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According to the CCSA, the situation now in Chiang Mai is slightly improved, with fewer infections; however, the number nationwide is not stable, so we still need to be very careful. There have been new clusters reported in Ang Thong, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, and Nakhon Ratchasima. (22/04/2021)
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The Ministry of Public Health has stated that it will start the vaccination of the public nationwide from 1 June onward, as, prior to that, it aims to vaccinate medical staff and people in the high-risk areas first to reduce the spread of the virus. The ministry has also ordered all provinces to accelerate the vaccination for 300,000 frontline health workers and the risk groups of people nationwide, so that it is finished by this week. It is expected that the infection rate will continue to decrease. (22/04/2021)
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On the International Baccalaureat (IB) tests conducted in international schools which take place worldwide at the same time, the request to conduct these tests are under consideration by the CCSA. If the request is approved, they will be conducted with strictest public health measure. (22/04/2021)
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In the new wave of COVID-19 transmission in April, the Ministry of Public Health has warned that people who are at a high risk are the elderly and persons with congenital diseases. The rate is higher for those with other serious health conditions or a weakened immune system. Along with everyone else, they should continue to wear masks properly, keep physical distancing, wash their hands often and avoid crowded places. (22/04/2021)
Thailand will procure an additional 35 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from other 2 or 3 companies, on top of the 65 million from Sinovac and AstraZeneca, according to a post on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-chas Facebook on Wednesday morning. The decision to buy the additional doses was reached at a meeting of the working committee, tasked with procuring COVID-19 vaccines. (22/04/2021)
Airports of Thailand (AOT) Public Company has closed its head office, opposite Don Mueang international airport, and its safety control centre inside the airport, after more than 30 staff were found to have contracted COVID-19. AOT CEO Nitinai Sirisamatthakarn said today that he has ordered the companys head office closed immediately, for three days, after 19 staff were found to be infected, with the rest of the staff being told to work from home. (22/04/2021)
The Ministry of Public Health has disclosed that a COVID-19 infected mother, or a mother with a risk of infection, can still feed her baby because the virus has not been found in breast milk, according to medical research. The recommended way is to pump the milk and have a healthy person feed the baby with a baby bottle. But if it is necessary for the mother to breastfeed her own baby, she should follow these instructions for the safety of them both: wash hands at least 20 seconds before and after touching the baby, the mother should wear a face mask the whole time, and clean the breast pump and baby bottles and heat them to destroy the virus. However, if the mother is coughing or sneezing, she should avoid getting close to the baby and ask someone to bottle feed the baby, instead. (22/04/2021)
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, visited Erawan 2 field hospital, the 4th field hospital of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) located at Bangkok Arena Stadium, Nong Chok district.COVID-19 infected patients will be color-coded according to their symptoms, that is, green is for patients with asymptomatic and mild symptoms who will be sent to a field hospital or a hospitel, while patients who are categorized as yellow or red will be hospitalized. (22/04/2021)
In order tocope with the rising number of COVID-19 patients, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has a planto set up hospitels by converting hotels into the symptom surveillance area for the patients with an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection or those with mild or moderate symptoms. Setting up hospitelscan help the main hospitals to have enough beds for the critically ill patients with the highest efficiency.The COVID-19 infected persons can receive attention from medical personnelin the hospitel, and they can also help prevent further transmission of the virus into their community. (22/04/2021)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has moved forward the improvement of Phadung Krung Kasem Canal. The is expected to start this August - September 2021. The improvement of Phadung Krung Kasem Canal's landscape will include the integration of all aspects, considering the beauty and versatility of functions, such as being a place for relaxation and exercise, as well as a thoroughfare, taking into consideration public safety and convenience, such as guardrails, walkways, tree planted areas, lighting poles, dams, andparking lots. (21/04/2021)
The CCSA has advised the public about procedures when a COVID-19 patient is admitted to a field hospital, which include the following: bring your own personal belongings; stay in the building all the time; wear a mask all the time; always throw garbage in the bin that is provided and close the lid; clean the area you are staying in; and when there is a change in symptoms, such as high fever, cough, immediately notify the hospital staff. (21/04/2021)
