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PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket braces for rise in infections || April 12
PHUKET XTRA - April 12 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket Thailand Covid cases up 985 |:| Navy seizes fishing boat off Phuket |:| Phuket tourism falters as infections spread |:| Gov’t mulls visa rule overhaul for expats and tourists |:| Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Phuket asked to observe ‘new normal’ Songkran
PHUKET: The Phuket Cultural Office has shared a notice asking for all people on the island to observe the ‘new normal’ requirements for the Thai New Year Songkran celebrations, which begin tomorrow (Apr 13).
Phuket drug arrests net 12k meth pills, half kilo of ice
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police have arrested three suspects in two raids, resulting in more than 500 grams of crystal meth (ya ice) and more than 12,300 pills methamphetamine (ya bah).
Phuket maintains zero deaths in Seven Days road-safety campaign
PHUKET: Phuket has officially recognised three accidents in which three men were injured on Day 2 of the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the Songkran Thai New Year holidays yesterday (Apr 11), bringing the number of injured to four, but with no deaths.
Phuket tourism falters as infections spread
PHUKET: Patong Beach remains devoid of visitors as COVID infections rise across the island and the spread of infections elsewhere in the country has sparked mass cancellations of planned trips to Phuket.
Phuket braces for rise in infections
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday inspected the ‘Field Hospital 2’ at the Prince of Songkla University (PSU) Phuket Campus as officials ready for a rise in COVID infections across the island.
China’s vaccines lack effectiveness, says leading health official
WORLD: China is considering the mixing of different COVID-19 vaccines to improve the relatively low efficacy of its existing options, a top health expert has told a conference.
Grim warning amid COVID surge
THAILAND: More than 28,000 people could be infected by COVID-19 per day over the next month if no disease control measures are put in place during the current spike, which is thought to be more severe than the previous two rounds, a senior public health official warned yesterday (Apr 11).
Bangkok COVID hotspot club managers jailed 2 months
BANGKOK: The managers of Krystal Club and Emerald Club in Bangkok’s Thong Lor area, where a new wave of COVID-19 in the country allegedly began, have been each sentenced to two months in jail without suspension, Metropolitan Police Sub-division 5 commander Pol Maj Gen Sopon Sarapat revealed on Sunday (Apr 11).
COVID infections to dampen Songkran tourism
BANGKOK: The new COVID-19 outbreak is expected to cut tourism receipts by half during the Songkran festival after many provinces have voluntarily imposed a 14-day quarantine, while dozens of events have been cancelled or postponed, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
 
Thaiger
Chiang Mai: Covid-19 cancels many Songkran events

After a surge in new Covid-19 infections, Chiang Mai health officials decided to cancel Songkran celebrations and implement containment measures. As the virus spreads through Thailand, 281 new infections were just diagnosed on Sunday, reported in Monday’s daily Covid-19 statistics. These infections bring the total for the month of April to 662 people. With this outbreak spreading wider and faster than the first 2 waves of Covid-19, authorities are taking actions to try and limit the spread of new cases in the area, including the difficult decision to cancel some of this week’s scheduled Songkran festival celebrations. Since the third […]

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Thailand News Today | Covid surge continues, possible changes to 90 day reporting | April 12, 2021

Thailand’s CCSA has announced 985 new Covid-19 infections today – a rise in new case numbers but not as drastic as in the past week when there has been a steady climb. In the past 4 days there has been an increase of more than 100 new infections. Out of the 980 local infections announced today, most were in the northern city of Chiang Mai with 246, Bangkok with 137, Chonburi which includes Pattaya with 92, Samut Prakan just south east of Bangkok with 83 and Prachuap Khiri Khan, which includes Hua Hin, with 52. 10 new Covid infections announced […]

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28,000 daily Covid-19 infections possible without action

Without swift, decisive action, Covid-19 infections could surge to 28,000 people per day within the next month according to expert warnings yesterday. The Department of Disease Control warns that the current spike is more infectious and deadly than the previous 2 waves and extreme action is needed. 967 new infections were reported by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration yesterday, the highest single-day number Thailand has ever seen. The DDC’s epidemiology division, working with the International Health Policy Program, calculated models to predict the arc of future infection rates if Covid-19 safety measures were not enforced. The model’s doomsday scenario […]

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Songkran safety campaign Day 2: 357 road accidents, 30 deaths

