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The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) has launched MEA e-Bill to encourage power consumers to switch from receiving paper bills to receiving electronic documents, using either their SMS or email address. The MEA e-Bill aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions caused by production processes and to reduce paper waste generated by electricity users in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Samut Prakan provinces, which comprise over 3.8 million households. (15/03/2020)
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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports revealed that the Government has encouraged state agencies to arrange meetings and seminars within the country instead of making outbound trips. This policy can support tourism during the months of April-June 2020. Therefore, tourism operators have to put more effort into domestic tourism to maintain jobs for workers in the tourism industry until the coronavirus crisis ends (14/03/2020)
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All international arriving passengers in Thailand will be required to download an AOT Airports application onto their mobile phones as a measure to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the announcement of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. Once the app is downloaded, they will have to fill in the required information -- name, surname, passport number, mobile phone number, and e-mail address -- and then present their information to the immigration officials on duty. The data will be stored for 14 days after their arrival. (13/03/2020)
The Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health, has approved a fast track system to provide convenience for businesses that import or produce hygienic masks during the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In the case of companies that import hygienic masks, the document review process can be finished within one day. (13/03/2020)
The COVID-19 information center has reiterated that Thailand remains at stage 2 of the epidemic, while assuring that the government is still able to capably manage the virus. The home-quarantine regulation for people suspected of having COVID-19 is a precautionary measure, while reiterating that the administration has prepared authorities and volunteers to closely monitor the quarantine process. Minister Attached to the Prime Ministers Office Tewan Liptapallop assured the public that the government is urgently expediting measures to prevent Thailand from entering stage 3 of the epidemic. (12/03/2020)
Thai Smile Airways has suspended all flights to and from Hong Kong because of the spread of COVID-19 in the area. The canceled routes include Phuket Hong Kong, from 13 to 28 March, and Bangkok Hong Kong, from 16 to 28 March. The passengers who are affected by the cancelations may obtain a full refund, and for those who still need to travel in these periods, Thai Smile will transfer the flight itineraries to Thai Airways without any charges. For more information, please contact Call Center 1181 or (+66) 2-118-8888. (12/03/2020)
Mr. Nond Kalinta, Vice President, Thai Airways, said that, due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and the spread of infection to several countries, Italy has implemented a lockdown of all regions across the country in order to control the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, THAI has temporarily cancelled the following flights to Italy: Rome 15-29 March and Milan from 13 to 30 March 2020.For more information visit thaiairways.com, or tel. 0-2356-1111, 24 hours a day. (11/03/2020)
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has promoted the project the "Disease-free Animals, Save Humans from Rabies," aiming to encourage the general public not to buy any pets, especially dogs, from stores without permits. Seeing that pets from illegal markets may have been treated poorly and often face health problems, they can bring diseases into communities, also causing high medical costs for owners. (11/03/2020)
The Cabinet has approved the Budget Bureaus measures to reallocate funds via adjustment of operations for all government agencies to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus and drought situation. The measures require all state units to lower their budget spending by 10 percent in order to procure the necessary products and services from local entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and contractors in the short-term as part of efforts to manage the new coronavirus and mitigate drought. It is expected that a total of 200 billion baht from the 2020 annual expenditure will be accumulated through the austerity measure. (11/03/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health reported 3 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 which brings the total number of cases to 53. Of those, 33 cases recovered and were discharged, 19 cases are admitted in hospitals and there was 1 death. People are requested to manage their health by doing the following; 1) Avoid going to crowded places 2) Avoid staying close to people who have respiratory disease symptoms 3) Take measures to eat cooked food, use serving spoons, wash hands and wear cloth masks to prevent the disease. If there are any questions, ask at the Department of Disease Control Hotline 1422 or website: https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia. (11/03/2020)
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The government is offering free medical check-ups for those who have come in contact with travellers returning from at-risk countries or individuals who have been infected or exposed to COVID-19. The free medical check-ups are also being offered to those exhibiting flu-like symptoms, such as coughing and sneezing. People may seek consultation with the Department of Disease Control (DDC) via its hotline 1422. (10/03/2020)
The Thai Airways International PCL has announced that it requires its passengers travelling from South Korea (Seoul and Pusan), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Guangzhou), Hong Kong, Macau, and Italy (Rome and Milan), to present a health certificate of No Risk Of Covid-19 prior to being issued boarding pass. Thai and Foreign passengers are required to fill in a form issued under the Communicable Disease Act BE 2558 (2015) and present to Disease Control Officers at the quarantine office in their destination airports in Thailand. (10/03/2020)
Don Mueang International Airport has stepped up its surveillance, prevention, and control measures for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Aimed at ensuring health confidence among travellers, the enhanced measures at Don Mueang International Airport include extra screening points with handheld thermometers.Because of the extra screening, travellers are advised to arrive at Don Mueang Airport at least three hours before their scheduled departure time. For more information and assistance, please contact the AOT Contact Centre 1722 or Don Mueang Airport Information Center at +66 (0) 2535-1192. (09/03/2020)
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Navy spokesman Vice Adm. Prachachart Sirisawat said Sattahip Naval Base in Chonburi has been designated a center for 14-day quarantine of Thai workers returning from South Korea, with safety standards and disease prevention measures. The facilities there can serve 400 persons and 750 persons at the maximum. There are screening procedures after arrival for disease control at the airport, so in cases when fever is found, the infected persons will be transferred according to the procedures of the hospital. (09/03/2020)
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The board for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project has approved clean energy and water management plans in preparation for the development of the U-Tapao aerotropolis. EEC board members discussed the water management plan for the area, with particular emphasis on the recurrent drought issue. Currently, the short-term management plan calls for increased utilization of canals and reservoirs, promoting water saving, and purchasing water from private sources in certain areas. The EEC board also approved the clean energy plan for the EEC, encouraging the use of solar energy. (09/03/2020)
The Commerce Ministry is concerned about any persons selling face masks at unreasonable prices, or holding a large quantity of face masks without informing the authorities, who are managing the production of surgical masks. All production lines in the country are now working at full capacity, increasing the national production yield to 38 million masks per month. Regarding the higher manufacturing cost, the Department of Internal Trade will be offering help, ensuring that factories can produce surgical masks for sale at 2.5 baht each. The Government may also offer special support for companies that wish to import more machinery to increase their production capacity. (07/03/2020)
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The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) affirmed that, because of very strict supervision by the MOC officers stationed at 11 manufacturing factories nationwide, no hoarding of hygienic masks has been found. Additionally, after the police checked up to 1,000 shops, it was found that most of them had sold all masks in their stocks already. However, for any complaints and requests, as well as in cases when hoarding of masks is found, the general public may contact tel. 0 2288 6070-4 or 1111. (06/03/2020)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) stated that the Songkran Festival will be held as usual, since there is no official announcement from the Government to cancel it. However, adjustments will be made to the activities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and drought situation. (06/03/2020)
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The Ministry of Commerce has launched a caravan of 111 cars to sell more face masks to people in different parts of the country. The campaign aims to ensure that everyone has access to masks nationwide. Twenty-one vehicles are to operate in greater Bangkok, while the rest will be in other regions, starting 5 March 2020. The campaign has set a limit of a pack of four masks per person, with a price of 2.50 baht per mask, or 10 baht a pack. (05/03/2020)
Surin province, which is high famous for natural silk and silk materials, has developed the face mask made from Thai silk aiming to promote traditional Thai crafts, save the environment, and be concern of Covid-19. This campaign will increase the value of Thai silk, generate income for locals and help to withstand for economic slowdown. (04/03/2020)

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