Thailand morning news for April 7

Thailand morning news for April 7
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Thailand extends a ban on inbound passenger flights until 18 April, 2020
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide further update that Thailand’s ban on all incoming passenger flights has
— Richard Barrow in Thailand

Thai Prime Minister reiterates that there are NO plans at this time for a 24/7 style lock-down or curfew-IF people comply with the current rules
Following multiple rumors and fake news on social media last night after a notice from the Interior Ministry was sent to all Provincial Governors asking for preparations for further emergency measures, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-O-Cha, through multiple spokespersons, has stated throughout the day that all rumors and speculation of a 24/7 curfew or lock-down starting now or on April 10th was false and could be considered fake news.
— The Pattaya News

Bt5,000 cash handouts to commence on Wednesday
More than 260,000 out of 24.2 million registrants for the government’s Bt5,000 cash handout campaign have cancelled their applications, while the first batch of people will receive the money starting this Wednesday (April 8), the Finance Ministry said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Petition Asks Gov’t to Allow Media Coverage in Curfew
A media guild on Monday said it petitioned the Prime Minister to reconsider a ban on media field reporting during the nighttime curfew.
— Khaosod English

Thailand reports 51 new COVID-19 cases – a 50% drop from yesterday
Thailand’s 51 new COVID-19 infections today were only half the number reported yesterday. 119 new recoveries were also reported.
— Thai PBS News

Incoming flight ban extended to April 18
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended a ban on all commercial flights to Thailand until April 18 to support the country’s campaign to contain the coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Immigration seek visa relief for stranded foreigners
Thailand’s Immigration Chief Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang, is seeking cabinet approval for new measures to help foreigners in Thailand affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
— The Thaiger

Dead infected tourist had concealed at-risk history
A Hungarian tourist who died of Covid-19 had earlier withheld details of his visits to entertainment areas, which resulted in 112 medical staff being suspended from work and placed in quarantine.
— Bangkok Post

Interior ministry sends new measures to provincial governors to fight coronavirus
The permanent secretary of Thailand’s interior ministry has sent an urgent communiqué to the nation’s provincial governors, telling them that the newly formed National Covid-19 Coronavirus Disease Management Centre will require new measures at the provincial level to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
— The Thaiger

Gov’t Says Private Hospitals Can’t Charge COVID-19 Treatment
The government on Saturday banned private hospitals from charging coronavirus patients for their treatments.
— Khaosod English

Price structure coming for food-delivery operators
The Commerce Ministry has ordered food delivery business operators to submit their price structures as well as measures regarding Covid-19 prevention to ensure transparent pricing and the safety of customers and delivery staff.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand’s COVID-19 ‘war’: Local food production centre of focus as government guarantees supplies
Thailand’s food supply preparations to battle the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak have focused heavily on local food productivity, covering both agricultural products and processed foods.
— Foodnavigator-asia

COVID-19 to cut Thailand’s growth by 4.8 percent this year: ADB
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has predicted that the Thai economy will shrink by 4.8 percent this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, heading for its deepest contraction since the Asian financial crisis in 1998.
— Vietnamplus

Thailand’s First Field Hospital established to fight against COVID-19
An increasing number of COVID-19 infected patients in Thailand means that the main hospitals are having difficulty in arranging space for serious new cases.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan closes hotels, orders all residents to wear masks
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update on the latest orders issued by Prachuap Khiri Khan Province on 3 April, 2020, to combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), with immediate effect until further notice.
— Pattaya Mail

Covid-19 gives peace a chance in South Thailand
What an unrelenting military crackdown has failed to deliver in 17 years of fighting, the insidious advance of the Covid-19 virus across Thailand’s restive southern border provinces may have achieved in just two weeks: a rare opportunity for peace in what had seemed like an endless conflict.
— Asia Times

Rainmaking Department adjusts strategies to prevent forest fires
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has adjusted its rainmaking operation to combat drought and hotspots as well as approaching summer storms that may bring hail to the northern region.
— NBT World (video)

MEA suggests ONLINE channels for consumers to reduce COVID-19 risks
Mr. Chaturon Suriyasin, Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) Assistant Governor and spokesperson, expressed condolences to the bereaved and his concern for electricity consumers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

New study explores stigma and discrimination against trans women in Thailand
A new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Thailand delves into the various forms of stigma and discrimination experienced by transgender women, often resulting in violence and abuse, and barriers to accessing employment, education, health care and other social services.
— Prachatai English

Overcrowded Thai dog shelter blames coronavirus for drop in donations
Cramped tooth and claw in a vast cages, hundreds of dogs pass the day sleeping, fighting, or waiting to be fed at a controversial Thai shelter that does not believe in adoptions and blames a drop in donations on the coronavirus.

