Thailand morning news for April 30

Thailand morning news for April 30
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Restaurants, markets and parks among venues to reopen as Bangkok relaxes COVID-19 control measures
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will relax certain COVID-19 control measures in the Thai capital as its order to temporarily close venues with risks of infection comes to end on Thursday (Apr 30).

COVID-19 causes about one trillion baht in damage to Thai economy
The overall damage Thailand’s national economy, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently estimated at about one trillion baht, while business confidence for the first quarter of this year has dropped to 47.2, which is the lowest in almost two years, according to the forecast by the Centre for Economic and Business Forecasts of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).
— Thai PBS News

March factory output drops 11.25%
The manufacturing production index (MPI) declined for the 11th straight month in March, down 11.25% from a year earlier, hurt by lower production of cars, sugar and petroleum, the industry ministry said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 29 — active cases continue to fall in Malaysia & Thailand
As of 01:00 GMT April 29 there was 29,899 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 839 or 2.89 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

6 million unemployed in tourism alone – a stark outlook for Thailand’s tourist industry
More accurate predictions are starting to emerge as the full impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand start to become clearer, and we still don’t have the shops open yet.
— The Thaiger

Thailand reports nine new coronavirus cases
Thailand recorded 9 new COVID-19 infections today, the third day of single figure increases, and no virus related fatalities.
— Thai PBS News

Government: strict regulations needed to prevent second wave of COVID-19
The Government stressed the importance of maintaining the balance between the economy and public health.
— Newsline (video)

Migrants jobless and trapped under Thai coronavirus lockdown
Htoo Gay War quit her job as a domestic worker in January because her employer refused to allow her to take one day off each week – just before Thailand reported its first case of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Still no long-haul bus services, but more commuter trains running
Long-haul interprovincial bus services will remain suspended under the extended state of emergency, but more commuter trains are running again.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar workers from Malaysia caught in Sungai Kolok
Seven Myanmar nationals who said they had been working in Malaysia have been arrested in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat, Department of Special Investigation deputy director-general Traiyarit Temahiwong said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

THAI will borrow to survive, remain state enterprise
Thai Airways International (THAI) will borrow money to survive the coronavirus crisis, and will remain a state enterprise, the Finance Ministry announced on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Chiang Mai governor meets related sectors at Chaloem Phrakiat meeting room
Today at the Chaloem Phrakiat Meeting Room, in Chiang Mai, Charoenrit Sanguansat the governor of Chiang Mai, along with 3 deputy governors, 25 sheriffs (from all districts), heads of government, prosecutors, military officials, police and related sectors, came for a briefing on how Chiang Mai will move towards opening up the province in the upcoming weeks.
— The Thaiger

Parliament complex contractor sues for B1.59bn over delays
Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Plc (Stecon) is suing the House secretariat for 1.59 billion baht for the delayed handover of land for the new parliament complex it is building in Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

NGO Calls for More Virus Protection in Detention Facilities
Labor right groups urged the government to better protect foreign prisoners from the coronavirus, just as a Deputy PM on Wednesday is scheduled to visit a detention facility where 42 foreigners contracted the virus.
— Khaosod English

Don Mueang Airport prepares to reopen
Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport is preparing to open for more flights beginning this Friday, as 2 airlines have announced plans to resume limited domestic routes.
— The Thaiger

AirAsia X reports a sad tale of Q1 setbacks
First quarter 2020 results for AirAsia X predictably present a dire outlook for the low-cost airline as passengers carried dropped 25% ahead of a network shutdown.
— TTR Weekly

Thailand to keep US trade list spot
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) in its annual Special 301 Report is expected to keep Thailand on its Watch List (WL) thanks to improvements in intellectual property (IP) protections, said a source at the Commerce Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand approves resumption of several sectors of services as COVID-19 curve nosedives
Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul confirmed on Wednesday the re-opening of several sectors of services as the COVID-19 curve is on a downturn.
— Xinhuanet

