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Thailand to re-open bars, allow in some foreigners

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Thailand on Monday said it would re-open schools, bars and brothels from Wednesday as well as allowing some foreigners into the country again, officials said.

Meanwhile, a state of emergency due to the pandemic was set to be extended for another month.

Earlier, the spokesperson for the government’s coronavirus task force, Taweesin Visanuyothin, said pubs and bars would be allowed to open until 12 mid-night, the deadline for alcohol sales nationwide.

Visanuyothin said those visiting brothels would be required to log in to the government’s online tracking application or to sign in to a logbook on every visit.

“All schools can also re-open and departmental stores will no longer have to shut by 9 p.m. he said.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had proposed to allow some foreigners into the country from Wednesday, including those with work permits and their families.

As well as those with residency in Thailand, those married to Thai nationals, those travelling for medical purposes, foreign students, and those with special arrangements with the government.

He said there will be a quota to allow in 200 business travellers per day from Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore and Hong Kong who made special arrangements to visit Thailand.

“But they will have to pay for Alternative State Quarantine Programme, which include: spending between around 32,000 baht (or 1,000 dollars) to 144,000 baht (or 4,665 dollars) to stay at high-end, state-approved quarantine facilities for 14 days.

“A state of emergency will also be extended by another month to give authorities legal power to impose virus prevention measures,“ he said.

Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

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Evacuation: 247 Nigerians stranded in Malaysia, Thailand arrive Nigeria

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Two hundred and forty-seven Nigerians who were stranded in Malaysia and Thailand have arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Mr Gabriel Odu the Head of Media and Public Relations Unit of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Odu said that the returnees arrived at the airport at about 11p.m. on Saturday, adding that they were transported into the country by a chartered Airpeace flight APK-7813.

“Some of them disembarked in Abuja while others proceeded to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

“All evacuees tested negative for COVID-19 and are now on a 14-day self-isolation as mandated by NCDCgov, @Fmohnigeria and PTF on #COVID-19,’’ Odu said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

 

 

 

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Train derailed, passengers stranded in northern Thailand

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A train was derailed on a northern route in Thailand, with passengers being stranded for several hours on Friday.

The locomotive and three carriages of the train, running between Bangkok and Phitsanulok, were accidentally derailed from the rail track near Baan Mai railway station in the downtown area of the Northern Province, said State Railway of Thailand Governor Nirut Maneephan.

“No passengers aboard the train were reportedly injured, and the cause of the accident is yet to be determined by investigating officials,’’ Maneephan said.

The passengers of the derailed train and those aboard several other trains were stranded along the northern route, waiting for the overturned train to be removed by truck-mounted cranes from the rail track so that they could proceed.

The driver of the derailed train was reportedly injured and rushed to the hospital.

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Thailand reopens schools on Wednesday

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Students wearing face masks take a break at a school in Bangkok, Thailand, July 1, 2020. Schools in Thailand reopened on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

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Foreign tourist arrivals to plunge 80 percent this year due to COVID-19: Thailand Tourism Council

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The Tourism Council of Thailand on Tuesday said it expects to see only an estimated 8 million foreign tourists this year, 80 percent down from last year, due to the impact from COVID-19 and air travel restrictions worldwide.

“However, we are confident that tourism in Thailand will begin to pick up in 2021,” said Chairat Triratanajaraspon, the council’s president.

He said that last year, Thailand had a record 39.8 million foreign tourists, whose spending accounted for about 11 percent of Thailand’s GDP.

Meanwhile, Santi Sawangcharoen, deputy executive director of East Asia for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, told the media earlier that he is banking on hopes that Chinese tourists will return to Thailand during Golden Week or the national holiday in October.

Santi said he believes Thailand will face tough competition from other countries also eager to lure Chinese tourists back.

Earlier on Tuesday Thailand lifted a ban on international flights allowing some groups of inbound travelers entry.

Thailand has lifted the night curfew and nearly all restrictions related to stemming COVID-19 pandemic; however, the state of emergency will remain until the end of July.

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Thailand to lift ban on international flights in July – regulator

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Thailand will lift a ban on international flights on July 1, its aviation regulator said on Monday.

The announcement came after the government earlier on Monday approved some foreign travel to the country including business travellers and foreigners with spouses, work permits or residency in the country.

An official also said that schools, bars and brothels would be reopened from Wednesday

Meanwhile, a state of emergency due to the pandemic was set to be extended for another month.

Earlier, the spokesperson for the government’s coronavirus task force, Taweesin Visanuyothin, said pubs and bars would be allowed to open until 12 mid-night, the deadline for alcohol sales nationwide.

