Thailand morning news for March 27

Thailand morning news for March 27
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Thailand’s COVID-19 cases might reach 3,000 by end of April
Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has forecast that the number of COVID-19 infections will increase to about 3,000 by the end of April, if the average rate of new infections stays at 100 per day.
— Thai PBS News

Stay home or face curfew, says defence chief
Defence Forces chief Pornpipat Benyasri on Thursday asked people across the country not to leave home during this weekend in a bid to stem the rapid rise of coronavirus cases.
— Bangkok Post

Rights Groups Worried for Press Freedom Under Emergency Law
Media and rights watchdogs on Thursday urged the military-backed government to respect freedom of the press as it wields emergency powers to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Thailand has sufficient money to mitigate virus impact- Finmin
Thailand’s government has sufficient funds to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which is hitting the already-struggling economy, the country’s finance minister said on Thursday.
— Reuters

7 Thai cabinet members are ‘high risk’ personnel and should be isolated
One of the directives under the state of emergency decree is a measure for certain types of people who are asked to stay home due to being in a high risk category if they contract the virus.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s chicken egg exports banned for 7 days
“The 7 day ban is a trial period, if the situation does not improve by next week, we may consider extending the ban.”
— The Thaiger

Virus could kill off up to half of garment factories
The Covid-19 crisis is hammering the Thai garment industry and many factories will likely be closed in the near future.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Egg exports banned for one week
Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has banned the export of chicken eggs for seven days to end local egg shortages, and will extend it if needed.
— Bangkok Post

Honda suspends Thai car output as coronavirus emergency declared
Honda’s Thai business said it would suspend operations at two factories on Thursday after Thailand declared a state of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus.
— Reuters

Covid-19 cases in Thailand cross 1,000 (Updated)
Thailands total number of Covid-19 cases went past the 1,000 mark with 111 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period, Sujariyakul Anupong, senior expert in preventive medicine at the Department of Disease Control, said on Thursday (March 26).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Services at MRT station suspended after Covid-19 case
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRT) suspended services at Nonthaburi Civil Centre MRT station on Thursday (March 26), since 8.40am, after a staff was found infected with Covid-19 by Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

CAAT approves flight cancellations
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has approved airlines’ decisions to scale back flights or stop flying altogether due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but told carriers to compensate customers.
— Bangkok Post

Anutin in hot water over remarks on medical personnel
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul found himself in hot water again on Thursday with what was seen as his criticism of medical personnel who exposed themselves to coronavirus infections.
— Thai PBS News

What are your Consulates doing to help at this time?
Australia’s Consul-General in Phuket Matthew Barclay says he understands many people want to know what Australia’s government representatives are doing to help during this time.
— The Thaiger

Ministry of Public Health discusses treatment cost of Covid-19 at hospitals and coverage of medical care
The following is from the Ministry of Public Health. The Department of Health Service Support explained the guidelines for the disbursement of COVID-19 treatment cost today, emphasizing that Thailand has one standard for all Thai people to access the health services.
— The Pattaya News

Covid-19 centre receives directives from PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (March 26) issued six guidelines to the Covid-19 centre which is tasked with tackling the virus outbreak, according to its spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) WHO Thailand Situation Report – 25 March 2020
HIGHLIGHTS • On the 25th of March 2020, 107 new cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 were announced by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand (MoPH), bringing the total number of cases to 934. • Nine cases are linked to previous clusters involving pubs and Boxing stadiums. Fourteen cases are close contacts of other cases and …
— Thailand Today

Wear a face mask for your travel by bus
The wearing of face mask is now a must for all passengers travelling on all public buses, under new rules announced by the Land Transport Department.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Khon Kaen businesses fear the impact of COVID-19
Business owners in Khon Kaen City worry about their livelihoods as the COVID-19 outbreak is disrupting the local economy.
— Isaan Record

