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A survey by Suan Dusit Poll has revealed that the majority of people think that the governments policy of having employees work from home, in both the public and private sectors, can reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.The survey, which was conducted online, from May 10th to 13th, with a sample size of 1,553 people throughout the country, found that 42.72% of the respondents worked from home; 34.45% worked both from home and in offices and 22.83% did not work from home at all. (17/05/2021)
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In a report from the Social Security Office (SSO), 80% of 6.5 million employees who responded on the SSO website stated that they would like to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Labor Minister Suchart Chomklin informed the public that this survey could help the Government develop an appropriate vaccination plan, to achieve the target of vaccinating at least 70% of the population, in the hope of developing herd immunity to the COVID-19 virus. The Ministry of Public Health will use this data to identify optimal vaccination sites, depending on the demand. (17/05/2021)
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The Ministry of Public Health is ready to provide walk-in COVID-19 vaccination services, starting before the end of May when there are enough vaccine doses. For non-Thai nationals, the application for registration is in the development process. Another way to receive vaccines is through the walk-in COVID-19 vaccination service, which will soon operate nationwide. Foreign nationals may also walk in for this vaccination at the announced locations in the near future. Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said, having separate facilities for the walk-in COVID-19 vaccination service for foreign nationals is being discussed in order to prevent any language miscommunication. (17/05/2021)
CCSAs proposal for a re-zoning of provinces based on the current COVID-19 situation has been approved and published in the royal gazette. Starting 17 May 2021, maximum and strict controlled zones will be reduced to 4 provinces (Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakarn and Nonthaburi), while maximum controlled areas will be reduced to 17 provinces. In the maximum and strictly controlled zone, restaurants are allowed to receive customers up to 25 % of their capacity until 9 pm, and allow take-away until 11 pm. However, the serving of alcoholic beverages is still banned nationwide. Working from home is encouraged for another 2 weeks until the end of May. (17/05/2021)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has continued to do more active case finding for COVID-19, owing to the increasing reports of new confirmed cases. The teams will in the field to screen for infected people, testing 300-500 persons per day with swab tests, from 17 to 21 May 2021. This action aims to find more infected persons in Bangkok and control the spread of the virus. Seven places the test will be performed are the following: Government Complex, Lak Si district; 72nd Anniversary Min Buri Park, Min Buri district; Wat Dan, Yan Nawa district; the park under Rama VIII bridge, Bangphlat district; Chaloem Phrakiat Forest Park, Khlong San district; Bangkhae Phirom market, Bangkhae district; and Sports Ground Pat 2, Ratchathewi district. (17/05/2021)
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The government is developing a vaccination registration app, especially for foreign residents, as there has been confusion about the registration process among expats, migrant workers and other foreigners. Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said mass vaccinations could begin as soon as next week, as supplies have arrived earlier than expected.The inoculation program will move ahead quickly once they are distributed. (17/05/2021)
The National Press Council of Thailand has issued guidelines for reporting news about COVID-19 vaccinations, following the publication of inaccurate reports by several media outlets. According to the guidelines, the media should provide balanced information, without editorializing or adding opinion, and should pay very close attention to the accuracy of the information to be published. Members of the media are expected to avoid sensationalism and choose wording which is concise and factual. Dates of incidents or official information on COVID-19 vaccinations should always be mentioned in reports, to prevent misunderstanding. (17/05/2021)
Bangkok has the highest COVID-19 transmission rate.The new patients continue to be those in close contact with infected persons (families, friends, and co-workers), workerson construction sites, crowds of people, and markets. (14/05/2021)
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The Ministry of Interior has ordered provincial governors nationwide to tell their officers to strictly monitor all kinds of gatherings of large groups, such as gambling, cockfighting, and bullfighting, as well as the hosting of crowded activities, such as merit events, parties, and seminars, to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in local areas. The general public is requested to practice the DMHTT hygiene standard (Distancing, Mask wearing, Hand washing, Temperature checking, and using the ThaiChana application) to stop the pandemic. (14/05/2021)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched a food delivery project for medical personnel and staff who work in its affiliated hospitals and field hospitals. The project is operated by BMA's mobile kitchen units, cooking meals for lunch and dinner twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday. On 14 May 2021, they sent out 1,310 boxes of food to six hospitals and medical centers. The BMA sincerely thanks members of the public who donated materials for cooking. Those who are interested in donating more ingredients for the project can contact 0 2224 2981. (14/05/2021)
