Thailand morning news for March 24

Thailand morning news for March 24
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February exports fall 4.47%, better than forecast
Thailand’s customs-cleared exports in February declined 4.47% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower shipments of cars and computers, the commerce ministry said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

February tourist arrivals slump 42.8% y-o-y
Tourist arrivals in Thailand sank 42.78% in February from a year earlier after a 2.46% rise in the previous month, due to the coronavirus outbreak, tourism ministry data showed on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand reports 122 new coronavirus cases, raising total to 721
Thailand has 122 new coronavirus cases, raising the total to 721, a health ministry spokesman said on Monday (Mar 23) at a news conference.

NBTC seeks nod for free 10GB perk
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will seek cabinet approval on Tuesday for providing mobile users with 10 free gigabytes of data usage per subscriber per month until June 30 as work from home measures are being adopted broadly in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

All Thai National Parks to close nationwide as of March 25 due to Covid19 Coronavirus
The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment has ordered to close all the national parks nationwide from the 25 of March until the situation with the novel Covid-19 Coronavirus improves.
— The Pattaya News

Finance Ministry to propose financial support of 2000 baht a month per Thai person who is directly impacted by the Covid-19 Coronavirus
The Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary, Prasoong Poontaneat, told the press earlier this evening he plans to bring a proposal at a Thai Cabinet meeting tomorrow which would give 2000 baht a month, for two months total, to each Thai person who is directly laid off or affected by the Covid-19 Coronavirus, for a grand total of 4000 baht (About 120 dollars US).
— The Pattaya News

Migrants let through ‘shut’ checkpoints
Thousands of migrant workers from Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam returned to their home countries after authorities reopened land borders which had been ordered shut to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Minor International CEO to temporarily close hotels in Bangkok, urges Thai Government to order more restrictive measures to control virus
William “Bill” Heinecke, an American born Thai citizen and one of the most well known foreigners in Thailand who renounced his citizenship and became a Thai Citizen wrote a letter to the Thai Government today urging harsher restrictions to stop the spread of the Covid19 Coronavirus and announcing a temporary closure of Minor hotels in Bangkok.
— The Pattaya News

Thai monks make COVID-19 masks from recycled plastic
A Buddhist monk scrawls a prayer on an orange face mask beseeching an end to the suffering caused by the deadly coronavirus – a finishing touch to the facial covering weaved out of recycled plastic at one Thai temple.

THAI Smile grounds international flights
THAI Smile has suspended all international routes amid worldwide air travel restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Thais in Malaysia may return home, but only by air
Today a statement was issued by the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has officially announced that Thais’ who wish to return home can do so by air. And only by air, if they get a flight.
— The Thaiger

Bangkok residents told not to travel outside the city and to at stay home
In light of the exponential surge in COVID-19 infections and the potential for increased transmission in upcountry provinces, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang today appealed to everyone, currently in Bangkok, not to travel out of the city and to stay at home.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand facing coronavirus from Italy which may be more virulent than the Asian virus
Thailand is fighting a war against COVID-19, because the coronavirus that infected over 50 boxing fans and, perhaps many more, came from Italy, which is more aggressive and dangerous than the virus which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak in that country.
— Thai PBS News

American man arrested after public disturbance in Central Pattaya screaming about the Coronavirus, had a tazer and gun shaped lighter with him
A 39 year old American man was arrested yesterday afternoon in Pattaya after causing a public disturbance by scaring nearby locals and tourists by screaming about the Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya Police clear Pattaya beaches and tell people to go home
Pattaya Pattaya Law Enforcement have begun to clear area beaches tonight and tell people to go home per an order released by the Chonburi Governor for people not to gather on area beaches between 8PM and 6 AM due to the threat of the novel Covid-19 Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

Gold-shop killer trial scheduled for April
The Criminal Court on Monday set April 13-17 for the trial of a former school headmaster who faces nine charges in connection with the armed robbery of a gold shop in Lop Buri province on Jan 9.
— Bangkok Post

