Thailand morning news for February 4

Thailand morning news for February 4
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PM points to panic caused by fake news as worst aspect of virus crisis
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that the worst thing about the ongoing novel coronavirus situation in Thailand is panic caused by fake news, as he warned those with ill-intent that they will be dealt with decisively and in accordance with the law.
— Thai PBS News

Masks and hand sanitizers face controls to prevent profiteering and hoarding
The Ministry of Commerce will propose to the cabinet tomorrow (Tuesday) that protective face masks and hand sanitizer gel be added to a list of controlled products, for which the export of over 500 units requires permission.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Nationals in Wuhan likely to be evacuated through U-Tapeo airport in Pattaya with strictest precautions
The Royal Thai Navy is being prepared at U- Tapao Rayong -Pattaya International Airport for 161 Thais to be evacuated from Wuhan, China which is suffering from a deadly virus outbreak as early as tomorrow, February 4.
— The Pattaya News

Bangkok ‘most at risk’ for spread: Virus update
China tried to come to grips with the expanding coronavirus outbreak, with the death toll climbing as residents returned from the Lunar New Year holidays.
— Bangkok Post

Novel coronavirus from Wuhan could transmit through human faeces, say scientists: Report
Scientists at China’s top research body in natural sciences have found another possible mode of transmission of the novel coronavirus which originated in Wuhan.

PM concerned about people, provides support to public health practitioners
Regarding the corona virus outbreak, the Prime Minister is concerned about the effects on the population and is ready to bring Thai people back from Wuhan as soon as possible.

Navy ready for quarantine at Sattahip
All Thais to be repatriated from Wuhan will be quarantined at naval facilities in Chon Buri as the government is preparing for the evacuation on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Coronavirus, PM2.5 Force ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ to Cancel
A Chiang Mai’s chapter of a hugely successful anti-government run tournament was forced to cancel due to coronavirus fears and several other factors, the organizer said.
— Khaosod English

Defiant Thanathorn braces for ‘flash mob’ case
Prosecutors will decide this Friday whether to launch legal action against Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and four party members for organising a protest at the Pathumwan Skywalk in Bangkok late last year.
— Bangkok Post

Mixed results in testing HIV drugs against coronavirus
Doctors in Thailand are testing medication normally used to treat HIV and influenza against the novel coronavirus, which has become a global, deadly epidemic.
— Aljazeera (video)

Evacuee quarantine confirmed
Authorities are ready to pick up 160 Thais from Wuhan on Tuesday and they will be quarantined for 14 days at several locations on their return to the country, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s economy improved slightly in December 2019
According to the latest Press Release on the Economic and Monetary Conditions for December and the fourth quarter of 2019 Bank of Thailand, the Thai economy slightly improved in December 2019 .
— Thailand Business News

PM expresses concern for public health amid coronavirus outbreak in Thailand, overseas
In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, has expressed his concern for the health of Thai citizens, noting that the government is ready to bring Thai people from Wuhan home soon.
— Newsline (video)

Govt rolling out anti-drought operations
Water is to be distributed to drought-hit areas as a short-term measure while more reservoirs are being constructed as part of the government’s long-term measures against water scarcity.
— Newsline (video)

Cash over caution in Thailand’s viral response
At an open door yoga studio, Chinese walk-ins are politely assigned mats at the back of the room away from other patrons.
— Asia Times

Thailand Requires Chinese Tourists to Show Medical Certificates
Thailand said all arriving Chinese tourists must provide medical certificates stating they are healthy and free of infection from the novel coronavirus.
— Bloomberg

Economic ministers meeting issues measures to cope with coronavirus
The latest economic ministers meeting chaired by Prime Minister/Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has issued two measures to support the tourist industry and cope with the effects of coronavirus infections from the beginning of this month.
— Pattaya Mail

Alcohol sales ban for Makha Bucha day
The Buddhist religious day Makha Bucha this Saturday (Feb 8) will be observed as a public on Monday (Feb 10), bringing a long weekend for all government offices and many workers across the country.
— The Phuket News

Deputy Minister of Commerce anticipates increasing popularity of Thai handicrafts
Weerasak feels sure that “The 11th Identity of Siam” will support handicraft entrepreneurs, and increase the industry’s popularity among new generations.
— Bangkok Post

Taksin Hospital opens anti-pollution clinic
Taksin Hospital, under the supervision of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Medical Service Department, has officially launched an anti-pollution clinic to treat patients suffering from high levels of particulate matter of 2.5 micrograms or less in diameter (PM2.5), occurring in the atmosphere. Khun Sodchuen Limkriangkrai has more.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand announces cheaper annual road tax for EVs
In a bid to encourage the use of alternative energy instead of fossil fuel, Thailand’s department of land transport has announced incentives for those who use clean energy vehicles.

Thailand hears the starting gun
Wake up at 3am, pin a bib on a singlet, tighten shoelaces and flock to the starting grid before sunrise.
— Bangkok Post

Krungsri Consumer supports education for children in the deep south
Good society begins with good education. Krungsri Consumer, led by Thakorn Piyapan, Chairman of Krungsri Consumer, a leader in credit card and personal loan services, gave back to society
— Bangkok Post

Outstanding inventions at Thailand Inventors Day 2020
February 2 marks Thailand Inventors Day on which the National Research Council has granted awards for outstanding researchers and inventors while innovation on the prevention of PM 2.5 airborne dust and coronavirus is put on display.
— Newsline (video)

North East India festival to promote tourism, culture in Thailand
Scholarly discussions, music and dance performances, and exhibitions of local handicrafts will felicitate tourism and cultural exchange between the North East India and Thailand at the upcoming North East India festival.
— Devdiscourse

