Thailand morning news for March 31

Thailand morning news for March 31
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Thailand Earmarks Further $15 Billion for Coronavirus Crisis
Thailand’s new stimulus package to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus crisis will be worth more than 500 billion baht ($15.3 billion), its finance minister said on Monday,
— The New York Times

Emergency fund from 2020 budget running dry, Bureau reports
The emergency fund of Bt96 billion from the fiscal 2020 budget has been nearly used up, Dechapiwat na Songkhla, director of the Budget Bureau, has said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Grim forecast of coronavirus infections refuted by senior health official
A senior doctor at Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD), has dismissed as “very unlikely” the grim forecast by some doctors that by April 15th COVID-19 infections in Thailand will reach 350,000, with about 7,000 fatalities.
— Thai PBS News

Industry Ministry to suspend small firms’ debts
The Industry Ministry plans to roll out rescue measures by suspending debt payments for 6-12 months for small community enterprises for several industries affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Labour rights advocates call for debt relief
Labour rights advocates have called for a debt moratorium at financial institutions as another state measure to relieve the economic impact on informal workers caused by anti-Covid-19 measures.
— Bangkok Post

Experts warn against buying dodgy coronavirus test kits online
Thailand’s Association of Medical Technologists is warning people against purchasing test kits online and examining themselves for Covid-19 coronavirus at home.
— The Thaiger

20m register for financial aid
Almost 20 million people registered for Covid-19 financial aid in less than 48 hours, almost seven times the number estimated by authorities.
— Bangkok Post

Distribution of masks regulated, egg export ban extended
The government extended the ban on chicken egg exports on Monday and assigned two ministries to handle distribution of all locally made surgical masks, both steps intended to end continuing local shortages.
— Bangkok Post

B500bn third stimulus package in store
A new stimulus package to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus crisis will be worth more than 500 billion baht, the finance minister said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand reports 136 new COVID-19 cases, PM repeats call for social distancing
As COVID-19 infections continue to rise, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm has again told people to stay at home, practice social distancing and avoid all social activities, or face harsher measures, like mandatory home confinement.
— Thai PBS News

90% cut in travel targeted
The government has come up with a goal to cut public journeys by as much as 90% in order to “flatten the curve” of new coronavirus infections.
— Bangkok Post

THAI may cut some plane types for good after grounding jets
Thai Airways International Plc may permanently reduce the number of aircraft types it deploys once the coronavirus outbreak that has caused the company to ground most of its fleet ends, said a senior government official on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket imposes overnight curfew
Phuket’s governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has issued a directive for residents and the few remaining tourists to stay off the streets after dark.
— TravelMole

Phuket airspace to shut down from April 10
Phuket Governor Phakkhaphong Thawiphat announced on Sunday (March 29) that air transport to Phuket will also shut down after he had earlier ordered a halt to land and marine transport effective Monday (March 30) until April 30 in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Pattaya City publishes update on twelve Pattaya Covid19 patients, gives a demographic breakdown, the majority are foreigners
Pattaya City has given a detailed breakdown on patients with Covid19 in the city, breaking down by not just foreigners but by country. Currently Banglamung has 15 total cases. 12 of those are in Pattaya. Chonburi has 52 total cases, with two fully recovered. 50 remain in local hospitals.
— The Pattaya News

27 Bangkok police officers confirmed with Covid-19
Not only do medical staff take much of the risks, but police offers are also staffing the front lines in battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Thaiger

Military hospitals told to brace for influx
Military hospitals and field hospitals run by the military have been told to prepare to take in Covid-19 patients as the number of infections in Thailand continue to rise.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket headed for a complete lockdown
The tourist island of Phuket is headed for a complete lockdown as its airport will be closed to all traffic starting April 10, according to an order of Governor Pakkapong Thaweepat.
— Thai PBS News

Concern over risk of increased infections transmitted by Thais returning from high-risk areas
A senior doctor at the Disease Control Department (DCD) has expressed serious concern over the risk of a further spread of COVID-19, due to infections among Thais returning from high-risk countries, such as the United States, France and Spain.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand Economy: Analysts Expect Continued Growth In Southeast Asia
World travelers know that the economy of each country is unique and it usually represents the quality of life that is present at any given time.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University starts quick COVID-19 tests
Chulalongkorn University has started its service to test people on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection within 15 minutes.
— Pattaya Mail

Coronavirus lockdown leaves migrant workers stranded in Thailand
When Thailand’s government started shutting down the country’s capital last week, tens of thousands of migrant labourers, who were suddenly out of work, scrambled to return home to Myanmar.
— Aljazeera

Thailand distributes medical supplies donated by Jack Ma Foundation
Public Health Ministry has distributed medical supplies, donated by the Jack Ma foundation and the Alibaba foundation to fight Covid-19 to hospitals in Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

3,000 more officials deployed to fight Thailand’s northern wildfires
About 3,000 officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment from the South were assigned to fight wildfires in the North.
— Pattaya Mail