Lockdown leaves migrant workers exposed
A partial lockdown in Thailand to limit the spread of coronavirus exempts construction, exposing thousands of migrant workers to the deadly disease, human rights groups warned on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

7-Eleven to hire 20,000 delivery staff across Thailand
“We recommend using the 7-Eleven Delivery mobile application to shop for foods and consumer products and we will deliver them to you.”
— The Thaiger

Cash handouts to be proposed tomorrow
“Those having social security will be taken care of by the Social Security Office, while those who are not insured under the social security scheme will be taken care of by the Ministry of Finance.
— The Thaiger

Airlines suspending flights – Thai Lion Air, Singapore Airlines
“The airline has been seriously affected by the coronavirus situation, with passenger loads dropping so sharply that, some days, there are no passengers at all.”
— The Thaiger

2-Meter Interviews: Thai Media Forced to Adapt to Coronavirus Pandemic
The coronavirus outbreak is reshaping the way we live and work – including even the way the epidemic is reported.
— Khaosod English

Commerce Ministry relaunches 200 mobile grocers
The Commerce Ministry is scheduled to relaunch 200 mobile grocery stores on Tuesday, selling essential consumer goods in Greater Bangkok as part of the government’s efforts to lower people’s cost of living and curb the spread of Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Quiet night in Bangkok
Bangkok’s usually bustling nightlife is replaced by closed doors and deserted streets after all entertainment facilities were ordered closed as part of the measures to control the coronavirus spread. (Video by Jetjaras Na Ranong)
— Bangkok Post

Weeks after Korat massacre, Amnesty report describes conscript abuses
Thai military conscripts face widespread violence and sexual assaults, Amnesty International said in a report on Monday, calling the abuse institutionalised and systematically hushed up by the hierarchy.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket readies field hospital for virus patients, 4 more infections
The new provincial convention hall will be used as a field hospital for treatment of coronavirus patients, with the number of new cases in the province continuing to rise.
— Bangkok Post

Thai manufacturers of ‘substandard’ sanitisers warned
The ruling ‘Phalang Pracharat’ Party has given a warning that using counterfeit alcohol-based sanitisers can lead to lethal health conditions and vendors will face imprisonment.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya motorbike seriously wounded in early morning shooting
A Pattaya motorbike taxi driver was seriously early this morning when he was allegedly shot by another motorbike taxi driver following a dispute over money.
— The Thaiger

Buriram Recruits Grab to Deliver Food From Markets During Shutdown
Local authorities in Buriram province on Monday enlisted help from a major online-based delivery service to send food from markets and restaurants to residents amid a ban on dine-in operation.
— Khaosod English

The Thaiger top 10 ways to cope with self-isolation
It’s a turbulent time. With socialising discouraged and many businesses closed, things can seem a bit scary. And with the Covid-19 coronavirus sweeping the world, you will be worried about the health of family and friends, even yourself. If you’re stuck at home due to the virus you’re probably asking yourself: “Now what am I […]
— The Thaiger

Universal coverage without universal testing: Thailand’s delays in access to testing may be costly
Social distancing and travel bans won’t save Thailand from a devastating outbreak of COVID-19. What is needed is rigorous early testing, contact tracing and isolation of new cases, writes Anthony C. Kuster.
— Isaan Record

Online tutors boosting incomes as demand surges due to coronavirus lockdowns
Filipino teacher Raven Kate De Leon is in demand, spending up to 10 hours a day at her home computer surrounded by mini cars and stuffed toys that she uses as props to inject fun into her English classes for students far away in China.

1 Thai Dies in US from Coronavirus, Domestic Infections at 721
One Thai died overseas from the coronavirus, while the Ministry of Public Health on Monday said 122 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported in Thailand, raising the total tally to 721 since the outbreak began.
— Khaosod English

Meet the Govt: How Thailand plans to turn startups into ‘economic warriors’ through university, corporate collaboration
Incepted in 2009, The National Innovation Agency (NIA) has been playing a leading role in the development of Thailand’s innovation ecosystem by encouraging entrepreneurs to help solve grassroots economic problems through the use of technology -and to get more people in every region to launch their own startups.
— e27



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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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