Thailand morning news for April 14

Thailand morning news for April 14
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Thai government warned 10 million may lose their jobs in next three months
As many as ten million workers in Thailand may lose their jobs in the next three months, if the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and if the Government does not provide timely support for businesses, according to Mr. Supant Mongkolsuthee, president of the Federation of Thai Industries.
— Thai PBS News

Man Driven Jobless by COVID-19 Asks to be Jailed
Holding a single yaa baa pill wrapped in foil, Chaiyapon walked into the Wichit Police Station and asked police to arrest him for possession.
— Khaosod English

Study finds Chinese dams held back Mekong waters
China’s Mekong River dams held back large amounts of water during a damaging drought in downstream countries last year despite China having higher-than-average water levels upstream, a US research company said in a study.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s new daily COVID-19 infection rate falls to 28, the lowest for 3 weeks
Thailand has reported a steady drop in new COVID-19 infections for 5 consecutive days, from last Thursday’s 54 to 28 today – the lowest rate for three weeks. According to…
— Thai PBS News

Mass-testing not that effective in battle against contagion
Contact tracing has proved to be the most effective in Thailand in the battle against the Covid-19 outbreak, government officials say.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Songkran festival cancelled as Thailand combats COVID-19
Thais will have to find another way to cool off this year after the government called off the annual water festival that celebrates the Buddhist New Year to curb the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Homeless problem growing quickly in Pattaya due to Covid19, local residents ask city officials to take action
Local residents who contacted The Pattaya News have urged Pattaya City officials to solve the growing homeless problem in Pattaya as the numbers of visible homeless have grown dramatically during the past few weeks in Central Pattaya, primarily due to the COVID19 crisis.
— The Pattaya News

Chiang Rai ‘clear of virus’ after 9 recover
All nine confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Chiang Rai province have now recovered from the disease and been given a clean bill of health, said provincial health worker Dr Tosathep Boonthong on Monday (April 13).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Bangkok bus driver dies of virus
A bus driver, later revealed to be a woman, has died of Covid-19, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) said on Monday, sparking criticism that the agency had concealed the information at the expense of passenger safety.
— Bangkok Post

Covid-19 causes ‘Koi’ to contemplate an abortion
The Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand, under the Patronage of HRH the Princess Mother, marks their 50th anniversary tomorrow, but today more than ever, Thai women are being forced to ask the difficult question of how to manage an unplanned pregnancy during the Covid-19 global pandemic.
— The Thaiger

Poll: Most skip Songkran home visits
A majority of people say they would not return home in the provinces to celebrate Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, and to pay respect to senior people because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Bangkok Post

Village headman flouts orders, holds big Songkran gathering
Nonthaburi governor Sujin Chaichumsak has ordered the Bang Bua Thong district chief to set up an investigative committee to look into the case of a village headman in the province bringing a large number of people together to hold a Songkran ritual.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Bt5,000 handouts: ministry does not want massage, spa employees overlooked
The Public Health Ministry’s Department of Health Services Support will ask the Finance Ministry to consider Bt5,000 handouts for traditional massage and spa employees who have been affected by the government’s shutdown order and not covered by social security, director-general Dr Thares Karasnairaviwong said today (April 13).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Lockdown forces orange growers to dump their fruit due to lack of buyers
A number of orange growers in Thailand’s Sukhothai province have been forced to dispose of their fruit, because of a lack of customers, due to the inter-provincial travel restrictions imposed…
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to adjust 20-year national strategy
The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) of Thailand has been ordered to revise the 20-year national strategy (2018-2037) and the 12th national economic and social development plan (2017-2021) to catch up with changing social and economic trends caused by the global economic slowdown and the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Vietnamplus

Graft fear for B1.97tn virus aid
Thailand’s 1.97 trillion baht plan to mitigate against a further economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic has raised concerns over the potential for embezzlement as large sums of money change hands between the government, businesses and local villages.
— Bangkok Post

Thai, Cambodian officials on alert for Coronavirus in border areas
At the Thai-Cambodian border in Sa Kaeo, officials have been working to prevent COVID-19 from spreading across the border.
— Pattaya Mail

Chamber of Commerce, Government to discuss COVID-19 impact
Companies have voiced their support for the government’s measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, vowing to support frontline medical staff across the country.
— Newsline (video)

