Thailand morning news for March 5

Thailand morning news for March 5

Thailand morning newsThailand’s global ranking for COVID-19 infections improves slightly
Thailand’s ranking, by number of confirmed COVID-19 infections, has improved from 15th to 16th place, a position it shares with Australia, based on WHO figures, according to Dr. Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin, a senior doctor attached to the 10th Health region.
— Thai PBS News

B100bn relief package for virus
The Finance Ministry has launched a huge relief package including cash giveaways to many more individuals beyond the 14 million people with annual base incomes not exceeding 100,000 baht and who are registered as poor to help cushion fallout from the spread of the new coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Student demonstrations continue for a 10th day
The wave of student demonstrations which began on 21 February has now been continuing for 10 days as more universities and high schools organize their own rallies amidst fear of COVID-19 and as students in many universities go into their mid-term examination period.
— Prachatai English

Thai Prime Minister states that Thai workers returning from South Korea will be quarantined
To allay Thai public concern over COVID-19 being spread by Thai workers returning from South Korea, Thailand’s Prime Minister confirmed today that all the returnees, from the cities of Daegu and Gyeongsang, will be quarantined, for a mandatory 14 days, at appropriate facilities near their residences, whether they are infected with the virus or not.
— The Pattaya News

Economy ‘may shrink’ if virus impact drags on: JSCCIB
The economy might not grow in the first half of 2020, and could even contract over the full year, if the coronavirus epidemic drags for longer than a few months, the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Premier, cabinet donate salary to battle outbreak
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and cabinet ministers will donate at least a month of their salaries to the fight against the Covid-19 virus, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

New stimulus economic packages to help all sectors affected by coronavirus
Thailand’s Finance Ministry is to roll out a new set of stimulus measures to help all sectors of Thai society currently affected by the COVID-19 situation, which has hit at the same time as an economic slowdown, an export slump and drought.
— Thai PBS News

FPO: Bank of Thailand feels pressure to cut rates
The Federal Reserve’s emergency rate cut will put pressure on the Bank of Thailand to follow in its footsteps, according to a senior official at the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO).
— Bangkok Post

More than 1,100 Thai’s returning from South Korea before March 1st cannot be located
Thailand’s Ministry of Labour has expressed concern that the whereabouts of 1,181 Thai workers, who returned from South Korea between February 24th and March 1st, are currently not known and the ministry is seeking help from the Immigration Bureau to find them.
— Thai PBS News

Thai quarantine flip-flop throws holidays into doubt
Thailand threw possibly tens of thousands of holiday plans into confusion after Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul ordered any new arrivals from nine countries and two territories to undergo quarantine for the coronavirus, before swiftly reversing the decision.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya City cancels or postpones nearly every City sponsored event through September due to Covid-19 Coronavirus, Songkran still in discussion at national level
Pattaya Pattaya City Hall held a meeting this afternoon with city leaders and the Mayor and have announced that due to the worldwide outbreak of the novel Covid-19 Coronavirus they have decided to postpone or cancel nearly every City sponsored event through September of 2020.
— The Pattaya News

COVID-19: Visitors from Singapore to Thailand do not need to self-quarantine, says tourism authority
Visitors from Singapore to Thailand will not have to quarantine themselves amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Tourism Authority of Thailand confirmed on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— CNA

Workers returning from S Korea with fevers
Of 180 Thai workers who arrived back from South Korea through airports in the past three days, 19 were feverish but tested negative for Covid-19, immigration police said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Panic buying hits Bangkok stores
Shoppers in Greater Bangkok are quickly emptying supermarket shelves of long-lasting items like instant noodles, packed rice, tissue paper, tinned fish and drinking water as fears mount over the coronavirus epidemic.
— Bangkok Post

WTO suspends dispute settlement meeting over PH-Thai cigarette tax row
The World Trade Organization (WTO) yesterday officially announced that the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting on February 28 was suspended due to a disagreement between the Philippines and Thailand regarding the Philippines’ request to impose retaliatory measures on imported Thai goods.
— Manila Bulletin

