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As the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the long-running drought have continued to affect farmers, the Royal Irrigation Department has launched a campaign for hiring people in its maintenance, building, and improvement projects. The campaign aims to help affected farmers to gain a replacement income. The employment period will be 3-7 months long, and farmers will earn around 8,000 baht per month. (31/03/2020)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has handed out health masks and hand sanitizers to Buddhist monks to help them cope with the spread of COVID-19. Todays, temples provide hand sanitizers for visitors and display signs advising on ways to stay safe from COVID-19, including markers to keep people separated from one another. The BMA has continued to produce health masks and is now making over 100,000 a month to meet demand. It has so far made 160,000 masks. (31/03/2020)
The State Railway of Thailand has announced that 22 air-conditioned express, rapid, sleeper and dining train services from Bangkok to the North, Northeast and South will be suspended from 1 April, 2020, until further notice. (30/03/2020)
The Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, in cooperation with Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (Public Organization) under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation and their cooperative sectors, has developed WIN-Masks: Washable Innovative Nano-Masks, aiming to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19). There are three layers in the masks, which help to filter 2.5 micron particles and droplets, in the same way that surgical masks do. The layers comprise allergen-proof fabric with nano coating, antibacterial microfiber fabric with zinc oxide (ZnO), and cotton fabric. (30/03/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health advised that cloth masks are enough to prevent people from catching the virus via droplets from coughing or sneezing. You can find cloth masks at supermarkets, markets, local stores, street vendors and online stores. (27/03/2020)
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) revealed that the Debt Clinic is launching two aid measures to cushion the project participants who are economically affected by the spread of COVID-19. The measures include (1) postponement of debt payment in installments (both principal and interest) up to six months, from April to September, and (2) reduction of the interest rate by 2 percent for six months, from April to September. (27/03/2020)
The Ministry of Industry has discussed the supplies of consumer products, face masks, and alcohol with representatives of the Federation of Thai Industries and the Thai Chamber of Commerce. The meeting agreed to produce 10 million reusable cloth masks within two months, and 1 million of them would be given to people free of charge. The meeting also acknowledged that there is enough alcohol spray and gel products for consumers, and manufacturers would raise their production. (27/03/2020)
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Thailand has invoked the Emergency Decree across the nation, effective from 26 March to 30 April 2020. All national parks and forest parks in Thailand are temporarily closed, and travel between provinces in Thailand will have more strict screening to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). (26/03/2020)
After the declaration of the nationwide state of emergency, the police department, in cooperation with the army, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and public health officers, established COVID-19 screening checkpoints along the inbound roads heading to Bangkok in seven locations to battle the spread of COVID-19. The locations include (1) Khlong Prapa Bridge, Chaengwattana Road, (2) under the Maha Nakhon Tollway, Suwinthawong Road, (3) Kanchanaphisek Frontage Road soi 39, (4) in front of the Esso gas station near Bearing BTS station, (5) in front of the Toyota showroom, Ratchaphruek Road, (6) under Bhumibol Bridge, Suk Sawat Road, and (7) in front of the PTT gas station, Rama II Road soi 92. (26/03/2020)
The Ministry of Commerce has launched 200 Blue Flag caravan vans to sell consumer products in Bangkok and its vicinity to prevent and suppress stockpiling and overpricing by retailers. The consumer products include rice, eggs, oil, canned fish, instant noodles, and hand wash gel. The project aims to distribute essential products at a cheap price to the public, after many places have been closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). (25/03/2020)
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Members of the public are strongly advised to stay home and follow the recommendations from the World Health Organization and the guidelines from the Ministry of Public Health. Public Health Ministry has stressed the importance of social distancing, stating that if people refuse to stay home to help contain the spread of the virus, the toll in Thailand will continue to rise exponentially, particularly in Bangkok. (25/03/2020)
The Ministry of Industry has discussed the supplies of consumer products, face masks, and alcohol with representatives of the Federation of Thai Industries and the Thai Chamber of Commerce. The meeting agreed to produce 10 million reusable cloth masks within two months, and 1 million of them would be given to people free of charge. The meeting also acknowledged that there is enough alcohol spray and gel products for consumers, and manufacturers would raise their production. (25/03/2020)
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The Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) has stepped up a social distancing measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), by drawing clear lines to set passengers apart at the distance of at least one meter. Furthermore, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has also encouraged the public to be disciplined and follow guidelines from public health advisers. (25/03/2020)
To help people suffering from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Thammasat University hospital has provided accommodation for COVID-19 patients at its Rangsit campus, by converting student dormitory buildings to special accommodations. The hospital will provide facilities for patients with mild symptoms and use a monitoring system to inform doctors on patients' health and conditions until they test negative for the disease. (25/03/2020)
The Cabinet has approved a measure to assist workers who have lost jobs because of the spread of COVID-19 by subsidizing them with 5,000 baht a month for three months, from April to June, for temporary employees, freelancers, and those who have social security rights under Article 40. In this regard, the affected workers may register to ask for the aid money at Government Savings Bank, Krung Thai Bank, or Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, where registration will be provided soon. The Government estimates that the budget needed for this relief would be in the region of 45 billion baht. (25/03/2020)
The Ministry of Commerce has reported a summary of Thailands trade for February 2020. The figures show that exports were valued at USD 20,641.75 million, down 4.47%, while the imports value was at USD 16,744 million, down 4.30%. Meanwhile, Thailands balance shifted to a surplus of USD 3,897.26 million. (24/03/2020)
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The Foundation for Good Governance of Medicine (GGM) has joined forces with members of its network to establish FIGHT COVID, a volunteer program aimed at assisting state efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in areas with a lack of manpower. The program is assembling essential medical equipment for distribution to hospitals nationwide. It has already amassed 1,000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits for medical workers from the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), along with a large quantity of face masks, alcohol gels, medication and disinfectant. Volunteers will also promote knowledge on protection against COVID-19 to the public. (24/03/2020)
The Minister Attached to the Prime Ministers Office invited the representatives of 17 food delivery service companies to a meeting on preventive measures for food delivery to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Minister believed that if every sector would provide serious and strict cooperation, in accordance with the measures introduced by the Ministry of Public Health, the spread of COVID-19 would soon be within peoples control. (23/03/2020)
Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research plans to mobilize a community kitchen project, by applying Thai conventional wisdom and technology, under the theme "Shared, use, everyone gets benefits." This project will adopt shared production service models in order to create food production and services for each community, such as fruits and seafood, which can develop sustainable local innovation. There are processing projects in four provinces: Nan, Rayong, Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Songkhla. (23/03/2020)
WHO is launching a messaging service with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from coronavirus 2019. This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach 2 billion people and enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it. The service can be contact +41 22 501 76 55 that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type hi to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19. (23/03/2020)
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