Thailand morning news for April 23

Thailand morning news for April 23
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Trillion-baht stimulus to boost domestic debt
Thailand plans to borrow 600 billion baht in the current fiscal year to September and 400 billion baht in the next fiscal year to finance measures to mitigate the coronavirus impact, a finance ministry official said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand reports 15 new coronavirus cases, 1 new death
BANGKOK: Thailand on Wednesday (Apr 22) reported 15 new coronavirus cases and one new death, continuing a trend of lower numbers of new cases.

Airports of Thailand expects 53% drop in passengers
State-owned Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) said on Wednesday it expects the number of passengers passing through its airports to decline by 53% this year due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

PM says he won’t bow to pressure on easing emergency restrictions
In a public address after yesterday’s weekly Cabinet meeting, PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha said he will not bow to increasing private and public pressure to ease restrictions and closures of businesses caused by Covid-19.
— The Thaiger

Thailand reports fewest infections for over a month
Thailand’s new COVID-19 infection rate continues to decline with 15 reported today (Wednesday), which is the lowest daily figure since March 15th, when infections jumped to 32 in a single day.
— Thai PBS News

Emergency decree extension will be discussed in next week’s cabinet meeting
“A meeting of cabinet ministers did not discuss an extension of the emergency decree.” – PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— The Thaiger

Thai Government considers teaching students online if the Covid19 situation doesn’t improve
A meeting of cabinet ministers on Apr 21 considered many issues related to measures to help limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including preparations for the start of the first semester of the 2020 academic year and admissions of seventh grade and 10th grade students.
— The Pattaya News

Airlines Required to Provide Face Masks, Seat Spacing in Pandemic
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said on Tuesday that it will meet with domestic airlines to check health and safety measures before granting the carriers the permission to resume local flights from May 1.
— Khaosod English

Stray dogs and cats at risk of starvation during COVID-19 crisis in Thailand
Ozzy was dying when he was found in a forested area of Phuket last month.

More people, especially frontline health workers, suffering increased stress
More people than usual called Thailand’s Mental Health Department’s (MHD) hotline in March and April, seeking advice about stress, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said today.
— Thai PBS News

Herd of dugongs sighted off the coast of Thai island
Mesmerising aerial images showed a herd of more than 30 dugongs drifting serenely off the coast of a Thai island on Wednesday.

Government of Thailand harvest fruit sales on domestic market
The Thai government is ready to sell a combined 16,700 tons of fruit worth 762 million baht (US$23.68 million) via five modern trade operators during the harvest season in an effort to offset decline in exports.
— Fresh Plaza

One-month-old infant recovers from coronavirus in Thailand
A one-month-old Thai baby, the country’s youngest coronavirus patient, has successfully recovered from the illness thanks to a team of medics and the use of a cocktail of antiviral drugs, a doctor said on Wednesday.

Pattaya City Hall gives out hundreds of meals to the needy every afternoon at 4:00PM
Pattaya City Hall, led by Mr. Manot Nongyai, Deputy Mayor, along with other Deputy Mayors and City Hall staff, have been giving out hundreds of meals a day at City Hall in Pattaya to the needy and unemployed.
— The Pattaya News

Sadao immigration officer contracts Covid-19 after spat with Malaysian
An immigration officer at Songkhla’s Sadao border checkpoint has been infected by the Covid-19 virus, Pol Maj-General Peerawat Boonloy, who oversees the Immigration Division 6, said on Wednesday (April 22).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Buriram mulls reopening shops after 20 Covid-free days
Buriram was on Wednesday (April 22) considering whether it should ease its restrictions its lockdown restrictions after the Northeast province recorded 20 days in a row with no new cases of Covid-19.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Bank of Thailand should keep baht competitive for trade: Somkid
The Bank of Thailand should ensure the baht is competitive and has a trade advantage as the coronavirus pandemic hits the economy, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Drinking water for drought hit areas
The Department of Rural Roads has said that it will supply drinking water to people living in drought stricken areas as instructed by Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchop.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Daily New Infections Fall Again to 15, But 1 More Person Died
An additional 15 people were infected with the coronavirus Wednesday, according to the government – the lowest daily count in recent weeks – though one more patient died of the virus.
— Khaosod English

Covid-19 crisis triggering “increased domestic violence’
Measures to keep people at home are important to help contain the Covid-19 outbreak, but it has resulted in a spike in domestic violence, said Jaded Chaowilai, director of the Women’s and Men’s Progressive Movement.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thai Military Suspends Deals on Foreign Weapons while Nation Battles COVID-19
Thailand has suspended the purchase of military hardware from three countries to pool government money into battling the coronavirus pandemic, the Thai military said Wednesday.
— Benar News

