treated for COVID-19 in the country will be able to claim back medical expenses from Thai hospitals.
— Khaosod English

The Thaiger, punching on in tough times
The Thaiger is a small, dedicated team who have been working overtime to keep up the flow of accurate (as best we can) information over the past two and a half months as the coronavirus story has evolved.
— The Thaiger

Visitors barred from visiting virus patients at hospital
Phaholpolpayuhasena Hospital in this western border province has issued an announcement barring people from visiting patients in its care to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok disconnected: Lives unravel as city enters self-quarantine
Prapas Thongsuk was desperate to hug his daughter when she landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport late on Friday, but all he could do was sigh with relief to see his daughter return – before they were parted again.
— Thai PBS News

Border checkpoints with Cambodia in Sa Kaeo to close
All 19 checkpoints – two permanent and 17 temporary ones – in this eastern province along the border with Cambodia will be temporarily closed from Monday in a bid to stem the Covid-19 spread.
— Bangkok Post

Cops Hunting for Man Who Smeared Saliva on BTS Elevator Buttons
Police are on the hunt for a man caught on CCTV smearing his saliva on the elevator buttons at BTS National Stadium Friday to check if he has the coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

Thai cafe serves coffee on wheels to maintain social distance amid COVID-19 outbreak
A cafe in Thailand has started using a pulley system to serve coffee on wheels as coronavirus infections force businesses to practice social distancing.



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John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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