Thailand morning news for March 4

Thailand morning news for March 4

Thailand morning news

Shippers see exports sinking through first half
A key shippers group expects Thai exports to fall by 3.3% year-on-year in the first half of 2020 but is holding out hope for a second-half turnaround that would bring full-year results to 0-1% growth.
— Bangkok Post

Thai social media frenzy as 5000 set to return from South Korea
Thai social media is abuzz with fears that some of the roughly 5000 Thai nationals preparing to return from South Korea may carry the COVID-19 coronavirus, which has now killed 17 people there and 2979 worldwide.
— The Thaiger

Outrage over mask shortages
People are crying foul over the shortage of masks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, triggered by the death of a Thai man who was diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus.
— Bangkok Post

B3.5bn virus budget sought
The board of National Health Security Office (NHSO) will ask the cabinet to approve a central budget of 3.5 billion baht to treat Covid-19 patients under the Universal Health Coverage scheme, NHSO secretary-general Sakchai Kanchanawattana said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

No Thai law to mandate quarantine of Thais returning from South Korea – DPM Prawit
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today that Thailand has no law that can force Thais, working illegally in South Korea, into quarantine upon their return. There has been widespread concern expressed on social media about the returnees representing a risk of a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 in Thailand.
— Thai PBS News

Songkran Festival not cancelled, likely to proceed in a toned down form, says Thai Tourism Authority Governor
As the world continues to deal with the outbreak of the Covid-19 Coronavirus worldwide and many events continue to be cancelled in Pattaya such as The LPGA tour, The St Patrick’s Day Parade, The Open Swimming Competition, the Troppixx Music Festival and the Marine Run, attention has begun to turn on social media to the biggest holiday of the year in Thailand-Songkran, The Water Festival, also known as the Thai New Year.
— The Pattaya News

Wuhan style screening to be imposed on Thais returning from South Korea
Thai citizens returning from South Korea, including those working there illegally, will have to undergo stringent screening measures on arrival in Thailand, similar to those imposed on visitors from the…
— Thai PBS News

2 Thai Workers Returning From Korea Suspected of Having Coronavirus
Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan said the government has no legal power to order thousands of migrant workers returning from South Korea into a quarantine.
— Khaosod English

Activists seek to have Thamanat thrown out of parliament
Two anti-government activists on Tuesday petitioned the Election Commission (EC) to ask the Constitutional Court to disqualify Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thamanat Prompow, over his past criminal record in Australia.
— Bangkok Post

New anti-virus measures for foreign visitors and Thais returning from high risk areas
Thailand’s Public Health Ministry, via a ministerial announcement, has designated nine countries and two territories as high risk areas for COVID-19, and visitors to Thailand from these areas will be subject to 14-day home quarantine and will have to adhere to health related follow-up measures.
— Thai PBS News

Thai bourse up on stimulus expectations
The Thai stock market rebounded on Tuesday as expectations of further monetary stimulus by global central banks buoyed investor sentiment previously weakened by the Covid-19 epidemic.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PM shrugs off speculation of cabinet reshuffle
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has brushed aside speculation about an imminent cabinet reshuffle, saying that his main focus is on coping with the COVID-19 situation and the prevention of further spread of the disease.
— Thai PBS News

PM emphasizes drought fighting measures
The government is now working on its drought mitigation and water saving plans for this year’s dry season, expected to be the worst in 20 years. They are asking all agencies to increase water retention areas to increase availability.
— NNT

Public Health Ministry gives 100,000 face masks to people
The Ministry of Public Health handed out 100,000 face masks to members of the general public, setting a limit of three masks per person, while the Ministry of Commerce launched a caravan of 111 cars to sell more face masks to people in different parts of the country.
— NNT’

Thailand seeks a deal with China on COVID-19 drug
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul met with the Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy to discuss cooperative measures in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Newsline (video)

11 risk zones defined to facilitate measures
The Public Health Ministry has issued an announcement defining nine countries and two territories as high-risk zones for coronavirus disease to accommodate control measures yet to be announced.
— Bangkok Post

Northern Thailand’s Tourist Numbers Drops to a Four Year Low
Thailand’s tourism authority reports the number of foreign tourists visiting northern Thailand may fall to its lowest in four years.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thousands of Thai ‘little ghosts’ in virus-hit Korea want home
Thousands of Thais staying illegally in South Korea have turned themselves into the authorities there in hope of returning home from the virus-stricken nation, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced yesterday.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Thailand to China ‘Fruit Exports’flatten, local consumption driven
Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Mananya Thaiset has ordered the Cooperative Promotion Department to quickly find markets for fruit farmers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Pattaya Mail

Feature: Thailand to embrace Chinese tourists after victory over COVID-19
When Thai tour guide Wanchai in the country’s famous island destination Krabi entered the island’s famous beach music festival that he attends every year, he was stopped at the entrance for body temperature check and hand hygiene.
— Xinhuanet

Prayut’s Ukraine Tank Deal Defense Highlights Thailand’s Broader Security Challenge
Last week, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha found himself defending a tank deal in the country’s legislature.
— The Diplomat

Southern Thailand Officials Step-up Efforts to Tackle Tar Balls on Beaches
Officials in southern Thailand’s Nakhon Si Thammaratat are taking steps to tackle the tar ball problem on beaches.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand delivers new measures to contain C0VID-19 spread
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday has delivered new measures to his government to fight against C0VID-19 outbreak.
— Xinhuanet

