The Royal Thai Government Gazette has published an announcement banning the distribution of fake news or information causing public fear or misunderstanding and affecting national stability across all media platforms, in compliance with Section 9 of the emergency decree. If false content is spread online, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) is required to instruct Internet service providers (ISPs) to check IP addresses and immediately suspend services. (30/07/2021)
Thailandís Ministry of Labor has clarified details of the compensation packages being offered during the tightened lockdown measures in 13 COVID-19 dark-red zone provinces, after people complained that they had been unfairly excluded from the scheme. Employers and workers insured under Article 33 of the Social Security Act are eligible for the compensation payments. Workers will get 2,500 baht, transferred into their PromptPay account, and employers will get 3,000 baht per employee, capped at 600,000 baht (200 employees). Meanwhile, those insured under articles 39 and 40 will get 5,000 baht in compensation. The business types under the compensation scheme include construction, accommodation and food services, art and entertainment, logistics and storage, retail, vehicle repair, management, science and education, media and information. (30/07/2021)
Thailandís Department of Disease Control (DDC) reports that the first 1.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, donated by the US, arrived in Thailand at 4am on Friday. DDC Director-General Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong said that, as soon as the shipment arrived, it was stored at the designated vaccine depot. The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at a temperature of -70oC and medics need to be taught how to mix the doses. (30/07/2021)
Phuket Governor insists the Phuket Sandbox scheme will continue amid rising COVID-19 new cases, while the Tourism Authority says, hotel reservations have slowed down. Phuket Governor insists the Phuket Sandbox, which welcomes fully vaccinated tourists without a 14 day mandatory quarantine, will continue. He reassured the public that Phuket is able to control the virus. Meanwhile, hotel reservations for August have slowed down, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. (29/07/2021)
The Prime Minister congratulated the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex for its inscription on the World Heritage List, which was a decision made by UNESCO at the World Heritage Committeeís 44th session. He also ordered concerned agencies to continue promoting balances and conservation of biodiversity of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex. The Government stands ready to provide support in accordance with international standards in order to carry on the legacy and merit of the World Heritage site to future generations, and to promote revenue generation from conservation tourism for the benefit of the nearby communities. (29/07/2021)
The Prime Minister attended a meeting to monitor the management of COVID-19 cases and the field hospital management, along with listening to problems and obstacles, in an effort to come up with more appropriate practice for the current situation. The Prime Minister emphasized that the Government attaches great importance to all areas by linking information so that all parties are able to see the whole picture and drive forward together. (29/07/2021)
The Department of Disease Control has categorized COVID-19 patients into three groups by their conditions. Patients who are in the green group will have symptoms as follows: sore throat, loss of taste or smell, cough, congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, rash, conjunctivitis, and body temperature higher than 37.5 Celsius degrees. The yellow group of patients will have chest tightness, pneumonia, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty breathing, tiredness when coughing, and diarrhea three times per day or more. The red group of patients will have severe gasping for breath, chest tightness, hurt when breathing, fatigue, slow response, and unconsciousness. The department advises the public to be vigilant and follow the hygiene practice to prevent the chance of getting an infection. Anyone who wishes to contact to reserve a bed for a COVID-19 patient, please call hotline 1668. (29/07/2021)
Thailandís National Health Security Office (NHSO) is enlisting the help of more than 3,000 private clinics in Bangkok to treat the "green" group of mild COVID-19 sufferers. NHSO secretary-general Dr. Jadej Thammathach-Aree said the NHSO has invited the clinics to take part in delivering treatment to infected people in the home isolation program, as a rapid increase in caseloads, particularly among those in the green group or people showing few or no symptoms, has prompted authorities to seek more medical facilities. (29/07/2021)
Thailandís Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered responsible agencies, via his @prayutofficial Facebook page, to take action against individuals spreading fake news about COVID-19, which might cause public confusion during the pandemic. The Prime Minister said each ministry must establish a task force to check and correct fake news related to their areas of responsibility. The governmentís Anti-Fake News Centre must check and verify the information and announce on their website, within 24 hours, that they are aware of the news or that a public inquiry has been submitted. (29/07/2021)
Thai Cabinet approves Fah Talai Jone for treating asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. Deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek said that the treatment with the herb will help relieve pressure on the public health system, with more than 14,000 new cases being reported daily. The trial on infected prison inmates showed Fah Talai Jone can prevent the virus from entering cells while reducing viral replication. The Corrections Department gave the herbal remedy to 11,800 inmates with mild symptoms and 99.02% of them recovered. (29/07/2021)