Thailand morning news for April 10

Thailand morning news for April 10
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COVID-19: 38 new cases, one more death
BANGKOK (NNT) – The Spokesman for the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, said today that Thailand now has an accumulated total of 2,258 confirmed cases in 66 provinces.

Did an Issan woman get coronavirus for a second time?
A 38 year old woman from Thailand’s northeastern Chaiyaphum province in the Issan region appears to have contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus for a second time, after she was ‘cured’ of the virus in Bangkok in the middle of March.
— The Thaiger

Hospital where Covid cases outnumber doctors pleads for donations
Kong Ra Hospital in Phatthalung province is asking for donations of money and medical supplies, saying that it currently has five Covid-19 patients but only three doctors.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

80 Thai health workers confirmed with Covid-19 virus
A spokesman for the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin reported that the coronavirus crisis has taken a grave toll on the country’s medical staff, with 80 infected so far by the virus since January.
— The Thaiger

Tighter measures considered as COVID-19 infection rate remains unsatisfactory
New COVID-19 infections in Thailand took a nosedive from 111 yesterday to 54 today, as two more related deaths, both elderly people, were officially recorded.
— Thai PBS News

Revenue down 40% in Q1 as arrivals dry up amid outbreak
The Tourism and Sports Ministry has released first-quarter tourism revenue figures, reporting a decrease of nearly 40% to 335 billion baht, or 222 billion baht shy of the year-earlier level.
— Bangkok Post

600 billion baht will be used to aid Thai farmers
Thailand’s farmers and other citizens who have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 situation will be getting help, as the government has designated a 600 billion baht budget to help Thai people in need.
— The Thaiger

14,000 Thais still stranded abroad
The government is telling thousands of Thais stranded abroad to be patient, because the government must control the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to protect the majority of the people before they can return home.
— Bangkok Post

March consumer sentiment hits record low as virus impact deepens
Consumer confidence tumbled to a record low in March, a university survey showed on Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic hurt economic activity and spending.
— Bangkok Post

Only 1.68 million of over 24m applicants qualify for first instalment of handouts
Only 1.68 million of the more than 24 million who applied for government cash handouts to help people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak were found to be eligible, the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Ban on liquor sales in Bangkok from April 10-20
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is to ban all wholesale and retail sales of liquor from tomorrow (Friday) until April 20th, in an escalated effort to prevent social gatherings during…
— Thai PBS News

Registration for free mobile internet starts Friday
The telecom regulator has given more details and tips on registering for 30-day free mobile internet and broadband speed upgrade ahead of the registration on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Roi Et policeman, wife caught for smuggling face masks
A Roi Et police officer and his wife face charges for smuggling face masks after 7,500 pieces of the protective equipment were found in the boot of his car on Wednesday (April 8).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Chiang Mai hotspots down 50% but PM2.5 still shrouds North
Soaring levels of PM2.5 air pollution fell slightly in the North on Thursday (April 9), after hotspots caused by fires in Chiang Mai province decreased by 50 per cent.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Culture Ministry warns against traditional Songkran Celebrations, says could spread Covid-19
The Thailand Culture Ministry, led by Culture Minister Itthipol Kunplome, who is the brother of the Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome, stated this week that traditional Songkran (The Thai New Year) festivities, such as family gatherings, sprinkling water on elders (Rot Nam Dam Hua), religious ceremonies at temples and other items should be skipped.
— The Pattaya News

CP ready to start producing masks now that materials have arrived
Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) said on Thursday (April 9) that the chartered flight from China carrying a mask-manufacturing machine and meltblown non-woven fibre has arrived in Thailand.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Banglamung checkpoint catches drunken curfew breaker trying to visit girlfriend
Pattaya-Officers stationed at a checkpoint in Banglamung have arrested a Thai man last night for breaking the nationwide curfew which is from 10 PM to 4 AM and designed to prevent the spread of the Corona virus as well as ensure security.
— The Pattaya News

Phuket will launch door-to-door coronavirus checks across the island
Even as it prepares to restrict travel between its 17 tambon (subdistricts), the southern island province of Phuket is set to become Thailand’s first to launch door-to-door checks of body temperature.
— The Thaiger

Public Health Min to launch community COVID 19 tests
Following a campaign to conduct COVID-19 tests at the community level in Phuket , health authorities are preparing to launch similar programs in other areas, in order to quickly test people in risk areas.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand receives 100,000 Favipiravir tablets ordered from China
The supply of 100,000 Favipiravir tablets from China has arrived in Thailand and will be distributed to hospitals nationwide. The drug is believed to be effective on COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms.
— Newsline (video)

Songkhla extends shutdown order
The province’s communicable disease committee has extended an order temporarily shutting down venues deemed at risk of spreading Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Academic suggests doctors look for Smell Disorders
Pieces of research from the Royal College of Otolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons of Thailand suggest that those in the health sector mark the loss of smell and taste as one of the primary symptoms that appear in COVID-19 patients.
— Newsline (video)