These are all of the latest situation updates released by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Please be aware that as the situation is changing fast, the information in the releases are only accurate at the time of publication.
— Richard Barrow in Thailand

Money coach offers lessons on maintaining finances
Money coach Jakkapong Mespan has started providing financial and investment advice to people as businesses are getting adversely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Pattaya City officially taking measures to restrict access to city, mask wearing requirements will be mandatory
Pattaya- Pattaya City is preparing extensive measurements for city closure restrictions manned by checkpoints, preventing most access, in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Corona virus.
— The Pattaya News

No Germany-bound shipment of masks was diverted to the US: embassy
The US embassy in Bangkok is denying reports suggesting that a shipment of face masks designated for Germany was seized at the airport and diverted to the United States, while Thailand’s Customs Department has also said that there has been no such action from the United States.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

UPDATE: Aviation authority extends arrival ban another 12 days
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, having earlier saying they would lift the ban on incoming flights tonight, has now decided to further extend the ban on passenger flights to the Kingdom until the end of Saturday, April 18.
— The Thaiger

Local SMEs tapped to produce masks
Seven small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the garment industry are ready to produce around 350,000 washable fabric masks per month to help solve the shortage of masks in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Central bank gives advice on disinfecting cash
The Bank of Thailand has announced today that all Thai citizens should clean all banknotes and coins to help contain the spread of the virus and ensure that the bank notes are not contaminated with the Covid-19 virus.
— The Thaiger

All Nakhon Ratchasima hotels ordered closed
Today the governor of the northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province Vichian Channothai, also chairman of the provincial communicable diseases committee, signed an order to shut down all hotels to fight the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
— The Thaiger

Bank of Thailand to hold Tuesday briefing on virus steps
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) will hold a briefing on Tuesday on measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Provinces step up quarantine preparations
Provincial authorities have stepped up preparations for quarantine to handle more people returning home through all modes of transport.
— Bangkok Post

Overseas Thais warned to contact embassy before flying home
Thais stranded overseas should contact their local Thai Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible if they plan to return home, the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Monday (April 6).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Expats in Thailand feeling the pinch (and pleasure) of lockdown
As the deadly Covid-19 virus creeps through Bangkok’s streets, the city’s expatriate population has reason to be feeling extra nervous.
— Thai PBS News

BEWARE of UV, spray tunnels in fighting Covid-19
The World Health Organisation is advising people not to avail of any Covid-19 sterilising services using UV or spray tunnels as these will harm the skin and could even cause cancer, Food and Drug Administration deputy secretary-general Supattra Boonserm revealed.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Ubon woman who skipped Bangkok quarantine tests positive for Covid-19
An Ubon Ratchathani woman who skipped quarantine in Bangkok and travelled back home has tested positive for Covid-19.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

American prisoner on suicide watch in Thai prison after false claims of having Covid19
Former American fugitive Joshua Paul Pate is on suicide watch after he falsely claimed he is infected with the COVID-19 virus and has threatened to sue Bangkok’s Klong Prem prison and commit suicide if not released from the prison infirmary for treatment in an external hospital.
— The Pattaya News

Chiang Mai vigilantes set up roadblocks and checkpoints
A subdistrict of the northern Chiang Mai province is taking matters into its own hands by locking down residents and setting up checkpoints to screen people entering the area in the fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus.
— The Thaiger

59 nabbed for violating curfew in Chiang Mai
The authorities arrested 59 people at different checkpoints in Chiang Mai on Sunday (April 5) for violating the 10pm to 4am curfew order.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

All Korat hotels ordered to close
All hotels in this province have been ordered to shut down to stem the spread of the coronavirus, effective from Monday until further notice.
— Bangkok Post

Koh Samui lockdown from Tuesday
Koh Samui will impose a ban on people entering the resort island from Tuesday until the end of the month, as it joins the nationwide campaign to bring down the number of new coronavirus infections.
— Bangkok Post travel

Phuket’s governor closes Karon and Rawai areas
Two more areas in Phuket, well known for their resort hotels and beautiful beaches, have been locked down, effective today until further notice, as the provincial administration escalates efforts to curb growing spread of COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

COVID-19 sparks boom for local farmers in import-dependent Hong Kong
After a coronavirus-fuelled wave of panic-buying briefly left Hong Kong’s supermarket shelves bare, residents are turning to local producers for fresh food in a city almost entirely reliant on imports.

Homeless being urged to move to govt lodging amid Covid-19 fears
Social Development and Human Security Minister Juti Krairiksh visited Lumpini Park and Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok on Sunday (April 5), urging homeless people residing there to move to temporary lodging provided by the ministry to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19 and comply with the government’s curfew.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

No country for foreign retailers
Efforts by foreign retailers to establish a presence in Thailand have faced an uphill climb.
— Bangkok Post



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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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