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The Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi announced that due to the COVID-19 situation in Thailand, all the certificates of entry (COE) that have been issued to non-Thai nationals to enter into Thailand from India with the arrival date from 1 May 2021 will be cancelled. In addition, the issuance of COE for non-Thai nationals who will be arriving in Thailand from India from 1 May 2021 onwards will also be suspended until further notice. Therefore, the Embassy will not accommodate non-Thai nationals on the upcoming flights on 1, 15 and 22 May 2021. (26/04/2021)
A group of Thai medical professionals has issued a statement, asking the countrys prime minster to reconsider locking down the country again as a matter of urgency, citing the rapid spread of the latest wave of COVID-19 infections and fears that the medical system will collapse. The statement also criticizes the governments management ability, saying the 1668 hotline, which is supposed to help find beds for COVID-19 patients, is an indicator that management is failing. It also said that people do not have equal access to treatment, and some are paying for that with their lives. (26/04/2021)
The Thai Red Cross Society invites those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma, because it helps provide immunity to the virus, so it will help the newly infected patients to recover and will restrain the virus before it causes severe damage to lung cells. Those who wish to donate should have the following requirements: (1) cured patients who live in Bangkok or its vicinity and who can travel to the Thai Red Cross Society; (2) already recovered and left the hospital for at least 14 days with a negative test result for COVID-19, or left the hospital and finished 28 days of self-quarantine at home; (3) age between 18 and 60 years old; (4) weight 55 kilograms upward; and (5) in good health. Interested parties may contact the National Blood Center, Thai Red Cross, tel. 0 2256 4300. (26/04/2021)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced that restaurants and food and beverage outlets outside shopping malls and community malls can open for dining in until 21.00 hr., and for takeaway until 23.00 hr. All must apply social distancing rules. Mask wearing is compulsory, and everyone must wear a mask at all times when at both indoor and outdoor public spaces. All these measures will be effective for 14 days, from 26 April to 9 May 2021, or until further notice. (26/04/2021)
The Thai Retailers Association and the Thai Shopping Centres Association yesterday announced that: Malls, shops to close early in 18 red-zone provinces, which include Bangkok, from 25 April 2 May 2021. (26/04/2021)
Thailands Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has encouraged the public to take DMHTT precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D Distancing, M Mask wearing, H Handwashing, T Temperature check, and T Thai Chana contact tracing application, to contain the spread of COVID-19. (26/04/2021)
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 should contact the National Blood Center, Thai Red Cross, tel. 0 2256 4300, or any provincial hospital. (24/04/2021)
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The Immigration Bureau has announced that its online service for 90-day reporting for foreigners and notification of foreign residents is now operational. Moreover, the Immigration Bureau has also notified that from 5 April onwards, its service centre for short term visa extension which are Tourist Visa (TR) and Special Tourist Visa (STV) has been moved from Muang Thong Thani Temporary Service Centre to the Government Complex, Building B, Chaengwattana Road. (23/04/2021)
More provinces have ordered people to wear face masks in public. The penalty for violating this order is a fine of up to 20,000 baht in accordance with the Communicable Disease Act. The list of provinces that have issued the mask-wearing order includes Surat Thani, Kanchanaburi, Yala, Trang, Narathiwat, Pattani and Songkhla. (23/04/2021)
The President of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and head of the Economic and Business Forecasting Center, Thanawat Polwichai, has calculated that the third wave of COVID-19 infections is costing the country 100 billion baht a month in lost economic activity and is decreasing demand for labor by about 148,000 people a month; he is also calling for vaccination efforts to be sped up and the recovery of the economy to be accelerated. The economist suggested that the Government inject 200-300 billion baht into the financial system to spur activity and to provide aid to businesses, especially SMEs. Proposed courses of action include bolstering SME liquidity, finding revenue sources for them, and suspending debt repayments. He also believes that, even if the situation ends by June this year, it will take two years for businesses to return to normal and 15 months for provincial economies to normalize, with regard to consumption and investment. (23/04/2021)