Despite ban, Thanathorn vows to keep fighting for Thai democracy
The former leader of Thailand’s dissolved opposition Future Forward Party vowed to carry on campaigning for true democracy in the Southeast Asian kingdom, despite a 10-year ban from politics.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thai gov’t, insurgent group agree to end violence
The Thai government’s peace negotiators and representatives of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) insurgent group have both agreed to end violence in the deep South with peaceful solutions, said Gen. Wallop Raksanoh, secretary-general of the Thai National Security Council, on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Cabinet approves 225 million baht budget to produce more face masks
The Cabinet this week approved a budget of 225 million baht to produce 50 million cloth masks, which will be distributed to the people nationwide, amid the concerns over COVID-19 and air pollution.
— Newsline (video)

Govt ‘too busy’ to reshuffle cabinet
The government is busy with urgent problems and has no time to think about a cabinet reshuffle, according to ministers and government MPs.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand gives Laos medical supplies to combat COVID-19
The government of Thailand has given medical supplies to Lao Ministry of Health to aid in COVID-19 response and prevention.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand hit by second worst drought in last 10 years
Thailand is hit by the second worst drought in a decade with an estimated loss of around € 755 million in the horticultural sector, mainly due to the reduced cultivation of off-season rice.
— Fresh Plaza

MNRE asks public to stop buying wildlife products
Celebrating the World Wildlife Day 2020, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) has launched an event promoting the general public to stop consuming, buying, and selling wildlife products to help conserve wild animals and prevent disease outbreak.
— Newsline (video)

Car owners to sue GM over exit
At least 100 Chevrolet owners are taking General Motors (GM) to court, accusing the carmaker of violating their vehicle-purchase agreements.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand offers tax waiver on cash-back from ‘Eat, Shop, Spend’ scheme
The Cabinet on Tuesday (March 4) agreed to waive personal income tax on financial privileges given to registered consumers under the government’s economic stimulus package ‘Eat, Shop, Spend’ in phase 2 and 3, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said.
— The Star Online

Authorities ask Thai workers back from Korea to isolate themselves
The administration is working to find suitable actions to help illegal Thai workers in South Korea who have requested to be repatriated home, as the COVID-19 situation in the country intensifies.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand’s mega-computer fair to be held as planned
Shrugging off fears of the COVID-19 outbreak, organizers of the annual mega-computer fair said on Wednesday that its ‘Commart X Pro 2020’ IT fair will be held on schedule from March 5-8 in Bangkok.
— Xinhuanet

Water management agencies host public talk to treat this year drought
The Office of the Royal Society and the Office of National Water Resources and other water management sectors have held talks on the “2020 Drought and Salinity in the Water System”, seeking both short term and long term solutions.
— Newsline (video)

Govt moves to stop face-mask hoarding
The government has decided to take control of face-mask production in an attempt to end hoarding and shortages.
— Bangkok Post

Srithanya Hospital provides consultations to staff combating COVID 19
The Ministry of Public Health has assigned Srithanya Hospital to provide mental health consultations to the medical professionals who are working with COVID-19 patients or working on the efforts to stop the spread of the virus, as they are under intense pressure.
— Newsline (video)

Contagion tests eyed for passengers
Aviation agencies are planning to step up the screening of passengers from countries affected by Covid-19 and are assigning a small airport to specifically handle these flights.
— Bangkok Post

Retailers enforce per customer mask sale limit
Local media reported that Blue Flag stores still have disposable face masks available for sale, at 2 baht a piece.
— Newsline (video)

Manufacturers told to step up output amidst panic
The Industry Ministry has ordered manufacturers of facial masks and alcohol-based hand gels to boost their production capacities to serve escalating demand and overcome shortages and price gouging caused by panic surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Has Thailand had enough of Western tourists and their ‘entitlement’?
Thailand needs tourism. The industry that brings travellers to the country’s beaches, back alleys and Buddhist temples employed almost 6 million people, raked in US$109.5 billion and accounted for one in every five baht spent in 2018, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.
— South China Morning Post

Public Health Ministry continues to hands out free face masks
The Ministry of Public Health has continued its campaign to hand out 100,000 face masks to the general public daily. The ministry sets a limit of three free masks per person.
— Newsline (video)

Tourism aid headed to economic cabinet
Large-scale measures to help tourism-related operators and employees affected by the coronavirus epidemic are set to go before the economic cabinet this Friday.
— Bangkok Post