NBTC begins funding of 41 hospitals
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans to start providing 345 million baht to 41 qualified state hospitals today in an assistance scheme to combat the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand says it deported six illegal North Korean workers ahead of UN deadline
Six North Korean citizens working illegally in one DPRK-run restaurant in Thailand were arrested last November and deported ahead of a late-December UN-mandated deadline, according to a sanctions implementation report released Wednesday.
— NK News

Covid-19 stimulus may sink economy
It is undeniable the Covid-19 outbreak is wreaking havoc on economies worldwide.
— Bangkok Post

Central bank of Thailand allocates USD27.48 billion to help SMEs
The central bank of Thailand said on Wednesday that it is going to allocated a total of USD27.48 billion in order to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the corporate bond markets that were harshly struck by the coronavirus outbreak.

Chuan will not budge on calls for MP pay cuts
Pressure is growing on MPs and senators to donate part of their salaries toward easing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

All quiet in the Malaysia-Thailand border front
Several locations, known to be smuggling routes along the Malaysia-Thailand border, here, were devoid of activities following strict security measures put in place under the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— New Straits Times

UOB (Thai) offers customers flexible repayment options for personal and business loans during COVID-19 pandemic
United Overseas Bank (Thai) (UOB (Thai)) has launched a financial assistance programme to help its customers, from retail to small- and medium-enterprise (SME) customers, manage their loan repayments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, US to cooperate in fight against COVID 19
Thailand and the United States of America have vowed to cooperate in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and to enhance closer bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation.
— Newsline (video)

JSCCIB: Jobless totals headed to 7m by June
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) predicts that 7 million workers will be out of a job by June because of shutdowns from the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Pinto robots unveiled to help medical personnel
Chulalongkorn University has unveiled robots capable of safely interacting with COVID-19 patients, helping medical staffers to maintain distance with persons under their care.
— Newsline (video)

Thai Navy Covid-19 field hospital ready to open April 13
If needed, a navy field hospital for coronavirus victims will be ready to accept patients in Sattahip by April 13, military officials said.
— Pattaya Mail

Recovered COVID-19 patients start to return home
Reports have indicated that several COVID-19 patients who made full recoveries already made their way to back to hometowns.
— Newsline (video)

Coronavirus: Thai businesses get creative with grocery deliveries and free meals for medics
Grocery trucks plying the streets of various communities with fresh agricultural produce are part of a decades-old practice in Thailand.
— The Straits Times

The end of an era: Kom Chad Luek daily newspaper announces cessation
Mass-circulation Thai-language newspaper Kom Chad Luek, or คมชัดลึก (sharp, clear, deep), announced its cessation on Wednesday after 19 years, citing its inability to keep up with the changing media landscape and economic environment amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Thai Enquirer

Local residents ask Pattaya City to not forget about stray animals in Pattaya during Covid19 crisis-Video
Several local reporters, including with The Pattaya News, toured a public park area near “Buddha Hill” this afternoon in Pattaya after calls came from local residents concerned about the large population of dogs in the area struggling due to the parks closure.
— The Pattaya News

Big banks cut rates by 40 basis points
The country’s six largest commercial banks have passed on cost savings after the Bank of Thailand lowered their required contribution to the Financial Institutions Development Fund (FIDF), trimming prime lending rates by 40 basis points to blunt the coronavirus spread.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia is a great destination for Thai exports
Prospects for exports to Indonesia remain promising this year after fellow ASEAN member Thailand temporarily lifted the import licence requirement for garlic and brown onions until May and moved to lower import tariffs on 749 products such as soybeans, food, textiles, corn, shoes and ceramics.
— Fresh Plaza

Satun prepares quarantine for surge of returnees from Malaysia
The southern border province of Satun is preparing quarantine facilities for about 1,000 Thais set to arrive back from Malaysia when the border checkpoint opens on April 16.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

A visual walk around closed off “Ghost Town” Pattaya during COVID19
Here are some photos our team has taken of Pattaya this week as the city now has closed its borders to non residents and buckled down for several weeks to stop any spread of Covid-19.
— The Pattaya News

Relief sought for 15,000 tour operators on verge of collapse
Tour operators are urging the government to help 15,000 tour operators at risk of collapse due to stagnant cash flow.
— Bangkok Post

90 day ban on transporting horses to control AHS virus outbreak
Thailand has issued an order banning the movement of all horses nationwide in an effort to stop the spread of African Horse Sickness , which has already killed more than 200 horses in the kingdom.
— The Thaiger

Roaring silence the only arrival at Suvarnabhumi
Staff wave in an otherwise empty Suvarnabhumi Airport after the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) barred planes from landing between April 7 and 18.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

