Thailand morning news for July 16

Thailand morning news for July 16
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All disease control personnel at U-tapao airport transferred
The entire disease control unit at U-tapao airport, including its chief, have been transferred for their alleged failure to check properly the hotel in Rayong province where the Egyptian military mission was staying last week, allowing them to venture out shopping unhindered.
— Thai PBS News

DPM Somkid and his economic team to quit government tomorrow
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Somkid Jatusripitak, and his four economy teammates are expected to tender their resignations tomorrow (Thursday).
— Thai PBS News

Economy of Thailand to not go back to normal before 2022
The central bank of Thailand said on Tuesday during a press briefing that the economic activities of Thailand are not expected to go back to normal levels before the coronavirus outbreak.

Thailand reports 2600 additional dengue cases in the past week, 5 more deaths
In a follow-up on the dengue fever situation in Thailand, the Bureau of Epidemiology reported an additional 2,600 cases and five deaths in the past week.
— Outbreak News Today

Hundreds of Bangkok community clinics probed for embezzlement
Eighteen community clinics in Bangkok found to have embezzled money from the universal healthcare budget will be punished, the National Health Security Office (NHSO) said today.
— The Nation

Red-shirt leaders brace for Govt House siege verdict
Red-shirt leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) turned up today (July 15) at the Bangkok Criminal Court for the trial stemming from their siege at Government House in 2009.
— The Nation

Thai PM says ‘I don’t know’ on finance team resignation reports
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday he knows nothing about resignation plans by members of his top finance team amid conflicting media reports.
— Reuters

Thailand Center for Covid-19 confirms all eleven “high risk” contacts of Egyptian soldier who tested positive for Covid-19 are not infected
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, confirmed tonight that eleven close contacts of an Egyptian soldier who tested positive for Covid-19 and went to a shopping mall in Rayong are negative for the virus.
— The Pattaya News

Government blasted in parliament over the Egyptian COVID-19 debacle
Thailand’s opposition MPs have slammed the Government for its mishandling of the Egyptian military mission’s visit to Rayong and demanded Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha take full responsibility for the failings.
— Thai PBS News

1.9m sign up for domestic travel perk
More than 1.9 million people signed up for the “We travel together” tourism stimulus package on the first day of registration, a scheme devised to promote local travel as the industry has been battered by the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Ranger Shot Dead While Pursuing Illegal Logger
A man was arrested and charged on Tuesday for allegedly shooting dead a forest ranger who attempted to arrest him for illegal logging operation.
— Khaosod English

Traders demand more than apology to rescue Rayong business
The Rayong Chamber of Commerce is calling for more than an apology from the government to save the tourism sector, after mass hotel cancellations sparked by fears of catching coronavirus disease.
— Bangkok Post

Gov’t Disputes Claim of Coronavirus Infection in Rayong
A senior health official on Wednesday dismissed reports put forth by the opposition that the country’s track record of zero domestic coronavirus infections has been broken.
— Khaosod English

Insurgent hideout found, pistols seized in Yala
Border patrol police flushed out an insurgent hideout and recovered two pistols and other gear in Than To district of this southern border province early on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PM says news of Egyptian delegation incident was like being hit by a plane
Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, said today he felt as though he had been hit by a plane when he learned of the Egyptian military mission’s transgression of Thailand’s health safety protocols, as a nation-wide search for people who were in close contact with the Egyptian soldiers was launched.
— Thai PBS News

Five new COVID-19 quarantined infections recorded in Thailand
Thailand today recorded five new COVID-19 cases, all among returnees from abroad in state quarantine, but no new fatalities.
— Thai PBS News

Bangkok motor show finally underway
Bangkok’s twice-postponed annual auto show opened to the public on Wednesday in the country’s first large-scale event since coronavirus restrictions eased, with nearly all attendees wearing masks and face shields.
— Bangkok Post

China suspends two Thailand flights over COVID-19 cases
China’s civil aviation regulator has announced that a Thai Lion Air’s Bangkok-Guangzhou flight, as well as a Thai AirAsia X’s Bangkok-Tianjin flight, would be suspended after several passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on recent flights.
— XinhuaNet

Pattaya Mayor addresses flooding issues, says several water pumps in repair and projects not complete
The Pattaya Mayor addressed criticism on social media this week regarding widespread flooding in Pattaya last week during a significant rainfall.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya area hit by hotel booking cancellations as people become nervous over Rayong Covid19 situation, officials ask for calm
The advisor of the Pattaya Tourism and Business association has warned that many hotels in Pattaya are seeing booking cancellations for upcoming weekends due to a situation in Rayong involving Covid19.
— The Pattaya News

PM asks reporters to “ease off” on new Covid-19 stories
With the nation rattled by news of 2 new Covid-19 infections among “VIPs” who were exempted from testing when they arrived in the country PM Prayut Chan-o-cha asked reporters to make their reports on the new cases “less scary”.
— The Thaiger