Enough food available during Emergency State in Thailand
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalemchai Sri-on has confirmed that consumers will have enough food although the government extends the state of emergency to cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 for another month next month.
— Pattaya Mail

BOT starts offering soft loans totaling 24.2 billion baht
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has accepted requests from eight financial institutions to offer soft loans to SMEs to improve fluidity and preserve jobs.
— Newsline (video)

Pesticide ban delay draws activist flak
A group of activists on Tuesday called out the Ministry of Industry for backpedalling on its promise to ban the use of three controversial agrichemicals on June 1 amid speculation the National Hazardous Substances Committee will on Thursday hold off on the ban until the end of the year.
— Bangkok Post

BAAC aims for coverage of 45.7m rai
The state-owned Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) aims for up to 45.7 million rai of rice farmland to be covered by crop insurance for the 2020 season, a high-ranking BAAC official says.
— Bangkok Post

Strict COVID 19 screening measures in southern border provinces
Officials in the South continue to enforce emergency decree regulations, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the holy month of Ramadan.
— Newsline (video)

Operators eager to reopen their stores
Modern trade operators are calling on the government to allow them to reopen their stores, saying their inventory is piling up and this could affect supply chains and future employment.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Anutin checks COVID-19 prevention among migrant workers
The Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has visited Nakhon Tha Chalom (นครท่าฉลอม) Hospital in Samut Sakhon Province to meet with medical staff and public health volunteers, who are at the forefront in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Newsline (video)

Municipal councillor found dead in barrel of water
A member of the Takhli Municipal Council was found dead in a barrel of water at Wat Hua Khao on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
— Bangkok Post

“Please be patient. I share your pain” – Thai PM
Following the extension of the emergency decree for another month, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is calling on everyone to bear with him as efforts to flatten the Thai Covid-19 curve continue.
— The Thaiger

Bond market more stable but not yet recovered: BoT
A Bank of Thailand (BoT) official said on Wednesday the country’s bond market has stabilised more over the past month but has not completely recovered, after a period of volatility during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Thai government lists three types of business which will reopen first
As the COVID-19 situation in Thailand gradually improves, the National Infectious Disease Committee has approved the limited reopening of three types of business.
— Thai PBS News

Putrajaya says 2 per family can leave home for essential travel, as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease
Two people from the same household will now be allowed to travel in the same car to purchase daily necessities, amid early signs of COVID-19 restrictions being eased in Malaysia.

Cabinet endorses aid package for disabled people
The Thai cabinet has approved a package of financial support, which includes a one-time 1,000 baht subsidy for each of Thailand’s 2.03 million registered disabled people. The support is to…
— Thai PBS News

2 More Medical Workers Infected With Coronavirus
Thailand recorded a third consecutive day with less than 10 new coronavirus cases, though two more medical personnel caught the virus, the government said on Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Interested in Giving? Here’s How a Pandemic Charity Works Out
With millions of people expected to lose their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, handouts of food and other essentials become increasingly more important to the poor.
— Khaosod English

Stranded Russian student earns his room and board at Surat Thani temple
Ivan’s life has taken quite an unexpected turn. The young Russian student probably never expected to be handing out meals alongside Buddhist monks in somewhere in southern Thailand, but that’s how he spends his days now that he’s broke and stranded.
— The Thaiger

True Corporation Thailand selects Ericsson 5G RAN
Thai communications service provider True Corporation Plc (True) has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) as a 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) vendor as part of its national 5G network.
— Thailand Today

Covid-19 puts damper on Thailand’s prospects of joining trans-Pacific trade pact
Thailand’s chance of joining the trans-Pacific trade bloc is now very slim after strong opposition has prompted the withdrawal of a proposal to apply for membership.
— Thai PBS News

Petition Asks Gov’t to Relax Ban on Booze Sales in Pandemic
A group of alcohol sellers is urging PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to loosen his restrictions on booze sales to alleviate the impact on the industry, a representative said Tuesday.
— Khaosod English



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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

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.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

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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