Thailand morning news for March 12

Thailand morning news for March 12
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Thailand restricts visitor visas to limit virus spread
Thailand will temporarily suspend issuing visas on arrival to visitors from 19 countries and territories, including China, to contain the spread of the coronavirus, its interior minister said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Six more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Thailand
The Ministry of Public Health has announced that Thailand has identified six more confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), taking the country’s total to 59.

400 billion baht stimulus announced to boost Thai economy
“The package will inject an estimated 400 billion baht into the economy in a bid to return growth to positive territory.”
— The Thaiger

Thailand files complaint against e-commerce platform Lazada for overpriced masks
Thailand’s Commerce Ministry on Wednesday filed a complaint against the Alibaba backed e-commerce platform Lazada after investigations found that surgical masks were being sold at excessively high prices, a senior official said.
— Reuters

Investor confidence ‘bearish’ for 2nd month
Disruptions to the tourism sector and the economy from COVID-19 have caused concerns among investors, meaning the Investor Confidence Index for March 2020, remains in the bearish zone.

Factories ramp up mask production
A representative of mask factories has insisted they are ramping up their production, with all masks produced being sent to the authorities for distribution.

FDA says law does not prohibit people from making hand sanitizers
Referring to an announcement on alcohol-based hand sanitizers, published in the Royal Gazette, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explained that the general public can make their own sanitizers.

US envoy warns Thailand it may lose GSP privileges soon
Newly-appointed United States Ambassador to Thailand Michael G DeSombre told reporters on Wednesday (March 11) that US companies will be more comfortable after the US presidential election in November about moving their facilities out of China and into Southeast Asia.
— The Star Online

Free check-ups for returnees from COVID-19 high-risk countries in Thailand
The government is offering free medical check-ups for all individuals including foreigners who have just arrived here, or have come into close contact with those from high-risk countries or territories already dealing with the coronavirus disease.
— Pattaya Mail

Analyst: Oil price war and COVID 19 pose threat to Thai economy
According to an independent analyst, the oil price war, coupled with the COVID-19 outbreak, will cause further economic damage to Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

Phuket Governor shuts four virus quarantine zones, opens new secret location
Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has announced that he has closed the four COVID-19 quarantine zones he proclaimed only last Friday – but added that he has opened a new quarantine zone at a secret location in Phuket where five Thais who returned to Phuket from South Korea on Saturday are now being held under observation.
— The Phuket News

A govt hurling pebbles at the sky
Enough with the “gestures”, already. The trials and tribulations of the Prayut Chan-o-cha government (to quarantine or not to quarantine?) are being brought to us in real-time by a dizzying news cycle.
— Bangkok Post

BMA inspects screening procedures at hospitals in capital
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) stated that there is a COVID-19 patient being treated in one of the hospitals under its jurisdiction.
— Newsline (video)

PCD North continues to see unhealthy level of air pollution
According to the website, Thailand’s Chiang Mai province yesterday morning experienced a severe level of air pollution, making the province ranked the worst in the world in terms of Air Quality Index (AQI).
— Newsline (video)

TDRI chief offers ways of ending graft
Cutting down on monopolies, boosting accountability and limiting official powers are key to solving corruption problems, says Somkiat Tangkitvanich, president of the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand To Crack Down on Substandard Flying Schools
An increasing rate of unemployment among Thai pilots due to lack of aviation knowledge has prompted the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to embark on an audit of flying schools across the country over the next six months.
— AIN Online

Thailand puts off Korean drug smuggler’s extradition to prevent coronavirus spread
Thailand is putting on hold the extradition of a South Korean drug smuggler held at a local detention center for nearly two months to prevent the possible cross-border spread of coronavirus.
— The Korea Times

Tourism minister calls Covid-19 investment opportunity even as markets crater
Trying his hardest to sew a silk purse from a sow’s ear, Thailand’s tourism minister on Monday called the current coronavirus crisis an “opportunity” for Thailand’s tourism industry and touted investment in stocks even as markets worldwide crashed.
— Pattaya Mail

Helping workers survive automation
Despite their different politics, successive governments similarly promised to produce a skilled workforce to move the country out of the middle-income trap.
— Bangkok Post

If the Philippines banned waste imports, why is it still the world’s dumping ground?
Local laws are not enough to protect the Philippines from foreign waste dumping, and regulatory loopholes also persist in Thailand and Malaysia, two of Southeast Asia’s top plastic waste importing countries, according to a new report by environmental watchdog Greenpeace and two independent non-profits.
— Eco-Business

Three more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Thailand
The Ministry of Public Health has reported that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Europe is starting to change.

