Thailand morning news for May 8

Thailand morning news for May 8

Thailand morning news

Business groups see GDP contracting 3%-5% this year
Thailand’s economy may shrink 3%-5% this year, sharply down from growth of 1.5%-2.0% projected in March, as the coronavirus pandemic hits global demand and domestic activity, a group of leading business associations said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Strict measures still needed to beat COVID-19: PM
The Prime Minister has thanked the people of all sectors for helping slow the spread of COVID-19, stressing that strict measures must remain in place, even though the current situation is satisfactory.
— NNT

Quarantine measures continue across Thailand
Thai people placed in quarantine, continue to be discharged, with the latest group leaving a facility in Nakhon Pathom province.
— NNT

Next restriction easing set for May 17
The government plans the next round of easing disease control measures and reopening of big premises on May 17 while maintaining restrictions on returnees and efforts to reduce crowd gatherings.
— Bangkok Post

Unemployed elephants in Thailand’s north trek home
The Covid-19 crisis has affected the livelihoods of countless millions of Thais… not all of them human. Elephant camps in Chiang Mai, and elsewhere in Thailand’s north, have been devastated by the drop in tourism, forcing some to close and having to leave their elephants without food to survive.
— The Thaiger

Dozens of staff at Narathiwat hospital quarantined
62 staff of a hospital in the southern Narathiwat province, bordering Malaysia, are now in quarantine after making contact with a man who arrived with flu-like symptoms and later tested positive for Covid-19.
— The Thaiger

Thailand reports 3 new COVID-19 infections
Daily new COVID-19 infections in Thailand increased to three today, as the CCSA pleaded with the Thai public to comply fully with all the regulations, in order to maintain the single-digit infection rate for the next 10 days, so the country can move to the next stage of lockdown relaxation.
— Thai PBS News

3 New Infections Confirmed, Gov’t Plans More Venue Reopenings
Thailand reported three new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, though the government planned to ease restrictions on businesses next week.
— Khaosod English

Thailand’s ‘five families’ poised to profit on the plague
On a Covid-19 darkened alley, a 7-Eleven convenience store burns brightly in the night.
— Asia Times

TOT, CAT introduce affordable home internet package
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing more people to stay at home, making a capable internet connection essential for work and study online.
— NNT

Boat service on Saen Saep canal increases frequency
After an easing of lockdown restrictions, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Atirat Ratanasate, has instructed the boat service on Saen Saep canal in Bangkok to follow social distancing guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— NNT

Gov’t coronavirus payment benefit extended to 10 May
The Ministry of Finance is expected to have deposited 5,000 baht payments to a total of 12.8 million people by tomorrow.
— NNT

Phuket arranges transport for people leaving for hometowns
As a resort island where many people come to work, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused job cuts in Phuket, resulting in many people now needing to return home.
— NNT

Government checking farmers’ entitlements to financial aid
The government is making continuous efforts to provide aid to all groups of people affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— NNT

Deputy PM says some restrictions could be eased before mid-May
Speaking at the Covid-19 Coronavirus Situation Administration today, Deputy PM Wissanu Kreangam addressed rumours that PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is considering easing some Covid19 restrictions before the middle of May.
— The Thaiger

13.4 million Thais will have received 5,000 baht cash subsidy by next week
A total of 28.8 million people have applied for the 3 months of 5,000 baht/month cash subsidies, under the “Rao Mai Thing Kan” (We Do Not Leave You Behind) scheme, but only 13.4 million have passed the qualification screening so far.
— Thai PBS News

Stories from the frontline of Thailand’s war on Covid-19
When one of her colleagues at a Covid-19 testing laboratory developed flu-like symptoms a few weeks ago, medical scientist Thitiya Kanthadong’s worst fear was not getting infected.
— Thai PBS News

Navy Sailor Suspected of Having COVID-19
The navy said Thursday it’s waiting for test results to confirm whether one of its officers contracted the coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

Thais returning from Malaysia complete quarantine
A group of 26 Thai nationals recently returned from Malaysia were discharged from a quarantine facility in the southern border province of Yala today, after they tested negative to the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
— NNT

Potential carrier criteria expanded
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has expanded the definition of “Patient under Investigation” (PUI) in a bid to intensify the identification of potential carriers of the novel coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Health new priority for the airlines
Health measures will be a key concern for the aviation industry going forward, says chief executive of Star Alliance, Jeffrey Goh.
— Bangkok Post

Nearly Half of Export from Thailand Undertaken Through New Forms of Trade, Says ASEAN-Japan Centre
Thailand’s trade is no longer to take place between independent exporters and importers, or between intra-firms of transnational corporations (TNCs), but also through non-equity modes (NEMs) of production.
— Business Wire (media release)

