Thailand morning news for March 3

Thailand morning news for March 3
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Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor says tourism numbers for February likely down 40 percent, March and April likely to be much worse
Speaking to Reuters in an interview today, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said that tourism numbers for February were likely down about 40 percent year over year and March and April likely to be as much as 60 percent.
— The Pattaya News

Raid on junk shop suspected of recycling used face masks
Public health officials and police raided a junk shop in Wiharn Daeng district of Thailand’s central province of Saraburi today and seized tens of thousands used and recycled face masks.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand Ministry of Public Health adds Germany and France to list of eleven countries to advise Thais to self quarantine if traveling from
On the 2nd of March 2020, the Ministry of Public Health advised that countries and areas listed below are experiencing ongoing COVID19 transmission:
— The Pattaya News

The costs of testing for COVID-19 infection
According to information obtained by Thai PBS, the charges made for an individual to be tested for COVID-19 infection vary from hospital to hospital.
— Thai PBS News

Tourist arrivals may drop 6 million this year due to virus: TAT
The number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand may fall by 6 million this year to 33.8 million, the lowest in four years, due to growing fears over the coronavirus outbreak, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Phu Kradueng to close for natural restoration
Forest fire at Phu Kradueng has caused considerable damage to this popular tourism site. The mountain destination will be closed this year for six months from April to September to allow for the restoration of its natural resources.

Military helping authorities fight drought
The Royal Irrigation Department has confirmed that current water management operations are on track, with enough water in reserve until July in case of rain shortages.

Thailand asks to negotiate with China on antiviral drug to treat COVID-19
A meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, and the Charg? d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, Yang Xin, discussed measures and cooperation to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Face masks still in high demand on COVID-19 fears
The general public has been active in taking preventative action against COVID-19, resulting in a high demand for face masks and hand sanitizer.

BMA to revoke pavement riders’ licences
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has approved additional penalties for errant motorists as it continues its crackdown on motorcyclists riding on pavements.
— Bangkok Post


Thailand Health Minister confirms no enforcement of security law
Deputy Prime Minister/Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul today dismissed news reports that the Ministry of Public Health planned to call for the enforcement of the Security Keeping Act to ban political gatherings, and asserted that no political issue should be connected with the COVID-19 epidemic situation.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand’s Commerce Ministry eyes online measures to limit COVID-19 impact
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, has called a meeting of Thai commercial attaches around the world to find mitigating measures to assist the export sector affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, and calling for more e-commerce adaptation.
— Newsline (video)

Two steps back for politics in Southeast Asia
The grim lesson in Southeast Asian politics this past week — underneath the surface-level dramas — is that the problem of the region’s political systems isn’t too much change, but too much continuity.
— East Asia Forum

Teens Caught Recycling Used Face Masks then Selling as New
Public health authorities inspected a house and discovered a group of teenagers washing, ironing, and re-packaging face masks into brand new boxes.
— Chiang Rai Times

BRN Rebels: Malaysia to Host Talks with Thailand Despite Change in Government
Malaysia will host direct peace talks this week between Thailand and southern BRN rebels despite the change of government in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, a state news agency reported Monday, citing a source from the insurgent group.
— Benar News

Pheu Thai MP calls on Prime Minister to resign as index shows a collapse in business confidence
An opposition MP has baldly called on the Thai prime minister to resign.

