Thailand morning news for February 5

Thailand morning news for February 5
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Virologist says measures must be implemented for one year to address coronavirus
The emergence of the new coronavirus was reported in December last year, with the first cases turning up at a seafood market in the city of Wuhan, China.

Thailand identifies six more novel Coronavirus cases, bringing total in country to 25
The Ministry of Health on Tuesday stated to the press that six more cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in Thailand, bringing the total to 25 confirmed cases since the beginning of the outbreak.
— The Pattaya News

Bangkok halts construction of electric rail and highrises for 3 days
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration today ordered a 3 day suspension of the construction of seven electric train lines, highrise buildings and roads throughout Bangkok, in order to reduce PM2.5 pollution.
— The Thaiger

Local contagion cases mount
Thailand reported more cases of human-to-human transmission of coronavirus with six people — four Thais and two Chinese tourists — the latest found to be infected, Thai health officials said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thais evacuated from Wuhan arrive at U-Tapao airport
A chartered flight with 138 Thais evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan has landed at U-Tapao international airport in Rayong on Tuesday night. Three others, two students found to have fevers and one who had overstayed his visa in China, had to remain in Wuhan.
— Thai PBS News

Curbs put on prices of masks
The cabinet on Tuesday made face masks and hand sanitisers price-controlled products in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and nationwide air pollution, deputy government spokeswoman Racha­da Thanadirek said.
— Bangkok Post

138 Thai Nationals arrive home after being evacuated from Wuhan and will be quarantined for two weeks
A plane carrying 138 Thai nationals from China’s Wuhan landed at a navy-run airport east of Bangkok on Tuesday night, upon which the passengers were immediately sent to a quarantine.
— The Pattaya News

Suvarnabhumi Airport increases hygiene measures
The Deputy Director of Suvarnabhumi Aiport, Kittipong Kittikachorn, said the coronavirus has infected people in many countries, including Thailand. To prevent its spread and regain the passenger confidence, Survarnabhum Airpot has asked all public transport operators, such as limousines, car rental companies, taxis, public and shuttle buses, to pay more attention to the cleanliness of their vehicles and service counters.

Army officer wounded in Chiang Mai firefight with drug runners
A firefight with drug smugglers in Chiang Mai province’s Chiang Dao district has left an army officer wounded and in hospital.
— The Thaiger

Public Health Min arranges Coronavirus patient investigation workshop
The Ministry of Public Health has convened a meeting with medical professionals across the country to ensure the preparedness of patient examination procedures for the novel coronavirus cases.
— Newsline (video)

Air pollution rises in many provinces
Besides protecting themselves from the Coronavirus, people are also wearing masks to protect themselves from air pollution.
— Newsline (video)

Face masks ‘snapped up right away’
Despite Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s assurance about the availability of surgical face masks, some pharmacies and convenience stores in two Bangkok districts were found to be running short on supplies.
— Bangkok Post

Thai trade negotiators review a new Thai UK trading relationship and possible free trade deal
Thailand’s trade exports at the Department of Trade Negotiations will turn their attention this month to examining existing trade relations and a possible free trade deal with the United Kingdom after Brexit was announced on the 31st January and the UK is set to become an independent trading partner on January 1st 2021, free from European treaty obligations.

PM follows up coronavirus measures
Prime Minister has called a meeting with all related agencies to follow up on the latest situation and preparedness of epidemic control protocols to prevent community transmission in Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

PM sends message of encouragement to Chinese government
Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has sent a message of encouragement to China in the wake of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak, while also thanking the Chinese government for taking good care of Thai citizens in the country.
— Newsline (video)

Coronavirus patients found in Thailand remain at 19
While there have been more than 17-thousand confirmed cases of coronavirus in China, the number of coronavirus patients in Thailand remains at 19.
— Newsline (video)

PM presents awards to youth, promoting peace in South through arts
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has presented awards to children and youth, who participated in a project to promote development through art in the three southern border provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, and Yala.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand may lose $65 million in first-quarter exports to China amid virus scare: shippers
Thailand may lose 2 billion baht ($64.6 million) in exports to China in the first quarter, as the impact of coronavirus on supply chains weighed, a Thai shipping association said on Tuesday.