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The Prime Minister has stressed that the Government is not trying to limit the choices of COVID-19 vaccine that can be purchased and imported by private companies, stressing that the process must follow protocols to ensure safety. In addition, he was addressing concerns regarding the speed and availability of Thailands vaccine rollout, with 666,210 shots given in 77 provinces out of the available 1,161,849 doses, as of 19 April 2021. (21/04/2021)
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Phuket province has required travelers from the other 17 red-zone provinces to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated or to test negative to the virus. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated need to present a certificate of a negative SARS-CoV-2 virus test using the RT-PCR method, with the testing performed within 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers who have not undertaken the test prior to their arrival are required to take an antigen rapid test, costing 300 baht per person. Phukets new COVID-19 protection measure applies to travelers who arrive by land transport from the red-zone provinces and to all airline passengers. This strict requirement will stay in place until at least 30 April 2021. (21/04/2021)
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Forty companies that are members of Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) have agreed to support a COVID-19 vaccination plan, which will help the Government open the country as soon as possible, with the safety of people in mind and with the goal of moving business forward. TCC is aiming at getting 70% of people in Bangkok vaccinated by the end of 2021 while it wants 100% of medical staff to receive the vaccine by the end of June. TCC has organized four teams to carry out this policy: (1) distribution and vaccination team, (2) communication team, (3) technology and system team, and (4) an additional vaccination team, which will deal with government agencies and private hospitals in supplying vaccine to their staff. It estimates that the addition of 30 million doses of vaccine would enable 70% of Thai people to be vaccinated. Private sector businesses have also agreed to sponsor vaccine doses for their 1 million staff. (21/04/2021)
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The commander of the 4th Army Area has ordered subordinates to be ready to receive Thai returnees as Malaysia ordered illegal migrants to leave its soil within 21 April. Lt Gen Kriangkrai Srirak, commander of the 4th Army Area which supervises the South, said his personnel prepared venues to receive Thai returnees and were strictly guarding the border sections in Narathiwat and Songkhla provinces where there were many natural border-crossing points. (21/04/2021)
The cabinet approved a 7,000-baht subsidy under the Rao Chana (We Win) program for 2.4 million more people and extend the deadline for the subsidy spending for a month to 30 June. The approved subsidy conditions were proposed by the Finance Ministry that wanted to expand subsidy recipients and the governments budget for the subsidy program. (21/04/2021)
The Royal Gazette has published an announcement that it will adopt a vaccine passport for COVID-19 vaccination, which may be used for international travel. People will be eligible for the vaccine passport only if they have received a vaccine registered in Thailand or one that is certified by the World Health Organization. This vaccination certificate is for individual use only. So far, there are three companies that have registered the COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand, namely Sinovac, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. (21/04/2021)
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hasannounced the launch of the Entry Thailand online platform under integrated efforts by related government agencies to facilitate vaccinated international visitors. The one-stop platform enables all arrangements, specifically for international visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are eligible for a shortened mandatory quarantine period per the Royal Thai Governments announcement, which takes effect from 1 April, 2021. Learn more about the Entry Thailand online platform atwww.entrythailand.go.th/journey/1. (21/04/2021)
Owing to a rumor that COVID-19 Rapid Tests are being sold online and that the public can buy them and test themselves at home, the Department of Medical Sciences has clarified that the test kit is a test for antibodies only; it cannot detect the virus or indicate if the user is infected with the virus. The rapid tester should be used and the results interpreted only by specialists or medical technicians. If home users get a negative reading in the result, they might think they do not have the virus and then unintentionally spread the virus to others. So the department has warned the public not to buy the COVID-19 Rapid Test and use it themselves. (21/04/2021)
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Thailand Post has announced that all post offices around the country are changing their operation times, starting from 19 April 2021 as follows: 1. The Thailand Post main branches in Bangkok and other provinces will open until 18.00 hr. 2. Thailand Post's general branches and offices in gas stations will open until 17.00 hr. 3.As for Thailand Post branches in department stores and in airports, they will open until 19.00 hr. Information about the post offices can be checked at http://www.thailandpost.co.th/th/index For more information, please contact Hotline 1545. (21/04/2021)

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