PM instructs officials to raise measures in handling COVID 19
The Prime Minister has instructed officials to step up measures in handling COVID-19 and strictly observe preventive measures against the disease.
— Newsline (video)

Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair postponed
The Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair 2019, scheduled for March 13-22, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus threat.
— Bangkok Post

Pair nabbed for spreading fake virus news
A Bangkok woman and another in Rayong were arrested on Tuesday for spreading fake news online about the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, according to Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta.
— Bangkok Post

Anutin closes Facebook account after quarantine post
Public Health Minister Auntin Charnvirakul has closed a Facebook account one day after he posted — and then deleted — a message that said all visitors from Thailand’s largest sources of foreign tourism would face mandatory self-quarantine for two weeks.
— Bangkok Post

Ayuttaya man arrested with pistol, planning to shoot wife and her lover
Police in Ayuttaya, north of Bangkok, yesterday arrested a man carrying an unregistered handgun and ammunition, who told them he was on his way to shoot his wife and her lover a a nearby mall.
— The Thaiger

Arrested Vendor Says She Sells 200,000 Reused Masks
The owner of a shop in Saraburi province where workers were caught repackaging and reselling used face masks were charged with fraud, police said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

BoT says closely monitoring situation after Fed rate cut
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) said on Wednesday it was closely monitoring the situation and will act as appropriate following an emergency interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve.
— Bangkok Post

Chonburi Officials inspect Chonburi area dog shelter after reports of sick and starving animals
Chonburi Area Officials, including the Vice Governor, inspected a makeshift dog shelter in Pong late this afternoon after local complaints of starving and sick abandoned dogs in Chonburi.
— The Pattaya News

Major fire completely destroys recycling factory in Chonburi, no injuries
A major fire broke out yesterday at a recycling warehouse in Koh Jan district causing about 300 workers to flee from the fire.
— The Pattaya News

Teacher suspended for sexual abuse at Nakhon Pathom school
A teacher in Nakhon Pathom province just west of Bangkok, identified by students as a serial sexual predator, has been suspended an education official said yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Anutin Won’t Say Why He Withdrew Mandatory Quarantine Order
The health minister on Wednesday declined to explain why he removed an order that required people arriving from nine countries hit by the coronavirus to be placed in a self-quarantine.
— Khaosod English

Village ravaged by summer storm
A violent summer storm hit a village in Phu Wiang district on Tuesday night, causing heavy damage to houses and other property.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok motor show postponed, book fair moved online
The Bangkok International Motor Show has been postponed and the annual Book Fair cancelled because of the danger of spreading the coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

The top 10 most expensive condominiums in Bangkok
Bangkok is never short on luxury condominiums, and one new project keeps overtaking the others, in terms of price and amenities.
— The Thaiger

Gov’t Takes Full Control Over Distribution of Face Masks
The government on Wednesday said it will take full control over the distribution of face masks due to shortages arising from the fear of coronavirus outbreak.
— Khaosod English

Student movements blaze back, but for how long?
The dissolution of Future Forward Party has ignited a rash of campus rallies across the country. But will the unprecedented student activism be just a flash in the pan or will it evolve to become a new force that could threaten the Prayut government? Here, ThaiPBS World presents the first of a series of analyses that look at the making and the potential of the new campus activism.
— Thai PBS News

Govt Bans Official Travels to Virus High-Risk Countries
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday has delivered new measures to his government to fight against C0VID-19 outbreak.
— Khaosod English

Chon Buri man kills neighbour with metal pipe after being refused a cigarette
Police in Chon Buri province, near Pattaya, arrested a 32 year old Thai man on Monday for allegedly beating his 51 year old neighbour to death with a metal pipe, after the neighbor refused to give him a cigarette.
— The Thaiger

Woman dead in Krabi climbing fall
A woman is dead after falling some 30 metres to the ground while rock climbing in Ao Nang, Krabi, across Phang Nga bay from Phuket.
— The Thaiger

Special buses will take Thai workers home when they return from South Korea
Special transport has been arranged, by the state-run Transport Company, to take returning Thai workers from the airports their homes once they land from South Korea, as a precautionary measure to avoid close contact with other people during their 14-day mandatory home quarantine period.
— Thai PBS News

 

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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.

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