Thailand morning news for May 12

Thailand morning news for May 12

Thailand morning news

ThaiHealth promotes New Normal as way to prevent new COVID-19 outbreak
Despite new COVID-19 cases being reported in only a single digit each day, the Department of Disease Control is still encouraging the general public to protect themselves by wearing a face mask and washing their hands frequently, while the Thai Health Promotion Foundation has launched New Normal guidelines for a coronavirus-free city.

5,000 Baht Relief Program Now Covers 14 Million Ppl
Up to 14 million people in the informal job sector are now eligible for the government’s 5,000-baht cash handout during the coronavirus pandemic, an official said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Operating hours for airports across Thailand – CAAT
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, along with the Ministry of Transport, has published the operational hours for Thailands’ recently re-opened airports.
— The Thaiger

Thailand reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
Thailand reported six new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing its total to 3,015 cases since the outbreak began in January.

Gov’t to Launch COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Application
Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin announced on Sunday that the kingdom will be launching a COVID-19 contact-tracing application in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.
— Khaosod English

Teachers Accused of Raping, Molesting Schoolgirls
Three of the seven suspects who stand accused of gangraping a schoolgirl in Mukdahan province appeared to have molested yet another victim, police said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Social Development and Human Security Ministry ready to help unregistered communities
People in Bangkok communities, whose jobs and incomes have been affected by the COVID-19 situation, but have yet to register with the government, are advised to contact the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security for immediate assistance.

PM acts on overcoming drought
The Prime Minister has ordered the authorities to give aid to those suffering because of the drought, stressing the need to take a more proactive approach.General Prayut Chan-o-cha, was told that the drought had occurred in many areas due to the late arrival of rain.

Education Ministry gets prepared for start of new academic year in July
The Ministry of Education is going to test an on-air and online learning system, in case at-school teaching is not safe enough for the start of the new semester on 1st of July.

Food delivery services add tonnes of plastic to Thailand’s landfills during COVID-19 crisis
Since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, having food delivered at one’s doorstep has become a new normal for many people in Thailand.

Tourist arrivals may fall by 65%
The number of foreign tourists may plunge by almost two-thirds to 14 million this year, the lowest level in 14 years, as the coronavirus pandemic hits global travel, estimates from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) showed on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

French busted by the dozens for Samui soiree
Twenty French nationals are due in court tomorrow after they were busted for partying like there was no pandemic on Koh Samui.
— Coconuts Thailand

MNRE to nominate Ranong mangrove forest area for “natural world heritage” status
May 10 has been declared National Mangrove Forest Day and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) has been preparing to nominate Ranong’s mangrove forest area natural world heritage status.

Thailand’s Slump Pushes Spreads on Risky Bonds to a Decade-High
Thailand’s tourist-dependent economy is slowly re-opening but the dent from the coronavirus outbreak is so large that weaker borrowers are facing a tough time in the credit market.
— Bloomberg

Thailand announces tax measures to manage COVID-19 outbreak
Due to the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thai government has implemented a number of important initiatives aimed at supporting the Thai economy and affected industries.
— International Tax Review

Thailand increases active case finding of COVID-19 during the relaxed restriction period
The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is increasing active case finding of COVID-19 in risk groups especially in people who returned from abroad, healthcare workers, and people who live in crowded places following the relaxation of restrictions based on thedecisions of the provincial communicable diseases committee.
— Pattaya Mail

THAI maps out return to the skies
Confident it has a government fiscal bailout in the pipeline, beleaguered Thai Airways International released details of a July startup of flights on routes worldwide.
— TTR Weekly

Thailand’s state of emergency unlikely to extend after end of May
The National Security Council (NSC) told the media on Monday that it is highly likely that Thailand’s State of Emergency will end on May 31.
— Xinhuanet

More people in Thailand calling mental health hotlines with COVID-19 worries | Video
More people in Thailand are calling mental health hotlines with fear and worry about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. May Wong takes a look at how authorities and charities are helping them manage their anxiety.
— CNA (video)

