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The Department of Disease Control has advised the general public to keep up their hygiene practices and avoid touching objects and their face, because the virus can survive on the surface of various things for many days. They also advise the public to help people with disabilities, especially visually impaired persons who cannot avoid touching things in their daily life. (09/06/2020)
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A report on 8 June shows that only 77 new COVID-19 cases have been found in Thailand for the previous two weeks; all of them are imported cases from abroad, and the patients are now being treated in state quarantine facilities. However, its too soon to conclude that there are no infected persons left in Thailand. As many cases may be asymptomatic, the Government therefore continues to ask the general public to keep wearing a face mask or face shield, keep their hands clean, follow social distancing, and avoid any group activities and crowded locations, to be safe. (09/06/2020)
The Department of Land Transport has announced that driving license services will be open for people who have already booked the queue through DLT Smart Queue on 8 June 2020. The department will open all services on 22 June. The new booking for all services will open from 1 July onward. The queue booking is available only on DLT Smart Queue and https://gecc.dlt.go.th. For more information, please contact its hotline 1584. (09/06/2020)
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Dolphins have been seen near Nu and Maew islands, in Songkhla province in the Gulf of Thailand, after the waters have been free of tourists for the past several months. Officials pointed out that the sighting shows the environmental regeneration due to a lack of tourism in the past few months. They asked that, when travelers do return, they do their best to maintain the area by carefully managing their waste. (09/06/2020)
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Airports of Thailand (AOT) has provided strict sanitation measures in six airports to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The entrances and exits of passenger terminals are limited. At checkpoints, there will be body temperature screening. In addition, deep cleaning is done by staff regularly. Keeping physical distancing is also encouraged for safety and confidence on journeys. (09/06/2020)
According to Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) is changing its operating time from 04.00 hr to 22.00 hr, passengers should try to return home before 19.00 hr to help reduce the rush hour load before curfew (for buses that allow fewer than 10 standing passengers). Also, they are required to wear a face mask and to keep physical distancing by sitting or standing on markers. The public is advised to plan their travel accordingly. (09/06/2020)
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In order to amend the rehabilitation plan for Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), the Prime Minister affirmed that the major goal that the Government will be concentrating on is the general publics benefit. The operation includes service standard elevation, debt administration, transport connections between land-rail-water transport, and domestic bus-building development. Additionally, BMTAs officers, staffs and assets will be well taken care of and administrated under the Government administration. (08/06/2020)
The Transport Co., Ltd., has announced the resumption of inter-provincial bus services on all southern routes starting this Tuesday, 9th of June. According to Thailands Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administrations dispensation, public transport vehicles may travel between provinces and during the curfew period, with the proviso that all parties follow the regulations and ensure safety. Passengers must wear a face mask at all times during the journey, and food and beverages are prohibited on board. Eating is allowed only at the highway rest areas. (08/06/2020)
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The Ministry of Public Health has released the regulations for travelers who visit beaches. The measures aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should observe themselves for symptoms, always wear a face mask, wash hands before entering and after leaving the beach, keep a safe distance between others, and strictly follow the regulations and measures. Also, people who are at risk, such as the elderly, should avoid going into crowded environments. (08/06/2020)
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World Health Organization has updated its guidance on the use of face masks in the context of COVID-19. According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, the general public should wear cloth masks in public spaces where physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops, or in other confined or crowded environments. (08/06/2020)
June 8 isWorld Oceans Day, the United Nations dayfor celebratingthe role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspiringaction to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources.Many countries have celebrated this special day since 1992.The World Oceans Day Theme for 2020 is"Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean." (08/06/2020)
The Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) has launched an "electric tricycle" as a new alternative to public transportation at a time of social distancing, and as a way to reduce the risk of infection in the "new normal" and has registered it as a personal tricycle with the Department of Land Transport under the name EVAT: Bangkok model. The electric tricycle, designed by the association, uses a clear plastic sheet covering all sides of the vehicle. The sheet helps to separate the passenger and the driver, making travel with an electric tuk-tuk safer and giving more confidence to both passengers and drivers. (08/06/2020)
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The Cabinet has agreed to extend the stay of migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar who work in Thailand from 31 May to 31 July 2020. The decision aims to prevent labor shortages and support economic revival after the situation has improved, and helps to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The workers include the two groups: (1) Cambodian, Lao, and Myanmar workers who have work permits issued under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on labor issues, and (2) Cambodian and Myanmar workers who carry a border pass in accordance with Section 64 of the Thai law. (05/06/2020)
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On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Department of Disease Control of Thailand, in cooperation with the Environmental Education Center (EEC Thailand), will be holding a talk forum on Biodiversity and Health, which will also be broadcast live via Facebook on 5 June, at 19.00 hr. The aims of the event are to promote the publics awareness of the decrease of biodiversity, and to support new normal lifestyles that can maintain biodiversity according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), as well as talking about climate change and the changing environment, which can lead to the emergence of new diseases. (05/06/2020)
The spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration has revealed at a press conference that the red group of establishments and services will be allowed to resume their services in the next phase of relaxed measures. The date to begin the fourth phase will be considered by the CCSA. (05/06/2020)
Nine of Thailand's major department stores and shopping centers are the first to be awarded the SHA certificates. They include Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon, ICONSIAM, Mixt Chatuchak, Mahboonkrong (MBK), Future Park, the Emporium, and CentralWorld. They are all located in Bangkok, except for Future Park, which is located in Pathum Thani province. All the complexes have undergone a strict hygiene and health safety inspection and been assigned the SHA logo to certify the quality of their service standards. (05/06/2020)
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), in cooperation with Grab Thailand, has launched an online service that delivers farmers products to customers via a mobile app. As of now, there are five kinds of fruit that are being offered directly from farms to customers. This project aims to expand the distribution of local products and provide customers with goods at reasonable prices. In addition, the MOAC expects to boost domestic fruit consumption from 30 to 50 percent. (04/06/2020)
Due to the spread of COVID-19, the Royal Thai Army has postponed its annual conscription from early April to July-August this year. Additionally, to comply with the COVID-19 preventive measures and new normal guidelines, the processes of conscription this year will be properly adjusted. The adjusted processes include social distancing, extension of the selection process, and limitation on the number of reserve officers for selection each day, as well as dividing the registered personnel into three groups: military enrollment, enrollment by drawing a card, and deferment. (04/06/2020)
The Ministry of Education has affirmed that there are no regulations for the color and pattern of the students' masks. They also ask all schools to be flexible on this matter and see the safety of the students first, as the mask is one of the keys to preventing the spread of COVID-19. (04/06/2020)
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Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, has stated that the compensation days for the Songkran Festival holiday have not been scheduled yet. The Cabinet is considering the possible dates, along with other factors in the current situation. (04/06/2020)
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