On the second day of the Songkran road safety campaign, officials report 30 deaths, 374 injuries and 357 road accidents, up slightly from yesterday. The week of Songkran is infamous for increased traffic incidents and is often referred to as “7 dangerous days”, prompting government officials to push a campaign to raise awareness and safety this holiday. DAILY FIGURES Sunday recorded 357 separate incidents resulting in 374 injuries and 30 deaths across Thailand. 87% of the road accidents involved motorbikes, while once again speeding and driving while drunk were the top causes of crashes, accounting for 34% and 24% respectively. […]

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2 emergency decrees provide businesses financial help

Thailand enacted 2 new emergency decrees today aimed at providing assistance to businesses and reducing default interest rates to help people affected by Covid-19. A deputy government spokeswoman confirmed the needed action was critical to protect and aid entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises during the time of pandemic-driven economic crisis. The goal was to combat unfair interest rates on debt many are suffering, and to provide loans to help keep businesses afloat as the end of the Coronavirus is nowhere in sight. The Emergency Decree on the Provision of Financial Assistance for Entrepreneurs Affected By the Covid-19 Pandemic allocates […]

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The Thaiger joins forces with Masii to bring you hassle-free Thailand re-entry packages and much more

PRESS RELEASE The Thiager and its sister company Tadoo, have announced they will enter a strategic partnership with the Bangkok-based fintech company, Masii. Having joined forces with Masii, The Thaiger aims to provide its 6 million-plus monthly users with exclusive deals and packages such as the Thailand re-entry package, comprising of the Certificate of Entry (COE), Covid-19 Travel Insurance and a Covid-19 Negative Test Sapir Matmon, of Tadoo, says “This tie-up will allow us to provide our readers with all-inclusive packages specifically designed to make the whole process of coming back to Thailand as simple as possible. And by booking through […]

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37 Thai provinces now imposing restrictions for travel from Bangkok and some surrounding provinces

37 Thai provinces, out of 77, have now imposed a 14 day quarantine on travellers from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathum and Samut Prakan – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces. These provinces are now considered Red Zones under maximum control . Expect more provinces to follow with restrictions for people from these provinces around Bangkok, and the Capital itself. Songkran, officially, is tomorrow, April 13. But the annual exodus started on Saturday. The provincial restrictions, in some cases, will accept a negative Covid test as an alternative. But you expect some delays whilst travelling between provinces over the next […]

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Covid UPDATE: 985 new infections in Thailand, a small rise since yesterday

The CCSA has announced 985 new Covid-19 infections today – a rise in new case numbers but not as drastic as in the past week when there has been a steady climb… April 12 – 6 new infections April 2 – 58 new infections April 3 – 84 new infections April 4 – 96 new infections April 5 – 194 new infections April 6 – 250 new infections April 7 – 334 new infections April 8 – 405 new infections April 9 – 559 new infections April 10 – 789 new infections April 11 – 967 new infections Today – […]

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Proposals to get rid of 90 day reporting and ease investment rules in Thailand

In amongst a sea of bad new over the past week, a glimmer of hope for expats and long-stay travellers. You better sit down… The Thai government are looking into changing the long standing 90 day reporting for people staying in Thailand longer than 90 days on a long-stay visa. But don’t get out the champagne just yet. For the last few decades any foreigner staying in Thailand for more than 90 days had to report to Thai Immigration about their current whereabouts. Immigration officials added an online alternative a few years ago but its reliability has been patchy. As […]

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Understanding Covid-19 UK variant as it hits Thailand

