Thailand morning news for June 8

Thailand morning news for June 8
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Thailand morning newsHealth Ministry: 98% of recent Covid-19 cases imported
The Ministry of Public Health made an announcement this afternoon via social media regarding recent statistics around Covid-19 in Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Commerce Ministry to launch fourth round of price reductions nationwide to ease coronavirus impact
After the Ministry of Commerce received cooperation from the business sector to help those affected by the coronavirus by lowering product prices by as much as 68 percent on three occasions, the ministry will soon launch the fourth round of price reductions, which will take place at a district level.
— Newsline (video)

For Sale: 100 hotels on Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand
Nearly 100 hotels on the tourism island of Koh Samui are for sale due to the negative impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand about to reach 14 days with no new confirmed locally spread Covid19 cases but Thai Government states they want to reach 28 days
Thailand is on the verge of hitting fourteen days in a row nationwide with no new confirmed locally spread cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus but the Government watchdog for the virus has warned this is only halfway to their current goal.
— The Pattaya News

COVID-19: United States and UNICEF join forces to protect the most vulnerable including migrants in Thailand
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are partnering in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic to help curb the spread of the virus and mitigate the impacts among the most vulnerable populations in Thailand, such as migrants and their families, and stateless ethnic minorities.
— Reliefweb

Govt to add 9,000 quarantine rooms for Thais returning from abroad
The government is speeding up efforts to secure an additional 9,000 rooms to use as quarantine facilities for Thai citizens coming from abroad.
— Bangkok Post

EIC SCB forecasts GDP this year to be -7.3%
Lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus across the globe have led the Economic Intelligence Center of Siam Commercial Bank (EIC SCB) to predict worldwide economic growth will reach only four percent this year, a 90-year low, with Thailand’s economic expansion to be negative 7.3 percent from a prior negative 5.6 percent projection.
— Newsline (video)

Thai Health Department Wants Tracking for Beaches and Tourist Spots
This week popular beaches opened across Thailand with great fanfare by beach goers especially at Bang Saen beach in Chonburi province.
— Chiang Rai Times

Beer Delivery company fined for 50,000 baht for showing alcohol brands, warns others on Facebook, Alcohol Prevention Network responds
A Beer Delivery company, Beervana, who delivers craft beer, was recently reportedly fined for up to 50,000 baht according to their statement on their Facebook page on June 5th for allegedly breaking the Alcohol Beverage Control Act of 2008.
— The Pattaya News

Whistle-blowing Thai soldier puts spotlight back on graft in the army
A Thai soldier challenging disciplinary action has dragged military graft back into the national spotlight, four months after the kingdom’s worst mass shooting pressed the army to promise reform.
— The Straits Times

Opinions polarised over Prayut’s first year as PM: Poll
Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has the approval of a slim majority of the public for his performance in his first year in office as prime minister of an elected government, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
— Bangkok Post

Manufacturers move towards complete local production
Since the forced closure of countriesí borders due to COVID-19, manufacturers sourcing ingredients and materials from foreign countries have been seeking local suppliers despite higher prices, so as to secure production, a trend that will most probably continue even after the pandemic. More details in this report.
— Newsline (video)

BAAC sends compensation to 7 1 M farmers
The Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has already deposited the money for about 7.1 million out of 7.59 farmers eligible for the state compensation scheme offering a 5,000 baht monthly stipend for three months for agriculturalists.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand urges ‘New Normal’ conduct when visiting beaches and tourist attractions
The Ministry of Public Health is urging the general public visiting beaches and natural tourism attractions not to let their guard down, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as mask wearing, frequent hands washing and social distancing.
— Pattaya Mail

Large, medium-sized hotels in southern Thailand will survive COVID-19 pandemic: hotelier
Large- and medium-sized hotels in Phuket and other provinces in southern Thailand will financially survive for the rest of this year, a leading hotelier said on Sunday.

Visitors Must Now Register to Visit Thailand’s National Parks
Visitors to national parks in Thailand must now make reservations before entering, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment says.
— Chiang Rai Times

Coronavirus turns Teflon Thailand’s wealth gap into a economic chasm
On a roadside in a mixed Bangkok neighbourhood stands a shiny metal box – a “Pantry of Sharing” – where the haves in one of the world’s least equal countries can leave food for the have-nots, the ranks of whom are bulging as the coronavirus lays waste to the Thai economy.
— South China Morning Post

New Japan budget airline launches with Narita-Bangkok cargo flight
New Japanese budget airline Zipair Tokyo Inc launched in early June by flying a passenger jet to Bangkok that was loaded only with cargo.
— Bangkok Post

Police Called to Double Murder, Suicide in Northern Thailand
Police in Northern Thailand were called to a double murder, suicide where a man killed two relatives, stabbed another before killing himself.
— Chiang Rai Times

Federation of Thai Industries banks offer special loans for SMEs
Providing help to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has joined forces with government banks to offer financial services to SMEs, providing better access to capital.
— Pattaya Mail

