Thailand morning news for March 25

Thailand morning news for March 25
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Prayut Declares State of Emergency Amid Virus Outbreak
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said an emergency decree, along with a raft of new restrictive measures, will come into effect on Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Thai Airways suspends its flights
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) will suspend several international flights in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Search on for tour bus passengers after three test positive for COVID-19
Officials, in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, have been trying to track down passengers from a VIP tour bus, which travelled from Bangkok to the Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai.
— Thai PBS News

Boxing Stadium at Epicenter of Outbreak Defied Closure Order
Details emerged on Tuesday that an army-owned boxing stadium ignored a government shutdown order, and held a match that later contributed to nearly a sixth of all confirmed coronavirus cases in Thailand.
— Khaosod English

Smog continues to blanket the North
Severe smog was recorded at air quality monitoring stations in five upper northern provinces on Tuesday, the Department of Pollution Control (DPC) reported.
— Bangkok Post

Emergency declared as government rolls out measures to help workers and businesses
The Thai government has declared a nationwide state of emergency in a stepped- up effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has so far affected 827 people and killed four.
— Thai PBS News

Doctors and scientists invent protections against Corona virus
The Covid-19 outbreak is now a medical emergency in many countries across the world. Medical and Science teams are working around the clock to help cure patients. At the same time, protecting medical officers and preventing new infections are no less important. This report tells us what developments are there to help us fight the virus.
— NBT World (video)

Medical expert sees worst case scenario if “stay at home” directive ignored
A leading medical expert has painted a grim scenario for the COVID-19 situation in Thailand over the next 30 days if people do not follow the advice to stay at home.
— Thai PBS News

Social Security covers COVID-19 hospital treatment
Insurance packages offering benefits to cover COVID-19 infections have become popular among those who can afford them. Meanwhile, those who are insured with the Social Security Office can rest assured that their hospital treatment will be covered if they fall ill from COVID-19.

Cabinet approves B117bn stimulus
The cabinet approved on Tuesday a package of stimulus measures worth at least 117 billion baht to try and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 800 people in the country.
— Bangkok Post

Government vows to screen all people returning from Bangkok
The government has given its assurance that officials will impose stringent COVID-19 screening measures on people returning to their home provinces from Bangkok and warned that those failing to comply will face both a fine and imprisonment.
— NBT World

Thai Banks launch packages for clients affected by COVID-19
All commercial banks in Thailand have pledged to offer special financial aid to customers and businesses affected directly or indirectly by the economic implications of COVID-19, ensuring sufficient cash for customers to make withdrawals at any time.
— Thailand Business News

Commerce Ministry sees possibility for 2020 export growth
Despite exports falling in February and the stampede of negative factors that have ensued, the Commerce Ministry still sees room for Thai export growth this year.
— Bangkok Post

Koh Larn residents vote yes to close island to all visitors to protect island, will be presented to Pattaya Mayor and Chonburi Governor for review
Koh Larn- Local residents on Koh Larn, which has had no sign of Covid-19 or reports of sickness so far, have voted this afternoon to close the island to all visitors, non residents and foreigners temporarily.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand under a State of emergency – Prime Minister
Thai PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha told a news conference today that Thailand will be under emergency decree from this Thursday (March 26) until the end of April, 2020 to deal with the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the Kingdom.
— The Thaiger

TDRI asks Govt. to support workers and SMEs affected by closures
Thailand’s economic think-tank, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), has proposed the Government directly help workers and their families and small enterprises affected by the closures, imposed by the authorities, to stem COVID-19 transmission.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand reports 3 more COVID-19 fatalities
Thailand announced three more deaths caused by COVID-19 today, bringing the country’s death toll to four, as 106 new infections were confirmed, a drop from yesterday’s 122 and Sunday’s 188.
— Thai PBS News

Worker Who Left Bangkok During Travel Rush Tests Positive for Virus
Health officials on Tuesday said a worker who recently rode a bus from Bangkok to his home in the north was diagnosed with coronavirus infection.
— Khaosod English

Thammasat University converts student residence into COVID-19 hospital
Thammasat University Hospital has joined hands with other teaching hospitals to open a special hospital converted from student accommodation for COVID-19 patients at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus. The hospital will be admitting its first 10 patients referred from Ramathibodi Hospital.

