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Even there is no report of a new case in Bangkok today, many people are concerned about the cluster in Chulalongkorn University. The index case had close contact with an infected food delivery driver. This cluster has in total 22 cases from the area. DDC found the virus on a finger scanning machine, which might spread of the virus among the staff. DDC has encouraged workplaces to regularly clean the finger scanning device or find alternative methods to record attendance. (16/02/2021)
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There is one confirmed case of the South African variant. The patient is in state quarantine and has had no contact with members of the public. Department of Disease Control Director-General said the department is closely monitoring the situation following concerns the South African variant may have reached Thailand. (15/02/2021)
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A new cluster in Pathum Thani has been found in a fresh market. The Department of Disease Control advises anyone who has had close contact with these persons or who has recently been to the market to please call 1422 for guidance. (15/02/2021)
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According to news reported by VNOVA International Co., Ltd., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Thailand rejected the registration of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, and the registration took a long time to process, which made Thai people lose the opportunity to access the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the FDA has clarified that the statement is not true. FDA has never rejected the registration, and it also added an "express lane" to accelerate the registration process. If all documents are completed, the process should finish within 30 days. Meanwhile, the company contacted the FDA twice. The first time was 11 January 2021 to ask for information for Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine registration, and the FDA gave details about documents and the timing of the process. The second time was 8 February 2021, when an officer from the company visited the FDA office to consult about the details for submitting the documents for Sinopharm, but had not yet submitted any documents. The company said that it would submit the registration documents between February and April 2021. FDA reaffirms to the public that it prioritizes the registration for COVID-19 vaccine from any company without any hindrance. It is also willing to give advice to facilitate vaccine registration. (15/02/2021)
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Thailand Post Distribution Co., Ltd., has joined with the Prompt Song application to buy supplies at a market for restaurants via the online system, which is another option for vendors during the COVID-19 situation. The delivery service through online ordering is another service operated by Thailand Post via the e-Marketplace Platform in the form of the Prompt Song app. Thailand Post will pick up products from the manufacturer or distributor and store them at a temperature-controlled warehouse. The area is organized by a modern system. The vehicle tracking system is managed using a bar code to ensure that the products are delivered to the services users on time. The service is being piloted in Bangkok and its vicinity. (15/02/2021)
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The Prime Minister has ordered officials to take tough action in solving the countrys rubbish problem. According to the Deputy Government Spokesperson, the Prime Minister voiced his concerns after being briefed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) about the degradation of marine resources and coastal ecology, and he issued a guideline to create a balance between tourism and the maintenance of coastal resources. (15/02/2021)
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The CCSA meeting will recommence again next Monday on 15th February and there will be no daily COVID-19 briefing on Friday and the coming weekend. The CCSA wished all listeners Happy Chinese New Year, Happy Valentines Day and a happy weekend with their loved ones. (11/02/2021)
The CCSA thanked the general public for practicing DMHTT and continued to encourage the use of applications ThaiChana and MorChana side by side to accelerate contact tracing by health officials as well as reducing their exposure to the virus. Differences and similarities of the two applications were summarised for greater clarity to the general public. (11/02/2021)
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), 139 of 155 national parks nationwide are now reopened to visitors, while 16 parks remain closed until further notice. This is in line with the latest COVID-19 control measures in the respective provinces, following the Royal Thai Governments announcement on easing of the COVID-19 control measures in most areas nationwide as of 1 February 2021. (11/02/2021)
Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, on behalf of the president of the National Informal Workers Management Committee and the National Workforce Development and Skills Training Committee, has requested the Ministry of Labor to promote employment and skills development among informal workers, who are key contributors to the economy, despite being paid less than most other workers and being uninsured. The latest information on the number of workers in the country reveals that 20.4 million out of the total 37.9 million employed persons are non-system workers who receive less protection and welfare in terms of health and security than in-system workers, with many of them underpaid and not insured with Social Security. The committees have agreed to assign the Ministry of Labor and related agencies to start the process of aid campaigns and compensation for non- system workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with the demands received. (11/02/2021)