8 medical staff down with virus in Laksi
Maj-General Rienthong Nanna, director of Mongkutwattana General Hospital in Bangkok’s Laksi area, said in a Facebook post on Thursday (April 9) that eight medical personnel at the hospital have been infected by Covid-19, and that they and their close contacts are under quarantine.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

SSO urges businesses to verify number of unemployed workers
The Social Security Office (SSO) is calling on business owners impacted by Covid-19 to confirm that they have had to let go of their staff after being forced to close, so SSO can compensate these workers in line with the law.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Prachuap Officials Donate Full Salaries to COVID-19 Rescue Workers
Local administrative officials in Prachuap Khiri Khan on Wednesday agreed to forego their salaries and donate them to support the ongoing effort to fight the coronavirus epidemic in the province.
— Khaosod English

University keeping virus-hit farmers afloat
Kasetsart University has stepped in to rescue dairy farmers hit by plummeting demand for their milk after schools across the country closed due to the virus pandemic.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

To mask or not to mask: East and West have different views
As the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, scientists have highlighted an anomaly: while the number of infections and fatalities continues to rise in the West, the contagion is gradually subsiding…
— Thai PBS News

KBank to establish R&D unit for tech
Kasikornbank (KBank) plans to set up a research and development (R&D) unit with a focus on IT to prepare for a changing environment after the pandemic crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Favipiravir to be distributed to hospitals around Thailand
Even though there is still no vaccine nor official treatment for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, doctors in many countries have reported successful treatments using existing drugs, one of which is Favipiravir.

March inflation hits 51-month low
The inflation rate of the Thai economy has been reduced sharply by lower oil prices and a lesser demand for goods due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RCOT suggests doctors look for “Smell Disorders”
The Royal College of Otolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons of Thailand, suggests those in the health sector mark smell disorders as one of the primary symptoms that appears in Covid-19 patients; the symptoms may range from a weak ability to smell, to a complete loss of the ability to smell.

Trang province to ban entry, exit
Joining other provinces such as Pattaya and Phuket, the southern province of Trang will ban entry and exit from tomorrow until April 30.
— The Thaiger

More time with your kids :) Government Schools to reopen July 1
Remember that New Year’s resolution you made to spend more quality time with your kids? Well, the government heard your prayers and raised you another month and a half of close and personal self quarantine time by postponing the return of the school semester to July 1.
— The Thaiger

Phi Phi residents talked into letting tourists stay
The deputy governor of Krabi province has called on residents of Phi Phi Island to allow the 300 or so foreign tourists to continue staying on the island so the spread of Covid-19 can be contained.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

B5,000 recipient reports to police over Facebook post
A recipient of the 5,000-baht handout who described it as small change reported to police, claiming no ill intention in posting the Facebook message.
— Bangkok Post

Hospital provides free Covid-19 test
Bangkok’s Kasemrad Hospital Pracha Chuen is allowing all holders of the government’s gold card, those who have social security as well as government officials who come under the hospitalâ’s specified conditions to get themselves tested for Covid-19 free of charge.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Chinese pair charged with hoarding face masks
Two Chinese nationals have been arrested for illegal hoarding of sanitary face masks, Immigration Police said on Thursday (April 9).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Elderly monk caught stealing donated money
A 78-year-old monk in Phayao province has found himself in trouble for stealing money donated for temple repairs.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Labour minister urged to compensate all who are out of a job
In a Facebook post on Thursday (April 9), Katerut Laothamatas, spokesman for the Action Coalition for Thailand Party, called on Labour Minister Chatu Mongkol Sonakul to urgently consider compensating the employees of businesses that have been ordered to close in line with moves to control the spread of Covid-19.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Provinces urged to boost food production during curfew
Concerned about the curfew’s impact on food production, the Cooperative Promotion Department (CPD) has urged areas in every province to grow more fruit and vegetables, and create food banks to help maintain food security.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Boy, 8, first Covid-19 case in Phang Nga
An eight-year-old boy has become the first confirmed Covid-19 patient in Phang Nga province.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

8 life hacks for greener Bangkok living now – and after the pandemic
Those hiding at home from tiny, deadly contagions may not want to be reminded of the massive environmental crisis threatening the entire planet.
— Coconuts Thailand

What employees must watch out for at workplace
The Yala Provincial Public Health Office on Wednesday (April 8) urged employees to take precautions to avoid getting infected with Covid-19 and highlighted 10 risk areas at the workplace.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Five Out of 122 Arrested Gamblers Suspected of Having Coronavirus
Over 120 people were arrested for gambling and flouting social distancing measures in Nonthaburi province on Wednesday, while five of them are suspected of having the coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

Free Covid-19 testing for four groups of people
Four groups of people will automatically receive free Covid-19 testing as they are considered patients under investigation, Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Wednesday (April 8).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)



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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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