Thailand morning news for March 9

Thailand morning news for March 9
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Thailand morning newsTwo more Thai coronavirus patients recover, are discharged
In a bit of good news, two more of Thailand’s COVID-19 coronavirus patients have made full recoveries and and returned home, bringing the number to 33.
— The Thaiger

80 Thai workers returning from South Korea escape airport, search underway
Thai media report that some 80 Thai nationals, out of a total of 200 who arrived at Suvarnabhumi International Airport yesterday on four flights after returning from working illegally in South Korea, have fled.
— The Thaiger

Mask shortage forces GPO to halt sales
The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) announced it will stop selling face masks to the public after it was ordered to divert its supply to shore up the heavy shortage at hospitals, according to GPO managing director Withoon Danwiboon.
— Bangkok Post

Ministries distribute surgical masks to hospitals
There has been an outcry from hospitals and medical professionals concerning the shortage of surgical masks in the past week.

Commerce Ministry – Mask price fixed at 2.5 baht each
The government has fixed the price of all disposable face masks at 2.50 baht each and will seek legal actions against vendors charging higher than the announced price tag.
— Newsline (video)

NHSO agrees to add COVID-19 to national healthcare
The board of the National Health Security Office (NHSO) has approved the inclusion COVID-19 in its health care coverage program which covers all stages from prevention to medical rehabilitation.

B100bn stimulus gets the nod
The government has approved a stimulus package, expected to cost more than 100 billion baht, to ease the impact of Covid-19 on the country’s already tepid economy.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Govt. opens COVID-19 info center, hotline 1111
The government opens its information center on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to gather information and complaints related to the disease outbreak.
— Pattaya Mail

Economic Minister’s Committee approves remedies for mitigation of Covid-19
The Economic Minister’s Committee has approved remedial measures to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 virus.

Health workers in need of face masks
A shortage of face masks due to the COVID-19 outbreak has affected heathcare workers in hospitals around the country.

Police announce measures against COVID-19 spread from arrivals
The Royal Thai Police has announced strict screening of people entering Thailand by land, air and sea in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Move Forward Party to be Future home for 55 FFP MPs
The remaining MPs of the disbanded Future Forward Party (FFP) will apply for membership with the Move Forward Party this week.
— Bangkok Post

Activities cancelled to suppress COVID-19 outbreak
To help control the COVID-19 outbreak, many agencies have gradually cancelled or postponed activities which would normally be attended by a large number of people.

Sattahip naval base used as center to screen Thai workers returning from South Korea
Sattahip Naval Base in Chonburi has been designated a center for the screening of Thai workers returning from South Korea, to determine whether they should be quarantined in state facilities or enter self-quarantine at home.

Italian cruise ship passengers not permitted to enter Phuket
Thai authorities in Phuket, a major tourist destination on the Andaman coast in the south of Thailand, this week declined to allow passengers and crew members of an Italian cruise ship to land in Phuket, as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

GPO prepares antiviral drugs for COVID-19
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has announced it is ready to mass-produce an antiviral “cocktail” drugs for COVID-19 patients.
— Newsline (video)

Lower House committee to hear students’ voices about amending 2017 constitution
Students’ flash mobs have emerged across the country following the Constitutional Court’s decision in February to dissolve the Future Forward party which has gained popularity from young people in Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

Wellness centre becomes Covid-19 quarantine zone
The return of phi noi — a term used to describe illegal Thai labourers working in South Korea — has prompted the authorities to nominate a state-run facility as a quarantine site as the country looks to minimise the spread of Covid-19 with workers returning from the second-worst hit nation.
— Bangkok Post

PHL eyes WTO arbitration to settle cigarette row
Manila might resort to filing an arbitration case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) that would allow the multilateral trading body to determine the retaliation amount the Philippines can impose against Thailand for noncompliance with the ruling on their cigarette dispute.
— Business Mirror

People asked to check credibility of sources before sharing COVID-19 related information
People have become more aware of issues surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but they should not panic or be misled by fake news.
— Newsline (video)