Srithanya Hospital introduces Hospital 4.0 policy to provide counseling via Line
Srithanya Hospital has introduced the Hospital 4.0 policy to provide mental health services to members of the public, at just the press of a button.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand cuts taxes to lure investment in masks and pharma
Thailand will deploy targeted tax cuts to encourage investment in face masks and other crucial items that are in short supply due to the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s Board of Investment said on Monday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thai workers stranded in Malaysia to get cash aid
The Interior Ministry is pushing ahead with a proposal to give cash to Thai workers stranded in Malaysia as part of urgent relief measures after the neighbouring country decided to extend its broader closure to April 28.
— Bangkok Post

100,000 unemployed masseuses in Thailand awaiting financial aid
A government official of Thailand said on Sunday that around 100,000 unemployed massueses in the county due to the coronavirus outbreak are still awaiting cash aid.

Thailand’s arms purchase plans get the chop
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also serves as Defence Minister, has ordered the suspension of a plan by the armed forces to procure arms, including the Royal Thai Navy’s plan to buy two submarines, according to a government source.
— Vietnamplus

Woman in Northeastern Thailand Re-Infected with Covid-19 Coronavirus
A woman in Northeastern Thailand has been re-infected with the Covid-19 after having been cured of the virus in March.
— Chiang Rai Times

Australian arrested for extradition on child-sex charge
Police have arrested an Australian national wanted in his home country for alleged paedophilia who has been living for five years with a Thai woman and her family in Pathum Thani.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Private sector calls for standardised logistics
The private sector of Thailand will ask the Thai government to speed up introducing the same practices for logistics procedures nationwide that now exist in a patchwork applied differently across various provinces.
— Vietnamplus

Constructive dialogues key to weather crisis
Bhumjaithai Party spokesman Settapong Malisuwan said he isn’t the type to trade barbs with political rivals.
— Bangkok Post

Govt pulls plug on plan for tablets for students
Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan has abandoned plans to purchase tablets for students with schools closed nationwide closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Capital market federation offers advice on tackling Covid-19
Paiboon Narintarangkul, chairperson of the Federation of Thai Capital Market Organisation (Fetco), said on Monday (April 13) that the organisation does not have any additional proposals because the new measures that have been offered up are sufficient to stimulate the economy.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Govt eyes way of bringing home Thais stranded in Malaysia
Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Bunyamanee held a meeting with agencies in charge of dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak to come up with measures to bring back Thai nationals who have been stranded after Malaysia shut down its borders.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Quiet Songkran on Khao San Road
Khao San Road, a place usually chaotic with water splashing and the exchange of water gunfire, is quiet after the government cancelled the Songkran festival holiday to keep Covid-19 at bay.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya City Checkpoints and closure to start Wednesday, not Tuesday, in the afternoon
Pattaya City announced this afternoon that the new closure restriction checkpoints will start on Wednesday, April 15th in a trial period.
— The Pattaya News

300 more “little ghosts” returning from South Korea
Health officials announced today that 300 more Thai citizens, dubbed “phee noi” or “little ghosts” in Thai, will be repatriated from South Korea over the next two days.
— The Thaiger

100,000 Thais Face Severe Alcohol Withdrawal During Virus Booze Ban
Up to 100,000 Thais who are severely dependent on alcohol are at risk amid the nationwide booze ban, an expert said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Thailand to See a Stormy Non-Songkran Amid Rising Temperatures
As if the coronavirus outbreak, cancellation of Songkran festivals, and nationwide booze ban weren’t enough to dampen spirits, Thailand will also see a few days of summer showers and thunderstorms.
— Khaosod English

Kanchanaburi under toxic haze as garbage dump blazes
A large area of Kanchanaburi province was shrouded in stinking toxic smoke on Monday (April 13) after a fire tore through garbage piled at a 3-rai dump in Sangkhlaburi district.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Empty bus terminal
Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal, which is usually crowded with travellers heading home for Songkran, now appears to be completely empty amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

300 Songkhla residents receive food, cash
Approximately 300 Songkhla residents affected by the Covid-19 crisis went to the old town area on Nang Ngam Road in Mueang district on Sunday (April 12) to receive food and money.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

No new virus cases in Chiang Mai for 4 consecutive days
Chiang Mai province has not found any new Covid-19 patients for four consecutive days, with total infections at 40 and 19 allowed to return home, Dr Waranyu Chamnongprasartporn of the province’s public health office said on Sunday (April 12).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Petchabun monkeys starving in absence of tourists
No monkeying around: more than 1,000 primates in Phetchabun are short of food and water as Covid-19 has kept fearful tourists from visiting the province and feeding the animals.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Tap water flow to be affected in some areas
The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority will carry out maintenance of its Thonburi water treatment plant tomorrow (April 14) from 9pm to 5am on Wednesday, which will either slow or stop the flow of tap water in the following areas
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