Army denies involvement with Egyptian Air Force crew
The Royal Thai Army has denied any involvement in this Egyptian air force officer’s trip to Thailand, after the discovery of an Egyptian military official having COVID-19 while in Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

Prayut heads to Rayong as Covid scandal roils local businesses
Owners of Rayong businesses today submitted a petition asking Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to visit the province and reassure residents over a visiting Egyptian soldier who was found to be infected with Covid-19 virus.
— The Nation

Five gynaecologists among those detained over wombs-on-hire case
The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) on Wednesday (July 15) morning summoned 10 people suspected of being part of an illegal surrogacy gang.
— The Nation

PM urges return to ‘normality’ after scare
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has called on residents in Rayong to resume their normal lives while Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha confirmed no local transmissions had turned up in the province after an infected Egyptian soldier stayed there without being quarantined.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut vows to rebuild confidence in Rayong after Egyptian soldier fiasco
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday (July 15) promised the people of Rayong that his government will do its best to rebuild confidence in safety at the province.
— The Nation

Bangkok property market takes Bt150bn hit ‘with worse to come’
The virus crisis has wiped a whopping Bt150 billion off the value of the residential market in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, Krungthai Bank research revealed today.
— The Nation

DSI: Chinese bigwigs open illegal firms
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is looking into four Chinese companies suspected of setting up 40 firms illegally using Thai nominees.
— Bangkok Post

Chance of new infections low as Egyptian did not eat or shop at mall: DDC
Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoen, Department of Disease Control (DDC)’s director-general, said on Wednesday (July 15) that more details have been found about the infected Egyptian soldier’s movements in Rayong.
— The Nation

Euro 5 upgrade delayed at 6 refineries
The enforcement of Euro 5 emissions standards will be postponed from 2024 after lockdown measures halted upgrade plans at six refineries, says the Energy Business Department.
— Bangkok Post

Kasetsart study aims to cut water used for agriculture in EEC by 15 per cent
Kasetsart University is conducting a study on efficient water usage for agriculture in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) areas to prevent water shortage in the next 20 years when all development projects in the areas will be operating at full capacity.
— The Nation

Soldiers returning from Hawaii to be quarantined in Bangkok
Soldiers returning home next week from a military exercise in Hawaii will be placed in state quarantine at a hotel in Bangkok, not in Nakhon Ratchasima as earlier planned, provincial governor Wichian Chantaranothai said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai TPP ambition loses steam as COVID-19 stokes wrath of farmers
Thailand’s proposed participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership stands on a precipice.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Palm oil prices on the agenda
The cabinet on Tuesday ordered working panels be set up to tackle oil palm prices in five southern provinces while instructing the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) and the Energy Ministry to accelerate purchasing additional crude palm oil to help boost domestic palm oil prices.
— Bangkok Post

Fitch Revises Outlook on Bangkok Commercial Asset Management to Negative; Withdraws Ratings
Fitch Ratings (Thailand) has revised the Outlook on Bangkok Commercial Asset Management Public Company Limited’s (BAM) National Long-Term Rating to Negative from Stable.
— Fitch Ratings

Latest Covid-19 cases will not affect travel stimulus scheme: Finance Ministry
The newest Covid-19 cases should not affect the Rao Tiew Duay Kan (We Travel Together) scheme because there are not many patients and the Public Health Ministry can easily handle the issue, Finance Ministry spokesperson Lavaron Sangsnit said on Wednesday (July 15).
— The Nation

Trade Department limiting pork exports
The Commerce Ministry’s Internal Trade Department looks set to limit pork exports after retail pork prices surged to 170-180 baht per kilogramme, the highest in 10 years, driven by rising domestic demand as well as exports, notably to neighbouring countries and China.
— Bangkok Post

ThaiVietjet joins “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” to offer 500,000 Happiness Vouchers worth 500 baht each
Thai Vietjet, in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” program, has introduced extra benefits for Thai tourists.
— Bangkok Post

Dim view for second-half rice exports
Thailand’s rice export prospects look murky in the second half of the year amid sluggish global demand caused by the coronavirus crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Water resource authority unveils seven top-priority projects in EEC
The Office of National Water Resource (ONWR) has revealed the details of seven water resource management projects to be implemented in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) areas before presenting them to the National Water Resource Commission meeting on July 22.
— The Nation

Tourism minister confirms Phuket, Phi Phi, Samui to be proposed for ‘Travel Bubbles’
Minister for Tourism and Sport Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has confirmed that Phuket is to be one of the pilot destinations to be proposed to the Cabinet to be promoted for “travel bubble” tourists.
— The Phuket News