Potential catastrophe facing Thailand’s elephant camps
Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, along with many other camps in Thailand, have been forced to close their doors due to the current Coronavirus situation in Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Politician wants eggs to be on state price control list
The government has been urged to stop the export of eggs in order to control the price in the local market after it tended to rise since the emergency decree was passed.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Gov’t Crisis Center Removes Report of 111 New Infections
The government’s emergency response center to the coronavirus epidemic on Thursday published and later deleted an announcement that 111 more people tested positive for the virus.
— Khaosod English

Baht strenghtens, seen moving in line with the US dollar
The baht on Thursday (March 26) opened at Bt32.74 to the US dollar, strengthening from Friday’s close of Bt32.87, and would move between Bt32.70 to Bt33.95 per US dollar, SCB Securities senior market strategist Jitipol Puksamatanan said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

COVID-19 forcing parents to skip kids’ vaccinations: UNICEF
The novel coronavirus pandemic that has forced billions of people across the globe to stay home is making parents skip routine immunisations for their kids, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF warned Thursday.

Surin Governor says newest case is 19 year old girl returning from Pattaya area
The Surin Governor, Kraisorn Kongsat, has stated on his personal Facebook this morning that the newest confirmed case of Covid-19 in Surin is a 19 year old Thai girl who had recently returned from the Pattaya area.
— The Pattaya News

Over 100 state hospitals seek NBTC assistance
More than 100 state hospitals have sought financial assistance from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), which on Wednesday resolved to set aside 1 billion baht from its coffers for medical facilities and public health agencies in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

No, your shrimp curry is not infected
There is no Covid-19 virus in any of the fish or shellfish from Thai waters that you might eat, says the Department of Fisheries, but it’s only common sense to make sure the food is cooked thoroughly before it’s consumed.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Phuket: 5 new cases, total now 34
Five more people have been confirmed infected with the novel coronavirus in Phuket, three Thais and two foreigners, raising the total number of cases in the province to 34.
— Bangkok Post

Briton, cash-strapped by virus, leaps to death
A Briton working in Bangkok as an English tutor apparently committed suicide on Wednesday (March 25) by jumping from a 13th-floor residence.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Pattaya Covid-19 Center clarifies current rules for restaurants in Chonburi
The Pattaya City Covid-19 Center which is part of City Hall communicated a short time ago on their social media channels about restaurants in Pattaya to help clarity.
— The Pattaya News

‘Boxing Stadium Cluster’ investigation over banned March 6 event
The head of the Royal Thai Army, General Apirat Kongsompong today ordered the creation of a committee to track down those responsible for holding a competition in Lumphini Boxing Stadium on March 6, days after it was ordered closed.
— The Thaiger

Sales of farmed fish, shellfish take deep dive
A drop in demand from major purchasers in China amid the Covid-19 outbreak has forced Thai producers of fish and shellfish to cut prices and reduce stocks by up to half.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

5 new coronavirus cases reported in Phuket, first in Koh Samui
Phuket Newshawk reports 5 new Covid-19 coronavirus cases on the southern island of Phuket.
— The Thaiger

Medical supplies arrive from Jack Ma’s foundations
Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Thursday (March 26) accepted on Thailand’s behalf a donation of facemasks, protective suits, face shields and other medical supplies from the China-based Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

A Mega-List for Travel Disruptions During State of Emergency
Thailand woke up to the first day of a state of emergency on Thursday, with several travel restrictions in place to make journeys more difficult in an effort to stem further spread of coronavirus in the country.
— Khaosod English

Thai Immigration urges non tourist foreign residents to do their 90 day reporting online
As Thailand continues to implement measures for social distancing, one of the most glaring exceptions has been video and photos coming from busy Immigration centers across Thailand as an estimated 500,000 tourists countrywide come to terms with being stuck in Thailand for an extended duration and look to extend their visa’s.
— The Pattaya News