MRT allows train-pass top up via apps or ATM
MRT train operator Bangkok Expressway and Metro Pcl (BEM) announced today (April 13) that from now on commuters can top up their MRT train passes via mobile applications or at any Krungthai Bank ATM.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

We have enough cash to compensate unemployed: Social Security Office
The Social Security Office (SSO) has reassured the public that it has enough funds to compensate those who have been forced out of their jobs due to the Covid-19 crisis.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

GHB introduces measures to help customers amid Covid-19 crisis
Government Housing Bank (GHB) has postponed debt repayment for its customers for four months and reduced the interest rate to 1 per cent for medical personnel, president Chatchai Sirilai said on Sunday (April 12).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Mixed messages on using walkways along beaches in Pattaya for exercise, report many frustrated local residents
In the past week The Pattaya News has reported several times on stricter enforcement along various Pattaya Beaches, designed to stop gatherings of people who, despite an order from the Chonburi Governor to close all beaches, continue to swim and gather on the beaches.
— The Pattaya News

Bodies of two teen girls found in Kwae Noy river, Kanchanaburi
The bodies of two teen girls who went missing in the Kwae Noy river last Friday in the western province of Kanchanaburi, were discovered yesterday morning.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya City Hall and City employees get an extra day off every week to help fight spread of Covid-19
In an announcement made from City Hall today, Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem announced that all Pattaya City employees not directly working with the Covid-19 response team will get an additional day off to “Help fight Covid-19 and to stay at home.”
— The Pattaya News

Two drunken men arrested for allegedly trying to break into 7-11 during curfew to buy more booze
Two drunken Thai men, who were not named to the press, were arrested by Banglamung Police last night at 11:00 PM near the Ban Rong Poh market in Banglamung during the National Thai Curfew after allegedly trying to break into a 7-11, setting off a burglar alarm, to purchase booze.
— The Pattaya News

Virus kills party mood in Khon Kaen
An unseasonal hush fell over Khon Kaen province on Monday (April 13), as the usually raucous Songkran celebrations fell victim to Covid-19 containment measures.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Delivery firms put work on hold as Phuket closes district borders
Logistics companies Flash Express and Best Express have announced that they will not be making deliveries to and from Phuket, while Kerry Express has said it will only deliver in specific areas because many districts have been closed in a move to prevent Covid-19 spreading.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Quick probes ordered to find wildfire suspects
Officials in all districts with hotspots should expedite their investigations to find the causes of wildfires so that legal action can be taken against suspects in three days, governor Charoenrit Sanguansat said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

UPDATE: Thai Returnee from Indonesia commits suicide on last day of quarantine
A 51 year old Muslim man from Thailand’s deep south was set to be released from quarantine today but tragically jumped to his death from the 8th floor of a state hospital in Samut Prakan this morning.
— The Thaiger

Covid-19 waste disposed of safely, says health chief
The Department of Health on Monday (April 13) reassured the public that infectious waste generated by Covid-19 patients and quarantined individuals is being disposed of safely.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Chon Buri police raid late night ‘ladyboy’ cam show, arrest dozens – VIDEO
The show must go on! But not at the moment. Police in Chon Buri province southeast of Bangkok, acting on a tip, arrested dozens of people in a raid on an underground “cam show” at a Pattaya area luxury home at about 12:30 am yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Mai police crack down on Emergency Decree violators
Chiang Mai police arrested 32 people last night (April 12) for violating the Emergency Decree by secretly assembling to gamble or drink or violating the curfew at night.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Phitsanulok hit by thunderstorm
Phitsanulok province was hit by a thunderstorm last night, with Bang Rakam, Muang, Wang Thong and Wat Bot districts experiencing 82 millimetres of rainfall.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Five held for celebrating Songkran on Roi Et street
Five people who posted a video of themselves celebrating Songkran and splashing water on a street in Roi Et province on Sunday (April 12) were arrested.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

‘I’m not afraid of Prayuth’: 5 defiant Songkraners arrested after taunting PM
Five people in Thailand’s northeast were arrested Sunday for celebrating the Thai New Year, which has essentially been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Coconuts Thailand




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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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