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The epidemic curve in Thailand shows that the new strain of the virus can spread more easily in the country. So it is important for the public, especially for young people, to apply preventive measures, including physical distancing, wearing masks, and washing their hands. On the subject of vaccination in Thailand, health officials are working on inoculation procedures, and the relevant authorities are seeking to procure more vaccines, including doses from the United States and Russia, in order to achieve vaccination for 60 percent of the population, in order to develop "herd immunity." (18/04/2021)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed to recategorize new COVID-19 zoning areas in Thailand, including the Maximum Controlled Area (18 provinces) and the Controlled Area (the remaining 59 provinces). This has also been published in the Royal Gazette. Concerning the impact on the livelihood of people, especially at the grassroot level, there will be no curfew. However, the Government has urged the public to minimize traveling and reduce movement from 23.00 hr to 04.00 hr. (18/04/2021)
The Prime Minister has thanked and encouraged all units providing services to the public through the Songkran holiday period. He gave his thanks to medical workers tirelessly combating COVID-19, which is intensifying in the nation and will require more effort in the days to come. He extended his thanks to physicians, nurses, health professionals, and all other health workers, and also gave encouragement to police, soldiers, and civil servants who have been maintaining order, facilitating travel, and protecting citizens and their property. (16/04/2021)
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Bangkok Airways will close its ticketing offices in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket from 16 to 25 April because of the current COVID-19 situation. The airline added that it is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of passengers and staff. The company will continue to strictly follow precautionary measures against COVID-19 as required by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. (16/04/2021)
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Register for free COVID-19 tests for members of the Social Security scheme, covering members under Sections 33, 39, and 40 of the Social Security Act at sso.icntracking.com/icntracking. The ministry expects to provide testing to 300 people per hour, and the test results would be received within 24 to 48 hours. If anyone insured is found to be infected, they would be sent to hospitals under the Social Security scheme for free treatment. Currently there are 81 hospitals registered with the ministry, with a total capacity of over 1,000 beds. (16/04/2021)
The World Economic Forum has listed Bangkok as one of the five cities that have revitalized green space during the pandemic. Bangkok is building 11 new parks including an eco-park featuring mangroves and a 15 km greenway. (16/04/2021)
According to the Thai Retailers Association and Thai Shopping Center Association, all shopping malls in Thailand will close earlier at 9pm until further notice. (16/04/2021)
Thailands Bankers Association has announced new closing times for branches across the country. As of 16 April, until further notice: bank branches in department stores will close by 5pm and all other branches will close by 3.30pm (16/04/2021)
The Ministry of Labor will provide free COVID-19 tests to members of the Social Security scheme, covering members under Sections 33, 39, and 40 of the Social Security Act. The program will kick off on 17 April at the Bangkok Youth Center (Thai-Japan) in Bangkoks Din Daeng district, and those insured under the Social Security scheme, who are in at-risk groups, can receive COVID-19 tests for free. (16/04/2021)
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The Ministry of Public Health has encouraged the public to watch out for these additional symptoms for COVID-19, which include conjunctivitis, rash, and runny nose. These symptoms may or may not be accompanied by a fever and are usually found in young adults. If you have any of these symptoms, please seek medical advice about having a test for COVID-19. You are required to provide healthcare providers with information about your timeline and recent contacts. (15/04/2021)
The Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with the National Health Security Office, the Department of Medical Services, the Emergency Medical Institute, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, has provided hotlines -- 1330, 1668, and 1669 -- to help COVID-19 patients find beds at their nearest medical facilities, as the number of infected people has been increasing in recent days. Patients and others who are seeking further information on COVID-19 treatment facilities can also call these hotlines. (15/04/2021)
The Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with Rajavithi Hospital, has provided an online "risk assessment" form at https://covid19.rajavithi.go.th/test for people to use before they consider visiting a hospital to test for the COVID-19 infection. This self-assessment tool is available in Thai, English, and Chinese in order to encourage people to be more aware of their self-protection from health risks and to reduce unnecessary hospital visits. (14/04/2021)
The Bureau of the Royal Household has announced the temporary closure of royal palaces and various locations from 13 April, 2021, until further notice. The temporary closure will be until the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved. (14/04/2021)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand provides the updates for travellers regarding the cancellation of Songkran 2021 festivities in different locations in Thailand, as part of the nationwide effort to curb the spread of the recent community transmission of COVID-19. These locations include TATs Amazing Songkran Festival 2021 at the Airport Rail Link Makkasan Station, Bangkok; Amazing Songkran Buri Ram presented by Chang; Bangkoks Songkran activities at Lan Khon Muang Plaza, as well as Songkran activities in other districts. In addition, all special activities to be organised in Khlong Ong Ang have also been cancelled; Songkran in the Ancient Capital City, Ayutthaya; Khon Kaen Songkran 2021 Festival; Paweni Pi Mai Mueang Chiang Mai; Kanchanaburi Songkran 2021 Festival. (12/04/2021)
The Cabinet has acknowledged a plan to prevent and reduce road accidents during the Songkran holiday period. Deputy Government Spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said the plan focuses on area-based management, together with measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.The measures include setting up road accident and prevention centers, reducing accident risk factors, promoting road safety among motorists, and providing timely assistance in the event of accidents. (11/04/2021)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will set up new field facilities to treat COVID-19 patients. Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang explained that the facilities will be located at two of the hospitals under the BMAs jurisdiction. They are Ratchaphipat Hospital in Bang Khae district and Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital in Bang Khun Thian district. (11/04/2021)
To slow the spread of COVID-19, which was linked to entertainment venues in Bangkok's Thong Lo neighbourhoods earlier this month, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) announced that passengers who purchased tickets for the April 9-18 period will be entitled to a full refund if they cancel their trip at least 24 hours before departure, or one hour before departure if the destination is suddenly declared a maximum control area by the Government. (09/04/2021)
There are new clusters in Bangkok and its vicinities, which are most likely to be the UK variant strain. The population that is most affected by these new clusters is the younger population, who are at working age, in their 20s - 30s. The public is urged to refrain from visiting entertainment venues, especially those in the infected areas. So far, besides Thong Lor district, there are eight districts and 21 pubs and bars that have been affected. The Ministry of Public Health will have intense active case finding in those areas to find the remaining infected persons. (09/04/2021)
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Owing to the rise in infected cases from entertainment venues, CCSA is considering closing entertainment venues in 41 provinces for 14 days. But it does not include restaurants, which will be considered on a case-by-case and zone-by-zone basis. All restaurants are advised to strictly follow the COVID-19 prevention and control measures. The Prime Minister is very concerned for the health and the well-being of everyone in this situation. He delivered the message that the control measures will be gradually stepped up, according to the situation. (09/04/2021)
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The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) announced that it would allow customers who bought tickets for the April 9-18 period to get a full refund provided that they cancel their trip at least 24 hours before departure, or one hour before departure in the case that the destination is suddenly announced as a maximum control area by the government. For more information, please contact the SRT hotline 1690 (24 hours) or follow the Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pr.railway/. (08/04/2021)

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