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The Department of Disease Control strongly suggests that members of the public protect themselves from the PM 2.5 problem by decreasing it as an air pollution cause. They should refrain from using vehicles that spew carbon monoxide and from burning garbage and crops. They should clean their homes with wet cloths, keep the doors and windows closed, avoid leaving home, wear masks with dust protection, and drink plenty of water. Also, people who ride motorcycles must wear a mask, protective glasses, and long-sleeved shirts. Small children, the elderly, and pregnant women should consult a doctor if they are found to have an infection. Moreover, people should follow PM 2.5 information and situation reports from government agencies and check the air pollution levels before leaving home. (08/01/2021)
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The Ministry of Commerce explained the direction of work of the ministry in 2021 under the COVID-19 pandemic, revealing that the ministry will continue to push forward three areas of work, which include 14 programs. The three main areas consist of marketing strategy, expediting funds into the country by focusing on the service sector and the manufacturing sector, and emphasizing the integration of work with all sectors. The 14 programs will be implemented to take care of both domestic and international tasks, with the aim of reducing expenses and increasing income for people and entrepreneurs, such as the project of price reductions to help people. In addition, the ministry also plans to further encourage all sectors to use online trading systems. (08/01/2021)
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The Prime Minister urged everyone to fight against COVID-19 together. He has assigned the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, the Budget Bureau, and the National Economic and Social Development Council to come up with additional measures and policies, or extend existing measures to remedy COVID-19-affected people. He also assured the public that there is still sufficient budget to help out over 40 million people across the country. He emphasized that the Government's measures will take into account both economic and health-related impacts. Everyone is urged to join hands to unify Thailand, build the nation, and fight against COVID-19 in a bid for the country to become stable, prosperous, and sustainable. (07/01/2021)
On Thursday, 7 January, The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed prevention measures in highly controlled areas, which comprise 28 provinces, and the maximum control with high strict measures areas in five provinces, namely Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, and Trat. In the maximum control with high strict measures areas, the public must present a document showing permission to travel to the authorities, while people who travel to and from the maximum control areas must cooperate with the authorities when passing the screening points. CCSA also asks the public to refrain from travel if it is not necessary. (07/01/2021)
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The Sheikhul Islam of Thailand announced the measures to protect public health and control of the spread of COVID-19 in the restricted areas. The Center of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) asks the public to follow the preventive practices and measures set out by the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health. The provinces in the Red Zone can work to control the spread of COVID-19 by strictly following these measures: (1) mosques in the Highest Control Zone (Red Zone) area should refrain from holding Friday prayers (Yum-At) at mosques; (2) the Provincial Islamic Boards in the Control Zone (Orange Zone) and in the Provision Zone (Yellow Zone) are requested to consult with the provincial governor on allowing of Friday Prayers; if any area has a risk of the COVID-19 spread, the Provincial Islamic Board may announce that people abstain from praying at mosques; (3) people should cooperate and avoid gatherings, including Dahwa or evangelism, charity functions, religion classes, and studying at schools or mosques. These measures will be applied from now until the return of the normal situation or any change in the next announcement. (07/01/2021)
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Siam Commercial Bank's Economic Intelligence Center has disclosed that Thailand will continue to be an attractive investment destination for international investors after the COVID-19 situation is resolved, particularly Chinese investors. According to the center's survey of 170 companies, more than two thirds of medium-to-large Chinese companies located in Thailand are interested in expanding their investments in Thailand over the next 1-2 years, although 60% of these companies have never operated in Thailand before. The service sector and technology are the two most attractive fields in which investors are looking to expand their investment in Thailand. (07/01/2021)
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The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society invites people to download the Mor Chana application, which will help them guard themselves and society against the spread of COVID-19. The Mor Chana app is ready for download on both Apple Store for iOS and Google Play for Android devices. The users will be asked to answer a few assessment questions, as well as allowing the application to gain access to their GPS location and Bluetooth to be able to track their movements. Then, AI technology within the software will make a preliminary assessment and give each person a color: green (lowest risk), yellow (low risk), orange (risky) and red (high risk), to indicate whether a known case is in their area. The color-based indication will change on a real-time basis to immediately notify users of potential risks once any COVID-19 cases are found in their vicinity. (07/01/2021)
The CCSA announced that there are five provinces that are in "Maximum control with high strict measures" to reduce the risk of local transmission and prevent the spread of COVID-19. They are Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chanthabuti, Chon Buri, and Trat. In these areas, there are strict measures, as follows: 1. Closure of venues which are at risk of spreading COVID-19; 2. Restaurants or drink shops are not allowed to have dining-in or sitting-in from 21.00 to 06.00 hr.; 3. Inter-provincial travel will be recorded and followed up by the Ministry of Public Health; 4. Restrictions on inter-provincial travel except in cases of necessity or for goods transportation; 5. Installation of medical field services. (07/01/2021)
