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The Health Service Support Department, Ministry of Public Health, disclosed that massage and spa businesses have been proposed to the CCSA for consideration as new alternative quarantine locations. After a study was made in southern provinces, such as Krabi province, it was found that spa businesses have a good quality standard. This model aims to attract tourists and develop medical tourism. The review process for this idea will take two weeks, and the application process may take one month. Guidelines for this alternative quarantine include rules, for example, that businesses should have sanitized separate areas, entering tourists should have certificates showing they were free of COVID-19 72 hours before traveling, and they should have insurance with health coverage. (24/09/2020)
The Thailand-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi province has been ordered closed from September 21 to October 5 after 580 new confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported in Myanmar since August 16. Kanchanaburi authorities said the Phu Namron and Phra Chedi Sam Ong border checkpoints will be closed for 14 days. (24/09/2020)
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The Ministry of Culture has updated the reclaiming process for historical objects from Prasat Nong Hong, in Buriram province, and Prasat Khao Lon, Sa Kaeo province, found in a museum in the United States. The museum is under legal action to transfer the ownership of two lintels to Thailand. The process is expected to be completed by March 2021. The ministry also aims to reclaim ten other historical artifacts, which have clear evidence of their origin in Thailand. (24/09/2020)
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The Cabinet has approved special holidays in Thailand during November and December this year. In November, the dates are on 19-22. In December, the dates are 10-13. This approval aims to encourage the public to travel more and stimulate the local economy. (24/09/2020)
The Immigration Bureau has indicated that more than 150,000 foreign nationals need to have their tourist visas renewed by September 26th or face overstay charges. Immigration Bureau Deputy Spokesperson Police Colonel Pakpong Sai-ubol warned that overstaying ones tourist visa is punishable by both a jail term and fine under the Immigration Act, adding that offenders would also be deported to their countries of origin. Additionally, anyone overstaying their visa for more than 90 days is barred from re-entering the kingdom for one year. (24/09/2020)
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, are proud to present traditional performances of both countries. People can participate in Two Nations, One Dance: The Virtual Ramayana Joint Performance on 24 September 2020 at 7 p.m. (Bangkok and Jakarta time) through two online streaming networks: https://www.facebook.com/ThaiMCulture and https://bit.ly/33VfRHd. For more information, please contact 02-209-3653 or 02-209-3656. This event is also co-supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Thailand in Jakarta and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok. (23/09/2020)
Lets celebrate the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand, in cooperation with the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Lao PDR, will perform a musical and folk culture program from the two countries. This 70th anniversary event stresses the close relationship between both countries with the theme Share Love and Strong Relations and will be performed on 28 September 2020 at 7 p.m. at the National Theater near Thammasat University. The Thai performance will be live, while Lao PDR will present the show by video recording. The admission is free; please reserve your seat through https://bit.ly/33UUhSW. For more information, please contact 02-209-3653 or 02-209-3656. (23/09/2020)
Chiang Mai Night Safari has adopted a new normal style. All visitors are required to comply strictly with COVID-19 prevention measures. Chiang Mai Night Safari complies with measures to prevent COVID-19 according to the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration which is aimed at raising standards in the tourism industry, along with sanitary safety assurances. (23/09/2020)
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The Department of Disease Control urges the public to be careful and protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes, as they may bring dengue fever and infectious diseases, especially in the rainy season. To prevent contagious diseases brought by mosquitoes, people are encouraged to explore areas with waterlogging and eliminate the mosquito breeding grounds around the house and in the community. The Department of Disease Control advises the public to maintain cleanliness in their home, and it has a the hotline number for people who would like to ask more information at 1422. (23/09/2020)
The Department of Disease Control is concerned about the health of teenagers and adults as the reports of COVID-19 infection show that 50% of infected patients are aged 20-39 years old, and most are asymptomatic. People at these ages are usually going outside to study or work and have a risk of spreading the virus to others. The department also emphasized that no reports of domestic infection doesn't mean that there are no infected people among the public, so everyone should always keep their guard up and protect themselves by wearing a mask, frequently washing hands, keeping the social distancing, and checking in via the Thai Chana application when visiting public places. (23/09/2020)
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During the rainy season, members of the public are warned to be aware of and prevent the risk of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as liver or kidney disease, which may show in 10-14 days. Symptoms from leptospirosis include sudden high flu, cold, headache and diarrhea. Groups at risk for leptospirosis infection are farmers who own animals, people who are facing floods, workers who are digging canals, people who are walking through water to hunt the animals, and butchers. In addition, people may possibly be infected by touching surfaces that have bacteria on them. It is highly recommended not to walk through water in the street or to stay in wet areas for a long time. If it is possible, wearing boots will help to prevent the disease. (23/09/2020)
The Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) and Thai Health Promotion Foundation, has developed the "FoodChoice" application as a tool to educate people about correct nutrition knowledge, as well as helping people of all ages solve nutrition problems. With this application, when people scan the barcode on a product, the information about the nutrition will be displayed in an easy-to-understand way. Therefore, the consumers can make better choices about the amount they consume. It also helps consumers to make decisions quickly when they compare brands with the same products. (23/09/2020)
The Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, and the National Research Council of Thailand, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, have disclosed that, as of 18 September 2020, Thailand has had the COVID-19 RT-PCR test examine 948,161 samples for the virus. The testing rate per 1 million of population is 14,237 people, and the infection rate per tested sample is 0.37%. During the week of 12-18 September, 27,795 samples were tested by the 199 laboratories that are certified by the Department of Medical Sciences. (22/09/2020)
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Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri disclosed that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his appreciation toward all the village health volunteers, Bangkok health volunteers, and migrant worker volunteers engaged in health, safety, and occupational health across the country for their volunteering spirit and sacrifices, without expecting anything in return, in monitoring and successfully preventing spread of COVID-19. Their work has been praised and acknowledged by the international community. The Prime Minister expressed hope that the solidarity of all sectors would drive Thailand out of this crisis. (22/09/2020)
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand has announced that 22 September 2020 is marked as the autumnal equinox or fall equinox, which is when day and night are approximately equal in length. It is also the beginning of the fall season for the northern hemisphere and spring season for the lands south of the equator. Equinoxes happen twice a year, in March and September. Today, the sunrise time in Thailand is at 06.07 hr and it will go down at 18.14 hr. (22/09/2020)
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The Meteorological Department said that during this week, almost all areas of Thailand will have continuous rainfall. The eastern and the southern part will have the highest rainfall, in 70 percent of the area, while the northeastern and central part will have rainfall in 60 percent of the area. People are suggested to continuously monitor the weather. There could be flash floods, as well. By the same token, the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will have high waves. Therefore, small boats should be suspended on the shore, well above the anticipated water level. People can follow the weather forecast at the Meteorological Department website via www.tmd.go.th, or the hotline number at 1182. (22/09/2020)
Organizations worldwide are campaigning for the public to reduce the use of private cars and turn to using public transport or bicycles to help reduce air pollution, on the occasion of World Car Free Day on September 22nd. Bangkok Governor Pol. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang is asking the public to reduce the use of private cars and turn to using public transport on World Car Free Day. He said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrations (BMA) continuous campaigning for the annual Car Free Day is aimed at encouraging people to jointly reduce the number of cars on the roads, in order to limit traffic congestion and pollution. (22/09/2020)
The Department of Disease Control has urged the public to beware of malaria, which is spread by mosquitos during the rainy season. The public should protect themselves from mosquitos by wearing clothes that cover their limbs, using bug protection lotion or mosquito repellent, and sleeping under a coated mosquito net at night. In the year 2020, there have been reports of 3,415 malaria patients from 51 provinces, with 1 death. The top three provinces are Yala (1,070 patients), Tak (851 patients), and Kanchanaburi (425 patients). Among the patients, 2,479, or 73%, are Thai and the other 936 patients, or 27%, are foreigners. For more information, the public may call hotline 1422. (21/09/2020)
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Thailand Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) and Huawei open Thailand 5G Ecosystem Innovation Center (5G EIC) in Bangkok, with the aim to accelerate 5G innovation through ecosystem collaboration and boost the digital economy. The center will serve as a sandbox for the development of digital innovations for 5G applications and services across various industries in Thailand. These innovations will create new business opportunities for SMEs, startups and educational institutions, enabling Thailand to become a digital hub of the ASEAN region. (21/09/2020)
The Thai government will implement projects to promote modern agriculture and marketing for large-scale farm plots. The Cabinet has approved the budget for economic and social problem solving, remedies, and rehabilitation as a result of the spread of COVID-19. The funds will also be used for projects that promote modern agriculture and marketing for large-scale farm plots, which will encourage farmer grouping and networking to increase their leveraging power for acquiring production factors and selling products, along with receiving the Government's direct technological support and knowledge. (21/09/2020)

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