Thailand morning news for January 29

Thailand morning news for January 29
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Coronavirus – six new cases confirmed in Thailand
Six new cases of of the novel coronavirus are now confirmed for Thailand by the Ministry of Public Health. That brings the total number of cases detected to 14.
— The Thaiger

Submarine Crew Flown Back From Wuhan – But No Evac for Civilians
Foreign affairs minister Don Pramudwinai said there is no immediate plan to evacuate Thai nationals stranded in Wuhan, which has been placed under lockdown by the Chinese government in a bid to contain the new coronavirus contagion.
— Khaosod English

Steps planned to boost consumption, tourism
The government plans to introduce additional measures next month to boost consumption and tourism, its finance minister said on Tuesday, as it tries to shore up a faltering economy potentially facing a sharp blow from the coronavirus in China.
— Bangkok Post

TAA reshuffles operations as Chinese market takes a hit
Thai AirAsia (TAA), Thailand’s largest low-cost carrier, expects to lose some 300,000 Chinese passengers during the first quarter as flights to China make up 30% of its total revenue.
— Bangkok Post

Immigration checkpoints enhance hygiene measures nationwide
Health screening measures are being boosted today at immigration checkpoints nationwide to prevent the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus into Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Increased PM2.5 dust in the air of Bangkok and suburbs today
Air quality in Bangkok and its vicinity is deteriorating today, with increasing levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere being measured at 16-41 microns, which is still below the 50-micron safety threshold, according to the Pollution Control Department.
— Thai PBS News

Severe air pollution forces Nok Air flight back to Bangkok
The severe air pollution which has plagued much of Thailand’s central and northern regions for weeks is showing signs of subsiding, with many areas reporting “moderate” to “good” air quality levels yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Thailand ‘not able to stop the spread’ of coronavirus
Thailand cannot stop the spread of a mysterious disease within its borders after the virus popped up in China earlier this year.
— Washington Examiner

Police deliver masks, check vehicle exhaust to curb pollution
Meanwhile, The Metropolitan Police has set up some 30 checkpoints to inspect cars emitting black exhaust smoke, and delivered sanitary masks to the general public.
— Newsline (video)

Cabinet OKs measures to stimulate investment
Fresh incentives meant to spur private investment of 110 billion baht and add 0.25 percentage points to economic growth sailed through the cabinet on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

TAT gathers players to address virus fallout
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is working with the tourism sector to find a strategy to achieve its 3.16-trillion-baht revenue target for 2020 and offset the sharp decline in Chinese tourists this year.
— Bangkok Post

Thais in Wuhan living under shadow of deadly virus
The fate of Thai students in Wuhan hangs in the balance after authorities locked down the city in central China to control the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, preventing Thailand from evacuating 64 of its nationals.
— Bangkok Post

Thai University Tells Students to Stay Home If They Recently Traveled
One of Thailand’s top universities told students and staff returning from overseas to stay home as fears about the deadly novel coronavirus from China ripple across the country.
— Bloomberg

Phuket sets up coronavirus response center
Meanwhile, Phuket province has set up an emergency operations center, at the provincial public health office, to monitor and prevent an outbreak of novel coronavirus infections.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand expects Chinese tourists to fall by two million this year
Thailand expects the number of Chinese tourists to fall by 2 million to 9 million this year due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Thailand among world’s top 10 for mobile payments by Chinese tourists
Thailand ranked among the global top 10 for mobile payments by Chinese tourists, fuelled by the country’s “maturity” in mobile payment solutions, a joint report by Nielsen and Alipay said.
— The Star Online

Anti-graft mission failing
Thailand’s slide down the Corruption Perception Index ranking from 99 to 101, while a disappointment, comes as no surprise.
— Bangkok Post

Tourists back govt but also extend stays
Chinese tourists in Thailand have expressed confidence in their government’s attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak by sealing off Wuhan.
— Bangkok Post

Exclusive: Thailand police under scrutiny as record number of trafficking cases dismissed
Thai prosecutors turned down about a fifth of human trafficking cases sent to them by police last year, a soon-to-be released government report shows, raising concerns that police were on a drive to boost numbers to enhance Thailand’s global image.
— Reuters

Crisis cuts at projected tourist income
Thailand is estimated to lose 80-100 billion baht in income, mainly from tourism, because of the deadly virus outbreak, shaving economic growth by 0.5-0.7 percentage points this year.
— Bangkok Post

Immigration checkpoints implement enhanced hygiene measures
Health screening measures are being implemented at immigration checkpoints across the country to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus into Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

Govt ensures crematory emissions regulation
We begin this segment with an update on air quality. The air quality in Bangkok and neighboring provinces have improved.
— Newsline (video)

China coronavirus: Thailand, Japan or Singapore, which Asian tourist destination will take the biggest hit?
In almost 30 years of providing travel services for Chinese tourists, Bangkok tour operator Chanapan Kaewklachaiyawut had never seen anything like this week’s mass cancellation of bookings.
— South China Morning Post

International Education in Thailand – 30 years on
The years 1980 -97 can be regarded as Thailand’s golden years economically when the country had one of the fastest growing economies in the world and growth reaching over 13 percent.
— Bangkok Post

1932 Revolt Purge: Statue Removed From Military Academy
Yet another public commemoration of a 1932 revolt that ended absolute monarchy in Thailand was removed without any explanation.
— Khaosod English

Commentary: Thailand gives up plastic bags yet leaves rampant consumerism intact
Environmental consciousness in Thailand tends to romanticise its natural heritage rather than think pragmatically about its future, says an expert.

Government mulls new economic stimuli to be rolled out in February
The Thai Government is set to roll out a new economic stimulus package, including another phase of the Chim-Shop-Chai (Eat-Shop-Spend) program, to stimulate domestic spending and investment by businesses in a slowing economy, which is being hampered by a reduction in tourist arrivals as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
— Thai PBS News

Banglamung Hospital holds major police and staff training for potential chaotic situations
The Bang Lamung Hospital today conducted a training with Pattaya police, staff and trained actors to prepare for what happened if an emergency chaotic situation occurred.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand finalizes removal of marijuana from the Narcotics list for medical and licensed use
The Cabinet has agreed to the removal of cannabis from the narcotic list under an approved ministerial regulation of the Public Health Ministry, said Traisulee Traisaranakul, Deputy Government Spokesperson, on Tuesday (January 28).
— The Pattaya News

Thai Airways fumigating its planes
Thai Airways International has intensified hygiene measures aboard its aircraft to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, including the fumigation of planes arriving from China and other risk areas.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand coronavirus cases rise to 14, all passengers from China to be screened
Thailand announced plans on Tuesday (Jan 28) to screen all arrivals from China for symptoms of the coronavirus and confirmed six more infections among such visitors, taking its tally to 14, health officials said.

Thai navy team left Wuhan before it was sealed off
Twenty navy officers who returned from a visit to Wuhan, China, left the city before it was locked-down to contain the coronavirus epidemic, the navy spokesman said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

King Fires 2 Senior Cops From Royal Guards
His Majesty the King expelled two former deputy police commanders from the royal police bodyguard corps, the palace announced on Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

GrabFood riders in Phuket demand B10 fee hike
GrabFood riders in Phuket on Tuesday closed the food delivery app they relied on to take orders to demand a 10-baht increase in their base fee to 40 baht.
— Bangkok Post

Tiger and piglet shows discontinued at Sriracha zoo
“The show is cruel, affecting those who witness it and it is not appropriate for a zoo to be showing such lack of care for a piglet.” Netizens were horrified when a tourist posted a short video of a screaming piglet being clawed by a tiger at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province.
— The Thaiger


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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.

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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