Permanent Secretary for BMA Silapasuay Raweesangsoon recently inspected a screening point in Taling Chan district, one of 14 in Bangkok.She earlier instructed officials to strictly screen people entering Bangkok along various routes, as the capital was designated a Highly Controlled Area, requiring authorities to be more vigilant in enforcing COVID-19 prevention measures. The screening points are jointly run by the BMA, district offices, the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the Internal Security Operations Command of Bangkok, and related agencies. (06/01/2021)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced that activities for Childrens Day are not allowed this year in highly controlled areas in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus Childrens Day is normally celebrated on the second Saturday of January, which would this year fall on January 9th. The CCSA explained that holding large gatherings in any of the areas classified as highly controlled risks further spreading COVID-19, thereby requiring such activities to be prohibited in these provinces. (06/01/2021)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered all eateries to offer only takeaway services from 9PM to 6AM, from now until the end of the month. According to BMA Spokesman Pol. Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, the order was deemed necessary due to the higher risk of COVID transmission at this time, coupled with the fact that people tend to spend more time eating at night than during the day.He added that alcoholic drinks have also been banned from eateries to prevent gatherings.The BMA is urging all eateries to continue enforcing social distancing measures, such as setting up safety screens between tables and limiting the time that patrons can spend on their premises. (06/01/2021)
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health has ordered the medical centers under the ministry's supervision to serve people with "New Normal Medical Services to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. New normal medical services to be applied in public hospitals include medicine delivery by mail, medicine purchase for prescriptions at drugstores near homes, and telemedicine. (06/01/2021)
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The Ministry of Public Health has revealed the guideline and measures that differentiate "hospitels" and field hospitals, to help the public understand and feel confident in the ministry's prevention measures. A hospitel is a place for the patients who have already received treatment in a regular hospital and have a stable result of their chest X-ray, while a field hospital is a place for observing infected patients who have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic in a controlled area. The hospitels and field hospitals are created by the integration of various sectors. Those medical establishments give priority to the safety of patients, medical staff, and communities nearby. (06/01/2021)
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With regard to COVID-19 vaccines, the Department of Disease Control and National Vaccine Institute have been working together to acquire vaccines, which must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Initially, two million doses are expected to be available within the next three months, which will be given to high-risk individuals first. Another 26 million and 35 million doses will be made available in the next two phases. Domestically produced vaccines will also be ready, should there be a need to give vaccines to everyone in the country. (06/01/2021)
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Migrant workers who wish to register with the pink card should contact the Ministry of Labor on hotline 1506, press 2.Interpreters available in four languages: English, Myanmar, Lao, and Cambodian. Contact on official days and hours From 4 January 2021 (06/01/2021)
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Temporary Closures of Motorways To Prevent COVID-19 Outbreak 1) Bangkok - Chonburi - Pattaya (No.7) & Bang Pa-in - Bang Phli (No.9) Motorways Closed from 22.00 hr. - 04.00 hr. 2) Vehicle Checkpoints Established 3) CCTV Camera Surveillance Employed 4) Alert on Restrictions of Highway Use. Source Inter-City Motorway Division, Department of Highways Call Center 1586, press 7 Web site: https://www.motorway.go.th (05/01/2021)
The Department of Medical Services has stated that there are no strong epidemiologic studies in the medical literature that link breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, and very little scientific evidence to support this claim. Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute has also given more details on using antiperspirants or deodorants, saying that if people use them for a short time and in a specific area, it may not cause danger from blocking perspiration because the body can perspire from other areas. Doctor suggest that people check themselves for possible allergic reactions, and those who have a strong body odor may use anti-bacteria soap frequently. (05/01/2021)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administrations (BMA) Permanent Secretary revealed that COVID-19 screening points have recently inspected some 23,000 vehicles and identified 1,359 migrant workers. The COVID-19 screening points are jointly run by the BMA, district offices, the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the Internal Security Operations Command of Bangkok, rescue units, and related agencies. From 20 December 2020 to 2 January 2021, the 14 screening points randomly inspected 23,789 buses and other vehicles that were transporting passengers into Bangkok. They screened 92,058 people, 1,359 of whom were migrants. Each screening point used the BKK COVID-19 screening system and the Thai Chana application. (05/01/2021)
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Thailand has reported a new wave of COVID-19 infection in 56 provinces. The newest reports of infection are from Sing Buri and Nan. The CCSA has emphasized that there's no lockdown order, but some provinces will have more strict prevention measures on top of the measures that have already been approved by the central government. Rayong, Trat, Chonburi, Samut Sakhon, and Chanthaburi have strict measures to prevent the spread of the virus. (05/01/2021)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has announced measures for all types of restaurants and food businesses in Bangkok to limit the period of service for customers who dine in from 06.00 hr to 21.00 hr. After this time, from 21.01 hr to 05.59 hr, all customers are required to order only take-away food. This announcement will be in effect from 5 January 2021. (05/01/2021)

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