Meagre SSF investment tied to virus
Slim inflows into the extra units of the Super Savings Fund (SSF) are due to lacklustre investment sentiment and the lock-up investment period, says Morningstar Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

JSCCIB expects Thai economy to contract by 3-5% this year
Due to the impacts of COVID -19, the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) expects the Thai economy to contract 3-5 percent in 2020.
— Thailand Business News

Dozens of local food banks spring up in Thailand as virus hits incomes
Villages and urban communities in Thailand have turned to helping neighbours left jobless due to the coronavirus lockdown by creating dozens of local food banks comprising instant noodles, canned food, rice grains and soap bars.
— The Guardian

Over 160,000 court cases postponed in Thailand amid Covid-19 pandemic
Thailand’s Ministry of Justice on Monday (May 11) released a report indicating that 163,620 court cases have been postponed due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
— The Star Online

Fraud gang boss arrested on visit to temple for eliciting payments on fake ministry projects
The leader of a fraud gang that duped would-be contractors for government projects throughout Thailand out of millions by presenting themselves as officials with access to powerful national figures in power, was arrested last Friday in Ayutthaya province.

Thailand to unveil list of business, leisure activities allowed to resume
Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced on Monday that it will release a full list of business and leisure activities which will be allowed to resume, as part of the government’s second phase lockdown relaxations.Thailand to unveil list of business, leisure activities allowed to resume
— Xinhuanet

Thailand’s instant noodle exports soar thanks to COVID-19
The exports of instant noodles soared in the first quarter of this year, especially in Southeast Asia, thanks to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the Department of Trade Negotiations.
— Pattaya Mail

Stakeholder meeting to discuss withering outlook
Automotive industry stakeholders are meeting this week to discuss this year’s outlook and devise market strategies to boost purchasing power, as the sector has suffered considerably from the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to start new academic year in July, online system prepared
The Ministry of Education is going to test an on-air and online learning system, in case at-school teaching is not safe enough for the start of the new semester on 1st of July.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai inmates meet loved ones via video call amid ban on visits
Ms Watcharin Jaengsawa lived too far away to visit her boyfriend, who has been at Minburi Remand Prison in Bangkok since last September for a drug-related crime.
— The Straits Times

Bangkok Governor extends Chatuchak Market opening hours
The Bangkok Governor today issued an order to extend Chatuchak Market opening hours to support shopkeepers and customers, with a further hour of shopping time.

Blood bank asks donors to self-assess risks before giving blood
The National Blood Center is now asking donors to self-assess their risk of COVID-19 infection before giving blood.

Help, compassion given to those hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic
Thai people have shown compassion for each other in this time of crisis, by donating essential items to underprivileged people and those seriously affected by the pandemic.

Social distancing on public transport helping solve crowding
Passenger numbers on public transport are increasing after the relaxation of restrictive measures in the city to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Six curfew breakers accused of attacking shop owner and his family after being refused sales of alcohol arrested in Pattaya area
Six curfew breakers have been arrested today after they have allegedly destroyed a local shop and a car after the shop owner declined to sell alcohol to them during Thai National curfew hours.
— The Pattaya News

Businesses urge relaxing lockdown to stem job losses
The private sector is calling on the government to continue easing its lockdown measures to allow other businesses, particularly those related to tourism and supply chains, to restart to curb escalating unemployment.
— Bangkok Post

Saensuk Mayor considering closing Bangsaen beach paths and road again to exercise as people continue to gather and socialize on paths
Mr. Narongchai Khunpluem or Tui, the Mayor of Saen Suk Municipality, Chonburi province, posted on his social media accounts this afternoon that he was considering ordering the closure of the exercise paths and road around Bangsaen Beach due to violations of the current emergency decree orders.
— The Pattaya News

