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The Office of the Basic Education Commission (O-BEC) has resolved to allow students to apply and sit for high school entrance examinations online, as the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is expected to persist beyond the start of the new school term in May. The arrangement was based on the understanding that the situation could continue well into May, when the new school term is supposed to begin. (03/04/2020)
The Government is encouraging people to use washable cloth masks to guard against the spread of COVID-19 amid a global shortage of N95 masks and surgical masks. The Ministry of Public Health advised that cloth masks are strong enough to prevent people from catching the virus via droplets from coughing or sneezing in normal situations. You can find cloth masks at supermarkets, local stores, and online stores. (03/04/2020)
To combat the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has urged its officers to practice the regulations introduced by the Ministry of Public Health strictly. The measures include (1) temporary cancellations of visiting, feasting, and holding activities with children, the elderly, and the disabled in foster homes, and (2) provision of abodes for the homeless and unemployed people, for example. (03/04/2020)
The Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) has developed an Airborne Inflection Isolation Room, which will be applied for the treatment of COVID-19 patients and to support healthcare staff. These rooms are designed in both medical and engineering standards; they are also guaranteed by EIT and have been sent to Mongkut Wattana Hospital for practical testing. Three main materials that are used are as follows: GMP standard plastic, PVC pipes, and ventilating fan. (03/04/2020)
Referring to the nationwide curfew, the BTS, MRT, and Airport Rail Link will change their closing time to 21.30 hr. The change includes services at 13 MRT parking areas. While the public buses will start their service at 04.00 hr as usual, all buses will terminate their services at 21.00 hr. The changing of the service times will start on 3 April 2020 and be in effect until further notice. The public is advised to plan their travel accordingly. (03/04/2020)
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The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) disclosed that, during the board meeting to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2020 and 2021, a proposal to cut the expenditure budget by 10 percent was approved. It aims to help Thai entrepreneurs and promote employment and subsequently stimulate the economy amid the slowdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (03/04/2020)
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The Office of the Vocational Education Commission has produced 450,000 hygienic masks for agencies, the general public, and students in order to tackle PM 2.5 airborne dust and the spread of COVID-19. These three-layer cloth masks are made from cotton and muslin, with two years of useful life, being washable, and their filter is also changeable. (02/04/2020)
The forest fires in Doi Suthep - Pui National Park, which have been burning for a week, have been extinguished. Firebreaks have been built to prevent the spread of flames. The forestry officers also keep monitoring the forest area closely to ensure a prompt response to a new blaze, if one occurs. The local authorities have tightened measures to prevent the residents from burning forest land, and a fourth command center was set up to address the problem of dust particles in Chiang Mai province. (02/04/2020)
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The Ministry of Energy revealed that the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has monitored power usage closely and evaluated the situation on a daily basis while people are advised to work from home. EGAT has also increased generating capacity by over 30 percent from power plants nationwide. (02/04/2020)
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Officials stationed at the more than 370 recently erected road checkpoints nationwide have been performing health checks on motorists entering their respective zones. The Bangkok police deputy commissioner said 12 checkpoints in Bangkok have already screened at least 38,000 persons over the past seven days. Only 34 persons were found to have a high fever, though they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19. (02/04/2020)
The Government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will use a new distribution system for sending hygienic masks to hospitals around the country. Currently, there are 11 factories that are manufacturing masks at the number of 2,300,000 pieces per day to provide for healthcare workers and local hospitals in Thailand. (02/04/2020)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has made an announcement on the service hours of all kind of shops, convenience stores, supermarkets, and street stalls that are located in Bangkok, including street vendor carts. They are asked to cooperate by not selling their products from 00.00 hr to 05.00 hr. The order will be effective from 2 to 30 April. In addition, the order also includes the temporary closure of every public park and private park across Bangkok, from 2 to 30 April. (01/04/2020)
Krung Thai Bank and the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) are encouraging people to pay the BMTA bus fares with electronic tickets to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) through money. Passengers can tap an e-ticket, which has the "Contactless" logo, on the Electronic Data Capture machine on the bus to pay. The public can buy an e-ticket from the ticket staff on the buses from 1 April to 31 May 2020. (01/04/2020)
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The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) is planning to produce face shields from 3D printers and send them to the relevant public health agencies as soon as possible to use for their duties during the COVID-19 situation. The face shields will be produced in 70 schools of the Educational Service Area Office and in 15 schools of the Special Education Bureau. (01/04/2020)
The Revenue Department has extended personal income tax filing to August 31st, in order to ease the impact of COVID-19 on Thai businesses, while SME operators are allowed to suspend loan payments for up to 12 months. The department has encouraged taxpayers to file their personal income taxes via its e-Filing system or the RD Smart Tax mobile application so they are not required to submit their documents at its offices. For more information, please contact the Revenue Department's call center at 1161, or visit any of the department's offices nationwide. (01/04/2020)
The Governor of Phuket, Mr. Phakkhaphong Thawiphat, made it known that air transport to Phuket will shut down in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) regulations, the closing of the air transport route requires seven days notification in advance, so the order will come into effect on 10 April 2020. (01/04/2020)
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The Government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will use a new distribution system for sending hygienic masks to hospitals around the country. Currently, there are 11 factories that are manufacturing masks at the number of 2,300,000 pieces per day to provide for healthcare workers and local hospitals in Thailand. (01/04/2020)
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) revealed that the ministry has been currently allocated 1,300,000 surgical masks a day for use in hospitals nationwide. The allocation includes 650,000 pieces for MOPH hospitals, 100,000 pieces for non-MOPH hospitals, 150,000 pieces for university hospitals, 150,000 pieces for private hospitals, 100,000 pieces for Bangkok Metropolitan Administration hospitals, and 150,000 pieces for all MOPH departments. (31/03/2020)
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)

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