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The Royal Thai Air Force has joined the fight by calling up former officers to reinforce its military medical personnel. Fifty former air force doctors have been recalled to the Royal Thai Air Force in an urgent mission to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. ACM Maanat Wongwat, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, said at a welcoming ceremony held at Navaminda Kasatriyadhiraj Royal Air Force Academy in northern Bangkok, "We will fight the war against this virus together." (17/04/2020)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and MICHELIN Guide Thailand are jointly supporting local restaurants while offering encouragement and thanks to healthcare workers on the frontlines of battling the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). They are arranging to deliver a total of 1,800 food boxes from 18 one and two MICHELIN-starred. The food boxes are set to be gradually delivered during 13-17 April, 2020, to Rajavithi Hospital, Ramathibodi Hospital, King Mongkut Memorial Hospital, Chulalongkorn Hospital, Vajira Hospital, Siriraj Hospital, Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, Phra Nang Klao Hospital and Thammasat University Hospital. (17/04/2020)
During the Special ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Summit on COVID-19, the Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, made a proposal on the establishment of the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund by reprioritizing the existing Cooperation Funds both in ASEAN and with the Plus Three countries to provide test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. The PM also proposed the use of technology to improve regional public health systems, and to strengthen ASEANs economic resilience by applying the sustainable development approaches, such as the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. (16/04/2020)
Thailand remains on guard in its unprecedented effort to prevent and mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) despite a continuous drop in the daily rate of new Covid-19 cases. According to the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, the number of patients and new deaths in the country are still being reported, so intensive measures are being implemented in all areas. (16/04/2020)
The Minister Attached to the Prime Ministers Office disclosed that the Government has imposed strict measures to support the screening process of Thai passengers on both arrival and departure flights at airports. The screening processes include checking temperature by thermo-scanning, filling out health documents, and health check-ups by the Ministry of Public Health. In addition, the temporary hospitals and other sites for arriving Thai passengers, who will be transferred to state quarantine to control the spread of COVID-19, are still adequate. (16/04/2020)
Rajavithi Hospital has provided taxis for special missions, in order to help prevent the spread and reduce the risk of the disease. This campaign provides transport services only for patients at Rajavithi hospital, including patients in ARI Clinic, special patients who are allowed to go back home, and medical officers who need to travel during the quarantine. The service is free of charge and available from 09.00 to 19.00 hr in Bangkok and metropolitan areas. (16/04/2020)
The College of Advanced Manufacturing Innovation, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, together with Charoen Pokphand Group, has designed a quality inspection system which can help to inspect the raw materials that are used to produce surgical masks. This AI system, called CiRACORE Platform, is developed to check the quality of production and process in a more accountable, reliable, and safe manner before the masks are packed. It is able to produce up to 3 million masks per month. (16/04/2020)
The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) joins hands with related agencies to set up teams to screen people entering Thailand on the reopening of Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint on 18 April. It is expected to have 800 people pass through the border each day. Around 8,000 people registered online and reported to the embassy for permission to make the border crossing. (16/04/2020)
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Roi Et Hospital has innovated the "Dr. Robot 101 Car," one of its COVID-19 management projects, to efficiently deal with infected patients. The car is driven by remote control, and it has a tablet and PVC shelf. It is used for communicating between medical staff and patients, and for delivering medicine and necessary things to patients. The innovative car is aimed at decreasing unnecessary close contact with patients and reducing the use of PPE suits, which are expensive and in high demand. (16/04/2020)
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While research into the COVID-19 is ongoing, we have learned that the virus may survive on surfaces for a few hours up to several days. But the good news is that the simple disinfectants can kill the virus. The Ministry of Public Health recently advised that in addition to regularly washing hands, practicing social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home, one should also disinfect their personal devices to protect yourself and your family from Covid-19. (16/04/2020)
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, in collaboration with the private sector, has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) imaging solution for use in a computed tomography (CT) chest scan to detect the symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19), and has started using it in Siriraj Hospital. CT chest scans are expected to help medical staff to follow up on the patients and collect more information. They will also improve the allocation of medical resources. (15/04/2020)
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) initially imposed the ban for three days (from 00.01 Hrs. of 04 April, 2020, until 23.59 Hrs. of 06 April, 2020), then extended to the most recent period from 00.01 Hrs. of 7 April, 2020, until 23.59 Hrs. of 18 April, 2020. Today, Thailands ban on all incoming passenger flights has been extended for the second time, covering the new period from 00.01 Hrs. of 19 April, 2020, until 23.59 Hrs. of 30 April, 2020. For more information regarding the CAATs announcements, please visit www.caat.or.th/en. (15/04/2020)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration joins hands with Mor Lab Panda, a celebrity doctor, to take samples from people who may have COVID-19 at their front door. The list of names is taken from the BKK COVID-19 system, an online screening test. The project aims to decrease the spread of the disease by reducing travel by suspected people, so they do not have to go to a hospital. The team will go to the field to take samples in central Bangkok on 15 April, northern and southern Krung Thon Buri on 16 April, eastern Bangkok on 17 April, and northern and southern Bangkok on 18 April. (15/04/2020)
Dr.Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has revealed that the World Health Organization (WHO) praised Thailand for having a good healthcare system, with more than 1 million village health volunteers, who efficiently take care of their communities. They have been assigned to check on local households and villagers in quarantine, instruct people with proper knowledge, and encourage social distancing in the communities. The volunteer network is considered an important mechanism in Thailand's robust primary health care system. (15/04/2020)
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The Digital Economy and Society Ministry is turning TOT phone booths into COVID-19 test kiosks. TOT said that the first batch of 50 booths is expected to be built by the end of this month; they would help to ward off infection risk among healthcare workers and address the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). (15/04/2020)
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The World Health Organization, the United Nations Childrens Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Save the Children have released a childrens story book to help children and young people understand and come to terms with what COVID-19 is doing to the world. You can download the book at http://tiny.cc/zirzmz. (15/04/2020)
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The Department of Skill Development, Ministry of Labor, has provided online workshops of 15 in-demand Thai careers for the public free of charge. Learning online is one way to reduce the risk of infection, in accordance with the Government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19: "Stop the virus by staying at home for the nation." The online courses can be found (in the Thai language) at the official website of the Department of Skill Development: http://eit.dsd.go.th/dsdtraining.php. (14/04/2020)
The Department of Disease Control has stated that the situation of COVID-19 in Thailand has progressed, as the number of new cases is continuing to decrease. However, related agencies should not let their guard down on strict measures, especially social distancing, to reduce the chance of spreading the disease. They also ask for cooperation from the public. Anyone who visits the hospital who has symptoms similar to the flu should immediately notify the medical staff. It will help decrease the spread of the virus to medical staff. (14/04/2020)
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EGAT, MEA, and PEA have adopted measures to be prepared for handling summer storms in Thailand, which may damage voltage transmission from lightning strikes or gusty winds. The measures aim to restore electricity in any emergency cases. A 24-hour special monitoring team was set up to monitor the situation constantly for the security of the electricity system. (14/04/2020)
At the Thai-Cambodian border in Sa Kaeo, officials have been working to prevent COVID-19 from spreading across the border. Freight vehicles and drivers must all be disinfected as part of the control effort. Although the permanent crossing point is already closed, it is still necessary to be on the alert for COVID-19 because trucks are still allowed to deliver products from Thailand to Cambodia at the permanent crossing point. (14/04/2020)
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