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The Cabinet has approved a measure to allow small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to use their software or computer program-related expenses as a deductible against corporate income tax due, at the rate of two times the expense in some cases. Revenue Department Director-General Dr Ekniti Nitithanprapas said the approval is aimed at encouraging SMEs to deploy digital technology to upgrade their operations. This new tax measure will be applied to SME accounting periods for 2021 and 2022. (14/05/2021)
The International Trade Promotion Department plans to host more virtual trade fairs and online business activities, to boost the countrys exports in the second half of the year amid COVID-19 outbreaks. Department Director-General Somdet Susomboon said the agency is preparing a schedule of more than 30 virtual trade fairs and online business activities this year, mainly in the second half, to boost exports by more than 4%. (14/05/2021)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged to the Cabinet to add COVID-19 vaccinations to the national agenda. The Government will be able to set up procurement and distribution of vaccines urgently. Thailand will obtain a total of 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate all Thais in the country. The vaccines have to meet the Public Health Ministrys safety standards and be effective against the virus. Meanwhile, the National Vaccine Committee recently agreed that vulnerable residents nationwide can get a COVID-19 jab without making an appointment from June, in order to help people who are unable to book an inoculation online or who have problems with vaccination registration. (13/05/2021)
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The Prime Minister congratulated the Vietnamese Prime Minister on his premiership, and commended the close and cordial relations between Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand stands ready to cooperate with the new government of Vietnam as a strengthened strategic partner. In addition, The Vietnamese Prime Minister also hailed Thailands effort and commitment to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (13/05/2021)
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The Department of Health has advised the public to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection to their family, which includes not being in close contact with other people and not getting together with the elderly; observing your symptoms and measuring your temperature every day; using the smartphone applications provided by the Government; not sharing personal items such as glasses, dishes, or towels; keeping the working area at home in an open area, not close to the elderly or patients with chronic diseases. It will also help if they periodically open the windows for ventilation, and clean the house, equipment, and common areas such as handrails, door knobs, and toilets. (13/05/2021)
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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana graciously donated digital portable X-ray devices, with artificial intelligence systems, to field hospitals in many provinces for treatment of COVID-19-infected patients. The Correctional Program Share Happiness, a royal project, initiated by His Majesty the King, granted 1 million baht to the Department of Corrections for supporting laboratory improvement in the Medical Correctional Institution to facilitate access to its medical services for inmates and the public. The project also donated 26,000 face masks and 4,000 alcohol gel sanitizers to the department to cope with the spread of COVID-19. (13/05/2021)
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The prime minister said the vaccines procured by the government have met the Public Health Ministrys safety standard and are effective against the virus. They are almost 100% effective at preventing patients from developing severe symptoms or from dying, if they contract COVID-19. Meanwhile, the National Vaccine Committee on Wednesday agreed that vulnerable residents nationwide can get a COVID-19 jab without making an appointment from June. The move is aimed at helping people who are unable to book an inoculation online or who face problems with vaccination registration. (13/05/2021)
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The Education Ministry has prepared a host of activities for students, ahead of the first semester of this academic year on June 1st. Education Minister Treenuch Thienthong said the ministry has already devised various plans for May 17th through 31st so students can use the time wisely ahead of the new term, which was postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools. (13/05/2021)
Thailands biggest produce market, Bangkoks Simummuang Market, has closed some zones for deep cleaning as health officials test the sellers and workers for COVID-19. Also, Wat Aiyikaram, a temple in Pathumthani, has also closed its doors after a driver was diagnosed with the disease. (13/05/2021)
From 28 February to 10 May 2021, we have inoculated 1.89 million doses of vaccine. About 530,000 people have received both doses while 1.36 million people have received their first dose. CCSA is expediting vaccinations in communities around Bangkok that have high risk of virus transmissions. (12/05/2021)

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