5G smart robots take care of coronavirus patients
Chulalongkorn University has joined forces with Advanced Info Service (AIS) to develop smart robots with 5G tech to monitor and take care of coronavirus patients and those under monitoring for the first time in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

EconThai warns of unemployment spike
Widespread unemployment is expected in the industrial sector this year as the economy braces for continued fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, just as over 500,000 new graduates leave university this May, says the Employers’ Confederation of Thai Trade and Industry (EconThai).
— Bangkok Post

Insurance companies offer medical staff 70,000 insurance policies
Twenty insurance companies have offered some 70,000 special insurance policies covering COVID-19 illness to medical staff who have to fight against the new disease.
— Newsline (video)

Judge dies in second suicide bid
The senior judge who shot himself in a Yala courtroom last October to protest against alleged interference in judicial rulings succumbed to self-inflicted wounds after a second attempt to take his own life yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Cobra Gold 2020 military exercise ends
The Cobra Gold 2020 military exercise has officially concluded after two weeks of exercises focused on developing military skills and management of public crises as well as reinforcing ties between Thailand and the United States.
— Newsline (video)

Aggressive gun owners a new worry
Deadly shootings at shopping malls have never been a pressing issue in Thailand until early this year.
— Bangkok Post

Tour buses idle as Thai economy takes gut punch from virus
Ranks of tourist buses idle under a burning sun while once-bustling theme parks lie empty – from above, striking images reveal the hollowing out of Thai tourism due to the effect of the new coronavirus.
— Rappler

Malaysian shoppers continue to cross over to Thailand despite Covid-19 outbreak
Private college student Nur Lisa Rusli said she and her friends often shopped in Takbai which is located opposite Pengkalan Kubur.
— New Straits Times

Chulalongkorn University’s secret behind being No.1 in Thailand
Chulalongkorn University is the best university in Thailand for 20 subjects in this year’s QS World University Ranking by Subject – more than any other university in Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

Stretch your Retirement Budget and Consider Retirement in Thailand
If you’re looking to stretch your retirement budget as far as you can and are up for an exotic adventure, consider retirement in Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

4 Chinese held for killing compatriot in Pattaya over online gambling debts
Four Chinese gamblers are being held for killing a Chinese man and his girlfriend whose bodies were bound, stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in a northern Thailand river.
— Pattaya Mail

Better care centres, paternal leave urged
Women yesterday called for more daycare centres for young children as well as paternal leave — which is now offered only to men in the civil service — to be extended to all working fathers of new-born babies.
— Bangkok Post

Thousands rally in Asia for International Women’s Day despite COVID-19 fears
Thousands took to the streets across Asia for International Women’s Day on Sunday even as the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of events in the region.

59 “little ghosts” quarantined at Chon Buri naval base
Fifty-nine Thais, 27 men and 32 women, “phee noi” (meaning “little ghosts” in Thai) who returned from South Korea last night have been detained at a naval reception facility in Chon Buri province’s Sattahip district for a 14 day quarantine, as a measure to stem the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. They were among dozens …
— The Thaiger

Judiciary refutes suicidal judge’s accusation of interference in his case
The spokesman for the Thai judiciary says that the accusation of interference by a senior judge in a case handled by former Yala provincial court chief judge Kunakorn Pienchana was groundless and that the disciplinary probe into the conduct of Kunakorn is still in progress.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand Making 50 Million Cloth Masks for Covid-19 Fight
Thailand is manufacturing as many as 50 million cloth masks which will be provided for people nationwide to wear against the COVID-19 outbreak, confirmed Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda on Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

No compulsory quarantine of visitors to Thailand amid COVID-19 outbreak: Health ministry
Thai health authorities on Friday (Mar 6) said they would not order the compulsory quarantine of visitors from countries hit hard by coronavirus, as the kingdom struggles to balance health fears with the needs of its flatlining economy.

Cloth mask workshops take place across country
In wake of the current surgical mask shortage, cloth face masks are considered an alternative for personal protection. Bangkok’s vocational learning centers are now offering cloth face mask making workshops to the general public, teaching them how to make these masks by themselves.

