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PM Prayut orders action against COVID-19 fake news
BANGKOK: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered responsible agencies, via his @prayutofficial Facebook page, to take action against individuals spreading fake news about COVID-19, which might cause public confusion during the pandemic.
Phuket Sandbox on two-week ‘watch’
PHUKET: The Phuket Sandbox scheme will continue for at least two more weeks while officials monitor the fallout from the rise in COVID-19 infections across the island, Dr Khajonsak Kaewjarat, Deputy Director of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), has confirmed.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket cases surpass 1,000, Thailand surpasses 560,000 Covid-19 cases |:| July 29
PHUKET XTRA - July 29 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket Patong workers camp in isolation |:| New plantation found in protected national forest |:| Premier hope COVID virus will ease in 4-6 weeks |:| COVID Update Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
State agencies to waive fines for contractors falling behind construction schedules
BANGKOK: The Comptroller-General Department has revealed that state agencies may consider waiving fines for private companies which have fallen behind construction schedules due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Layan beachfront squatters given yet another reprieve
PHUKET: MaAnn Samran, Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) has given illegal occupiers of prime beachfront land at Layan Beach belonging to the government another extension to vacate the plots they are illegally occupying.
Tourism Ministry reduces mandatory stay under Phuket Sandbox to seven days
PHUKET: The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has revised the conditions of the Phuket Sandbox programme, reducing the duration of the mandatory stay in Phuket to seven days if the arrivals spend the following seven days on ‘Sealed Routes’ in five other provinces.
Phuket worker camps targetted in COVID crackdown
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew inspected workers’ camps across the island yesterday (July 28) to see the disease control measures in effect at each camp following 13 workers at a camp in Patong testing positive, prompting officials to place the camp under one-month ‘Bubble and Seal’ isolation.
Phuket ‘Third Wave’ COVID infections breach 1,000
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID-19 situation report for yesterday (July 28) has marked 24 new infections, bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to over 1,000.
Samui logs record jump in new cases
SURAT THANI: Koh Samui recorded 20 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (July 28), the highest one-day jump since it reopened to tourism, although local authorities insisted the caseload will not derail the island’s sandbox programme.
Virus easing ‘in 4-6 weeks’
BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hopes the COVID-19 situation in the country will ease in the next four to six weeks, a source said, amid public concerns over a rise in daily coronavirus cases.
Black Club Covid-19 outbreak on Koh Samui widens

After announcing a Covid-19 cluster outbreak at Black Bamboo Club in Koh Samui with 16 infections, many more people were found to have the virus. Over 600 people were tested yesterday in connection with the outbreak now sourced most likely to a fitness instructor in Lamai and reports of up to 90 additional cases are circulating with 38 infections currently confirmed. Many are reporting being turned away at the overloaded test centre and Covid-19 testing should be continuing over the next several days. The cluster is Samui’s most significant outbreak of Covid-19 as the island has been fairly isolated from […]

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Possible earthquake in Nonthaburi this morning

Early this morning, there was an unconfirmed earthquake near Nonthaburi, the province just north of Bangkok. The magnitude is unknown. The event’s status as an earthquake is pending until “at least one national or international seismological agency” confirms it was an earthquake, according to Volcano Discovery. Last week, there were 4 small earthquakes reported in Kanchanaburi. There were no reported injuries or deaths. SOURCE: Volcano Discovery

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Chiang Mai’s 8 most indulgent spa hotels

Nature lovers choose Chiang Mai as their top place to experience a unique and organic trip, full of waterfalls, mountains, and rare wildlife. From Doi Inthanon to Mae Ping River, the opportunities are endless when it comes to touring the natural side of Northern Thailand. Visitors definitely have lots of options when choosing a spa hotel in Chiang Mai, as it is easy to find an upscale place in which to pamper oneself. 8 Most Indulgent Chiang Mai Spa Hotels 1. Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai With Lanna-styled pavilions that overlook rice fields and Mae Rim Valley mountains, The Four […]

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Bangkok Bang Sue scam under investigation, 7 volunteers and counting to be questioned

7 Bangkok Bang Sue Grand Station volunteers are currently under investigation for a suspected scam. However, Amnat Traipot, the commander of the railway police said today that even more people are suspected of being involved with the scam. The Bang Sue scam was reported to the police yesterday by officials from the Department of Medical Services. Reportedly, the volunteers would make reservations for people when the facility was closed. Amnat says multiple people will be summoned for questioning, such as people who did not personally register themselves but retained the services of volunteers at a cost of 400 to 1,200 […]

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Thailand News Today | ‘Crowding’ due to camera angles, train hospitals | July 29

Thai Health minister Anutin wants to reassure the public that images of crowds of people packing into Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station might be deceptive. Sleeper trains in Bangkok are being converted into isolation facilities for Covid-19 patients who are waiting for a hospital bed to become available. Thai media organisations have issued a joint statement calling on the government to lift restrictions on freedom of expression imposed under the Emergency Decree. The US has confirmed it will donate 2.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Thailand.

