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The Department of Disease Control is concerned about the health of teenagers and adults as the reports of COVID-19 infection show that 50% of infected patients are aged 20-39 years old, and most are asymptomatic. People at these ages are usually going outside to study or work and have a risk of spreading the virus to others. The department also emphasized that no reports of domestic infection doesn't mean that there are no infected people among the public, so everyone should always keep their guard up and protect themselves by wearing a mask, frequently washing hands, keeping the social distancing, and checking in via the Thai Chana application when visiting public places. (23/09/2020)
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During the rainy season, members of the public are warned to be aware of and prevent the risk of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as liver or kidney disease, which may show in 10-14 days. Symptoms from leptospirosis include sudden high flu, cold, headache and diarrhea. Groups at risk for leptospirosis infection are farmers who own animals, people who are facing floods, workers who are digging canals, people who are walking through water to hunt the animals, and butchers. In addition, people may possibly be infected by touching surfaces that have bacteria on them. It is highly recommended not to walk through water in the street or to stay in wet areas for a long time. If it is possible, wearing boots will help to prevent the disease. (23/09/2020)
The Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) and Thai Health Promotion Foundation, has developed the "FoodChoice" application as a tool to educate people about correct nutrition knowledge, as well as helping people of all ages solve nutrition problems. With this application, when people scan the barcode on a product, the information about the nutrition will be displayed in an easy-to-understand way. Therefore, the consumers can make better choices about the amount they consume. It also helps consumers to make decisions quickly when they compare brands with the same products. (23/09/2020)
The Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, and the National Research Council of Thailand, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, have disclosed that, as of 18 September 2020, Thailand has had the COVID-19 RT-PCR test examine 948,161 samples for the virus. The testing rate per 1 million of population is 14,237 people, and the infection rate per tested sample is 0.37%. During the week of 12-18 September, 27,795 samples were tested by the 199 laboratories that are certified by the Department of Medical Sciences. (22/09/2020)
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Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri disclosed that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his appreciation toward all the village health volunteers, Bangkok health volunteers, and migrant worker volunteers engaged in health, safety, and occupational health across the country for their volunteering spirit and sacrifices, without expecting anything in return, in monitoring and successfully preventing spread of COVID-19. Their work has been praised and acknowledged by the international community. The Prime Minister expressed hope that the solidarity of all sectors would drive Thailand out of this crisis. (22/09/2020)
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand has announced that 22 September 2020 is marked as the autumnal equinox or fall equinox, which is when day and night are approximately equal in length. It is also the beginning of the fall season for the northern hemisphere and spring season for the lands south of the equator. Equinoxes happen twice a year, in March and September. Today, the sunrise time in Thailand is at 06.07 hr and it will go down at 18.14 hr. (22/09/2020)
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The Meteorological Department said that during this week, almost all areas of Thailand will have continuous rainfall. The eastern and the southern part will have the highest rainfall, in 70 percent of the area, while the northeastern and central part will have rainfall in 60 percent of the area. People are suggested to continuously monitor the weather. There could be flash floods, as well. By the same token, the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will have high waves. Therefore, small boats should be suspended on the shore, well above the anticipated water level. People can follow the weather forecast at the Meteorological Department website via www.tmd.go.th, or the hotline number at 1182. (22/09/2020)
Organizations worldwide are campaigning for the public to reduce the use of private cars and turn to using public transport or bicycles to help reduce air pollution, on the occasion of World Car Free Day on September 22nd. Bangkok Governor Pol. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang is asking the public to reduce the use of private cars and turn to using public transport on World Car Free Day. He said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrations (BMA) continuous campaigning for the annual Car Free Day is aimed at encouraging people to jointly reduce the number of cars on the roads, in order to limit traffic congestion and pollution. (22/09/2020)
The Department of Disease Control has urged the public to beware of malaria, which is spread by mosquitos during the rainy season. The public should protect themselves from mosquitos by wearing clothes that cover their limbs, using bug protection lotion or mosquito repellent, and sleeping under a coated mosquito net at night. In the year 2020, there have been reports of 3,415 malaria patients from 51 provinces, with 1 death. The top three provinces are Yala (1,070 patients), Tak (851 patients), and Kanchanaburi (425 patients). Among the patients, 2,479, or 73%, are Thai and the other 936 patients, or 27%, are foreigners. For more information, the public may call hotline 1422. (21/09/2020)
