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On Libong Island, Trang province, villagers and officials are delighted by discovery of sea turtle eggs on the islands beach for the first time in 10 years. The Libong Islands Non-Hunting Area officers were informed of discovery of traces of sea turtles which were likely to lay eggs. They inspected the traces and dug into the ground until the sea turtle eggs were found. Villagers and officials are delighted by the discovery of the eggs. The inspection found that they are green turtle eggs. (12/01/2021)
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Ten provinces of focus that have reported over 60 infection cases, namely Bangkok, Chonburi, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Chantaburi, Nonthaburi, Ang Thong, Pathum Thani, and Nakhon Pathom, may have added more strict measures, including traveling to and from these provinces. New field hospitals are under construction in many provinces to cope with the increasing number of COVID-19 patients. There are 18 provinces that have no report of COVID-19 infection. Roi Et has reported one new case. (12/01/2021)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has revealed the epidemiological characteristics of the new wave of COVID-19 in Thailand. The infection data is from 15 December 2020 to 9 January 2021. The data indicates that most infected patients are between the ages of 25 - 49 years old. Females are infected by the virus more than males, with a ratio of 1.14:1. (12/01/2021)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is now screening people traveling into the capital as part of the attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. Migrant workers from neighboring countries are not allowed to travel through the checkpoints, regardless of their current province of residence, due to the current policy forbidding the movement of migrant workers due to the high number of cases related to the migrant worker community. If found at the checkpoint, officials will inquire about their history, check their documentation and ask their employers to come pick them up. Workers not holding documentation will be sent to the police to investigate whether they have a legal right to work and stay in Thailand. The BMA currently operates 14 road checkpoints at the capitals borders, to screen people traveling into the city, as part of their COVID-19 containment measures. (11/01/2021)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is now screening people traveling into the capital as part of the attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. Road checkpoints have been set up to temperature screen drivers and passengers, with anyone having a fever being transferred to a hospital for further checks. Any person found with a body temperature exceeding 37.5 degree Celsius will be asked to stay at the checkpoints waiting area for a second measurement. They will be transferred to a hospital or healthcare facility for further checks if their second reading is also high. (11/01/2021)
The Public Health Ministry is convinced that the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to slow down by the end of January. Disease Control Department Director-General Dr Opas Kankawinpong said there are no new cases in 7 days in 20 provinces, which is very good and a positive sign. The Public Health Ministry advised continuing strict guidelines on general travel, inter-provincial travel, and local regulations. (11/01/2021)
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Where can people get a travel permit document for five provinces? (Samut Sakhon, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat) 1) General public: It may be issued by commission authorities, such as village heads, district chiefs, local administrations and organizations, and heads of police stations. 2) Government officers: Heads of their respective agencies. 3) Business organizations: Staff may present a document with authorization from the head of the organization to officers at the checkpoint.Download forms here: www.moicovid.com. (11/01/2021)
The announcement from the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation revealed that the number of Thai people who have been affected by COVID-19 after 363 days since the first case (12 January 2020) has passed 10,000 cases. Last year, the largest groups of infection cases came from people in state quarantine and from inbound flights. Most cases in recent days came from Samut Sakhon province. The percentage of cases in the new wave is 79% from local and 21% from state quarantine. The report said that the youngest case is a one-month-old child, while the average ages of infection cases are as follows: aged 21-30 years old, 26%; 31-40 years old, 23%; 41-50 years old, 19%; and 51-60 years old, 13%. The top 10 provinces with the highest number of cases are Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Chonburi, Samut Prakan, Rayong, Nonthaburi, Chanthaburi, Phuket, Yala, and Songkhla. The central region has the largest group of infections (59%). (11/01/2021)
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Thai Red Cross Society has invited the public to donate blood. Because the new wave of COVID-19 is making people donate blood less often, blood is in critical shortage nationwide. People who wish to donate blood or plasma should contact the National Blood Center, Thai Red Cross, tel. 0 2263 9600-99, or any provincial hospital. (11/01/2021)
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The Ministry of Labor sent officers to search for and do proactive COVID-19 testing on both Thai and migrant workers in Samut Sakhon province, in order to prevent further spreading of COVID-19. According to the ministry, the laborers will be tested with the PCR method and will know the result within 6-8 hours. Those who have a positive result will be admitted to a hospital, in accordance with the Ministry of Public Healths policy. (11/01/2021)