Bid to list sites as heritage items
Provincial authorities and residents in the lower northeastern province of Buri Ram are confident Phanom Rung Historical Park, also known as Prasat Phanom Rung, and two nearby ancient sites will soon be declared Unesco World Heritage sites.
— Bangkok Post

Brunei-Thai defence ties go from strength to strength
Brunei Darussalam and Thailand have close and long-standing defence relations. Bilateral defence ties have continued to be strengthened through various wide-ranging interactions between the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).
— Borneo Bulletin

Thais lead in mobile banking, gaming
Thailand ranked No.1 for internet users engaging in mobile banking, as well as time spent on game consoles, according to the Digital 2020 report.
— Bangkok Post

Last few Chinese tour groups in Thailand and Pattaya departing in the next several days
The Thai government has stated that the last few Chinese tour groups in Pattaya and Thailand are scheduled to depart in the next several days, many this evening.
— The Pattaya News

51 orange pollution level zones in Bangkok today as air quality deteriorates
Fifty-one areas in Bangkok, and eight in its vicinity, have been declared ‘orange zones’ this morning (Monday) as the levels of PM2.5 dust in the air reach 77 microns.
— Thai PBS News

Thai officials say a second patient is being treated with a new drug combination that was successful in treating another patient
A second Wuhan coronavirus patient is being treated with a combination of HIV/AIDS and flu drugs that officials from Thailand’s Ministry of Health say were successful in treating another infected patient, Thai officials said at a news conference Monday.
— The Pattaya News

Regional news source publishes smuggled photos from Bangkok’s Immigration Detention Centre
A regional news source, linked to the Catholic Church, has published a group of photos over the weekend slamming Thailand’s notorious Bangkok’s Immigration Detention Centre.
— The Thaiger

Rajavithi Hospital announces success treating severe coronavirus case
Thailand’s Rajavithi Hospital has announced the successful treatment of a severe case of novel coronavirus infection, using a cocktail of anti-viral medications, normally used to treat HIV/Aids and influenza.
— Thai PBS News

Anutin’s Pledge to Evac Thais Tomorrow is Still Unconfirmed
Thai evacuees from China’s Wuhan city are expected to land and be quarantined at a naval base outside Bangkok, navy chief said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Chiang Mai Restaurant Told to Remove ‘No Chinese Allowed’ Sign
A restaurant owner in the northern province of Chiang Mai said on Sunday he was instructed by Tourist Police to remove a sign barring Chinese customers from eating there.
— Khaosod English

100,000 baht of seafood spilled on road during accident in Chonburi
Chonburi-Seafood was found scattered on the road after an accident in Ban Bueang yesterday. Rescue workers were notified of the accident at 2PM in Ban Bueang on Klang Road yesterday.
— The Pattaya News

Thai evacuees from Wuhan to be quarantined at undisclosed location
The Thai government will not disclose the locations where about 160 people, due to be evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan tomorrow, are to be quarantined for two weeks for observation, to avoid possible opposition to their presence from people in the neighbourhood.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand Inventors Day 2020 celebrates outstanding Thai inventions
Yesterday marked Thailand Inventors’ Day, when the National Research Council granted awards to outstanding researchers, inventors and innovations in the prevention of PM2.5 airborne dust and, it is thought, aerially transmitted Coronavirus, were put on display.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya City officials hold rally to show support of China while they fight the novel Coronavirus
Pattaya has encouraged Wuhan and all of China to keep fighting against the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

Rural students to get digital boost with “e-School”
College students in rural areas of Thailand will soon get a boost in the quality of their education: Mae Fah Luang University (MFU) in Chiang Rai has developed an e-School system for the administration of education in rural areas with a 7 million baht grant from the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Research and Development Fund for Public Interest (BTFP), under the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
— The Thaiger

Thai tourism and shares start to catch the Coronavirus Effect
The Stock Exchange of Thailand’s key index fell last month almost 100 points, after earlier reaching its highest point of 1,604.28 and then falling 96.92 points, or 6%. Industrial stocks have fallen nearly 10% due to a slide in petrochemical stocks, followed by commercial bank stocks which fell 8.7%.
— The Thaiger

Light winds across Thailand and cooler weather in the Northern hills
Watch out for some fog in the hills around the north of Thailand, a continuation of the smog problems in the city and a chance of thunderstorms during the day in parts of the south.
— The Thaiger

China Brings Home 89 Stranded Citizens From Phuket
A charter flight has brought back 89 stranded Hubei residents from Thai resort of Phuket following the novel coronavirus epidemic in China, according to an airline.
— Khaosod English

DES panel for Thaicom permit probe
Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta has set up a panel to examine whether the permit for SET-listed satellite service provider Thaicom to rent transponder capacity from foreign satellites is running afoul of the previous cabinet resolution or the company’s concession.
— Bangkok Post

KBank uses digital for Asean retail
Kasikornbank (KBank) looks set to use digital banking to make inroads into the regional retail market, tapping higher-yield business.
— Bangkok Post

Two women arrested with 300kg ganja
Highway police arrested two women and seized 300 kilogrammes of compressed marijuana in their possession at a police checkpoint in Nong Khai province on Monday following a chase.
— Bangkok Post

Marathon organisers apologise for 3am fireworks
Organisers of Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2020 have apologised for letting off fireworks during the early hours of Sunday, drawing harsh criticism on social media.
— Bangkok Post

Take a Break from PM2.5 at Bangkok Design Week 2020 (Photos)
A dome of anti-pollution plants downtown is part of an annual showcase of Thailand’s creative minds.
— Khaosod English


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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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