Govt plans more repatriation flights
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) says all Thais stranded abroad will be repatriated, as the government prepares to welcome about 7,000 returnees who will arrive between Thursday and May 31.
— Bangkok Post

PM warns of virus risk at packed locations
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has suggested Covid-19 prevention measures are needed to prevent overcrowding at many public places, says Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
— Bangkok Post

Tests for virus cure ‘promising’
Trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine on animals has yielded satisfactory results, according to the Public Health Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Opposition wants Covid spend probe
The opposition camp yesterday submitted a petition to the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) asking it to look into the government’s spending to alleviate economic hardship brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and examine its plans to boost the economy.
— Bangkok Post

Coronavirus: slum dwellers in Thai capital Bangkok’s largest slum are tested for Covid-19
Thai authorities have started offering coronavirus tests in Khlong Toei, one of the largest slums in Thailand’s capital Bangkok. Anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes Covid-19 is transferred to a nearby temple which has been turned into a quarantine facility.
— South China Morning Post (video)

Thai Chamber of Commerce mulls CPTPP
The Thai Chamber of Commerce is pondering whether to back a controversial proposal to have Thailand join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to boost international trade in the aftermath of Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya closes eight beaches
The Pattaya City municipality has ordered the closure of beaches at eight locations from Saturday to May 31, as part of the effort to contain Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s guidelines for park visitors: should walk, not run
People should exercise by walking while wearing face masks and should not run in parks during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the spokesman of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) advised.
— Pattaya Mail

Outbreak spurs rush of medical patent requests
Fifty-one requests have been filed with the Commerce Ministry seeking to patent medical innovations created as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand orders strict social distancing measures at temples’ almshouses
Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, Tewan Liptapallop ordered strict social distancing measures at almshouses in 400 temples across Thailand Thursday, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
— The Edge Markets

La Nina to help ease drought in Thailand
Meteorologists expect La Nina, an ocean cooling phenomenon, will occur in Thailand in August and September.
— Vietnamplus

Government: Fund is allocated for vulnerable groups
Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun has said the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will increase the financial assistance for the elderly and people with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis.
— Newsline (video)

In full preparedness to reopen ICONSIAM, Siam Paragon
ICONSIAM, Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery have implemented maximum hygienic and safety measures with advanced aid of innovative technologies, to ensure safe reopening for all involved, business alliances tenants and shoppers with an ultimate goal to bring back ‘Siam Smiles.’
— Bangkok Post

Elderly woman falls to death from Bangkok condominium
A 77-year-old woman fell to her death from a condominium building in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district on Thursday morning after a worried relative took her in to keep her free of the coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand finds market for its chilled poultry in Singapore
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is pushing a new policy for the export of new agricultural products.
— The Star Online

Police nab 4 for forest slaying
Police on Wednesday arrested four men for allegedly shooting dead a forest protection officer at Sap Langka Wildlife Sanctuary in Lop Buri’s Lam Sonthi district.
— Bangkok Post

Cash handouts expected to reach Thai farmers on May 15
The first batch of 5,000- baht cash handouts is expected to be paid to farmers on May 15 as part of the government’s Covid-19 relief measures to ease their hardship, said the permanent secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, Anun Suwannarat.
— Pattaya Mail

Jail term for rocker Sek upheld
The Appeal Court yesterday upheld a lower court’s decision to imprison rocker Seksan Sookpimay after he was found guilty on three counts of drug abuse and resisting arrest following an incident in late December 2017.
— Bangkok Post

Monks suffering as strict distancing rules remain
Monks in 40,000 temples nationwide have been adversely affected by the government’s Covid-19 lockdown according to Tewan Liptapallop, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office.
— Bangkok Post

Wat Pho donates medical equipment to hospitals and relief supply bags to public
Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm, or Wat Pho, donated medical equipment, on Visakha Puja Day, to hospitals and bags of supplies to people who are affected by the virus outbreak.
— NNT

Waterworks Authorities reduce water bills and exempt fees
Metropolitan and Provincial Waterworks Authorities, have both agreed to cut water bills, exempt fees and open a register to facilitate water meter deposit refunds.
— NNT

Furlough benefits may be increased
Members of the Social Security Fund furloughed because of Covid-19 measures may get slightly more unemployment benefits if the Labour Ministry has its way.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak market to reopen this weekend
The Chatuchak weekend market, popular with both Thai and foreign tourists, will reopen this weekend, but visitors will be required to observe physical distancing and wear face masks.
— Thai PBS News

Unqualified Kalasin rescue volunteer criticised for his handling of crash victim – VIDEO
A rescue volunteer in Issan’s Kalasin province has come under heavy criticism for attempting to treat an injured victim of a traffic incident, despite being altogether unqualified.
— The Thaiger