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Regarding a solution to the issue of illegal migrant workers, which is seen as one of the causes of the recent spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Labor has urged business owners to register their illegal migrant workers. The Minister of Labor has disclosed that it will cooperatively work with the Ministry of Interior to expedite registration of illegal migrant workers, which will help solve the labor shortage problem and be an opportunity to conduct disease screening tests to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (11/01/2021)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) stated on 8 January that the "internet news" about the Nonthaburi governor announcing a curfew time from 24.00 to 05.00 hr is not true. Nonthaburi province only announced that the closing time of establishments in the province would be 24.00 - 05.00 hr, not the curfew time. CCSA has asked the public not to share fake news and to follow updated news from official sources or trusted sources. (09/01/2021)
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Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Noppakhun has indicated that people in maximum controlled zones who wish to travel to other provinces, as well as those from other zones wishing to enter maximum controlled provinces, must seek permission from relevant authorities. Natapanu added that information including visiting reasons and accommodations must be provided to officials. Travelers must also undergo rigorous COVID-19 screening measures, though travels to and from both the maximum controlled zones and highly controlled areas are generally discouraged. (09/01/2021)
Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Noppakhun has stressed that Thailand has not imposed travel restrictions on people coming from the United Kingdom, despite concerns over a new coronavirus strain detected there.He urged all travelers -- both domestic and international -- to follow instructions and guidelines concerning procedures to obtain the necessary documents for entering Thailand. In a related development, Natapanu reported that U-Tapao International Airport in Rayong has suspended all flights until the end of January, due to the provinces status as one of the maximum controlled areas. (09/01/2021)
The Minister of Public Health gives thanks to medical staff around the country for their dedication to public health care throughout the past year. Every day is a work day, with no opportunity to relax and spend time with their families to implement the public health policy for the people. (09/01/2021)
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Nonthaburi province has announced the measures for members of the public who travel to and from the province. The regulations must be strictly followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People who travel to Nonthaburi must provide personal information through the QR code when entering the province, according to the province's announcement on 31 December 2020, or report themselves to the health officers or village health volunteers in their community. People who come from the Maximum controlled areas with highly strict measures in five provinces must self-quarantine at their residence for 14 days. If their residence has many people or people with a high risk of infection, such as the elderly, they should inform the authorities to take them to quarantine at the local quarantine center. (08/01/2021)
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Thailand has warned the public not to buy the COVID-19 Rapid Test and use it themselves because the rapid test is a test for antibodies only; it cannot detect the virus or indicate if the user is infected with the virus. Our body has to get infected with the virus for a while, and then the tester can detect the antibodies. But if the user recently gets infected with the virus, the tester cannot detect it. So it is easy to get a faulty negative reading in the result. The rapid tester should be used and the results interpreted only by specialists or medical technicians. This tester is medical equipment that can be sold only to medical centers or medical and public health practitioners, and the sale must be reported to the FDA. (08/01/2021)
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Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri disclosed about the Governments measures regarding commuting in and out of ones own province, especially the five provinces in the "maximum and strict control zones," namely Rayong, Chon Buri, Trat, Chanthaburi and Samut Sakhon, and other 28 strictly controlled provinces, that those who would like to travel across provinces must present a proof or permit obtained from concerned/local authorities, i.e., village/subdistrict heads, without having to go to provincial administrative offices. For other areas, provincial disease control committee may consider any additional measure as they deem fit. In any case, the people in those high-risk provinces are urged to refrain from traveling across provinces, and to work from home. (08/01/2021)
Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri clarified that downloading Mor Chana application is not mandatory. Paper-based travel record could be presented or verbal clarification could be made to officials at COVID-19 screening checkpoints. He also emphasized that intentional concealment of travel information, which may cause spread of Covid-19, will be deemed a wrongful act. The Government would like to urge the public to download Mor Chana application in order for them to be promptly warned if entering risky areas, and for COVID-19 tracing efficiency. The Government Spokesperson also affirmed that the application would not infringe rights of privacy as Ministry of Digital Economy and Society would delete the data within a specific timeframe. (08/01/2021)
Shopping activities at major department stores and retailers throughout Bangkok reportedly carried on as normal, with no reports of people hoarding essential products. Under new restrictions recently announced by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, supermarkets can remain open until 10 PM as usual to facilitate customers, but shopping zones must close by 9PM.The Thai Retailers Association and the Thai Shopping Center Association have ordered all shopping centers to abide by the new rules and step up disease-control measures. (08/01/2021)

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