Govt now requires arriving foreigners to specify countries recently visited
The Immigration Bureau has announced that all foreigners arriving in Thailand must now specify the countries they have recently visited on their arrival card, to filter out the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Chinese man duped into paying almost B2m for mouldy face masks
A Chinese interpreter in Pattaya claimed he was duped into buying substandard face masks for almost two million baht.
— Bangkok Post

Thai naval patrol detains 29 Acehnese fishermen over illegal entry
A total of 29 Acehnese fishermen were arrested by Thailand’s naval patrol for illegal entry into its waters.
— Antara News

Thailand ‘to be regional EV hub’ in five years
The government has announced a policy to make Thailand a regional hub of electric vehicles in five years.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s fruit exports on sure footing
Thailand’s fruit exports are expected to stay intact this year in terms of value, as the international demand for Thai fruit -including the Chinese demand- remains strong despite the corona situation.
— Fresh Plaza

Thai Airways suspending all Italy flights
Thai Airways International will temporarily cease all flights to and from Italy following the Italian government’s decision to lock down the country to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Thai immigration officers at Bangkok airport diagnosed with COVID-19
Two immigration officers at Bangkok’s main airport have coronavirus and may have handled the passports of visitors to Thailand, a health official said Wednesday (Mar 11).

Foreigners Must Bankroll Their Covid-19 Treatment in Thailand: Officials
Foreign tourists must rely on their own funds or insurance to pay for their treatment if they test positive for coronavirus in Thailand, government officials said.
— Khaosod English

Thai Airport Staff Infected With Coronavirus as Tally Rises to 59
Six new patients, along with an immigration officer and an airport worker, tested positive for the novel strain of coronavirus, health officials said.
— Khaosod English

Virus concerns will cut restaurant revenues by about 8% this year – Kasikorn Research Centre
Public concern over COVID-19 is expected to slash the revenues of the restaurant sector this year by 25.6-36.5 billion baht to between 402 and 412 billion baht, according to Kasikorn Research Centre.
— Thai PBS News

Banned Thai opposition figure faces new criminal charges
Thailand’s Election Commission said on Wednesday (Mar 11) it would file a charge against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the now-defunct Future Forward Party, for breaching electoral law in the latest action against the former politician.

Singaporean restaurant owner tests positive for COVID-19 in Thailand
Thailand reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (Mar 11), including a Singaporean man who owns a restaurant in Bangkok’s business district.

Gov’t Revives Quarantine Threat for Foreign Travelers
A minister on Wednesday said foreign travelers from four countries will be subject to a 14-day quarantine inside an airport hotel, the latest claim in a series of contradicting remarks by the government on coronavirus measures.
— Khaosod English

Songkran parties in Chiang Mai, Hat Yai cancelled
Two more popular Songkarn parties have been called off as the coronavirus epidemic continues to spoil the Thai New Year celebration for locals and tourists alike.
— Bangkok Post

New study into use of huge aquifer in Isan
A new study will explore ways of bringing up water from a huge underground aquifer for use in four northeastern provinces – Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram and Surin.
— Bangkok Post

80,000 factories across Thailand told to take precautions against COVID-19
The Ministry of Industry is seeking cooperation from about 80,000 factories across the country by taking precautionary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their work places.
— Thai PBS News

Pantavanij Wins Best eService Provider Award 2020 Again
“Pantavanij” one of the largest eProcurement platform providers in Asia Pacific, serving various industries in 12 countries, represented by Apisit Kuparatana, Managing Director, picked up the coveted Best eService Provider Award for the second year running at Thailand Top Company Awards 2020.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya Restaurant industry starting to feel financial pain from Covid-19 Coronavirus
The Pattaya Restaurant Industry…and indeed all of Thailand… is starting to feel the pain from the outbreak of the Covid-19 Coronavirus and may suffer a financial loss of as much as 400 million baht this year nationally if the virus situation does not improve by the second quarter, according to the Kasikorn Research Center.
— The Pattaya News

Police intercept huge meth shipment and a tonne of marijuana
The Narcotics Suppression Bureau have reported a number of cases in the Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand. Both dugs cases involve a truck and an attempt to hide the illicit drugs in large sacks which were packed with dog food.
— The Thaiger

“My experiences with Coronavirus in Bangkok”
Today, the owner of Ohana Poké restaurant ‘Mr. Jay’ in Bangkok, has recently been placed in quarantine after been confirmed with the Covid-19 coronavirus.
— The Thaiger

All arriving passengers now required to provide additional contact info
The Department of Disease Control plans to impose compulsory measures for all inbound arrivals, including notifying personal information and contact information such as mobile phone numbers and email addresses as part of steps to control the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
— The Thaiger

Monkey brawl in Lop Buri shocks humans
Hundreds of monkeys from two gangs engaged in a brawl that shocked local humans in Lop Buri on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post



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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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