PTT books losses, cuts investment
PTT Plc, the country’s largest oil-and-gas company, said on Monday it planned to cut investment by up to 15% after booking quarterly losses due to a sharp drop in oil prices and weak demand for petrochemicals amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Pantries proliferate
The new phenomenon of the community pantry, also known as pantry of sharing, is rapidly increasing as Thais continue to donate daily necessities items to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. — Bangkok Post
— Bangkok Post

24 Patong police placed under quarantine
Today at around 1pm, 24 Patong police officers were placed under quarantine at a prominent three-star hotel on Rat U Thit Road, Patong.
— The Thaiger

Medical tourism drop hits Bumrungrad Hospital
Bumrungrad Hospital Plc said the plunge in medical tourists traveling to Thailand amid the coronavirus pandemic has squeezed its business, as the majority of the health-care operator’s revenue typically comes from international patients.
— Bangkok Post

Pools, including condo pools, to remain closed until further notice says CCSA Spokesman
At a press conference in Bangkok today held by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, the English language spokesman for the CCSA, Mr. Natapanu Nopakun, specifically said that condo and public pools would remain closed.
— The Pattaya News

Police hunt guerilla campaigners who lit landmarks of 2010 violence (Photos)
They appeared on the wall of a downtown temple and the Democracy Monument. Beamed onto the Defense Ministry and a BTS station.
— Coconuts Thailand

Investor confidence improves
Capital-market investors have a more positive view of the economy from May to July, believing government policies should bear fruit and the tourism industry would recover by then, according to a survey.
— Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand details revised bond issuance plan for this year
The central bank on Monday announced a revised bond issuance programme for this year to ensure an appropriate level of bond supply amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut Orders Survey on Lifting Virus Emergency Decree
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered a public survey to gather opinions on whether the emergency decree should be lifted, officials said Monday.
— Khaosod English

COVID-19: Infections trickle in, booze is blamed, businesses not following rules
Health officials this morning again cited alcohol consumption as the biggest cause for people to congregate despite the risk of coronavirus exposure and said many businesses are failing to follow the rules.
— Coconuts Thailand

Long waits at Bangkok’s MRT stations, then packed trains
MRT commuters this morning reported long but well-managed lines at some stations – only to step onto crowded trains without social distancing.
— Coconuts Thailand

Privy Councilor Gen Surayud presides over Royal Ploughing Ceremony
On behalf of His Majesty the King, Privy Councilor General Surayud Chulanont presided over Thailand’s annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony, held in the rice demonstration field in the compound of Chitralada…
— Thai PBS News

Human Rights Watch says Thailand should free detained migrants
A significant number of migrants in Thailand’s Songkhla immigration detention centre have the coronavirus and the Human Rights Watch is saying all them should be free due to the dangers of the coronavirus on the other detainees.
— The Thaiger

Coffin Inside State Virus Quarantine Spooks Occupant
A man said he was forced to share a room with a coffin at a temple designated by local authorities as a quarantine facility for those suspected of having the coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok’s many flea markets to follow reopening of Chatuchak
After one of Bangkok’s most popular tourist destinations reopened this past weekend, other markets in the metropolitan area are itching to follow suit.
— Coconuts Thailand

Regional travel bubbles, the short-term tourism solution
As nations slowly get their heads around the first outbreaks of Covid-19, the attention is now pivoting to re-opening businesses.
— The Thaiger

Help the Hungry: ‘Sharing Pantries’ spread across Thailand
Cans of mackerel, instant noodle packets, milk cartons and crowd-pleasing snacks. All are well-stocked in a pantry set up by a road for anyone in need or to stock. Spreading across dozens of provinces in all parts of the country since Friday, Too Pan Sook or “Pantries of Sharing” have been installed to offer food …
— Coconuts Thailand

Cow killed, man injured by thunderbolt
A man was injured and a cow killed when a thunderbolt struck in Phimai district on Monday afternoon, local media reported.
— Bangkok Post

Stunned buyer won’t be sitting on this chair
A woman bought a stylish wooden chair from a major online-shopping platform, but when it was delivered she was a tiny bit disappointed.
— Bangkok Post



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