Government asks public to continue work from home
The government has asked the public to continue working from home and refrain from traveling despite a decline in newly reported cases each day, in order to prevent a second wave of infections, and aimed at easing lockdown measures in some cases.
— Newsline (video)

Thai rubber exports get boost from higher global demand
Thai rubber exports get a boost from higher global demand for rubber products in health care, says the Rubber Authority of Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

Commercial flights face strict disease-control rules
Commercial airlines have been told to adopt strict anti-disease transmission rules when they resume domestic flights on May 1, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Closes Southern Border Crossing After 2 Officials Catch Coronavirus
Thailand shut down a checkpoint along its border with Malaysia on Wednesday after two officers tested positive for the coronavirus and nearly 70 other officers who worked there were placed under quarantine, officials said.
— Benar News

Thailand details coronavirus health and safety certification
Thailand is set to introduce new health and safety certification to help rebuild confidence in the country’s travel and tourism sector post-coronavirus, and help agents demonstrate to clients it remains a safe destination to send their clients.

Thailand’s 2019/20 cane output hits 10-year low as drought bites
Thailand’s cane output in the 2019/20 season was the lowest in a decade, as prolonged drought undermined yield, a Thai cane and sugar agency said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Thailand pledges to protect women who report sexual abuse
Thailand stepped up efforts to tackle sexual harassment on Tuesday, pledging to protect victims who come forward and to investigate complaints of abuse experienced by one in five Thais.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation

Phramongkutklao Hospital launches negative pressure ward
Phramongkutklao Hospital has debuted negative pressure ICU rooms and patient ward capable of controlling temperature and humidity, as well as treating contaminated air. The new facilities are expected to accommodate patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

Lockdown peril haunts abusive homes
Some of the key policies to curtail the widespread transmission of the coronavirus or Covid-19 are city-lockdowns and self-isolation.
— Bangkok Post

Most businesses affected by Covid-19 yet to receive any government assistance: poll
The great majority of respondents (88 per cent) to a poll said they have yet to receive aid from the government.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Bt10 billion wiped off value of Thai oil, says industry source
Thai refinery operators have seen the value of their stockpiled oil drop by Bt10 billion after the price of crude collapsed amid plummeting demand during the Covid-19 virus.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Dental surgery made safer in times of Covid
Siam Cement Group (SCG) has invented protective gear to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission during dental surgery.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Pattaya Water Authority says Mapprachan Lake Reservoir now at critical level but will continue to ration water
A major water reservoir in Banglamung has hit its base level and is at critically low levels. However, Banglamung Water Authority Officials say they have developed an extensive plan to handle the drought.
— The Pattaya News

Health minister orders anti-viral vaccine trials accelerated
Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has urged the National Vaccines Committee to shorten the period, required to develop the specifications for the production of a COVID-19 vaccine, from six to three months.
— Thai PBS News

Lower interest rates for medics on frontline, urges Anutin
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Wednesday (April 22) called on the Government Savings Bank and Krungthai Bank to find a way of lowering the interest rate for his ministry’s medical personnel.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thai Government gives electric bill discount for three months to an estimated 22 million homes during Covid-19 crisis
The Thai Government, in conjunction with the Thai Energy Regulatory Commission, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority and the Provincial Electricity Authority, have taken steps to give discounts on electricity bills to an estimated 22 million homes during the Covid-19 crisis.
— The Pattaya News

Delay mulled for personal data law enforcement
The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry is seeking to postpone the enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), due to take effect late next month, saying state and private organisations will be too burdened to comply during the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Under new standards, air conditioners must also clean the air
In a move to deal with the country’s pollution problems, the Thai Industrial Standards Institute has come up with a new standard for air conditioners – they need to also serve as PM2.5 filters.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thai companies urged to tighten up Covid-19 measures for migrant workers
The Director General of the Department of Employment Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul says that he has sent an urgent letter to companies asking them to ensure stricter disease control measures for migrant workers from neighbouring countries.
— The Thaiger

Queues for food as COVID-19 pandemic causes pain for jobless Thais
Long lines of unemployed relying on free food across Bangkok, scrambles for cash handouts and fishing in fetid canals — Thais are getting increasingly desperate as the pandemic destroys the economy and the government struggles to respond.

