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  1. Health officials asks for a review of the list of 63 countries allowed to enter without quarantine

    by Carla Boonkong & Pranee O' Connor

     

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    Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin addressed reporters on Friday at a briefing of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) as details emerged of changes to the entry regime for foreign tourists which are due to take effect in December. 

     

    Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is annoyed at reports of bars serving foreigners being open in central Bangkok as the door is shut on reopening the entertainment and nightlife industry until at least January 16th 2022.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1241180-health-officials-asks-for-a-review-of-the-list-of-63-countries-allowed-to-enter-without-quarantine/

     

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    Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin addressed reporters on Friday at a briefing of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) as details emerged of changes to the entry regime for foreign tourists which are due to take effect in December. 

     

    by Carla Boonkong & Pranee O' Connor

     

    Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is annoyed at reports of bars serving foreigners being open in central Bangkok as the door is shut on reopening the entertainment and nightlife industry until at least January 16th 2022. On Friday, Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), however, stressed that officials including the PM are aware of the hardship the decision is causing operators and workers allied with the sector. He said, depending on current preparation, the question of reopening earlier could be revisited.

     

    Thailand’s public health leadership, on Friday, approved changes to the entry system to Thailand for foreign tourists from December 1st, chief among them the replacement of PCR tests for arriving passengers with less expensive antigen testing. It has also been revealed that an approach has been made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to review the current list of 63 countries eligible for the more convenient ‘Test and Go’ entry regime in the light of rising COVID-19 cases in Europe and fears of the new Omicron virus strain which has been detected in Southern Africa, Belgium and Israel. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), on Friday, also shut the door on an earlier reopening for now of the nightlife and entertainment industry until January 16th 2022. At the same time, the numbers entering are still seen by operators in the tourism sector as weak prompting the Association of Thai Travel Agents in recent days to request the government to defer the foreign tourist levy due to be introduced from January 1st 2022.

     

    The Association of Thai Travel Agents has called on the government to yet again defer a scheme to levy a charge on all incoming tourists to provide automatic insurance cover and help to fund the development of tourism infrastructure throughout the country.

     

    Full story: https://www.thaiexaminer.com/thai-news-foreigners/2021/11/27/officials-to-review-63-easy-entry-countries/

     

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  3. Why Chinese electric cars are causing a buzz in Thailand

    Jitsiree Thongnoi

     

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    Great Wall Motors’ Ora Good Cat is building a buzz in Thailand. Photo: Shutterstock

     

    ● With its pretty looks, attractive price and reasonable range, the Ora Good Cat of Great Wall Motor is setting records by appealing to young consumers and women

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1241178-why-chinese-electric-cars-are-causing-a-buzz-in-thailand/

     

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    Great Wall Motors’ Ora Good Cat is building a buzz in Thailand. Photo: Shutterstock

     

    Jitsiree Thongnoi

     

    ● With its pretty looks, attractive price and reasonable range, the Ora Good Cat of Great Wall Motor is setting records by appealing to young consumers and women

     

    ● As Thailand embraces EVs, Chinese brands are stealing a march on more established Japanese rivals, but the country’s status as ‘Asia’s Detroit’ is under pressure from Indonesia

     

    Veteran Thai journalist Nithi Thuamprathom has covered the automotive industry for two decades but it was only recently, at an exhibition in Shanghai a few years ago, that Chinese electric cars first caught his attention.

     

    “The show opened my eyes to how much China has progressed in developing its electric cars,” he said. “I had visited car shows in Europe for 10 years, but it was in China that I was very impressed with the car products on display.”

     

    When Great Wall Motor – a Chinese carmaker that’s still a newcomer in the Thai market long dominated by Japanese brands – last month released the Haomao or Ora Good Cat, it received more than 4,200 pre-orders in less than 24 hours, a record for zero-emission cars in Thailand and a figure that eclipsed even the previous high for annual sales of battery-run EVs in the kingdom.

     

    Full story: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/economics/article/3157507/why-chinese-electric-cars-are-causing-buzz-thailand

     

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  5. Majority of Thai people never watch pornography and oppose legal pornography, NIDA Poll reports

    By Nop Meechukhun

     

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    Bangkok – The majority of Thai people never watch pornography and do not want legal pornography as it would affect children and youth, according to a poll by the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA).

