Thailand morning news for May 7

Thailand morning news for May 7
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Doctor stresses lifestyle changes crucial to preventing second outbreak
The chief of Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute says Thailand won’t face a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak if everyone keeps on wearing a face mask, washing hands frequently, and exercising regularly for health; warning that regular drinkers and smokers may face a higher chance of death if infected.

Shippers maintain full-year view of 8% export decline
Despite the easing of lockdown measures and higher demand in several export categories, Thailand’s shipments are still forecast to contract by 8% this year, says a key trade group.
— Bangkok Post

Hundreds seek Emergency loans from the Government Saving Bank
Parn Phet Market Government Savings Bank branch in Mukdahan (north eastern Thailand) reports that hundreds of people have lined up to seek emergency loans from the government to help those affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
— The Thaiger

CCSA reports 1 new Covid-19 case, 1 new death (Wednesday)
Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported about just 1 new coronavirus patient today, a masseuse, and 1 death, an Australian hotel manager in Khao Lak, Phang Nga province.
— The Thaiger

THAI on the verge of B54bn in loans
The Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) is poised to secure 54 billion baht worth of bridge loans to boost liquidity for beleaguered Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) to enable the national carrier to undertake a business rehabilitation plan.
— Bangkok Post

CCSA praises private sector cooperation in preventing COVID-19
The government’s COVID-19 center today thanked reopened businesses for their cooperation with disease control guidelines, asking temples not to hold any religious ceremonies this Visakha Bucha day to prevent mass gatherings.

Quarantine measures continue across Thailand
Thai people placed in quarantine, continue to be discharged, with the latest group leaving a facility in Nakhon Pathom province.

Covid-19 benefit boost sought
The Labour Ministry will seek cabinet approval for a large hike in compensation payments to workers insured under the Social Security Act who have lost their jobs or were suspended from work due to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to Labour Minister MR Chatu Mongol Sonakul.
— Bangkok Post

Tourism workers are struggling in coastal Thailand. Here’s how to help.
You’re reading the first installment of Island Watch, where I dig into consequential issues facing Thai islands and coastal areas.
— The Island Times

Tuna surge propels Thai Union sales
The world’s largest canned tuna producer has reported its strongest first-quarter sales in three years after panic-buying shoppers facing lockdowns stocked up on long-life goods.
— Financial Times

About 4,600 Thais returned in past month
About 4,600 Thai people returned to their homeland over the past month and more are waiting in other countries while receiving aid, according to the government.
— Bangkok Post

Cross-border movement down 7.6%
Thailand’s cross-border trade fell by 7.6% year-on-year in the first quarter as the coronavirus hit the global economy and led bordering countries to close dozens of checkpoints.
— Bangkok Post

Wat Pho donates medical equipment to hospitals and relief supply bags to public
Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm, or Wat Pho, donated medical equipment, on Visakha Puja Day, to hospitals and bags of supplies to people who are affected by the virus outbreak.

Waterworks Authorities reduce water bills and exempt fees
Metropolitan and Provincial Waterworks Authorities, have both agreed to cut water bills, exempt fees and open a register to facilitate water meter deposit refunds.

Thailand makes progress in developing vaccine for COVID-19
The Thai Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday told the media that medical authorities had made progress in developing a vaccine for the COVID-19 after laboratory trials of a prototype proved successful.
— Xinhuanet

Hotline clears Covid-19 barriers
When Maw la Myine, 45, was a child growing up in poverty-stricken Mon state in Myanmar, he dreamed of becoming a lawyer to help his people understand the law and seek justice.
— Bangkok Post

Trafficking warning in Asia as coronavirus pummels economies
Before lockdowns, curfews, and safe distancing, Thodsapone Kitta would go door to door, visiting low-income families in Thailand’s northern Nan province, a poor, mountainous region home to hill tribes and rural farmers where people are vulnerable to trafficking.
— Aljazeera

PRD establishes appeal hub for state compensation scheme at its HQ
The Public Relations Department (PRD) will establish a center at its headquarters on Soi Areesamphan in Bangkok’s Phaya Thai District to collect appeals from applicants of the state compensation scheme to hand out 5,000 baht to PEOPLE affected by COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

