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According to the CCSA's announcement on 3 January 2021, there are 28 provinces that are situated in the "maximum control zone." In addition, there will be two tiers or levels of necessary measures, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Government also encouraged the public to follow restrictions and asked for people's continued cooperation in wearing hygienic face masks, maintaining a physical distance, and frequently washing their hands. (04/01/2021)
Nonthaburi has stepped up the measures to prevent the COVID-19 infection by closing some establishments. The "pink condo" building (according to order no. 3874/2563), Bang Yai Central Market, commercial buildings that surround the pink condo and Bang Yai Central Market, Pichai market in Pak Kret district, and Mueang Bang Bua Thong fresh market are closed until 12 January, while educational institutions are closed until 17 January 2021. (02/01/2021)
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Because of the reports of many COVID-19 infections in Chonburi province, the Governor has stepped up the prevention measures to tackle the virus infection and announced that Banglamung district will be a highly controlled area, while Mueang district will be a controlled area. Many establishments are ordered to close from 30 December until further notice. (31/12/2020)
The Cabinet has approved the draft of action plans for human resource development in the fields where there is urgent need for national development. Those areas consists of seven occupation fields that are related to the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), including logistics, infrastructure, supply chain, robotics and automated systems, and information and communication technology, along with digital content, food and agriculture, and petrochemicals and energy. As for the action plans, the related agencies will study both quantitative and qualitative information about human resource requirements, and will closely work with the enterprises in order to develop manpower so that they will be able to adjust themselves to all challenges. (31/12/2020)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has released a new list of the prevention measures to prevent COVID-19 infection. They have ordered the closing of high-risk locations in Bangkok, namely racecourses, cock-fighting grounds, fish-fighting grounds, and massage parlors and similar establishments, from 29 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. (30/12/2020)
The Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) is providing a special offer for all consumer when they purchase any products from online platforms during this New Year season. Shopee and Lazada are joining this campaign by giving a discount of 10-15 percent. People will get a 15 percent discount from Shopee when purchasing products worth at least 300 baht between 1 and 31 January 2021, while Lazada will offer a 10 percent discount when making a purchase worth at least 500 baht between 1 and 5 January. Moreover, some 100 automotive service providers in Bangkok and the provinces will offer repair and maintenance services, such as checking the cars battery and radiator, until 15 January next year. For more information and emergency services in greater Bangkok, please call 081-665-4444 or 081-206-6600. People in the provinces can call 081-970-0654. (30/12/2020)
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In the next seven days, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has asked for the public's cooperation to follow the Government's measures strictly. If the situation does not improve, they will step up the measures. They will release additional information on designated control areas, in four categories: level 1: highly controlled areas; level 2: controlled areas; level 3: under high surveillance areas; and level 4: under surveillance areas, on 30 December 2020. (29/12/2020)
Referring to the news spreading on the Internet that only surgical masks can prevent the infection from COVID-19, the CCSA spokesperson has stated that cloth masks can also block the saliva droplets and can reduce the chance of infection. The public is advised to practice DMHTT, which means Distancing, Mask-wearing, Hand-washing, Testing (temperature check), and ThaiChana application use. (29/12/2020)
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The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is providing gifts to the public during the New Year period. From now until January 3rd, the ministry will be facilitating public travel by stationing personnel at rest stops at 484 spots on roads throughout the country. The stops will provide drinking water, coffee, lavatories and space for tents. The ministry is also setting up five emergency response centers at airports. From now until February 28th, accommodation costs are being cut by 20 percent at select lodging sites inside national parks, which are run by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. (29/12/2020)
The Department of Mental Health (DMH) has reminded the public to take care of their mental wellness in this extraordinary time, while naming public panic, burnt-out medical professionals, and discrimination against migrant workers and individuals from at-risk areas key problems that need to be addressed. The new cases of COVID-19 which have spread quickly to many provinces have taken a toll on the general publics mental health. In response, the department has introduced measures to address mental health concerns in different populations. The measures are targeting five groups of people, namely persons in quarantine and infected persons, healthcare professionals, the general public including the fragile population and migrant worker communities. DMH advised the public not to panic and not to discriminate, and diverting the energy spent on worrying into taking health precautions against COVID-19. (29/12/2020)