Govt: Covid-19 Fund established for public participation
The establishment of the Covid-19 Fund has raised questions as to why the government doesn’t use the budget from the huge relief package which includes cash giveaways instead of accepting donations to address the situation.

Miss International Queen 2020 crowned in Pattaya at the Miss Tiffany’s Universe pageant
The crowd was smaller, face masks became a fashion accessory, contestants had their temperatures checked before going on stage.
— The Thaiger

Thailand and Malaysia bar cruise ship over virus fears
Thailand and Malaysia have barred a cruise ship carrying about 2,000 people, including dozens of Italians, from docking due to fears about the new coronavirus, an official said Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Korn declares that his Kla party is not affiliated with any political camp
Kla (Dare) party leader Korn Chatikavanij announced today that the party is not allied with any of the current political camps, but is a party which does not reject good ideas from any individual, no matter his or her political affiliation, as long as they are ready to work for the future of all Thais.
— Thai PBS News

Future Forward Successor Says He Will Continue the Fight
A surrogate of the disbanded Future Forward Party said Friday he will take up many key policies pursued by his predecessor.
— Khaosod English

Opinion: Thai Govt and Public Need to Handle Coronavirus Better
The ongoing spread of coronavirus is a test to not just the Thai government’s abilities and competence, but the mentality of some Thai people as well.
— Khaosod English

Banned Thai billionaire politician vows to press fight for democracy
A Thai billionaire whose opposition party, critical of the military establishment, was dissolved last month said on Friday he will form a new movement to work outside parliament after being banned from politics for 10 years.

Crowds snap up Internal Trade Department bargain face masks
The Internal Trade Department’s mobile retail outlets, offering face masks at bargain prices, were overwhelmed with customers who formed long lines at each of the 21 locations in Bangkok where the mobile outlets were set up.
— Thai PBS News

Gov’t Denies Trading Prehistoric Cave Paintings for Mines
The Department of Fine Arts on Friday denied the allegation that it had given up prehistoric cave paintings for a commercial mining operation.
— Khaosod English

Thai Wai Suggested as Alternative to Handshake to Combat Virus
Instead of kissing each other in the cheek and shaking hands, why not adopt the Thai way of greeting as a safe alternative during the time of coronavirus outbreak?
— Khaosod English

Thais returning from high-risk areas to face legal action if they don’t self-quarantine
Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has issued a stern warning, to all Thais returning from high-risk areas, that failure to observe the 14-day self-quarantine requirement will result in legal action being taken, in accordance with the Communicable Disease Act.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s Mega-Computer Fair to Be Held as Planned
Shrugging off fears of the COVID-19 outbreak, organizers of the annual mega-computer fair said on Wednesday that its ‘Commart X Pro 2020’ IT fair will be held on schedule from March 5-8 in Bangkok.
— Khaosod English

Wanted killer dies of unknown causes
An infamous killer, long sought by police, died this morning of “an unspecified illness” at a house in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
— The Thaiger

Is Songkran banned or cancelled in Pattaya? Well, neither really…
Pattaya All week long headlines have been dominated by Songkran being cancelled and comments from many expats who don’t enjoy the event have been popping up on our social media feeds demanding water police and enforcement.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya, Bang Saen, Khon Kaen scrap Songkran parties
There will be no water splashing during Songkran — at least in Khon Kaen, Pattaya and Bang Saen — as the coronavirus outbreak has forced organisers to scrap activities that could expose more people to the bug that is bringing the world to a standstill.
— Bangkok Post travel

Thailand outlines US$3.2 billion stimulus to alleviate COVID-19 impact
Thailand on Friday (Mar 6) outlined a stimulus package, estimated to be worth more than US$3.2 billion, to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on activity in an already-flagging economy.

British Man confirmed as Thailand’s 48th Covid19 Coronavirus case, flew in transit from Hong Kong
The Thailand Ministry of Health said today a British man flying from Hong Kong is the newest coronavirus patient in Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Thai worker with COVID-19 being treated in S. Korean hospital
A Thai woman, working illegally in South Korea, has been infected with COVID-19 and admitted to hospital for treatment after she had an examination on February 29th.
— Thai PBS News



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