Lifestyle changes crucial to preventing second outbreak in Thailand
The chief of Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute says Thailand won’t face a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak if everyone keeps on wearing a face mask, washing hands frequently, and exercising regularly for health; warning that regular drinkers and smokers may face a higher chance of death if infected.
— Pattaya Mail

Lack of transparent information presents challenge for regional journos
The media is facing a tough job delivering trustworthy frontline news as journalists in the region are being placed under lockdown by a lack of transparent data amid the coronavirus outbreak, a recent forum was told.
— The Phuket News

Economic slump could increase Thai suicide rate
Suicides in Thailand, which have long been a leading cause of unnatural death, could increase in the wake of the severe economic downturn in the country as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, experts have warned.
— UCA News

DPM Wissanu: governors can still ban alcohol sale
Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wissanu Krea-ngam has indicated that there may be a need for the administration to step up efforts to regulate the sales of alcoholic beverages, after the government’s lift on the ban of the sale of the good led to hoarding and sparked fear of a COVID-19 resurgence.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand: Killings of insurgents ends southern separatist ceasefire
Insurgents have resumed attacks in Thailand’s south after Thai security forces killed three rebels during a ceasefire declared unilaterally by the main separatist group, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN).
— The Interpreter

Thai industry defends government alcohol ban retraction as panic-buying fuels fears of new COVID-19 infections
Thailand’s retraction of a nationwide blanket ban on alcohol sales, which led to panic-buying and fears of a fresh wave of COVID-19 infections, has been defended by industry leaders who claim alcohol and social gatherings don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

As coronavirus lockdown eases, Thais face unemployment crisis
In Thailand, lockdown regulations are being eased and some businesses reopening, following a consistent drop in COVID-19 cases, according to government figures.

Government: Temples must refrain from organizing gathering events on Vesak day
Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun has said the Sangha Council of Thailand asked members of the public and temples across the Kingdom to refrain from organizing large gathering events Vesak Day, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand Waterworks Authorities reduce water bills and exempt fees
Metropolitan and Provincial Waterworks Authorities, have both agreed to cut water bills, exempt fees and open a register to facilitate water meter deposit refunds.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand to pay 5,000 baht compensation to 10 million farmers
Regarding the government’s financial aid of 5,000 baht per farm household for three months, the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) is now ready to transfer the cash subsidy to 10 million registered farmers, who have been affected by COVID-19.
— Thailand Business News

How is the Covid-19 pandemic impacting Thailand’s medical hub ambitions?
As Thailand begins to gradually ease coronavirus-related restrictions, the government is looking to cement the country’s position as an advanced medical hub in Asia.
— Oxford Business Group

Thai Rail Department advises commuters to observe social distancing on public transport
Thailand’s Department of Rail Transport on Wednesday has advised commuters to observe social distancing rule on public transport across the country.

Non-alcoholic sales increase
Despite the outbreak, Thailand’s non-alcoholic beverage consumption in the first quarter this year grew by 1.3% in value terms, but contracted by 0.6% in volume, says market researcher Nielsen Company Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

PRD celebrates 87th anniversary
The Public Relations Department (PRD) has celebrated the 87th anniversary, with officials vowing to provide information that is easily accessible to everyone.
— Newsline (video)

Buddhists invited to perform Visakha Puja Day activities at home
The Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, Tewan Liptapallop, paid homage to the abbot of Rakhang Khositaram Temple in Bangkok on the occasion of Visakha Puja (Vesak) Day, an important day for Buddhists, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha.

Cabinet extends Lao, Cambodian, Myanmar workers’ visas to 31st May
The Cabinet has approved automatic visa extensions for workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar under an MOU, giving them the right to reside in Thailand until 31st May.

Cabinet approves extension of financial aid to GFATM
A meeting of cabinet ministers approved the Ministry of Public Health’s proposal to extend financial support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

PM thanks private sector for helping gov’t recover economy
The Prime Minister has disclosed that Thailand’s economy, affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, may need nine months to recover, and he has asked the 20 richest individuals in Thailand to cooperate with the government in undertaking economic reconstruction.