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Thailand Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) and Huawei open Thailand 5G Ecosystem Innovation Center (5G EIC) in Bangkok, with the aim to accelerate 5G innovation through ecosystem collaboration and boost the digital economy. The center will serve as a sandbox for the development of digital innovations for 5G applications and services across various industries in Thailand. These innovations will create new business opportunities for SMEs, startups and educational institutions, enabling Thailand to become a digital hub of the ASEAN region. (21/09/2020)
The Thai government will implement projects to promote modern agriculture and marketing for large-scale farm plots. The Cabinet has approved the budget for economic and social problem solving, remedies, and rehabilitation as a result of the spread of COVID-19. The funds will also be used for projects that promote modern agriculture and marketing for large-scale farm plots, which will encourage farmer grouping and networking to increase their leveraging power for acquiring production factors and selling products, along with receiving the Government's direct technological support and knowledge. (21/09/2020)
The Ministry of Labor has revealed that there will be more than a million job vacancies listed during Job Expo Thailand 2020, running from September 26th to 28th at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). Companies are expected to post 200,000 vacant job positions across various sectors, while government agencies are to post 400,000. About 100,000 overseas jobs and 200,000 vacancies for new graduates are also likely to be listed during the expo this year. (21/09/2020)
The Ministry of Commerce has announced the official notification regarding the Import Prohibition of e-Waste into the Kingdom of Thailand in order to save the environment, uphold public health standards, and secure the peoples lives. This announcement was published in the Royal Gazette and will be effective from 15 September 2020. E-waste includes electronic parts, for example, capacitors and batteries, switches include mercury, shattered cathode ray tubes (CRTs), activated glass, printed circuit boards (PCBs) and other related electronic waste. (20/09/2020)
WHO has produced a documentary video regarding Thailands success in handling COVID-19. For many years, Thailand has gained a reputation for a strong public health system. Its active response to the new pandemic is led by identifying, isolating, and treating cases, and by tracing and quarantining the contacts of confirmed cases. The quickness of Thailands response shows that Thailand is united, with collaboration from all sectors of society. Thailands experience in preventing the spread of COVID-19 diseased is praised around the world. (20/09/2020)
The Meteorological Department has stated that the tropical storm Noul is expected to approach Thailand by this evening (18 September) in Mukdahan and will cause heavy rain in the northern, northeastern, southern, and central regions of Thailand. The department has urged the public to beware of the danger of heavy rain, flash floods, and strong winds. Everyone is advised to follow the news closely. (18/09/2020)
Representatives from the Thai Public Relations Department (PRD) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have discussed ways to improve access to information for all members of the public through mass media. UNESCO has asked its member states to develop their information-communication systems to make them more efficient and accessible, reiterating that education and awareness are human rights. (18/09/2020)
The Thai Red Cross Society invites people to donate their stem cells which can save the lives of patients waiting for a stem cell transplant. The Thai Red Cross Societys stem cell donation promotion campaign is designed to celebrate World Marrow Donor Day. Healthy individuals that met the requirements can donate their stem cells at the National Blood Center until September 19th. (18/09/2020)
The Minister Attached to Prime Minister's Office welcomed the Japanese Ambassador and praised the tight-knit relations between the two countries at all levels. The Thai government stands ready to provide support to the Ambassador during his tenure in Thailand in a bid to further tighten comprehensive relations and cooperation. The Minister also expressed appreciation toward the Japanese government for its provision of medical supplies and facilitation to the Thai repatriates during the spread of COVID-19. Both also affirmed that they would continue promoting economic cooperation even during the COVID-19 pandemic period. (18/09/2020)
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha affirmed that the Government has continued to drive forward the national economy and release proper measures to promote trade and investment, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).Despite the ongoing COVID-19 situation, investments in infrastructure (land, waterway, and air), airport construction, digital, PPP, and those in the EEC have been continued and progressed. The Government also places a priority on providing support to low-income earners through 2 measures: 1) state welfare cards, and 2) specific measures for each group of people. (17/09/2020)
The Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister and the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Thailand have agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two nations on COVID-19 vaccine development in Thailand. The Public Health Minister says the Thai government is ready to support vaccine development by any institution; therefore, Thai people will have access to a vaccine, once one is developed.In addition, there is cooperation between the two countries in developing vaccines against dengue fever, malaria, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), as well as COVID-19. (17/09/2020)

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