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The Department of Corrections has implemented the Governments measures by forbidding visitors in prisons nationwide for 14 days as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This measure aims to promote social distance in an attempt to reduce the risk of the COVID-19 spreading. (23/03/2020)
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A partial and temporary shutdown of department stores and a slew of establishments in Bangkok is being enforced by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The partial shutdown order came into force on Sunday, and affects establishments such as beauty salons, driving ranges, swimming pools, exhibition centers, schools, and childcare centers in addition to malls and markets. Those failing to comply could face a fine of no more than 100,000 baht or a 1-year imprisonment, or a combination of both. (23/03/2020)
As many sectors have adopted a Work from Home policy, and because of the closure of risk places, many people have been traveling back to their hometown. The Department of Disease Control and the National Communicable Disease Committee have urged provincial governors to prepare for monitoring and quarantining any infected people arriving in their districts and villages. They also advise people to adopt social distancing, especially the elderly and ill patients, and to report to medical authorities if they develop symptoms. (23/03/2020)
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The Cabinet has approved a resolution for the 10th of May of each year to be National Mangrove Day. The mangrove forests are significant resources both in terms of economic, social, and environmental aspects. In 2019, the National Committee for Marine Resources and Coastal Management Plan and Policy, approved the proposal to mark 10 May every year as National Mangrove Day to remember the very first occasion His Majesty King Rama IX spoke about the conservation of mangrove forests on 10 May 1991, which has consequently created awareness among all concerned sectors to conserve mangrove forests. (22/03/2020)
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The army began the cleaning operation throughout Bangkok on Thursday morning by spraying roads with disinfectant to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19.) The daily cleaning will take place from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., starting on 19 March 2020 and continuing until the end of the month. (19/03/2020)
The Department of Employment has announced that they will change the process of renewing migrant workers' permits, to avoid the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The one-stop service center, which has the Immigration Bureau and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration operating in the same place, will be temporarily canceled. Migrant workers who have already registered on the name list and made an appointment should process each step at the location of each department. (19/03/2020)
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Dr. Porntep Siriwanarangsun, of the Social Security Office (SSO), affirmed that in case of COVID-19 infection, every insured person can be normally hospitalized according to their rights, and the Government will be responsible for all medical expenses. In addition, to provide more information, SSO will be establishing a hot line center where insured persons may contact the SSO: tel. 1506, 24 hours a day, from 25 March onwards. (19/03/2020)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in all parts of the world, social distancing measures are being heavily encouraged, one of which is for companies to allow their employees to work from home. Ministry of a Digital Economy and Society (MDES) has joined forces with telecommunications operators and platform providers to support online work. Platform providers are offering tools and applications on which users can collaborate in their work, edit and store documents, and create a virtual meeting with up to 200 participants. Services being offered by these companies are available on www.onde.go.th, where interested companies can register for inclusion. (19/03/2020)
Surat Thani has launched strict measures to combat the COVID-19 situation, as follows: 1. All passengers who arrive in Surat Thani at the 2 airports (Koh Samui island and Surat Thani mainland) must pass the temperature checkpoints, wear hygienic masks, and wash their hands with alcohol or hand wash gel before leaving the airports; 2. All bus passengers must wash their hands with alcohol or hand wash gel before departure or after arrival; 3. All island or mainland visitors must wash their hands with alcohol or hand wash gel before boarding planes/buses. Remarks: 1) Joining any activities/gatherings in crowded places should be avoided; 2) Always try to eat cooked food, use separate spoons, wash your hands, and avoid going into any crowded places. (18/03/2020)
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has unveiled two mobile applications for tracking quarantined individuals. The two apps -- "AOT Airports" and "SydeKick for ThaiFightCOVID" -- can now be used to track passengers and people who are under home quarantine. Both are now available on both Android and IOS. Those arriving from risk countries are required to use the apps, which will track them via their accommodations and contact information provided. (18/03/2020)
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand has announced the process of applying for the return of electricity meter deposits. This measure will proceed this month by allowing people to fill out a form at the electricity authority office in their area, either the Metropolitan Electricity Authority or the Provincial Electricity Authority, or online. (18/03/2020)
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The Cabinet has approved measures for helping people who have been affected by the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The electricity and water fees will be reduced by 3% for three months. Those bill payments for hotels and rental residents can be delayed up to six months without cutting the public utilities off. These measures will be in effect from April to June 2020. (18/03/2020)
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The Director-General of the Department of Local Administration (DLA) disclosed that local administrative organizations, in cooperation with local communities nationwide, have produced and distributed 5,038,321 quality fabric hygienic masks to the general public in many areas already. Additionally, the goal of this activity is to produce 50 million masks in March. (17/03/2020)
The Ministry of Commerce has reassured the public that the country's traders and manufacturers have the capacity to distribute enough products to cover the national demand, and that the ministry is closely monitoring the stock of grocery items. They also ask people not to panic-buy or hoard food items when it is not necessary. (17/03/2020)
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The Government plans to turn Thailand into an electric vehicle (EV) hub in five years under several promotional measures. The national strategies focus on the environment, solutions to air pollution, and the transition of the Thai automotive industry to electric vehicles. The Government has instructed the Board of Investment (BOI) to find more promotional privileges for investment in the production of electric vehicle parts, including batteries, and to support the import of less expensive batteries. (17/03/2020)
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The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, or MHESI, in cooperation with private sector organizations, has launched the DDC-Care mobile application, aiming to track individuals at risk by the Department of Disease Control. This platform will help to report health risk groups in 14 days and track traveling routes to assess the spreading of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). (17/03/2020)
The Thai government has stepped up measures to contain COVID-19 if the country reaches stage 3 of the virus epidemic, with the first measure being a plan to utilize a newly built hospital to solely treat COVID-19 infection cases. Authorities are also preparing other hospitals across Bangkok for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms. They include the Royal Thai Airforce Hospital, Golden Jubilee Medical Center, Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute and Sirindhorn Hospital. (17/03/2020)
Seventy-seven Thai students have been put in quarantine at a navy reception center in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, following a trip in Italy. Officials said 83 students arrived at U-tapao airport in Sattahip on Flight TG-945 from Rome at 6.15 am on Sunday. The group had been studying in Italy on a scholarship from the American Field Service (AFS). After a preliminary examination, six students were transferred to the Sirikit Hospital of the navy's Medical Department for further observation, leaving 77 at the naval reception center. (17/03/2020)
Mr. Thewan Liptapanlop, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister's Office, stated that the Government is currently still able to deal with COVID-19 situation, and asked for the general public to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection by not going to any crowded places. The Minister also asked the general public not to hoard food and supplies, because there is no shortage of food or other goods at the moment. (16/03/2020)
Airports of Thailand (AOT) will temporary close the parking lot in zone six at Suvarnabhumi Airport, from 16 March 2020, 08.00 hr onward, in order to control and prevent the spreading of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The reason is that there are normally only a few cars parking in the space, so AOT decided to limit this space. (16/03/2020)

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