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Spray guns ineffective and dangerous, says TFDA

Thailand’s FDA is cautioning the public against using alcohol spray guns, stating the tiny droplets the gun emits are ineffective against disinfecting surfaces, also, the spraying might cause pathogens to spread faster. Instead, the TFDA is saying to use alcohol gel to wipe down surfaces, rather than spray guns. The Deputy Secretary General of the TFDA, Dr Supatra Boonserm says the spray guns are in high demand right now, as Covid cases continue to mount. Dr Supatra says if the alcohol droplets penetrate someone’s eyes or nose, there can be eye irritation, dizziness, nausea and breathing issues. Also, they are […]

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Methamphetamine pills hidden in instant noodle packets delivered for Covid patient

Methamphetamine pills were found in packages of instant noodles that were dropped off yesterday morning for a Covid-19 patient being treated at Sanam Hospital in Nan, a province in northern Thailand bordering Laos. A young man, believed to be around 20 to 25 years old, came by the hospital to deliver the instant noodles to his 25 year old friend who was being treated at the hospital for a Covid-19 infection, according to a report by the Thai media outlet CH 7. The surveillance camera footages show the man quickly handing over the 5 packs of instant noodles to officials […]

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Anonymous “Dr Sandy” says pray the Covid situation gets better

The Covid situation in Thailand? It’s in god/gods hands now, is the message a doctor posted to Facebook recently. “Dr Sandy“, is a nom de plume for a doctor who posts to a Facebook page with over 5,500 followers. The doctor states they work at central Thailand’s Samut Skahon’s Ban Paew district hospital. “Dr sandy” posted an image of the hospital’s emergency ward that depicted a row of Covid patients waiting on stretchers for an empty hospital bed. The anonymous doctor says that some of the patients had already died while waiting. Also, there is a ventilator shortage. Dr Sandy […]

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Thursday Covid Update: Record high of 17,669 new cases; provincial totals

Record highs of both new Covid-19 infections and coronavirus-related deaths were reported today by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. 17,669 new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, including 3,963 in Bangkok, the epicentre of the latest and most severe wave of infections. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has recorded a total of 561,030 confirmed Covid-19 cases. The recent wave, which was first recorded on April 1, has accounted for 532,167 of those infections. A new high of 165 coronavirus-related fatalities was reported today, raising the pandemic’s death toll in Thailand to 4,562. Since April 1, […]

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Experience Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Phuket and Krabi’s seascapes are famous for a reason. Boasting serene white beaches and untouched limestone karats, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss. With 5 Star Marine, its surrounding islands are easier to explore than ever. In the comfort of your own VIP speedboat, take in hidden bays, caves and lagoons, or visit deserted beaches off the beaten track. Luxury and Private Boat Tours – 5 Star Marine Captain’s Choice is 5 Star Marine’s one-of-a-kind boat trip experience, offering a balance of convenience and flexibility. Their tour programs range from day to multiple night expeditions. These can take you to various locations […]

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HM King pardons inmates
More than 200,000 prisoners have been granted a royal pardon on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King's 69th birthday on Wednesday, including 35,000 inmates who will be released on parole.
Hi-speed rail work delayed over curbs
The government's ban on moving construction workers during the latest Covid-19 uptick has adversely impacted the progress of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail project, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said on Tuesday.
High infection rate in Samut Sakhon.
SAMUT SAKHON: Another 1,094 coronavirus infections were reported in this dark red-zoned province on Tuesday, as the governor ordered the immediate isolation of symptomatic people who give positive antigen tests, without waiting for hospital tests.
The power of social learning in reskilling at scale
Outside a few specific industries, the last 18 months have been challenging for our businesses and our people. The rapid unlearning and relearning for a situation that changes daily has been hard for everyone.
Almost half of Thais trust social media for Covid info: poll
Medical personnel and other experts provide the most reliable sources of information about the Covid-19 pandemic, but almost half the population trust social media, according to the result of an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
1,000+ cluster at Phetchabun's chicken factory
PHETCHABUN: More than 1,000 coronavirus infections were detected at a chicken processing plant in Bung Sam Phan district of this province. Most of them were Myanmar migrant workers.
Thai stars kick off quest for Games glory
Thailand is ready to launch their hunt for up to three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, which officially opens on Friday.
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Bangkok hospitals pushed to brink
Hospitals in Bangkok and surrounding provinces are running out of beds due to a jump in Covid-19 patients, a health official said on Thursday, as the country reported a record number of infections for the fourth time this week.
Calls to control prices of herbs brushed aside
The Commerce Ministry has brushed aside calls to control the price of medicinal herbs related to Covid-19 treatment, particularly fah talai jone, also known as green chiretta.
Hong Kong tourism sector pleads with government to reopen border with China
HONG KONG: Hong Kong's battered tourism sector has urged the government to reopen its border with mainland China as soon as possible or at least extend the lifespan of Covid-19 vaccination centres, where more than 1,000 industry staff are working part-time.
Samui Plus programme teeters on brink
The Samui Plus scheme risks cancellation if infections double from the current rate, with the planned 7+7 island extension already postponed until the situation improves, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Online vaccination bookings quota for Bang Sue station quickly filled
Online appointments for Covid-19 vaccination at Bang Sue station in August for people aged 18 or more were fully booked shortly after registration opened on Thursday.
Nearly half of shops at shopping mecca in Seoul emptied
SEOUL: Nearly half of the stores at Myeongdong, a tourist shopping mecca in downtown Seoul, have become empty amid absence of tourists for nearly 18 months.
Medical supplies donated by Switzerland arrive
Thailand has taken delivery of Covid-19 testing kits and ventilators donated by Switzerland.
Finance Ministry cuts 2021 GDP outlook to 1.3% growth
The Finance Ministry slashed its 2021 economic growth forecast on Thursday to 1.3% from a previously predicted 2.3% expansion, the third such revision this year, as the tourism-dependent country fights its biggest Covid-19 outbreak to date.
First double-dip recession since 1998 looms
Thailand will likely be the worst economic performer in Southeast Asia this year, with economists continuing to slash the country’s growth forecast amid surging Covid-19 infections, mounting political tensions and fading hopes for a tourism revival.
8.2 magnitude earthquake off Alaskan peninsula, tsunami warning
WASHINGTON: An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the Alaskan peninsula late on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, prompting a tsunami warning.