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Researchers at the Synchrotron Light Research Institute (SLRI) in Thailand applied advanced science to develop and upgrade fabric from local natural fiber for use in surgical masks. The study was conducted by comparing the structures and properties of disposable surgical masks with other masks made of different fibers and weaving patterns. The silk fabric woven in a newly developed pattern achieves up to 85% of PM 2.5 and 0.3 micron filtration capacity, which is much higher than a muslin mask can do, at only 16-18% filtration. The upgrading of fabrics can lead to fabrics with more value, not only to make mask wearers look more elegant but also to come up with fabrics for different practical uses. The silk masks are also environmentally friendly. The body of knowledge gained from this research is beneficial in the design and development of innovations in natural-fiber fabrics with various weave patterns that have the required qualifications. In addition, more employment and higher incomes will occur in local communities. (23/04/2021)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has personally vowed to support Thailands Covid-19 battle and has agreed to supply Thailand with Sputnik V vaccine via a government-to-government contract. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Thursday that the Russian breakthrough came after he instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to try to secure purchases of the Sputnik vaccine. The agreement came after talks between the two governments as Thailand battles a new wave of Covid-19 that emerged late last month. (23/04/2021)
Thailands economic growth rate projection for this year is expected to shrink to 1.6%, from 2.8%, due to the new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest forecast by the Economic and Business Forecast Centre of the Thai Chamber of Commerce University. The report says that many more people have been infected by coronavirus during the new wave, which started on April 1st,prompting the government to impose several preventive measures and restrictions. (23/04/2021)
Thai government will be reaching out to countries upstream of the Mekong River to help address fluctuations in the water level, which affect villagers and fishermen in seven provinces of Thailand. The committee has ordered the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with China on mutual water management guidelines from the Lancang, the Chinese name for the upper part of Mekong River, to other parts of this international river. The National Water Command projects the water level in the Mekong River will fluctuate once again from April to May, as high water volume is expected in the early months of this years rainy season. (23/04/2021)
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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana graciously donated 13.9 million baht to buy COVID-19 testing reagents for Phramongkutklao Hospital and Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital. This aims to help medical workers to test more people during the new outbreak of the virus. (23/04/2021)
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The 45 provinces reporting more than 50 cumulative cases in the new wave (1-22 April, 2021) are Uttaradit (51). Roi Et (53), Prae (54), Tak (55), Phattalung (59), Nakhon Panom (61), Kanchanaburi (62), Phayao (63), Mahasaramkam (67), Buriram (67), Chantaburi (73), Prachinbur i (74) .Saraburi (75), Lopburi (75), Si Saket (84), Nakhon Si Thammarat (100), Ratchaburi (141), Supan buri (145), Ubon Ratchathani (151), Lampang (154), Nakhon Sawan (166), Chachoengsao (173), Khon Kaen (176), Phitsanuloke (191), Lamphun (201),Chiang Rai (211), Ayutthaya (217), Sa Kaew (220), Udon Thani (221), Phuket (251), Phetchaburi (253), Surat Thani (272), Nakhon Ratchasima (273), Nakhon Pathom (291), Rayong (308),Songkhla (348), Pathum Thani (369), Narathiwat (441), Samut Sakhon (496), Samut Prakan (826), Prachuab Khirikhan (897), Nonthaburi (911), Chonburi (1,540), Chiang Mai (2,597), and Bangkok (4,775). (23/04/2021)
The CCSA has stated that the Prime Minister has assigned an appropriate number of staff for the medical emergency hotlines 1669, 1668, and 1330 which people may consult about medical emergencies and request beds for persons who are infected with COVID-19. Therefore, people who call in will have experts to consult with and make requests for beds in a more effective way. (23/04/2021)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has increased the number of ambulances to transport patients to hospitals urgently. This service, which covers all 50 districts in Bangkok, is targeting from 100 up to 300 cases per day. Members of the public who need to transfer a patient may call hotline 1669 or 1330 for 24-hour service. Another quick available channel is the Sabaideebot Line application, by adding @sabideebot, which can inform cases to staff directly. (22/04/2021)
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As the number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia has been increasing daily, there is also a report of more than 500 cases found in southern border provinces. There are new rules on the Thai-Malaysian border to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thai people are currently allowed to return to Thailand through only four permanent checkpoints: Su-ngai Kolok checkpoint in Narathiwat, Betong checkpoint in Yala, Sadao checkpoint in Songkhla, and Wang Prachan checkpoint in Satun. The checkpoints will be operated three days a week Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each checkpoint is allowed to accommodate no more than 125 returnees per day. This new rule does not apply to border trading, so imported and exported goods are allowed normally. Consumer goods for personal use, however, must strictly follow COVID-19 prevention measures. (22/04/2021)
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The CCSA stated that there is a free taxi service provided by Rajavithi Hospital to serve COVID-19 patients from Rajavithi Hospital and other medical facilities as requested. Taxi pick-up and drop-off for COVID-19 patients are available free of charge from 09.00 to 19.00 hr only in Bangkok and metropolitan areas. For more information, contact tel. 096-771-1687. (22/04/2021)
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