Philippines’ retaliation in Thai tobacco tiff stalled by frozen WTO
The Philippines is prodding the World Trade Organization to let it retaliate against Thailand over a decadelong tobacco customs dispute, as simmering trade tensions between the two nations start to boil over.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Public Health Min. organizes ‘Rare Disease Day Thailand’
Health welfare programs have added 24 rare diseases to the national health insurance scheme, with all to be highlighted at the 10th Rare Disease Day Thailand, organized by the Ministry of Public Health.
— Pattaya Mail

Nearly 100 Students Suffer Food Poisoning in Southern Thailand
Nearly 100 students from a school in southern Thailand‘s Nakhon Sri Thammarat Province were sent to hospital for food poisoning.
— Chiang Rai Times

Tourism Ministry to help tourists, tour business operators affected by COVID-19
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has convened tour business operators and airlines to find measures to help consumers, as businesses have denied a full refund for air tickets or only provided a partial refund in the face of the COVID-19 situation.
— Newsline (video)

Anutin: Covid drugs supply adequate for now
Thailand has adequate supplies of medicine to treat Covid-19 patients unless the outbreak becomes much worse, and it is seeking to import more drugs from China, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charvirakul said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

AIS harnesses 5G power to support medical and logistics applications for the benefit of all Thais
Following Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS) receiving a 5G license on the 2600 MHz spectrum and announcement of its launch of commercial services, the company is now moving forward with 5G to support medical industry applications.
— Bangkok Post

BCG brings sustainability to economy
The problem of plastic waste started to grow when the world economy started to be driven by heavy industries.
— Newsline (video)

Is W.T.O. relevant? PHL asks as world trade body favors Thailand
THE Philippines is calling on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to favor its retaliation against Thailand in their cigarette dispute to prove that multilateral trading rules remain relevant at the height of protectionism.
— Business Mirror

Opposition to launch extra-parliamentary censure debate against Government
The six-party opposition alliance has agreed, after a joint meeting today, to launch an extra-parliamentary censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five other ministers, claiming that the last week’s debate is not over, because two ministers escaped censure.
— Thai PBS News

New COVID-19 case in Thailand
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has increased by one to 43, as another patient recovers and has been cleared of the disease.
— Thai PBS News

Precautionary warnings for weather in the north and north east
Some warmer, pre-summer weather is heading to the north of Thailand for the rest of this week. (Forecasts for Khon Kaen and Bangkok below).
— The Thaiger

Virus covered by universal health care
Coronavirus will be officially covered under the universal healthcare programme while authorities are rushing to ease protective mask shortages as Thailand takes action to contain a possible spread of the disease.
— Bangkok Post

Anutin: Gov’t Won’t Use Coronavirus to Ban Student Protests
Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Monday said the government has no plan to enforce a national security law banning anti-government protests contrary to online claims.
— Khaosod English

Thai Moto GP in Buriram postponed over outbreak fears
Another casualty of the current coronavirus precautions, one of the biggest sporting events in Thailand – the MotoGP 2020 in Buriram. T
— The Thaiger

Meet Thailand’s secret weapon in climate change battle
Rising sea levels, unchecked development, groundwater extraction, and rapid urban population growth has left millions vulnerable to natural disasters – scientists warn the city itself may not survive the century.

Panic, precautions and contradictions over Thailand’s first coronavirus death
Mild panic, and a new raft of precautions pervades the Coronavirus narrative in Thailand as we head into another week.
— The Thaiger

Popular Erawan Shrine Struggles With Coronavirus Impact
Even the gods in Bangkok are hit hard by the coronavirus – or at least those making money out of the gods.
— Khaosod English

Suthiporn passes away aged 89
Suthiporn Chirathivat, honorary president of Central Group, passed away on Monday at the age of 89.
— Bangkok Post

Mentally unstable man arrested in department store in Chonburi after causing chaos with a knife at bank
A man who police say is mentally unstable has been arrested at around 4:30 PM this afternoon after trying to damage a bank inside a Department Store in Sane Suk with a knife.
— The Pattaya News

Avid fan dedicates rice field to Liverpool
A 46-year-old football fan is again preparing to plant his rice fields with crops of different colours to proudly display the Liverpool emblem, as a symbol of his undying loyalty to the English Premier League club.
— Bangkok Post

1 dead after monk rear-ends pickup in Nakhon Ratchasima
A woman is dead after a monk rear-ended the pickup truck in which she was riding in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.
— 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.

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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