On this New Year occasion, the Government is focusing on road safety and preventive measures against COVID-19. The public is called on not to commit offences, particularly speeding and drink-driving. The officers will also ensure strict enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, as well as measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. Public celebrations will not be allowed, but families may celebrate in small groups. (29/12/2020)
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The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has advised the public to practice DMHTT, which means Distancing, Mask-wearing, Hand-washing, Testing (temperature check), and ThaiChana application use. This practice can help to reduce the risk, prevent the spread of COVID-19, and help us overcome this challenging time together. (29/12/2020)
The Ministry of Commerce is building confidence in shrimp consumption by linking shrimp farmers and the Thai Restaurant Association to sell shrimp and other foods without passing through "middlemen" in other markets. The Minister of Commerce stressed that Thai seafood, especially shrimp, can be consumed as usual. Experts, including doctors and Department of Fisheries officials, have already confirmed that shrimp and other seafood is safe as long as they are hygienically cooked. (28/12/2020)
Mr. Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at the press conference of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) yesterday (27 December 2020) that Thailand is working under four main criteria on the fight against COVID-19: 1) Keeping the number of COVID cases and the spread under control; 2) Cooperation from society and business establishments; 3) Awareness of COVID measures among government officials, society, and general public, especially young people; 4) Sufficient medical and public health resources to address the situation. (28/12/2020)
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Rayong province has announced prevention measures after reports of 36 COVID-19-infected patients in the province. The Governor has announced that the province is becoming a Highly Controlled area. Child care centers, elderly care centers, educational institutions, Thai traditional massage shops, massage parlors, game arcades, beauty clinics, fitness centers, museums, pubs and bars, public libraries, child playgrounds, community malls, and public swimming pools in Mueang district have been ordered to be closed from 28 December 2020 until further notice. (28/12/2020)
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According to a news report, six employees in the Secretariat of the Prime Minister office had positive results for COVID-19 in a random test with a rapid test. However, after retesting with the swab test, it was found that all six persons had negative results. The Spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration also reassured the public that cloth masks are able to protect them from the COVID-19 virus. (26/12/2020)
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Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the Spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has stated in the daily briefing that the public can make interprovincial trips as normal, except that people in Samut Sakhon province may not go out, as the province is a Highly Controlled area. For now, everyone can travel to other provinces during the New Year's holiday. The public is advised to follow updated daily news from the CCSA. (26/12/2020)
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Nonthaburi province has announced the prevention measures after reports of COVID-19-infected patients in the province. It has ordered educational institutions and child care centers to be closed from 25 December 2020 to 6 January 2021 and change to online learning methods. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be sold from 22.00 hr to 05.00 hr. Migrant workers are not allowed to travel in or out of the province. Other measures are listed below. (25/12/2020)
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Among 100 gifts to be provided by various ministries to the public, the Ministry of Energy has announced it will be pegging the price of fuel and power to help cut household costs during the New Year holiday. PTT Plc. will maintain the retail price of its fuels from 26 December 2020 to 3 January 2021, while prices of LPG and cooking gas are to be maintained at the refinery to keep retail prices at 318 baht per 15-kilogram canister between 1 January and 31 March 2021. (25/12/2020)
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has launched a program to provide foreigners with accurate information about the coronavirus situation in Thailand. According to the ministry, mobile operators will send SMS texts about the COVID-19 situation to foreigners and migrant workers living in Thailand. The messages will be in English, Burmese and Cambodian. They will also provide information about ways to avoid spreading or contracting the disease, the daily tally of coronavirus patients in Thailand, and hotlines for contacting responsible agencies. There are currently 2.8 million foreigners and migrant workers registered with the five telecom operators. (25/12/2020)

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