Provincial governors told to hunt down people who visited Rayong
The Interior Ministry has instructed provincial governors nationwide to publicly announce that people who had travelled to Rayong on July 8 to 11 immediately contact the provincial public health office or call the Department of Disease Control (DDC)’s 1422 hotline.
— The Nation

Five Thais who visited hotel where infected Egyptian soldier stayed put on home quarantine
Buddhachinaraj Hospital has revealed that five people who returned from Rayong to Phitsanulok provinces showed no infection, after they had visited D Varee Diva Central Rayong, the hotel where an infected Egyptian soldier had stayed.
— The Nation

Lahu Ethnic Wants to Establish Religious Institution
More than 5,000 Lahu Ethnic members have signed a petition to establish a Pentecostal institution that is recognized by the government.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand Is Getting Its First Sustainability And Plant-Based Market This Weekend
This weekend, Bangkok is getting its first eco-friendly, vegan market that will hopefully be the first of many.
— Thailand Tatler

KFC Thailand franchisee reportedly looking to sell biz
Restaurants Development (RD), the franchisee of KFC Thailand, is reportedly looking to sell its business for US$200 million, according to Bloomberg.
— Marketing

Thai ghost-hunting show accused of exploiting beliefs
The makers of a popular Thai television program, whose purported mission is to uncover myriad supernatural forces around Thailand, are facing a backlash from local Buddhists over their “ahistorical” depiction of a famed local heroine.
— UCA News

Thai wine sisters take aim at booze monopoly
Sisters Mimi and Nikki have battled Thailand’s tropical climate, chased off elephants from their vineyards and won over a sceptical public to their award-winning wine.
— Bangkok Post

Govt website offering travel deals launched without a glitch
The “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together) website (https://www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com/) was up and running on Wednesday (July 15) and open for people to register from 6am to 9pm.
— The Nation

Residents of Sukhumvit 26 condo asked to quarantine two weeks
All residents of a downtown condominium where a 9-year-old girl with COVID-19 stayed should remain inside for two weeks, Bangkok’s governor asked today.
— Coconuts Thailand

Embassies Won’t Issue Extension Papers for Citizens Stranded in Thailand
Several embassies in Bangkok on Tuesday said they will not issue any further visa extension letters for their citizens when the overstay amnesty in the coronavirus pandemic expires on July 31.
— Khaosod English

Koh Samet park official allegedly attacked “for no reason” in Chon Buri
A national park officer has suffered head injuries after he was allegedly attacked last night by a group of teenagers in Chon Buri.
— The Thaiger

First people mover arrives for future BKK terminal tunnel
Suvarnabhumi Airport received the first in a fleet of six people movers to shuttle passengers between the main terminal and another under construction about a kilometer away.
— Coconuts Thailand

Recently reopened, Koh Samet suffers cancellations after the news of Egyptian soldier
News that an Egyptian soldier who visited a shopping centre in the eastern Rayong province tested positive for Covid-19 has prompted a spate of cancellations for the recently reopened resort island of Koh Samet.
— The Thaiger

Returning soldiers’ quarantine site changed to Bangkok
Soldiers of the Royal Thai Army, heading back next week from a joint military exercise with US troops in Hawaii, will be placed in state quarantine at a hotel in Bangkok, not in Nakhon Ratchasima as earlier planned.
— The Thaiger

Security footage shows infected Egyptian soldier at Rayong mall was “low risk”
Security footage has emerged of a group of Egyptian air force personnel, including 1 reportedly infected with Covid-19, visiting a mall in the eastern Rayong province over the weekend.
— The Thaiger

Nonthaburi man says pythons ate 20 of his cats
It took snake catchers 15 minutes to capture a 4 metre long python after a scrap dealer in Nonthaburi, just north of Bangkok, discovered it at his store in the province’s Pak Kret sub-district yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Air Asia announces 2 new cross-country domestic routes into Hua Hin
Two new air routes announced by local Thai AirAsia will be a boon to coastal town of Hua Hin.
— The Thaiger

Teen stabbed, man attacked in Nonthaburi robbery
Police in Nonthaburi, just northwest of Bangkok, are hunting 2 men who attacked and robbed a 14 year old boy and a 52 year old trash collector who were waiting at a bus stop outside a housing estate in Bang Bua Thong.
— The Thaiger

1,400+ Rayong residents await COVID-19 test results
Test results for more than 1,400 people are expected back today after the revelation that a group of Egyptian soldiers left their hotel quarantine to visit two shopping malls.
— Coconuts Thailand

Thai caddy demands 500,000 baht compensation after Italian golfer’s ball struck her eye
An Italian golfer is facing a lawsuit for 500,000 baht in damages after his golf ball struck a Thai caddy in the eye while playing at an undisclosed Chiang Mai golf course in January.
— Sawadee Siam

Thai football to return in September without fans
Local football leagues in Thailand have been on hold, due to the pandemic, since March.
— Sawadee Siam



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