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Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has stated that the Government is concerned about the increasing suicide rate in Thailand, as many people are suffering because of the spread of COVID-19. This situation is a global crisis and has affected people physically and mentally around the world. The Department of Mental Health is cooperating with related agencies to help with this issue. Anyone who is facing severe mental stress or who sees someone close to them who may be thinking of committing suicide should contact the department's hotline at 1323. (01/05/2020)
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Several airlines have announced that they will resume their domestic flights from 1 May. Air Asia, Thai Lion Air, and Vietjet Air will partially operate on domestic routes. While Nok Air will operate as normal, except some routes. For more information, please directly contact the airline. (01/05/2020)
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The Ministry of Commerce plans to support and promote the private business sector with four main strategies aiming to expand markets into the global sector. This includes creating Thailands content platform, online business matchmaking, supporting SME banks, and collaboration with international investors in order to match them with Thai brands. In addition, the Ministry of Commerce will hold a a "multimedia online virtual exhibition under the theme of "online business matching" with 50 companies on 25-27 May 2020. (30/04/2020)
The Department of Disease Control (DDC), Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), is collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners to launch the COVID-19 Migrant Hotline in three languages, providing COVID-19 information to migrants in Thailand. This hotline can be reached at 1422 (Department of Disease Control Hotline), then dialing 81 for Cambodian, 82 for Lao, and 83 for Myanmar. (30/04/2020)
Thai Airways has denied a rumor that they will halt their operation for a further four months due to the effect of the spread of COVID-19. As the CAAT has extended the flight ban to Thailand until 31 May, there are no international flights yet. Thai Airways wants to reassure the public that they will resume the operation after the ban has been lifted. Now, the airline is still transporting cargo and agriculture products to help Thai farmers. (30/04/2020)
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The Transport Co., Ltd., has halted their bus routes that are longer than 300 kilometers, because of the extension of the Emergency Decree. The minibuses that have routes less than 300 km long are still operating, from 05.00 to 16.00 hr, at the minibus station (Chatuchak). (30/04/2020)
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The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) resumes operations on 8 trains beginning 28th April 2020 onwards to sustain the demands due to the COVID-19 physical distancing precaution. In order to better facilitate the movements of the people, SRT has decided to resume its provincial services on 8 trains. Passengers wishing to travel on the rail services can seek information at SRT Customer Service: 1690 (24-hour) or at help booth at all railway stations. (30/04/2020)
Mr. Aswin Kwanmuang, Bangkok Governor, said that eight types of venues might be able to reopen after the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) decides to ease its lockdown measures from 1 May. He said these types of venues are restaurants, markets, sports centers, public parks, salons, pet clinics, medical services, and golf courses. (29/04/2020)
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Thailand expects to welcome 1,071 Thai nationals returning from abroad, from 26 to 30 April. Upon arrival, they will all be put through a screening process and enter quarantine under the Public Health Ministrys supervision. All passengers are required to have a medical certificate and will enter state quarantine as they arrive. Meanwhile, the military is deploying its medics to border hospitals and state quarantine facilities. (29/04/2020)
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The Ministry of Public Health has planned operations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in migrant worker communities, especially those who are working in places with high numbers of staff in Samut Sakhon province. Medical staff and public health volunteers are prepared with medical equipment and supplies for Samut Sakhon hospital. The province has also encouraged physical distancing and adopted proactive screening measures in migrants dormitories or housing estates, which are handled by the community public health center for migrant workers. (29/04/2020)
The Cabinet has approved the budget to help people with disabilities nationwide. 1,000 baht will be given to 2.03 million people who have a disability ID card. The Government will also offer a loan for the amount of 10,000 baht for disabled people, without a guarantor, to help them with finances during the spread of COVID-19. The Government has agreed to adjust the benefits for disabled people who are not over 18 years old, from 800 baht to 1,000 baht, starting from 1 October 2020. (29/04/2020)
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The Cabinet has approved an extension of the relief fund to help people who have been affected by the spread of COVID-19, from 14 million to 16 million people, with a 240,000 million baht budget. It aims to help people in various sectors, such as general people, farmers, and entrepreneurs who are suffering because of the spread of the disease. The aid budget will directly pay people 5,000 baht per month for three months. (29/04/2020)
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Samui Airport will resume daily operations on 15 May, 2020, from 08.00 19.00 hrs. Bangkok Airways will also resume domestic flight operations from 15 May, 2020, onwards with the Bangkok Samui (round trip) twice daily service. All resumed flight operations will strictly comply with the safety measures and social distancing guidelines set by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). (29/04/2020)
The Thai Cabinet has approved the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administrations (CCSA) proposal to extend the Emergency Decree for one more month, starting from 1 May, 2020. Some restrictions under the Emergency Decree will remain in place, including the closure of entry/access points (land, sea and air) to the country, nationwide night-time curfew from 22.00 04.00 Hrs., limitations on commuting between provinces, and no large gatherings. The ban on all incoming passenger flights has been extended until 31 May, 2020. The Cabinet has also approved relaxation of some restrictions, which will gradually be introduced in four stages every 14 days. Details are being worked out and will be announced within this week. (29/04/2020)
The Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, has been conducting research on Thai culture during the COVID-19 pandemic. These academic papers aim at promoting Thai culture and strengthening the measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 through Thailand's cultural perspectives. In addition, it may be possible to adapt the Thai cultural model for success in preventing the disease in the future. (28/04/2020)
Mr. Tewan Liptapallop, Minister Attached to the Prime Ministers Office, has received 2,000 sets of isolation gowns donated by Sahapat Co., Ltd., at Government House. Minister Tewan expressed gratitude to everyone who had been supporting the medical sector to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. He assured the guests that the equipment would be handed to the Public Health Ministry for distribution to hospitals and medical staff. (28/04/2020)
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Chulalongkorn University has placed first in Thailand and 45th in the world for its pursuit of sustainability in Life on Land (SDG 15), according to the release by the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020. As far as SDG 15, or Life on Land, is concerned, this ranking explores universities research on biodiversity, climate change, and water and food security, as well as policy and social support for land ecosystems. (28/04/2020)
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As a rise in new COVID-19 cases was found again after the lockdown measures were eased in some countries, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has warned the general public to keep following the preventive measures introduced by MOPH social distancing, wearing a face mask, and washing hands often as New Normal routines, even if Thailand begins to ease the lockdown. In addition, the places where workers and customers are still required to follow the preventive measures strictly include markets and supermarkets, where cleaning and washing must be done with disinfectants every day. (28/04/2020)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) disclosed that Thailand will extend the announcement of the state of emergency for a further 30 days from now to keep controlling the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions mentioned in the announcement include a continuation of the nationwide curfew from 22.00 to 04.00 hr, and the ban on gatherings and group activities. However, the Government will reopen certain SMEs and businesses that are small, necessary for daily life, non-air conditioned, and without spaces for gathering. (27/04/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has provided guidelines and recommendations for beauty clinics and massage spas that aim to help prevent COVID-19 when those places resume their businesses. There are helpful suggestions to comply with the MOPHs regulations, such as increasing the cleaning cycle, and changing cushions and pillow cases for every customer. For foot massage and the like, the massage cushions or seats must be placed at least 1.5 meters apart. In addition, service people must wear a face mask, regularly wash their hands, and follow the facilitys instructions. (27/04/2020)

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