Phitsanulok shuts high-risk places after first Covid-19 case
Phitsanulok Governor Pipat Ekkaphan ordered on Wednesday (March 25) the closure of high-risk places in the province from March 26 to April 30, as a measure to tackle the Covid-19 situation.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

MEA clarifies on electricity deposit refund
Jaturong Suriyassin, deputy director-general and spokesman of Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), has responded to numerous questions regarding the governmentâ’s policy to refund the deposit to electricity users as a measure to help alleviate financial burden during the Covid-19 situation.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Covid-19 patient caught after escaping from Krabi hospital faces charge
A 25-year-old Covid-19 patient, who fled Krabi Hospital where he was being treated in isolation, was caught at a checkpoint on Wednesday (March 25).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Bus ticket sales suspended until April 30
Ticket sales for all public transport buses will be suspended from March 26 to April 30 in compliance with the government’s declaration of a state of emergency which takes effect on Thursday (March 26), the president of Transport Co Ltd, Jirasak Yaovatsakul, said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

20,000 expected to apply for unemployment in Chiang Mai
With thousands of businesses shuttered and public spaces closed to fight the spread of the Covid-19 coroavirus, Chiang Mai’s social security office expects some 20,000 laid-off workers to register for unemployment benefits.
— The Thaiger

Struggle continues as state of emergency dawns
Thais awoke on Thursday (March 26) to a nation in a formal state of emergency due to the Covid-19 crisis, but a series of actions to help improve the situation began early.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Help farmers during crisis with an online co-op food order
More than 1,300 agricultural cooperatives have been asked to keep up supplies to the public of rice, milk, egg, vegetable, fruit and processed food during the month-long state of emergency.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Vigilance at checkpoints
People travelling via the Ta Sab district checkpoint in Yala province must take a thermo-scan to check if there is any person with body temperature over 37.5 degrees Celsius.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

College Dorms Converted to Virus Quarantine, More Hotels to Follow
Dorms at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus on Thursday became the first operational temporary quarantine for coronavirus patients, welcoming two Thais who tested positive today.
— Khaosod English

Does COVID-19 weaken democracy?
Powers are flowing into the hands of rulers, among them much-maligned and yet strangely popular Donald Trump and former coup leader Prayut Chan-o-cha. But as democratic principles keep crumbling, albeit momentarily, in many places on earth, the chief villain, COVID-19, is posing a very ironic and unique challenge to all freedom advocates: Defeat me if you want it all back, but it will be tough to put me away if you have it all now.
— Thai PBS News

Khlong Saen Saep boat service paused
The boat service provider announced on Thursday (March 26) that water transport in Saen Saep Canal will stop from Friday (March 27) until the virus outbreak is contained.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Saraburi jail inmates test negative for Covid-19
Covid-19 tests of prisoners who were at risk of being infected in Saraburi province were negative.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Opinion: “I am in charge” – what does it mean?
After weeks of fumbling for answers to deal with the worsening coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally said what many had wanted to hear: “I am in charge.”
— Thai PBS News

Why companies should prioritise compliance during a worldwide pandemic
Financial institutions around the world are facing greater operational and compliance risks with the emergence of the recent pandemic, COVID-19.
— e27

Date transfer fee waived for Nakhonchai buses
Anyone booked for Songkran travel from April 13-15 via a Nakhonchai Air bus can switch dates at no charge.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Food Delivery Drivers Brave Virus Anxieties While Feeding Bangkok
“I’m scared of getting infected, but more scared of having no cash,” said a delivery man for Grab, a popular online-based service, as he ate his lunch during a break in front of a supermarket.
— Khaosod English

Foodpanda prioritises health and safety measures as COVID-19 develops
As COVID-19 evolves, foodpanda has implemented continued measures to protect the health and safety of their community. In line with public health experts, local laws and health mandates, foodpanda has ensured that the most up-to-date and informed measures have been adopted to prioritise the health and well-being of their employees.
— Thailand Today



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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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