Missing: Chiang Mai U’s own very good boy ‘Tia’
With a squat, sausagey body that marks him as a definitive example of canis streetdoggis, Tia may not look like much.
— Coconuts Thailand

Two Cambodian nationals walk eight days from Lop Buri to Sa Kaeo to attempt to go home after losing jobs due to Covid-19
Two Cambodian nationals were stopped and detained at a checkpoint in the Sa Kaeo Province yesterday and after an interview local law enforcement officials were shocked to learn that the pair had spent the past eight days walking from Lop Buri to Sa Kaeo to attempt to reach their home country after losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

Wild Animals Thrive in Pandemic, But Some are Starving
Undisturbed by humans, wildlife is making a comeback to national parks across the country, which remain shut due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Khaosod English

Air force provides anti-covid barriers for use in taxis
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has designed and presented special barriers to five taxi fleets in Bangkok for use in preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease between the driver and passengers in the backseat.
— Bangkok Post

Mask wearing remains mandatory in Chonburi, fines still reportedly given out
Wearing of a face-mask to protect against the potential threat of the Covid-19 Coronavirus is still compulsory in the Chonburi province, according to both Law Enforcement and residents who have spoken with The Pattaya News.
— The Pattaya News

Coronavirus testing to expand as new cases dwindle
The government plans to expand coronavirus testing for critical groups as the number of new cases is dwindling into single digits and some business are reopening, a senior official said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Repatriation flight from Germany arrives in Bangkok
Last night 110 Thai people, living abroad and having been affected by the Covid-19 travel restrictions and flight bans, arrived from Frankfurt, Germany on a specially-chartered Lufthansa flight.
— The Thaiger

20,000 military-grade masks are on the way to help battle Covid-19
The Thai Royal Army has approved the production of military and medical protective masks, a total of 20,000 pieces valued at 600 million baht, to help the nation save over 500 million baht on imported N95 masks.
— The Thaiger

Street food chefs fight lockdown slowdown
From Facebook groups to hyper-local delivery services, street food chefs in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia are cooking up creative ways to sell their wares as they struggle to survive during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Rail Commuters Instructed to Observe Social Distancing
Thailand’s Department of Rail Transport on Wednesday has advised commuters to observe social distancing rule on public transport across the country.
— Khaosod English

Drunk fishing crew crash the boss’s car into a river in Prachuap Khiri Khan
If you take your boss’s car out for the night, the last thing you want to do is crash it.
— The Thaiger

Three female construction workers killed after falling through roof in Si Racha
Three female construction workers have been pronounced dead after falling through a warehouse roof that was under construction in Si Racha this afternoon.
— The Pattaya News

Dark Night: Photos Capture Death of Bangkok’s Nightlife in Pandemic
When nightlife becomes as dark as the smog-filled sky, Bangkok’s after parties may have passed into the afterlife.
— Khaosod English

Will Pattaya bar customers want ID tracing and bar girls with masks and gloves?
OPINION Why do people travel to Pattaya? If it’s for the legendary bar scene, they’re going to be in for a surprise if proposed Covid-era measures are adopted.
— The Thaiger

COVID-19’s latest victim: Sukhumvit joint ‘Tacos & Salsa’
After eight years serving delicious quesadillas, baja fish tacos and more home-cooked Mexican staples, a downtown taqueria on Soi Sukhumvit 18 has announced it will close due to loss of revenue during the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Coconuts Thailand

Want to grow your business? The answer is in your wallet
In Thailand, it is common to see people take out different credit or debit cards to pay for everyday purchases. Thai consumers are also gravitating towards using pre-paid cards for convenience, speed and security when traveling abroad.
— Bangkok Post

Shop from your car at this drive-thru flea market, open every weekend
With the worst of the pandemic hopefully in the rear-view mirror, Bangkok is discovering new ways to shop and eat.
— Coconuts Thailand

INTERNET OF THINGS IN THE THAI MARKET
After years of anticipation, the era of the Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived.
— Bangkok Post

BOI Secretary General Statement on COVID-19: We are here to help
Dear Investors and Dear Friends, The spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) around the world over the past three months has affected many people and economic activities across the globe.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Mobile Network Experience Report April 2020
Thailand’s mobile network experience keeps getting better. Since the last Opensignal report, there have been some impressive improvements across the board from all three operators. 4G accessibility in Thailand is approaching near ubiquitous levels.
— Thailand Today

Thailand Races Ahead as Global Healthcare Hub
Investors bet on medical device market as health tourism surges.
— Bangkok Post

Bumrungrad adjusted its service space to establish a truly flu-free building
The outbreak in Wuhan, China, suggests that a COVID-19 patient can spread the disease to an average of 5.7 people.
— Thailand Today

 

 

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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.

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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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