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The doctors of Rajavithi Hospital revealed that, after using influenza and AIDS antiviral drugs with a Chinese patient infected with the novel coronavirus 2019, the patient recovered in 48 hours. The results show that no virus was found after the treatment, so apparently the antiviral drugs can activate quickly and bring about rapid recovery. The Ministry of Public Health praised the achievement of Thai doctors working hard to tackle the problem, and it is hoped that other countries can apply this remedy to cure their patients, as well. (03/02/2020)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is ready to tackle coronavirus 2019, even if the number of infected patients increases. BMA has prepared hospitals to handle patients immediately. In case of a shortage of hygienic masks, BMA recommends that the general public use washable and reusable cloth hygienic masks instead. In addition, BMA also asked members of the public to look after themselves by always washing their hands after touching elevators, handrails, and other public surfaces, as well as dropping their used masks in a separate bag before disposal. BMA is also establishing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as a headquarters to work with the Ministry of Public Health and relevant agencies, in order to cope with the coronavirus situation immediately. (01/02/2020)
The Minister of Commerce disclosed that the current capability of ten Thai factories to manufacture hygienic masks comes to approximately 100 million, which is adequate for the needs of the general public. The overall need of hygienic masks nationwide is about 30 million a month, and if the situation of coronavirus is not alleviated soon, the need may possibly rise up to 40 million a month. The Minister asked the general public not to panic about a possible shortage of masks, and not to hoard goods during this time. (01/02/2020)
Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has instructed provincial commercial affairs officers nationwide to inspect vendors offering face masks, in a bid to protect consumers. Local commercial affairs offices are to inform local vendors to clearly display price tags and refrain from price gouging, while informing consumers where they can purchase the masks. (31/01/2020)
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) disclosed that two Thai suspects were arrested and charged with spreading false news in regards to the latest novel coronavirus outbreak. The Ministry has been closely monitoring news and rumors regarding the coronavirus outbreak on social media through the Anti-Fake News Centre to ensure that people receive only verified news. (31/01/2020)
The Orange Line subway construction project of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority, which will connect Bang Khun Non and Min Buri, has been approved by the Cabinet. The project will be developed under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Net Cost arrangement. The bidding will take place in June 2020. (30/01/2020)
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is employing multi-rotor drones installed with dust sensors in order to check the air quality and amount of PM 2.5 airborne dust. Samae Dam, in Bang Khun Thian, along Rama II Road, is a targeted location, where the rate of PM 2.5 dust has been over the safety standard because of numerous industrial factories and dense traffic in the area. The detector drones will check the rate of PM 2.5 dust in three periods: in the morning, the afternoon, and the evening. The data collected by the RTAF will be further utilized and sent to the relevant agencies in order to solve the problem efficiently and suitably. (30/01/2020)
All provinces in Thailand are now at the highest warning level to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country by following the disease control protocols. Each province, especially those that are close to the border and have many visitors, has strict health screening procedures. (30/01/2020)
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The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, has launched the Food Waste Management program to help reduce waste. The program is supported by Food Innopolis, the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thai Airways International, and Thai Smile Airways. The program aims to deploy innovations to help reduce food waste, such as analyzing the ingredients used by airlines to produce meals and finding suitable technologies to improve efficiency and reduce waste during the manufacturing process. (30/01/2020)
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The Ministry of Public Health in cooperation with Rajavithi Hospital has today launched a risk assessment online form before hospital visiting for the novel coronavirus 2019 infection at http://rajavithi.emergencymed.net/corona/en_index.html. This self-assessment tool is available in Thai, English and Chinese languages in order to encourage people to be more aware of their self-protection from health risks and reducing unnecessary hospital visits. (29/01/2020)
According to the Spokeswoman of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that 64 Thai citizens living in Wuhan have currently registered with the Royal Thai Embassy, and the Chinese government assured Thailand that they will be treated with the best care. In addition, public transport has temporarily been shut down only in Wuhan, whereas the public transport in other cities is in normal service. However, the Government is ready to evacuate Thai citizens in Wuhan as soon as it receives permission from the Chinese government. (29/01/2020)
The Ministry of Interior (MOI) disclosed that, to reduce airborne dust, some control measures have been employed. The basic measures that need to be operated first include transportation control, open burning control in the northern region, and dust prevention from neighboring countries, as well as dust control in certain locations, particularly construction sites and industrial factories. In addition, the MOI emphasized that the use of strict law enforcement is needed to solve the problem efficiently. (29/01/2020)
The Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives made a trip of inspection in Buriram province to follow up the drought situation and how water shortages in the area have been managed. As of 26 January, the total amount of usable water collected in reservoirs across the province is up to 64 million cubic meters, which is adequate for the dry season. However, the Royal Irrigation Department will be strictly managing the use of water and preparing water in case of a possibly late rainy season, as well as asking for the general publics cooperation in using water sparingly. (28/01/2020)
The Ministry of Transport (MOT) disclosed that, as well as military planes, some airplanes from Thai Airways and Thai Smile have also been prepared for evacuation operations as soon as they are requested to move Thai citizens living in Wuhan, China, back to Thailand. In addition, the MOT will be operating with the Ministry of Public Health to provide doctors, nurses, and medical equipment on those flights, as well as screening points for the flights departing from China. (28/01/2020)
Because of the breakout of a new, or novel, form of coronavirus in China, Phuket has established an emergency operations center to monitor the possible infections from visitors, as Phuket is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The center will update members of the media and the general public about the latest developments in the coronavirus situation. (27/01/2020)
In a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and raise confidence among passengers, the Airport Rail Link has launched a systemwide campaign to disinfect its facilities, spraying railway stations with disinfectant spray and household detergent. Airport Rail Link personnel have also been instructed to conduct a health checkup and to frequently clean their hands while at work. The agency is also providing passengers with health masks to prevent them from being exposed to smoke and airborne particles. (27/01/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) affirmed that the measures of disease control in five international airports Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi have been operating since 3 January. As of 26 January, 21,522 arriving passengers have been checked and given a health care advisory card to follow. In addition, the minister reaffirmed that MOPH has ensured peoples safety by inviting experts to monitor the coronavirus control situation closely, as well as providing strict screening points that are ready for duty in the five international airports. (27/01/2020)
Recently, the Ministry of Labor organized the 60+ Job Fair at Tesco Lotus Plus Mall, Bang Yai, Nonthaburi. The event promotes jobs for the elderly in new careers that are suitable for their age and experience and that promise a stable income, creating value and pride and helping them to become self-reliant, to reduce the burden on their families, and to increase the role and value of the elderly by economic participation. (27/01/2020)
Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwa, the director of the National Water Administration Office, disclosed that the Government plans to provide assistance to people in areas that have a high risk of water shortage due to drought. The plan includes installing water pumps to bring water from artesian wells, local canals, and rivers, and providing water to the public in several provinces nationwide, as well as monitoring the drought situation in the northern and central regions. (26/01/2020)
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has launched the Food Waste Management program, which is supported by Food Innopolis, the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thai Airways International, and Thai Smile Airways, to help reduce waste. Thai Airways International plans to reduce cabin waste and strictly control the meals that are loaded on each flight, while the ministry aims to deploy innovations to help decrease food waste, such as analyzing the ingredients used by airlines to produce meals and finding suitable technologies to improve efficiency and reduce waste during the manufacturing process. (24/01/2020)

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