Thailand’s hotel investment volume declines in 2019
The total hotel investment volume in Thailand declined to B3.7 billion in 2019 from the record year of B20.5bn in 2018, reports International property consultancy and brokers JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group.
— The Phuket News

Event held to promote startups businesses
On the business front, an event has been held to promote Startups, giving a platform for entrepreneurs to share their business experience and success tips.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand to repatriate four more smuggled Orangutans to Indonesia
Thailand will repatriate four more orangutans that have been seized from wildlife smugglers back to Indonesia.
— Pattaya Mail

Online Gambling Scene and Regulations in Thailand
Despite many countries opting to relax their regulation in recent years, Thai gambling laws remain incredibly strict.
— Chiang Rai Times

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

Help for virus-hit tourist sector
The cabinet on Tuesday approved fiscal measures to help the virus-hit tourism sector – including a tax payment delay, soft loans and relaxed loan repayments.
— Bangkok Post

Suvarnabhumi runway bids due next month
Airports of Thailand (AoT) has scheduled March 6 for potential bidders to tender their bids for a contract to build the third runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport, a source said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Surgical mask exports may be curbed
The cabinet agreed measures on Tuesday that could lead to a reduction in the export of surgical masks to prevent shortages at home as health authorities try to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet imposes controls on masks, synthetic yarn for masks and sanitizers
The cabinet has endorsed the Commerce Ministry’s proposal to add face masks, the synthetic yarn used to produce them, sanitizers and the import of scrap and recycled paper to the list of controlled products, the production, distribution, import and export of which are now subject to control by the Internal Trade Department.
— Thai PBS News

No Law Stops Shops, Hotels From Discriminating Against Chinese
As fears of coronavirus spread across Thailand, which saw 14 confirmed cases of infection so far, a number of tourist establishments are closing their doors to Chinese tourists. And that’s perfectly legal.
— Khaosod English

Thai Lion Air offers Thais stuck in China free “Fly them back home” flights
Thai Lion Air, the Thai subsidiary of the Indonesian budget airline, is saying it will help repatriate Thais living in various cities in China, where air transportation is still allowed, under the airline’s “Fly them back home” project, free of charge.
— The Thaiger

Police officer murdered, mutilated
The body of a police officer was found in the northeastern province of Kalasin yesterday. He had been stabbed to death and his body severely mutilated.
— The Thaiger

Avenue Renovation Won’t Affect Democracy Monument, Officials Say
The iconic Democracy Monument would be untouched by the massive renovation effort along the 1.2-km stretch of Ratchadamnoen Avenue, a City Hall official said Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Transgender suspect arrested for allegedly stealing 28,000 baht from Indian tourist
A transgender thief has been arrested for allegedly stealing 28,000 baht from an Indian tourist in Pattaya late last month.
— The Pattaya News

Police deny nepotism in promotion of Chakthip’s son
The Royal Thai Police Office on Tuesday insisted that Pol Capt Chanant Chaijinda had been promoted to inspector on merit, and not because he is the son of national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya tour boat operators are facing a potential economic crisis due to novel Coronavirus, layoffs already happening
Tour boat operators in Pattaya are facing a potential economic crisis after most independent Chinese tourists have canceled tours and China has banned group tours due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

Central in $1bn venture to buy Swiss mall
Central Group said on Tuesday it is buying Swiss luxury department store Globus and other real estate assets in a joint venture with Austria’s Signa for more than 1 billion Swiss francs (32 billion baht or $1.03 billion).
— Bangkok Post

PM calls fake virus news “biggest threat”
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told a press briefing today that fake news is the worst threat to the public regarding the Wuhan Coronavirus and warned those who spread it will be “dealt with” decisively, and in accordance with the law.
— The Thaiger

Fair treatment of employees under Thai labour law
Labour disputes typically arise when one party–often the employee–feels unfairly treated, for reasons that may stretch far beyond the law, and consequently he or she will feel entitled to restitution.
— Bangkok Post

Operators to submit 5G forms Tuesday
Five mobile operators have informed the telecom regulator they will submit 5G spectrum auction documents on the submission date on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

FTI monitoring impact of coronavirus on supply, logistics
The Federation of Thailand Industries (FTI) is monitoring effects of the coronavirus outbreak on supply chain and logistics systems for imports from China.
— Bangkok Post

Oil traders offer deals to service cars
The Energy Ministry is cooperating with six oil traders to discount prices of products and services for vehicle maintenance to attract motorists, in an effort to deal with the PM2.5 dust problem in the energy sector.
— Bangkok Post

20 kilogram python caught after dog gives warning in Sri Racha
A three meter long python was caught yesterday after a dog in Chon Buri province’s Sri Racha district barked out multiple warnings.
— The Thaiger


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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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