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The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has explained four causes of COVID-19 infection: (1) being with a family member who is infected, (2) talking to a carrier for more than 5 minutes, (3) being coughed on or sneezed on by a carrier, and (4) staying in a closed space with a carrier for more than 5 minutes. Therefore, we must still strictly follow the basic preventive measures: social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands. (11/02/2021)
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Mr. Yang Xin, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Thailand, paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister to give him blessings on the occasion of the 2021 Chinese New Year. The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes to President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, as well as members of the Chinese Government, Chinese people, and Thai people of Chinese descent on this auspicious occasion. Thailand-China relations will remain dynamic, with cooperation being unceasingly forged. Both parties were pleased with the economic cooperation between the two countries, particularly e-commerce, EEC, Thailand 4.0, and the Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG) Model. (11/02/2021)
As the 2021 Chinese New Year is coming up, the Prime Minister has ordered concerned agencies to control prices of goods during the season, and to prevent any profiteering. The shops and stores must clearly display prices. Failure to do so will be subject to legal penalty. Additionally, online shopping is becoming more popular nowadays, the Prime Minister also instructed concerned agencies to monitor all platforms of online sales to prevent consumers from being taken advantage of and scammed. If any offense is found, the public can notify the Office of the Consumer Protection Board via Hotline 1166. (11/02/2021)
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This Chinese New Year, connect with your family, friends, and loved ones online.While staying physically apart, let family and friends know that you love them over the telephone or a video call. (10/02/2021)
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Healthy life with clean food 1) Wash your hands before handling food and often during food preparation; 2) Wash and sanitize all surfaces and equipment used for food preparation; 3) Use separate equipment and utensils, such as knives and cutting boards for handling raw food; 4) Cook food up to 70 degrees Celsius (10/02/2021)
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The Food and Drug Administration revealed that Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine is requesting emergency use authorization in Thailand. So far, there are three companies that have requested the authorization: (1) AstraZeneca, which is already approved; (2) Sinovac, which is in the process of requesting; and (3) Johnson & Johnson, which is in the process of requesting. The emergency use authorization in the Kingdom has a period of use for one year, and the side effects after use must be followed up to evaluate its safety. (10/02/2021)
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The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has suggested that the public check their mental health via an online platform (in the Thai language) or dial directly to a mental health hotline -- 1323 -- to help manage their levels of stress during the pandemic. Since the spread of COVID-19, taking care of the mind is also essential for strengthening self- immunity. This is described as a type of "self-vaccine" for reducing worries, and it is its own form of healthiness. In addition, the public is suggested to keep practicing "DMHTT" (Distancing, Mask-wearing, Hand-washing, Testing (temperature check), and ThaiChana application use). (09/02/2021)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed Thailand's ranking on the world stage by considering the world rankings in 2019-2022. In the field of public health, Thailand has been in the world top 10 in three health topics: (1) number 1 as the country that has recovered from and responded to the COVID-19 outbreak, and it had the best rating from the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI), by PEMANDU; (2) number 6 for health security in 2019, by Johns Hopkins University; and (3) eighth place for the best public health system in 2021, by Numbeo Survey. (09/02/2021)
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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana graciously granted seven biosafety mobile COVID-19 testing units, for collecting samples, to the Ministry of Public Health on 2 February 2021. The testing units are helping the authorities do active finding test and find the infected persons faster. These mobile units have played a vital role in active case finding in Samut Sakhonand other provinces to tackle the new wave of COVID-19. So far, His Majesty the King has donated over 26 million baht to build 20 mobile units, one express results van, and two X-ray mobile units, which are under construction. (08/02/2021)
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The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed on 4 February 2021 that the Ministry of Public Health is now aiming to do more active case finding in Bangkok, especially the districts that are near Samut Sakhon and those that have many factories, after they have done the tests in Samut Sakhon and successfully controlled the spread of COVID-19 in the province. So far, the five districts in Bangkok that have the highest reports of infections are Bang Khun Thian, Phasi Charoen, Chom Thong, Bang Khae, and Bangphlat. (05/02/2021)
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