Operators to lean on domestic tourists
The domestic meeting and leisure market is seen as the last resort for the local tourism industry to battle the decline in foreign tourists, but despite government aid measures, demand is still slow.
— Bangkok Post

Labor Ministry looks after Thai workers in COVID-19 risk nations
The Ministry of Labor has vowed to look after Thai workers at countries with reports of COVID-19 cases, as well as workers in Thailand who may be affected by the economic impacts stemming from the outbreak.
— Newsline (video)

Steps taken to tackle Nakhon Si Thammarat oil slicks
Two weeks after thick oil slicks and tar balls again began polluting the sea and beaches of Hua Sai district, to the detriment of tourism and fisheries, steps are being taken to tackle the problem.
— Bangkok Post

Govt censure debate to go nationwide
The opposition is extending the censure debate beyond parliament in nationwide forums to expose the government’s mismanagement of the country, said Anusorn Iamsa-ard, spokesman of the main opposition Pheu Thai Party.
— Bangkok Post

Anutin pushes cabinet rejig
A cabinet shake-up should be considered in the aftermath of the censure debate, according to Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul.
— Bangkok Post

Air pollution intensified in the north
According to the website AirVisual.com, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Chiang Mai now ranks 6th worst in the world in terms of air pollution, as the situation continues to be critical in Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

Minnows urge House recall over student protests
A proposal by three small parties for the House of Representatives to arrange an extraordinary meeting to discuss possible responses to the escalating anti-government flash mobs by university students has received a mixed response.
— Bangkok Post

MEA campaigning air-conditioner cleaning to reduce global warming in 2020
MEA campaigning air-conditioner cleaning to reduce global warming in 2020, increasing efficiency, reducing energy consumption
— Bangkok Post

Phu Kradueng to close for natural restoration
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced a six-month closure of Phu Kradueng National Park, following days of continuous fire that left a trail of destruction in the popular tourist attraction.
— Newsline (video)

Road subsidence leaves deep cracks in Pathum Thani
A 200-metre section of a road alongside Klong Rapipat in tambon Bung Kasam of Nong Sua district has subsided, leaving long, deep cracks and making driving on the road dangerous.
— Bangkok Post

Saksayam floats bus lanes to ease traffic, PM2.5 pollution
The Ministry of Transport on Monday floated the idea of designating bus lanes on certain roads in a bid to combat traffic congestion which has been blamed for causing rising levels of ultra-fine PM2.5 pollutants in Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Teens busted reselling used face masks
Public health authorities in Sara Buri province, northeast of Bangkok, found a group of teenagers washing, ironing, and re-packaging face masks into new boxes for resale.
— The Thaiger

Thailand Adds Covid-19 to National Healthcare Program
Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul confirmed on Monday that the board of the National Health Security Office (NHSO) has approved the inclusion COVID-19 into its health care coverage program.
— Khaosod English

Jomtien Road construction 90 percent complete according to Pattaya City Officials, expected to be finished in one month
Jomtien Road construction is 90% completed and a temporary U-turn is set to be opened to reduce traffic according to Pattaya City Officials.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya Music Festival cancelled due to Covid19 concerns
Pattaya City added the Pattaya Music Festival, a multi day event that draws tens of thousands of tourists, mostly domestic, to Pattaya to the list of cancelled events this evening.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya Marine Run 2020 postponed out of Covid-19 Coronavirus concerns
Pattaya City and event organizers have postponed the Pattaya Marine Run due to the novel Covid-19 outbreak taking place across the world.
— The Pattaya News

Supreme Patriarch donates B2m to buy masks for monks
The Supreme Patriarch has donated 2 million baht for the purchase of face masks for monks across the country to protect themselves from Covid-19, said Prime Minister’s Office Minister Tewan Liptapallop.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya City officials confirm rumours of Covid-19 in Soi 6 bar staff were fake news
Staff at a bar in Pattaya have confirmed that they just had a normal seasonal flu and not coronavirus (Covid-19) as had been reported in numerous rumours on social media over the past few days.
— The Thaiger

Overloaded van was carrying illegal workers
Immigration police checking an overloaded van on Monday found eight illegal Myanmar migrants hiding inside it, each with a fake passport, police said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Cops to grill Banyin’s son over murder-kidnap
Police now want to question the son of former deputy commerce minister Pol Lt Col Banyin Tangpakorn, who is suspected of masterminding the kidnap-murder of the brother of a senior court judge, a source close to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) said.
— Bangkok Post

School Suspends Teacher Who Molested Boys in Exchange for Grades
A teacher identified by students as a serial sexual predator was suspended from a school in Nakhon Pathom, an education official said Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Crocodile on the loose
A search was underway for a crocodile that broke loose from its enclosure at Wat Khok Salut in Bang Krathum district on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Fire in the Fortune Town shopping centre in Din Daeng, Bangkok
It took firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish a blaze that started on the 4th floor of the Fortune Town shopping centre on Ratchadapisek Road in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district.
— The Thaiger

Military helping authorities fight drought
The Royal Irrigation Department has confirmed that current water management operations are on track, with enough water in reserve until July in case of rain shortages.
— NNT

Buri Ram MotoGP “postponed indefinitely” over virus fears
In a shocking reversal, the Thai MotoGP 2020, scheduled for March 20-22 in Buri Ram province, has been “postponed indefinitely” due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul made the announcement yesterday.
— The Thaiger

 

 

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