Bodies of patients ‘not contagious’
The body of a patient who dies from Covid-19 is not contagious, the Department of Medical Services (DMS) said in a move to dispel fears surrounding the country’s second death from the disease.
— Bangkok Post

How to request a refund for electric meter deposits – starts tomorrow
Starting from tomorrow (March 25) the government is working with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority and Provincial Electricity Authorities to start returning refunds on electrical meter insurance and deposits to provide some aid to people affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
— The Thaiger

Sharp jump in Thai coronavirus cases due to new testing methods
Thailand’s Ministry of Public health explained today that the sharp rise in confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases reported in recent days is due to new testing standards.
— The Thaiger

Transport Company says all health precautions being taken on busses, 80,000 people have left Bangkok so far since closure of most businesses
The Transport Company, the state-owned long distance bus operator, has implemented enhanced hygiene and health screening measures affecting and protecting passengers.
— The Pattaya News

Bank of Thailand expands liquidity support to more fund types
Thailand’s central bank said it has expanded the scope of a facility set up to provide liquidity to mutual funds and it will now encompass all types of money market funds as well as daily fixed income funds.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Seals Border With Malaysia, Myanmar to Stem Outbreak
Thai Royal Police on Monday announced temporary closure of borders with Myanmar and Malaysia adjacent to Thailand’s deep southern provinces to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Khaosod English

Thailand’s Virus Deaths Rise to 4; Doctors Infected
Health officials on Tuesday said three additional people died from complications associated with the coronavirus infection, bringing the total death toll in the country to four.
— Khaosod English

SRT cancels steam locomotive trip
The State Railway of Thailand has suspended the scheduled special trip on its century-old steam locomotive from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital, on March 26 because of the danger of Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

6th Covid-19 case in Korat
Local officials have been instructed to keep track of people returning from Bangkok and nearby provinces and ensure they go into 14-day self-isolation, to help stem the coronavirus epidemic, as a 6th infection was confirmed in the province.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19: Delayed revenues, worrying burn rates top challenges for Series A-B firms in SEA
With COVID-19 gripping the world, killing hundreds of people every day and felling companies, startup founders in Southeast Asia are a worried lot.
— e27

Border closures hurting provincial economies
“If the closure continues beyond April, they will be heavily indebted and small businesses will collapse, worsening the situation.”
— The Thaiger

BTS Elevator Saliva Smearer Sentenced to Jail
A man arrested for smearing his saliva all over the elevator buttons at a skytrain station last week was sentenced to 15 days in detention by a court on Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Professor says social distancing, self-isolation are crucial to control infection
“People must stay home and not socialise, or Thailand will become like Italy with coronavirus patients overwhelming health resources and medical personnel having to decide which patients to treat, or not.”
— The Thaiger

PM asks cabinet for emergency decree
PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha formally asked the Thai Cabinet this afternoon for the declaration of a national emergency to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Phuket reports 9 new coronavirus cases (Tuesday)
Local media outlet Newshawk Phuket today reported 9 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus on the southern resort island of Phuket, bringing the total to 26, up from 17 yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Thai epidemiologist warns public to stay home to avoid virus surge
As the number of Covid-19 coronavirus infections rises around Thailand, an epidemiologist from the Ministry of Public Health is urging the public to stay home, avoid all social interaction unless absolutely essential and practise social distancing whenever you need to go outdoors to avoid an outbreak like those in Italy and Spain.
— The Thaiger

Thai restaurants and food chains switching to home deliveries
A difficult time for restaurants as the government rolls out lockdowns across the country. So many of the restaurants and food chains are changing from sit in facilities to home delivery.
— The Thaiger

AWC closes 5 Bangkok hotels
SET-listed Asset World Corp Plc (AWC) is the second hotel group in Thailand to announce the temporary closure of hotels in Bangkok, shutting the doors of five premises.
— Bangkok Post

Transferring from local to international school: A Thailand case study
Natchariya Mai was seven years old at the time she transferred from a Thai school to an international school in Bangkok. She entered Grade 2 at the end of the Thai school year, mid-way through the international school year, as the calendars are not in sync.
— Bangkok Post

“Team Thailand”: Elite medical squad at war with Covid-19
Thais are now pinning their hopes on “Team Thailand”, the term Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul coined to describe the panel of medical gurus tasked with defending the nation against…
— Thai PBS News



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John Le Fevre

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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