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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administrator (BMA) has organized the Sathon Canal Art event in the hope of creating a new landmark attraction in Bangkok where visitors can admire walls of art created by artists and local residents. The activity also brings together people in the Sathon area who follow different religions and come from five different cultures, reflecting a peaceful and sharing community. The Sathon Canal Art event is open every day at Charoenkrung soi 57, Bangkok. (31/08/2020)
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The Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health has warned members of the public who are living in places with high amounts of rain to be wary about Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as liver or kidney disease. 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. (31/08/2020)
After studying the case of a person reinfected with COVID-19 in Hong Kong, Professor Dr. Yong Poovorawan, a specialist in clinical virology in the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, has shared the information about the second infection, which is caused by a different strain of virus. The first infection of COVID-19 was caused by the V strain, while the reinfection was caused by the G strain. According to the research, four weeks after being infected with the virus, 10% of people are asymptomatic. People with low immunity will show fewer symptoms, while people with high immunity will show more symptoms, since their bodies will fight the virus more, and people who have been infected the second time have fewer symptoms but can spread the virus to others. That information is important for virus prevention and vaccines in the future. (31/08/2020)
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The Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the National Federation of Thai Film Associations, will host the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2020 from 3 to 6 September 2020 at SF World Cinema, Central World. Twenty-one selected films, with Thai and English subtitles provided, from ASEAN countries and China, South Korea, and Japan will be screened, free of charge for general audiences. Precautionary measures against COVID-19 in the cinema will be strictly enforced to ensure the health and safety of audience members. Interested persons can reserve tickets at www.baff.go.th or www.facebook.com/BangkokAseanFilmFestival from 1 September onward. (29/08/2020)
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The Prime Minister held discussions with seven representatives of Thailands budget airlines on solutions for the struggling aviation sector, including an agreement on releasing soft loans worth 24 billion baht to protect the seven airlines from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of the loan will be spent to retain their approximately 20,000 staff throughout the COVID crisis. A government spokesman said that, this October, the soft loan can be distributed to Thai Air Asia, Thai Air Asia X, Thai Smile Airways, Thai Lion Air, Thai Viet Jet, Bangkok Airways, and Nok Air under a five-year installment payment plan. Moreover, the Government has agreed to extend the 50% reduction in landing and take-off charges, as well as aircraft storage fees from the end of this year to the end of March 2021. (29/08/2020)
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising the Expat Travel Deal 2020 to offer domestic tourism promotions for expatriate residents to encourage them to travel more domestically, and enjoy Thailands many attractions. The event will take place from 11 to 13 September, 2020, from 10.00 to 22.00 Hrs. at the Quartier Gallery, EmQuartier shopping mall in Bangkok. The event is free for interested persons. (28/08/2020)
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that 172 countries across the world are participating in WHO's "COVAX" project. The project will raise funds for purchasing the COVID-19 vaccine to make sure that its member countries can have access to effective and safe vaccines. So far, there are nine vaccines in the COVAX project, and WHO is considering adding nine more vaccinea in the project. Because of the initial limited supply, the WHO chief stated that the first vaccine doses would go to those at highest risk of the disease, such as health workers, people over 65 years old, and people with certain illnesses who are at higher risk of dying from COVID-19. (28/08/2020)
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Thailand ranked first in ASEAN for Global Sustainability Index achievement in 2020 According to the Sustainable Development Report 2020 and the SDG Index 2020, Thailand is ranked in first place among ASEAN countries and ranked 41 from 166 countries, with 74.5 points. The SDGs are global shared goals for all United Nations member states to implement, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. In the report, Thailand has done well with the No Poverty goal.As for the future outlook, there are three goals which are in progress, including Clean Water and Sanitation; Decent Work and Economic Growth; and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. (27/08/2020)
The Ministry of Commerce disclosed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, people are more likely to be concerned about their health and tend to use more online service platforms, in the new normal. Nevertheless, the business sector also needs to be wary about a second wave of COVID-19 wave and risky effects from the global economy in order to support Thailand's economic outlook in the last quarter. There are ten growing businesses that have started to adapt themselves to the dynamic environment. For example, disinfection services or E-commerce businesses. (27/08/2020)
Thailand and the United States have celebrated the 40th anniversary of disease control cooperation between the Ministry of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has helped create field epidemiologists who have been working to effectively curb the spread of COVID-19. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health said that the long-standing cooperation between Thailand and the U.S. has contributed greatly to public health security in Thailand, particularly the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP). He said that these projects have helped create medical teams who are very capable at disease control operations in all respects, and who have been working to control the spread of COVID-19. Both countries will enhance their academic cooperation and personnel exchanges to further promote the health and security of the people. (27/08/2020)
The Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, said that the Government is currently holding discussions to consider the most appropriate measures for re-opening tourism and letting foreigners visit Thailand again. The measures would have to be well-planned to ensure protection against the COVID-19 epidemic, such as screening, testing, wearing proper masks, social distancing, and using tracking apps. The Government is striving to take appropriate action by considering the benefits of the public and the nation. (27/08/2020)
The Cabinet approved one billion baht for cooperative partnerships on COVID-19 vaccine production. Chulalongkorn University is developing a vaccine to combat the virus, and the Government is having discussions with Oxford University in the United Kingdom on the granting of a quota to Thailand for purchasing seed vaccine at cost. Another option for a vaccine is manufacturing it in country with the support of Chulalongkorn University. Thailand has a target of getting a COVID-19 vaccine before the end of this year. (26/08/2020)
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The Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, has presided over the opening ceremony of a pilot project to use rubber to improve road safety at Chanthaburi, along with visiting the demonstration of the installation of a concrete wall covered by rubber sheets (rubber fender barrier: RFB) and an exhibition of rubber sheets and rubber guide posts (RGP). He also praised the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and the related agencies for cooperatively bringing about road safety with products made from rubber. The Government has a policy to allow government agencies to use more rubber for improving the quality of life of the people, as well as generating income for Thai rubber agriculturists. (26/08/2020)
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) led its alliances and partners in presenting the digital solutions, created to help enhance management efficiency of each digital-driven development project and to improve the quality of life of people in communities, to the prime minister and cabinet ministers in Rayong province. Highlights of the exhibition booths are the depa PM2.5 application, Container Truck Gate Automation by Verily Vision, Smart farming project. Communities can choose to adopt and utilize the right digital technologies from the provided list of registered digital solutions, technologies and innovation certified by the depa that suit the nature of their businesses. (26/08/2020)
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has an action marketing policy to make it possible for Thai agriculturists to overtake technology and marketing trend changes. It will also increase marketing channels, to enable agriculturists to distribute their produce and help them to expand their customer targets on the online platform. The Department of Agricultural Extension offers an online channel, which is www.Ҵɵ͹Ź.com, as a center for collecting and displaying quality agricultural products from agriculturists around the country on the website. (26/08/2020)
The Ministry of Transport has appointed the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) to implement a mass transit system for Phuket to cope with the expected economic and tourism expansion and to help the province to become a world-class marine tourism center. MRTA will responsible for the first phase of the transit between Phuket International airport and Chalong intersection. The light rail transit will have a distance of 42 kilometers, with 21 stations, and will have both an exclusive lane in suburban areas and a shared lane with other vehicles in Phuket's town area. The project is set to open for service in 2026. (26/08/2020)
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The new link of Motorway 7 (Bangkok-Ban Chang), from Pattaya to Maptaphut, which is a distance of 32 km, will be open to the public for free until the end of August 2020. Drivers who travel this route from Bangkok pay only the rate from Bangkok to Pattaya, and will be charged the full rate from September 2020 onwards. Since 1998, this first motorway in Thailand, from Bangkok to Ban Chang, 125 km long, has been open, connecting to three major transportation modes comfortably by land, water, and air. This new route will also support Thailands industrial estate zones and the international airport of U Tapao, and it will help the growth of the massive Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project. (25/08/2020)
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Because the flood situation in northern Thailand has affected 382 villages in 25 districts of eight provinces, including Nan, Phrae, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Phayao, Uttaradit, Lamphun, and Mae Hong Son, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern for the people in flooded areas. He has instructed all units to send more needed resources and relief supplies to those areas. At the same time, the Prime Minister also gave his thanks to all officials and public volunteers for their assistance, and asked them to stay safe and take precautions while performing their duties. (25/08/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health has reassured the public that all 166 people who have entered Thailand under the medical and wellness program are being quarantined in the alternative hospital quarantine and not allowed to go outside the hospital. After a patient in the program got positive results at the AHQ, the ministry insists that the AHQ can definitely control the spread of COVID-19, even though the patient and his son had been tested before traveling to Thailand and got negative results. So far, there are 423 patients with 250 followers who have registered to travel to Thailand for the medical and wellness program. (25/08/2020)
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President of Samut Songkhram Provincial Administrative Organization, said Samut Songkhram is not far from Bangkok and it is a popular tourist destination. Samut Songkhram is now ready to welcome tourists again, under the new normal. Don Hoi Lot Market is where tourists buy fresh seafood to take home. At Phet Samut Worawihan Temple, tourists still gradually arrive to worship holy Buddha images, hoping for family prosperity. (25/08/2020)
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