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Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister, has organized a campaign by the Internal Trade Department for the second phase of selling consumer products at cheap prices, from 25 April until 30 June. He said people can buy the products at the departments Blue Flag shops nationwide and the branches of 13 partner retailers. (27/04/2020)
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Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister, visited the Bangkok area to distribute 640 bags of relief supplies to people affected by the COVID-19 situation. The bags were distributed to day laborers, motorcycle, taxi riders, security guards, and the elderly, who are suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic because they are unable to go to work. (27/04/2020)
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The week of 24-30 April is World Immunization Week. This year's theme, "Vaccines Work for All," emphasizes the importance of protecting people with vaccines throughout their lifespan. The use of vaccines will protect people of all ages against diseases that causedeath. (27/04/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health is encouraging patients with chronic diseases to register for remote consultation via digital platforms -- LINE or Skype -- and receive medication by mail. Patients will be able to consult doctors without having to travel to the hospital, in order to save money and time, and most importantly, to avoid human contact. Patients with chronic diseases may register for this service with the hospital where they are currently having treatment in order to notify the hospital of their intention to receive long-distance treatment for the next visit. (27/04/2020)
The Ministry of Mental Health has launched campaigns "I am a hero" to encourage people to cope with with the "New Normal." Everyone can be a hero by keeping up personal hygiene, using proper utensils when eating, etc. It is helping people to tackle the spread of COVID-19. (27/04/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health has invited chronically ill patients to have a distance consultation by video call. There are 27 hospitals nationwide that have the service. Patients can make a video call with doctor to discuss their treatment and receive details by mail. Anyone who is interested may contact the hospitals for more details. (27/04/2020)
The Spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) disclosed that, as Thailands number of COVID-19 new cases is reducing, some provinces are therefore planning to reopen certain businesses. However, the Government is asking businesses to find the solution together, and reminds them that easing measures will not be valid unless they are approved by the Cabinet. Initially, the system to be planned for those eases includes humans behavior controls to halt the spread of virus, which is having a great impact on the economy. (24/04/2020)
Sadao Checkpoint in Songkhla province is temporarily closed from 23 to 29 April because it has to be disinfected after immigration officers were found infected with COVID-19. The Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint is one of the border checkpoints in southern Thailand that allows Thai workers to return home. Thai citizens in Malaysia are urged to use nearby Padang Besar checkpoint. (24/04/2020)
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged the public not to buy medicines that are claimed to cure COVID-19 from online shops. COVID-19 is an emerging disease and many countries are in the process of researching and testing cures and vaccines. The use of any medicine should be under the assessment of a doctor. Anyone who has questions about the medicine's qualifications or would like to report medicine that has falsely claimed to cure the disease should contact the FDA hotline 1556 or through its smart phone application. (24/04/2020)
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The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, in collaboration with TOT Public Co., Ltd., is turning used telephone booths into COVID-19 test stations. This project aims to protect medical staff, reduce their direct contact from operating testing procedures, and help medical workers to screen and provide vaccines and drugs for COVID-19 cases in the future. The telephone booths have been distributed to hospitals in Samut Sakhon province and Nakhon Phanom province. The stations are installed with an air conditioning system. Rubber gloves are also provided to protect staff in the booths from people coming to be tested. (24/04/2020)
The royally initiated traffic police will escort sick or injured persons to medical facilities in urgent cases during the curfew from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. in order to help reduce the process at the COVID-19 checkpoints. The police officers will coordinate with the COVID-19 checkpoint about cases and arrange vehicles to escort sick persons to the hospital. Police vehicles have been equipped with first-aid kits. Members of the public who need to receive timely treatment during the curfew may call for help at the Hotline 1197. (24/04/2020)
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Thailand starts today, 24 April 2020. Thailand's Islamic leader has advised his fellow Muslims to be careful and maintain hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus. (24/04/2020)
Village Health Volunteers (VHV) has launched a health project called Grab Drug aiming to pick up and deliver medicines to the people in communities. The project was kicked off in Thung Nang Ok sub-distict, Yasothorn province. This new program can help to support physical distancing and help the public to reduce the risk, as they stay home with safety. (24/04/2020)
Samitivej Hospital, in collaboration with AIA Thailand and True Digital Group, has launched Virtual COVID-19 Clinic by AIA | True Digital Group | SAMITIVEJ, a teleconsultation service for persons with the symptoms or at a high risk of COVID-19, such as those traveling back from high-risk countries or who have had contact with high-risk people. The consultation service is free of charge and is open every day, with 24-hour operation. The Virtual COVID-19 Clinic is available from 8 April to 10 May 2020, free of charge, and can be accessed throughhttps://smtvj.com/2R2RXUt. (23/04/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health has received 25 sterilizers for PPE suits and 40 UVC sterilizers for N95 masks from the private sector to tackle the spread of COVID-19. The sterilizers will help the medical sector to fight against the spread of the virus by making it possible to reuse the PPE suits and N95 masks, which are in high demand. The sterilizers will be distributed to hospitals nationwide. (23/04/2020)
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Khon Kaen has launched smart grocery trucks to facilitate deliveries for people in communities during the spread of COVID-19. The trucks can be tracked via an application. People can check the food list, price, and operation time, and set the delivery time in the application. The product can be paid by QR code to reduce the spread of disease. (23/04/2020)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is now providing the BKK HELP system for those who would like to donate food or relief supplies to the affected persons in Bangkok during the spread of COVID-19. The donors may join the system by going into the website http://bkkhelp.bangkok.go.th and choosing one of the 71 locations and the three time periods provided in the website before making a donation. Moreover, BMA will provide staff, as well as thermo-scanning, hand alcohol gel sanitizers, and other physical distancing practices for the convenience and safety of donors and receivers in each location. (23/04/2020)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has created a public Facebook group Amazing Market to offer a free platform for local communities, entrepreneurs and restaurants to generate revenue during the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. The products available on the Amazing Market include restaurants, fruits and vegetables, processed food, seasonings, and ready meals. Shoppers can also look for local textiles and accessories, Thai fabric and cloth masks, as well as home decoration items and souvenirs made from local materials. All buying can be made online, and the delivery can be done via delivery or postal services. (23/04/2020)
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has kicked off the community project We will not leave one another by using surveillance and tracking locations of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in community models. Rung Manee Pattana Community, Wangthonglang, Bangkok, is the first community to start helping members of the public who are affected by COVID-19. This project aims to mobilize the community to prevent the spread of the disease and protect people in more 286 communities. (22/04/2020)
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has launched a cloth mask that will enable persons with hearing impairment to see what other people are saying. The mask has a clear plastic section in the middle to aid communication, because they can see the shape of the speaker's mouth and facial movements and emotion. In addition, when the hearing impaired wear the mask, they can make facial movements at the same time as they use sign language. The project is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 by overcoming obstacles to communication between the speaker and the person who is hard of hearing. The mask will be sold in April 2020. (22/04/2020)
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