Govt should create jobs, cut taxes to reduce unemployment: Poll
Most people want the government to create job opportunities and reduce taxes, along with taking other measures, to ease the ongoing unemployment crisis, according to the result of an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s schedule for World Cup qualifiers confirmed
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has unveiled the revised schedule for the remaining World Cup qualifying matches.
— The Phuket News

Thai students take school admission exams under strict COVID-19 prevention measures
Admission exams for Mattayom 1 level students in public schools finally took place, as the COVID-19 situation in Thailand gradually improves.
— Pattaya Mail

Shrine draws attention over relocation plan
Many who have heard of Chulalongkorn University’s plan to construct a high-rise structure at the site of the Thapthim Goddess Shrine in the Saphan Lueang neighbourhood hope the development will spare this highly revered shrine.
— Bangkok Post

Covid-19 update: 8 new cases, all imported (June 7)
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration this morning announced 8 new Covid-19 cases over the previous 24 hour period.
— The Thaiger

Heavy rains, severe weather predicted for the south and east
Thailand’s worst drought in 40 years is officially over, as Thailand’s Meteorological Department today predicted continuous rains for the entire country with flash floods possible in the East and South.
— The Thaiger

CCSA security chief warns violators of harsh measures
Violators of social distancing measures and other rules deployed to fight the coronavirus outbreak will face immediate legal action, the security chief of the Covid-19 fighting agency warned on Sunday after fans mobbed a cinema.
— Bangkok Post

Rights groups call for government to act after abduction of Thai activist in Cambodia
Following Thursday’s broad-daylight abduction of an exiled Thai political activist in Cambodia, both country’s police forces have bluntly refused to investigate, prompting calls by critics and human rights groups, including US-based Human Rights Watch, for swift action.
— The Thaiger

Thailand reports 8 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Thailand on Sunday reported eight new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, taking its total to 3,112 infections and 58 deaths since the outbreak began in January.

7 More Airports Reopen for Domestic Travels in Pandemic
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on its website that it has granted seven more domestic airports to resume flight operations, effective from Saturday.
— Khaosod English

Interprovincial bus services on Southern route to resume on 9th June
The interprovincial bus services to all southern destinations will be ready to serve passengers starting on Tuesday, after over two months of closure.

Domestic tourists return to Thai beaches
Authorities in each area are working hard to maintain safety at Thai tourist attractions.

Party intrigue polls poorly
The recent resignations of executive members of the main coalition party suggest an imminent shake-up in incumbent ministerial positions, with the Finance and Energy ministries in the spotlight.
— Bangkok Post

Companies want clarity on CPTPP
The private sector is calling for a quick and clear stance from the government on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
— Bangkok Post

Alleged sex attacks on schoolgirls in Thailand prompts national reckoning on patriarchy, gender bias
Last month, a grandmother reported to the police that her 14-year-old granddaughter had been raped over the course of more than a year.

Thailand holds Zoom protest for Black Lives Matter movement
Some 300 Thais and foreigners in Thailand and elsewhere joined an online protest against racism on Sunday, adding their voices to global calls for justice for black American George Floyd who died in U.S. police custody in Minneapolis last month.

Reader mailbag: Dongtan Beach is better without the vendors and has improved
The following is a reader submission and the thoughts and opinions within are her own and do not nessacarily reflect those of The Pattaya News.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand’s first local Covid-19 infection recalls the stigma
Thailand’s first locally transmitted case of Covid-19 recalls the stigmatisation he endured and wants the public to open their minds and not shun those who have recovered from the disease.
— The Thaiger

Seven million farmers receive subsidies
The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has transferred subsidies to 7.1 million farmers and accelerated correction of incorrect bank account details of 214,000 farmers.

Labour Ministry launches farm vehicle workshops
To help to improve the skills of farmers to meet the labour market, the Ministry of Labour has joined with a farm vehicle company to hold 4 courses to improve their silks on farm vehicle operations, which will help ensure farmers can get back to work as the COVID-19 situation improves.

Buriram teen claims “God made her pregnant”
The mother of a 14 year old girl in the northeastern Buriram province was shocked, to say the least, when hospital staff told her that her daughter had told them “God made me pregnant.”
— The Thaiger

Man arrested in Pattaya wearing only boxers, behaving erratically – VIDEO
Police in Pattaya responded to calls from several concerned citizens about a Thai man behaving erratically in the middle of Sukhimwit Road, Pattaya at 3:30 this morning.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Mai organizes tree planting activity to create green space
Chiang Mai has organized a tree planting activity to increase the number of green areas in Chiang Mai and create food security in urban areas.

Police in northeast seize 200 kilograms of marijuana
Highway police in Issan’s Khon Kaen province arrested a woman with 200 kilograms of dried marijuana at a checkpoint in Nam Phong district early this morning.
— The Thaiger

Mother, pregnant woman among 5 arrested for drugs in Songkhla
A young woman carrying a baby and a pregnant woman were among 5 people caught using drugs in a raid at a rented house in Songkhla’s Thepha district.
— 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.

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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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