Visanuyothin said those visiting brothels would be required to log in to the government’s online tracking application or to sign in to a logbook on every visit.

“All schools can also re-open and departmental stores will no longer have to shut by 9 p.m. he said.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had proposed to allow some foreigners into the country from Wednesday, including those with work permits and their families.

As well as those with residency in Thailand, those married to Thai nationals, those travelling for medical purposes, foreign students, and those with special arrangements with the government.

He said there will be a quota to allow in 200 business travellers per day from Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore and Hong Kong who made special arrangements to visit Thailand.

“But they will have to pay for Alternative State Quarantine Programme, which include: spending between around 32,000 baht (or 1,000 dollars) to 144,000 baht (or 4,665 dollars) to stay at high-end, state-approved quarantine facilities for 14 days.

“A state of emergency will also be extended by another month to give authorities legal power to impose virus prevention measures,“ he said

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

 

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Thailand’s deputy PM becomes leader of ruling Palang Pracharath Party

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Thailand‘s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon was named leader of the Palang Pracharath Party on Saturday.

Prawit, who has earlier acted as head of the ruling party’s strategic campaign committee, was given overwhelming votes as the new party leader from the party’s acting executive board.

A total of 27 members of the Palang Pracharath Party, including the new party leader, were named members of the party’s new executive board, including Palang Pracharath MP Anucha Nakasai as party secretary general and government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat as party treasurer.

Several cabinet ministers have retained their membership in the party’s executive board, including Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan, Digital for Economy and Society Minister Puttipong Punnakanta, Deputy Finance Minister Santi Prompat, Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thammanat Prompao and Culture Minister Itthiphol Khunpleum.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong were no longer picked as members of the party’s executive board since they earlier lost their status as party leader and party secretary general respectively.

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Thailand’s telecommunications agency, Huawei, Thai hospital launch 5G self-driving car for medical delivery amid COVID-19

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Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has joined forces with a Thai state hospital and Huawei Technologies, in launching an unmanned vehicle using 5G communications to deliver contactless medical supplies.

“Dubbed ‘Unmanned Vehicle Pilot Project Driving Thai Healthcare to 5G Era,’ the self-driving car will be the first unmanned vehicle used for the first time as a testing kit at Siriraj Hospital, to see its efficiency and without needing physical interaction between people, ” said Takorn Tantasith, Secretary-General of the Office of the NBTC on Thursday.

The 5G technology is supplied by Huawei Technologies (Thailand)Co., Ltd, with technical and communication capabilities including delivering medical supplies through complicated routes in the compound of Siriraj Hospital.

“It will relieve the workloads of medical personnel and save their costs and time,” said Takorn, “it will be a step forward toward developing smart hospitals.”

Takorn said that after the test trial at Siriraj Hospital, the NBTC will evaluate the benefits and efficiency of the 5G-enabled unmanned vehicle before adopting this pilot project in other hospitals.

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Thailand greenlights entry of several types of inbound travelers from July 1

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Thailand‘s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Thursday confirmed that the government has approved the entry of several types of inbound travelers starting from July 1.

They comprise of businessmen and investors in the waiting list who have agreed to the Alternative State Quarantine.

“Also skilled laborers and experts, foreigners married to Thais and permanent residents of Thailand, educational personnel, teachers, and students, are all inclusive,” said Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the CCSA spokesman.

“Businessmen on short-duration stays may be exempted from quarantine but we will need to find an alternative way to monitor them,” said Taweesin.

The CCSA said on Thursday that medical and wellness tourists will be allowed entry into Thailand from July 1, as long as the health institutions and hospitals have secured an Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration certification.

However, this group of tourists will only be allowed entry to Bangkok, Phuket, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces, said Taweesin.

Taweesin reaffirmed that general tourists are currently banned from entering into Thailand since the virus situation around the world remains a cause for concern.

Thailand on Thursday reported no new infection, the 31st straight day of no cases reported.

Total COVID-19 cases remained at 3,158. Death toll remained unchanged at 58.

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Thailand’s emergency rule likely to be extended until end of July

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Thailand‘s emergency rule, primarily designed against the pandemic, will likely be extended until the end of July, said a senior government official on Thursday.

According to National Security Council Secretary General Somsak Rungsita, the agency has advised Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who concurrently chairs the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), that emergency rule be extended for another month or until July 31.

Despite the phase-5 easing of restrictions under anti-pandemic measures, effective on July 1, the authorities will still need emergency rule to effectively implement the measures to stem the pandemic, Somsak said.

The CCSA is scheduled on June 29 to consider the NSC-proposed extension of emergency rule, which was started in late March and earlier scheduled to last until the end of June.

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