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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)
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Thailands 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)
Thailands 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)
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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 Committees 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)
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Thailands 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)
Thailands 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 governments 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)
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To reduce the demand for patient beds in Bangkok, the Ministry of Public Health, the National Health Security Office (NHSO), and related agencies have joined hands in facilitating travel for COVID-19 patients wanting to return to their hometowns under the health protection plan to prevent the risk of spreading the virus. Those COVID-19 patients who have mild symptoms and prefer to be treated in their home provinces may dial the NHSOs hotline 1330 or download its QR code to reserve their seat and be able to travel within three days of registering. Moreover, patients have to register with the NHSO to receive medical monitoring and treatment during home isolation. (27/07/2021)
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The Ministry of Public Health has asked the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to approve permission for food and beverage outlets in department stores and shopping malls to sell food via online delivery platforms. In the anti-COVID-19 restrictions plan that was presented to the CCSA, the staff in outlets must follow hygienic procedures and commute on special sealed routes. Orders will not be available for customer collection and must be made and delivered via online delivery platforms. Meanwhile, the department stores should provide a waiting area, which is open, well-ventilated, not crowded, and respects DMHTT rules, for delivery service staff who arrive to collect orders. (27/07/2021)
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AstraZeneca plans to deliver 11.3 million doses of vaccines to Thailand by the end of July, as part of the overall commitment to delivering 61 million doses to Thailand. As of now, nine million doses of AstraZeneca have already been delivered, and an additional 2.3 million doses will be supplied to the Ministry of Public Health this week. (27/07/2021)
Foreigners aged 75 and above residing in Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon can walk in for vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily via Gate 2 of the Central Vaccination Centre Bang Sue Grand Station. Passport or official identification documents will have to be presented. (27/07/2021)
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has coordinated with the Royal Thai Police to give a respite to the rules, regulations, and ordinances for drivers whose driving licenses have expired. The expired driving license can be shown to authorities until 30 September 2021. For driving licenses that have expired for more than a year from 10 April to 30 September 2021, drivers will be exempted from taking the exam, while those who have expired driving license for more than three years will be exempted from the driving tests. For more information, please contact hotline 1584 or visit the DLT website at www.dlt.go.th. (27/07/2021)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has specified disease control measures for controlling fresh markets to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus. Business operators, vendors, and service users at the markets are urged to comply strictly with the measures. For example, business operators must improve the market's environmental condition, such as having a good ventilation system, clean all the high-touch surfaces frequently, provide handwashing stations with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel or disinfectants, control all entrances and exits, and provide screening points; they should also keep a record of vendor and employee registration. (27/07/2021)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) stated that Phang Nga and Krabi provinces are preparing the Andaman Sandbox scheme scheduled to launch on 1 August 2021 to welcome foreign tourists back after Phuket started its sandbox model on 1 July, while the Samui Plus model was officially launched on 15 July. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn revealed that TAT has also planned to propose similar schemes for Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Buri Ram, Bangkok, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan for an October reopening. (23/07/2021)
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Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Minister Anek Laothamatas said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved his ministrys proposal on the tuition cut to relieve peoples burden of educational expenditures amid the COVID-19 crisis. The ministry proposed that public universities give various discounts on parts of tuition and educational service fees. The discount was set at 50% for the fees are not higher than 50,000 baht, 30% for the parts between 50,001 and 100,000 baht and 10% for the parts of the fees at 100,001 baht and over. (23/07/2021)
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization has now produced "Favipiravir" locally, and this week, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has given approval to the product. GPOs Specialist Nantakarn Suwanpitakkun says that the medicine produced in Thailand will be around half the cost of the imported one. She confirms the Favipiravir produced in Thailand is of the same quality as the imported medicine. There is a production capacity of 2-4 million doses per month. (23/07/2021)
Thai Health Promotion Foundation has launched the Vaccine Jai campaign in an attempt to reduce COVID-19 related suicides. Vaccine Jai is a mental health assessment tool which aims to evaluate risks and provide guidelines for pandemic-related mental health issues, adding that it will be accessible at all times and will have a set of 20 questions, changed monthly, to rejuvenate the mental health of people, especially those in the tourism sector. (22/07/2021)
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