Dump used face masks properly in red bins
Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang has urged people to dispose of used face masks properly by using red bins which are designated for hazardous waste.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Public transport to Phuket, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat suspended until further notice
Thailand’s Land Transport Department has suspended, until further notice, all public transport to Phuket, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, following reports of the rapid spread of COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

Chinese tourist claims to have 10,000 baht of valuables stolen while swimming on Pattaya Beach
A Chinese Tourist who decided to go for a swim on Pattaya Beach last evening returned to his clothes he had left on the beach to find allegedly nearly 10,000 baht of valuables gone.
— The Pattaya News

Parents rush to fly kids home from US
Parents are rushing to bring Thai students back home from the United States after the country overtook China and Italy to record the highest number of infections worldwide with more than 142,000.
— Bangkok Post

Suspect arrested in armed robbery of Chonburi 7-11, has history of alleged crime in America
A 37 year old Thai man, “Roger” Phayungsak Wasuwat, has admitted to robbing a 7-11 in Banglamung last week near the bus station which led to armed patrols in Pattaya, as well as the Governor of Chonburi calling for local 7-11’s and Family marts to close by 10:00PM during the current Covid-19 Coronavirus situation.
— The Pattaya News

Woman convicted for 2005 stabbings, allegedly kills 5 year old
A mental patient who served prison time for the 2005 stabbings of 4 girls in Bangkok has turned herself in to police after allegedly stabbing a 5 year old girl to death.
— The Thaiger

Coronavirus spreads to Lamphun province
The northern province of Lamphun, near Chiang Mai, has reported its first 2 Covid-19 coronavirus cases. Provincial Governor Pongrat Piromrat made the announcement yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Phuket, Yala, Narathiwat placed on lockdown
Three southern provinces of Phuket, Yala and Narathiwat have been placed on lockdown in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
— Thai PBS News

Buri Ram prison riot was over false rumor about Covid-19, one prisoner still on the loose
Buri Ram- A prison riot yesterday morning at the Buri Ram prison was caused by a false rumor about an inmate having Covid-19, according to Pol Lt. Col. Prawut Wongsrinil in an interview with Associated Press.
— The Pattaya News

Obec moves high school entrance exams online
The Office of the Basic Education Commission has resolved to allow students to apply and sit for high school entrance examinations online, as the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak is expected to persist beyond the start of the new school term in May.
— Bangkok Post

Confirmed Covid-19 infected Government House official
Yesterday, Dr Thaweesin Wissanuyothin, the spokesman for the centre announced that “a health official who coordinated between the Covid-19 response centre at Government House and the Public Health Ministry is confirmed to be infected with the virus.”
— The Thaiger

Chonburi Governor holds meeting, more restrictions coming including restaurant eat in exception ending, extensions on entertainment closures
A meeting was held this afternoon with the Chonburi Governor, Pakorn Tieanchai and the Chonburi Committee for Communicable Diseases which came to several new resolutions regarding restrictions and closures in the Chonburi area.
— The Pattaya News

Police Refute Report of Checkpoint Cop Infected With COVID-19
Police on Monday insist media reports of a policeman assigned to the coronavirus screening checkpoint infected with coronavirus are unfounded.
— Khaosod English

What It’s Like to Catch, and Survive, the Coronavirus in Thailand
Speaking from his condo, Singaporean expat Jay Feng asked other people currently in self-isolation at their homes to stay calm and not to panic. He knew a thing or two about the coronavirus; in fact, he survived it.
— Khaosod English

CP Land staff ordered to undergo quarantine
CP Land has found that some of its staff at the CP Tower 2 building came into contact with infected Covid-19 patients.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Mitsubishi Motors halts production in April at all factories in Chonburi
Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co is stopping production in April at three automobile and engine plants in Chonburi province temporarily from April 1.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Nok says it has no plan to halt all flights
Nok Airlines Plc has denied rumours appearing in several media that it would be suspending all flights.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Number of people registering for cash handouts crosses 18 million
More than 18.7 million people had registered as of 6am on Monday (March 30) for the government’s Bt5,000 cash handout programme, the Ministry of Finance said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Gen Y and Z lead climbing online hours in survey
Thailand’s average daily internet use climbed to 10.22 hours in 2019, up 17 minutes from a year earlier, with Generations Y and Z showing the strongest online engagement, says the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA).
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya all but deserted due to virus, travel restrictions
For years, Pattaya has struggled to shed its seedy image as a haven of sex tourism, which started in the 1970s when it became a rest and relaxation spot for US soldiers during the Vietnam War.
— The Thaiger

Thailand reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing total to 9
Thailand’s public health ministry said on Monday (Mar 30) that two more people have died from the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to nine.

Bangkokians Applaud to Thank Doctors and Nurses on Virus Frontlines
Residents of Bangkok joined hands, remotely, on Sunday night and applauded from their balconies and front porches to honor medical workers fighting the coronavirus infection.
— Khaosod English



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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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