- Thai hotels consider temporary shutdown amid low tourist demandon April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
The president of the Thai Hotels Association says many properties are considering shutting down for the low season as a result of the Covid-19 resurgence. Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi says smaller hotels that don’t necessarily have the resources of the large chain properties are struggling with cash flow and crippled by low tourist demand. Many are considering shutting up shop between April and October or until demand resumes. In a Bangkok Post report, the THA chief says April’s occupancy rates are expected to plummet to single digits, as happened in January during the second wave of the virus. She adds that The post Thai hotels consider temporary shutdown amid low tourist demand appeared first on Thaiger News.
- Group rallies outside US Embassy in Bangkok, calls for America to stop interfering in Thai politicson April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
In the midst of a pro-democracy movement in Thailand, some claim the United States government is influencing Thai politics and even fueling the divide between political parties, particularly those who support the Thai monarchy and the younger activists who are pushing for democracy and monarchy reform. Yesterday, a group rallied outside the US Embassy in Bangkok calling on the American government to stop interfering with Thai internal affairs. One of the leaders of the Prachachon Khon Thai group, Phichit Chaimongkon, says the American government pushes for democracy across the world and has been meddling in the affairs of various countries The post Group rallies outside US Embassy in Bangkok, calls for America to stop interfering in Thai politics appeared first on Thaiger News.
- 74 Covid patients who refused to go to field hospitals may face prosecutionon April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
Thailand’s Health Ministry says it may prosecute a number of Covid-19 patients who refused to be treated at field hospitals. It’s understood the 74 patients, most of whom are from so-called “hi so” families in Bangkok, told officials that a stay in a field hospital would be “inconvenient”. Instead, deputy public health minister Sathit Pitutecha says the patients decided to stay at home, thereby violating the communicable disease law. “Every Covid-19 patient must be taken care of by medical personnel from the Ministry of Public Health at a ministry medical facility, otherwise they violate the communicable disease law. The ministry The post 74 Covid patients who refused to go to field hospitals may face prosecution appeared first on Thaiger News.
- Thailand launches Covid-19 vaccine passport for international travelon April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
The Thai government has confirmed it is adopting a vaccine passport scheme, to provide vaccinated residents with proof of Covid-19 inoculation. The vaccine passport will be an official document which can be used by vaccinated people travelling abroad. Details of the scheme have now been published in the Royal Gazette, making it official. The Bangkok Post reports that the Royal Gazette has also published the format of the vaccine passport, which has been approved by Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control. The cover contains text in English and Thai, which bears the department’s name and that of the The post Thailand launches Covid-19 vaccine passport for international travel appeared first on Thaiger News.
- 7 people develop adverse side-effects after receiving Chinese vaccineon April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
A doctor at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University says 7 people developed temporary partial paralysis after receiving a Covid-19 jab. The 7 were all inoculated with CoronaVac, the vaccine from Chinese manufacturer, Sinovac Biotech. All were in the east of the country, with 6 in Rayong and 1 in Chon Buri. Dr Thiravat Hemachudha says all 7 improved after they were given medication to dissolve blood clots. The side-effects were reported to the Public Health Ministry, with Thiravat saying the adverse effects might have been caused by a particular batch of vaccines, as opposed to the vaccine itself. Meanwhile, another Chulalongkorn doctor The post 7 people develop adverse side-effects after receiving Chinese vaccine appeared first on Thaiger News.
- PM says safety was the reason behind limited vaccine procurementon April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha says the limited procurement of Covid-19 vaccines was for safety reasons, as well as being based on the situation in the country at the time. “Initially, the purchases Thailand made were based on the situation at that time, when we were successful in containing the outbreak.” He was responding to criticism from several quarters about the slow pace of the vaccine rollout, as the country finds itself in the grip of a third wave. The PM says the decisions made around vaccine procurement were made based on safety concerns, saying some of the vaccines were The post PM says safety was the reason behind limited vaccine procurement appeared first on Thaiger News.
- PM Prayut will send Foreign Minister to Myanmar summiton April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that he won’t attend the ASEAN summit regarding Myanmar, but will send Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in his place. The summit, to be held in Jakarta this Saturday will address the increasingly dangerous situation in Myanmar where fear is growing that the ongoing protests against the February 1 coup could descend into civil war. The meeting will be the first of national leaders, minus PM Prayut, as previous discussion of Myanmar has been between foreign ministers. Myanmar army leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing will attend the Myanmar summit, and the shadow government ousted by the coup The post PM Prayut will send Foreign Minister to Myanmar summit appeared first on Thaiger News.
- Covid-19 infects 146 front line Thai medical workerson April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
In the current third outbreak of Covid-19, 146 front line hospital and medical workers have been infected with the virus. This figure was confirmed by a spokesperson for the CCSA yesterday. Infected staff members have been isolated in mandatory quarantine since being diagnosed. Contact tracing research found that about 33 of the medical staff contracted Covid-19 by being in direct contact or close proximity to family and friends of infected patients, and from patients who intentionally withheld details of their travel timeline. Patients have been reminded that the government announced intentions to prosecute those who don’t reveal important travel details The post Covid-19 infects 146 front line Thai medical workers appeared first on Thaiger News.
- Entertainment venues the source of 6,020 Covid-19 infectionson April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
As the Covid-19 third wave reaches in Thailand’s provinces, the main culprit in the spread of the infectious new strain is entertainment venues such as bars, clubs and pubs. With around 1,000 – 1,500 new daily infections over the past week, 71 provinces throughout the country have traced Covid-19 infections back to clusters in bars and nightclubs. The CCSA announced yesterday that in April alone a total of 6,020 Coronavirus infections were connected to evening entertainment venues. They confirmed that 40% of all people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Bangkok this month could be traced back to nightlife locations, a total The post Entertainment venues the source of 6,020 Covid-19 infections appeared first on Thaiger News.
- Thailand aims to secure 5-10 million Pfizer vaccineson April 21, 2021 at 3:59 am
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced yesterday that Thailand is negotiating to buy 5 to 10 million Pfizer-BoiNTech Covid-19 vaccines. 61 million SinoVac and AstraZeneca vaccines are scheduled for delivery over the next 9 months, but with limited effectiveness against the B117 strain and the third wave of Covid-19 spreading around the country, Thailand is trying to supplement its supply, in quantity and variety. PM Prayut confirmed that terms and conditions, as well as pricing, are in the works and hopes delivery will be in July but could be as late as the end of the year. AstraZeneca jabs are expected to The post Thailand aims to secure 5-10 million Pfizer vaccines appeared first on Thaiger News.