Machine error blamed for 40 false positive tests for COVID-19 in Yala
Machine error has been blamed for the 40 recent false positive test results for COVID-19 in Thailand’s southern province of Yala.
— Thai PBS News

Kao Klai party wants House panel to monitor special COVID-19 budget spending
The opposition Kao Klai (Move Forward) party submitted an urgent motion to Thailand’s House of Representatives today, demanding the setting up of a special House panel to examine and monitor the Government’s spending of the two trillion baht special budget, established to cushion the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Thai PBS News

Park ranger shot dead in Lop Buri clash with poachers
A park ranger has been killed in a clash with poachers in the central Lop Buri province. 37 year old fish and wildlife ranger Karn Chaiprasert was found dead on Monday with a gunshot wound.
— The Thaiger

Ten arrested for throwing house party in Sattahip which is against current Emergency Decree
Sattahip-Na Jomtien Police Officers raided a party at a house with ten people, most of them from out of town and described as domestic tourists by police last night in Sattahip.
— The Pattaya News

40 More Inmates at Immigration Jail Get Coronavirus Test
Police said Wednesday they expanded coronavirus testing at an immigration detention center in Songkhla province, where at least 60 inmates contracted the virus.
— Khaosod English

Follow the rules or face the consequences – PM
Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is warning that unless people and businesses continue to adhere to social distancing rules, previously lifted restrictions could be reinstated.
— The Thaiger

Drive to create new digital hub takes on urgency
As the digital drive gains steam during the pandemic, Thailand must capitalise by turning into a global tech hub, says Digital Council of Thailand (DCT) president Suphachai Chearavanont.
— Bangkok Post

Before you go out, here are the confusing rules to Bangkok’s partial reopening
While Bangkok can once again get its hair washed, blow-dried and cut, forget about coloring it. Not allowed.
— Coconuts Thailand

PTTEP unveils new oil find off Mexico
PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP), the oil and gas drilling arm of national oil and gas conglomerate PTT Plc, has announced a new oil discovery off the shore of Mexico.
— Bangkok Post

Funding for state cloud approved
The cabinet on Tuesday approved 4.75 billion baht to finance the Government Data Center and Cloud (GDCC) service between 2020 and 2022.
— Bangkok Post

Court accepts Pace’s petition
SET-listed Pace Development (PACE) and a wholly owned subsidiary have filed a business rehabilitation plan to continue development of a real estate project and transfer of ownership to customers.
— Bangkok Post

Private sector donates face shields to army hospitals
Cooperation from all sides is essential to help limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The private sector yesterday donated protective equipment to the Royal Thai Army’s medical personnel.

Waterworks authorities to cut water bills by up to twenty percent and other benefits
Metropolitan and Provincial Waterworks Authorities, have both agreed to cut water bills, exempt fees and open a register to facilitate water meter deposit refunds.
— The Pattaya News

Sixty year old German man found stabbed to death in Prachin Buri, Thailand
A sixty year old German man, whose name was withheld pending an active investigation, was found stabbed to death this afternoon in Prachin Buri, Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

New scheduled departure times for people leaving Phuket
While Phuket officials have allowed tens of thousands of people to leave the island to head back to their home provinces, the Phuket provincial government only allowed Phuket residents to leave the island in their own vehicles on April 30 and May 1, being the ‘first round’ and ‘second round’ of the mass exodus.
— The Thaiger

Confusion, complaints over dine-in restaurant regulations in Pattaya from customers and owners
Over the past several days, dine in restaurants in Chonburi, like all over the country, have begun careful and cautious steps towards normality with many re-opening for dine in across the Province and in Pattaya City.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand Embraces an Empty Visakha Bucha This Year (Photos)
Visakha Bucha, one of the most important religious holidays for Thai Buddists, is more quiet than usual in Thailand this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

COVID-19: Bangkok’s millionaires enjoy lockdown luxury
Gourmet take-out delivered by a butler in a black sedan – Thailand’s super-rich have not forgone luxury during a pandemic which has locked the country down, crushed the economy and left millions unemployed.

Thais emerge to a “new world” after lockdown
After falling silent for more than a month under lockdown, Lek’s hairdressing salon in Bangkok is suddenly echoing to the sound of appointment calls after Thailand began relaxing restrictions on Sunday (May 3).
— Thai PBS News

Pattaya Reaffirms Pandemic’s Beach Drinking, Partying Ban
Authorities are stepping up patrols along the beaches of Pattaya to keep people from partying or tending to drinking sprees, confirmed Pattaya Governor Sonthaya Khunpluem on Monday.
— Khaosod English



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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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