Thanathorn’s Family Churns Out Free Equipment for Rural Hospitals
The former leader of the now-defunct Future Forward Party said he is bankrolling the production of medical equipment for donating to 12 upcountry hospitals, the first shipment of which will go out Saturday.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok to cut checkpoints from 89 to 52
Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police Bureau announced yesterday it will reduce the number of checkpoints from 89 to 52 during the night curfew, effective until further notice.
— The Thaiger

Business registration goes online to beat virus
Operators seeking to register new businesses can now do so online, to avoid the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Four border checkpoints removed in Chachoengsao
Chachoengsao governor Raphee Phongbupphakit announced on Tuesday (April 21) that four of the eight temporary checkpoints at the provincial borders will be removed now that the Covid-19 situation in the province has been improving over the past few weeks.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thai companies warned on migrant workers after Singapore outbreak
Department of Employment Director-General Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul said on Wednesday (April 22) he had sent an urgent letter to companies asking them to ensure tight disease-prevention measures for their migrant workers from neighbouring countries.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand testing experimental Covid-19 vaccine on animals
Thailand, as well as the rest of the world, are racing against time to find a viable and safe vaccine for the Covid-19 virus.
— The Thaiger

Will PM win COVID-19 battle but lose economic war?
Good news for PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is that charter amendment will take a back seat, and the impact of the Future Forward Party’s dissolution, which had looked like a political dynamite only two months ago, does not appear so daunting now. Bad news is that what he will face is much scarier local and world economies in dark tunnels.
— Thai PBS News

Pandemic forces Hotel JAL City Bangkok to postpone May opening
Japanese hotel chain operator Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co has decided to indefinitely postpone its planned opening of a new hotel in Bangkok in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Update your phone OS to continue using SCB Easy after May 1
Mobile phones that are using older operating systems (below 10.3.4 for iOS and below 6.0 for Android) will not be able to use the mobile application SCB Easy from May 1, Siam Commercial Bank announced on its Facebook page on Tuesday (April 21).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Monks in masks: Novices study with social distancing
The coronavirus crisis has prompted the closing of schools and universities around the world, but at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, young novices in masks are pressing on with their studies while observing social distancing.
— Bangkok Post

Rabies discovered in Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Jungtrakul said on Wednesday (April 22) that rabid dogs had been discovered in a community of the northeastern province.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Man shoots wife in head after she refused him liquor money
A man shot dead his wife as she lay next to their baby on Wednesday (April 22) after she refused to buy him more liquor.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Night Wish Group extends daily food for the needy in Pattaya through April 29th as Covid-19 crisis continues
The Night Wish Group, the largest group of bars in the Pattaya area, has expanded a plan to give 1000 meals a day to the needy and unemployed in the city affected by the current Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis multiple additional days, currently until April 29th, 2020.
— The Pattaya News

School director puts his post up as bail guarantee over child assault charges
A school director in Phetchabun province, who was jailed for molesting a minor, was granted bail on Wednesday (April 22) after he put his job at stake.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Hotels get eight guidelines for quarantine
Department of Health Director-General Panpimol Wipulakorn on Wednesday (April 22) issued hotels with guidelines on managing environmental health for the safety of guests under quarantine.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand’s top 20 wealthiest ready to help in time of crisis
After PM Prayut-cha-0-cha sent an open letter to the county’s 20 wealthiest people seeking advice to help lift Thailand out of the Covid-19 pandemic, today Thailand’s top business leaders said they’re ready to help the government ease the crunch of the coronavirus crisis, and will offer their ideas to lift the country out of its economic dilemma.
— The Thaiger

Unemployed? Learn a new skill and get a per diem of Bt150 for 15 days
The Labour Ministry will provide 15-day vocational courses to people who have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, Department of Skill Development’s director-general Thawat Benjathikul said on Wednesday (April 22).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Army ‘Postpones’ 4.5 Bil. Baht Arms Deal After Online Outrage
The army on Wednesday retreated from its proposal to buy 50 infantry carrier vehicles from the United States following a huge backlash on social media, army sources said.
— Khaosod English

Govt craves world heritage status for Thai sea saltÂ
The government is preparing to propose Thai sea salt for inclusion on the United Nations’ global heritage list.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thai government addresses widespread sexual abuse
Sexual harassment is a hot-button issue in many countries, today, with awareness rising of a topic which has long been unaddressed and taboo. Yesterday the Thai government pledged to protect victims who come forward and to investigate complaints of sexual abuse, reportedly experienced by 20% of Thai women.
— The Thaiger

Police probe building collapse after schoolboy killed
A schoolboy in Nakhon Pathom was crushed to death at 8pm yesterday (April 21) after a summer storm slammed into the province just north of Bangkok.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thai embassy reaches out to Thai woman infected with Covid-19 abroad
After a Thai woman in the Netherlands posted a video about her experience of becoming infected with Covid-19, the Thai Embassy in the Hague on Wednesday (April 22) contacted her to offer its help.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Details on a Covid-19 vaccine soon, Anutin promises
Details of a Covid-19 vaccine should be available in three months, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday (April 22).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Police follow tattoo clue to lair of Bangkok cat burglar
A thief who broke into three houses in Bangkok’s Sai Mai district in one night was caught after his tattoos revealed his identity, say police.
— 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.

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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In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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