The so-called UK variant of Covid-19, a strain that is 1.7 times more contagious and deadly, has arrived in Thailand, present in the cluster in Bangkok’s upscale Thong Lor area that has spawned the pandemic third wave. Here’s why you should care. Referred to as the B117 variant, it first emerged in the UK county of Kent, thought new research shows it may have been slowly spreading since September 2020. Its spread has accelerated quickly and is now the most prominent strain of Covid-19 in the UK. Studies show that the B117 strain is more deadly, with one study showing […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Hua Hin hotspot highlights Covid's club explosion
Covid-19 transmissions in Hua Hin have showcased the threat the virus poses: a single case can multiply into an exponentially expanding outbreak, forcing people across the country to scramble for tests and beds in hospitals.
Govt mulls visa rule overhaul for expats, tourists, investors
The government could revamp immigration rules this year to make it easier for expats and long-term tourists to stay in the country, part of a strategy to boost investment and tourism revenue once the pandemic eases.
Thailand adds 985 Covid cases Monday, new record
The government reported 985 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, a new daily record since the pandemic began, bringing the accumulated total to 33,610.
Inoculation effort fails to impress
As various countries start to see positive results from mass vaccination programmes, Thais are getting angry following a surge in infections last week, prompting concerns about the possibility of stringent government measures to control the latest outbreak.
Grim warning amid surge
More than 28,000 people could be infected by Covid-19 per day over the next month if no disease control measures are put in place during the current spike, which is thought to be more severe than the previous two rounds, a senior public health official warned on Sunday.
Expert warns of jabs' limits
An expert is warning that the African and Brazilian variants of the Covid-19 virus must be prevented from spreading in the country, as several reports suggest that currently available vaccines aren't fully effective against the mutated strains of the coronavirus.
Rose of the North 'will bloom again'
Though Chiang Mai is suffering one of the worst spikes of Covid-19 cases in the third wave of infections that began in the capital city's night entertainment venues, now is not the time to be pointing fingers, said the president of the Tourism Council of Chiang Mai (TCCM), Punlop Saejew.
Chiang Mai adds 281 Covid cases, cancels some Songkran events
Officials in Chiang Mai on Sunday afternoon reported hundreds of new Covid-19 infections and said they had been forced to cancel some of the planned celebrations of next week's Thai New Year
Covid hotspot club managers in Bangkok jailed 2 months
The managers of Krystal Club and Emerald Club in Bangkok's Thong Lor area, where a new wave of Covid-19 in the country allegedly began, have been each sentenced to two months in jail without suspension, Metropolitan Police Sub-division 5 commander Pol Maj Gen Sopon Sarapat revealed on Sunday.
Record-high 967 new Covid cases Sunday
The government reported 967 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the most ever recorded in a 24-hour period, for an accumulated total of 32,625 since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, leaving the toll at 97.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Thong Lor police chief, deputy transferred over Covid cluster
Two top officers at the Thong Lor police station in Bangkok have been transferred to inactive posts at the operations centre of the Metropolitan Police Division 5 headquarters after Thailand's third wave of Covid-19 apparently spread from entertainment venues in an area under their jurisdiction.
Iran blames Israel for attack on Natanz nuclear site, vows revenge
TEHRAN: Iran charged on Monday that its arch-enemy Israel was "of course" behind an attack on its main nuclear site, the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, and vowed "revenge... in due time".
Myanmar's Suu Kyi hit with new criminal charge
YANGON: Myanmar's ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with a fresh criminal charge on Monday, as the junta's tough crackdown on dissent rolls on.
Hua Hin hotspot highlights Covid's club explosion
Covid-19 transmissions in Hua Hin have showcased the threat the virus poses: a single case can multiply into an exponentially expanding outbreak, forcing people across the country to scramble for tests and beds in hospitals.
Road construction vehicles set on fire in Pattani
PATTANI: An excavator, a road grader and a water truck were damaged after being set on fire by a group of six men in Thung Yang Daeng district early on Monday, police said.
30 killed, 374 injured on second day of Songkran travel campaign
Thirty people were killed and 374 injured in 357 road accidents throughout the country on April 11, the second day of the Songkran road safety campaign, deputy permanent secretary for the interior Ansit Samphantharat said on Monday.
US police shooting of Black man in Minneapolis sparks fresh protests
MINNEAPOLIS: Protests broke out Sunday night after US police fatally shot a young Black man in a suburb of Minneapolis -- where a former police officer is currently on trial for the murder of George Floyd.
Alibaba shares soar as it plays down hit from record $2.78bn fine
BEIJING: Shares in tech giant Alibaba surged nine percent Monday as the ecommerce titan reassured investors that a record $2.78 billion antitrust fine imposed by China would have little impact on its operations.
13 Myanmar migrants arrested on western border
KANCHANABURI: Thirteen illegal Myanmar migrants and three children were arrested for illegal entry after a car chase in Thong Pha Phum district on Sunday night.
Govt mulls visa rule overhaul for expats, tourists, investors
The government could revamp immigration rules this year to make it easier for expats and long-term tourists to stay in the country, part of a strategy to boost investment and tourism revenue once the pandemic eases.
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