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1241177-majority-of-thai-people-never-watch-pornography-and-oppose-legal-pornography-nida-poll-reports/

     

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    By Nop Meechukhun

     

    Bangkok – The majority of Thai people never watch pornography and do not want legal pornography as it would affect children and youth, according to a poll by the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA).

     

    Thailand’s polling center “NIDA Poll” today, November 28th, revealed its public survey under the topic “legal porn, would you like it or not?” that was reportedly done between November 22nd – the 24th among 1,315 people aged over 18-years-old nationwide.

     

    The survey, when asked about public viewing of pornographic material, found that 54.14% of Thai people surveyed claimed they did not watch pornographic material ever, while 45.78% said they had seen it at least once and 0.08% said they didn’t know/didn’t reply/not interested.

     

    When asked about the public opinion towards the proposal of legalization of pornography in Thailand, it was found that:

     

    62.89% said they totally disagreed as the proposal could lead to negative consequences on children and youth, making them become too obsessed with sexual topics. Thailand is a Buddhist country, therefore, such an idea is against Thai morality and could lead to more sexual crime and more sexual harassment, according to those who took the survey and NIDA.

     

    Full story: https://thepattayanews.com/2021/11/28/majority-of-thai-people-never-watch-pornography-and-oppose-legal-pornography-nida-poll-reports/

     

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  7. Entertainment venue in Banglamung raided this morning for allegedly illegally selling alcoholic beverages, breaking Covid-19 rules

    By  Nop Meechukhun

     

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    Banglamung – An entertainment venue in the Banglamung district was raided by officials in the early hours of this morning, November 28th, for allegedly illegally selling alcoholic beverages and violating the Chonburi Communicable Disease Control Act.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1241176-entertainment-venue-in-banglamung-raided-this-morning-for-allegedly-illegally selling-alcoholic-beverages-breaking-covid-19-rules/

     

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    By  Nop Meechukhun

     

    Banglamung – An entertainment venue in the Banglamung district was raided by officials in the early hours of this morning, November 28th, for allegedly illegally selling alcoholic beverages and violating the Chonburi Communicable Disease Control Act.

     

    Police officers from the Pattaya City Police Station arrived at ‘Babylon Pattaya’ located at Sai 3 of Central Pattaya in the Nong Prue Subdistrict at 1:00 AM. for inspection after receiving telephone complaints from a concerned citizen that there were illegal sales of alcoholic beverages in the venue that violated the Chonburi Communicable Disease Control Act.

     

    The concerned citizen was reportedly concerned about the spread of Covid-19 at this venue. TPN notes, however, that earlier in the evening crowds in the thousands were present on the nearby beach for the Pattaya fireworks festival but it appeared that this particular concerned citizen was not as concerned with this event. Additionally, the venue was allegedly violating several other current rules, including those that ban nightlife and entertainment venues from opening, current operating hours, and social distancing rules.

     

    Upon arrival, customers were allegedly seen eating food and drinking alcohol before attempting to escape in panic as soon as they saw the officers.

     

    Full story: https://thepattayanews.com/2021/11/28/entertainment-venue-in-banglamung-raided-this-morning-for-allegedly-illegally-selling-alcoholic-beverages-breaking-covid-19-rules/

     

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    By The Phuket News

     

    PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) has responded to the case of a Phuket resident who claims her hair loss was caused by the COVID vaccination she received.

     

    The PPHO stated yesterday (Nov 27) that the woman, 41-year-old Mananya ‘Ann’ Phuekpoom, needs to consult with specific doctors who can run thorough tests to determine whether the vaccine was responsible for her hair loss or not as at this stage they are unsure.

     

    Ms Mananya, who works as a saleswoman at a motorcycle dealership in Phuket Town, told reporters on Friday (Nov 26) that she started noticing her hair falling out in clumps after she received a third-dose “booster injection” of AstraZeneca on Sept 16.

     

    Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/ppho-responds-to-vaccine-hair-loss-claim-82190.php

     

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  10. Patong venue operators cautioned as Bangla cases rise

     

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    Health officials patrol Bangla Rd, Patong, on Friday night (Nov 26). Photo: PPHO

     

    PHUKET: Food and drink vendors in Phuket are only allowed to sell alcohol and allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises from 11am-2pm and 5pm-11pm, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong has confirmed.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1241173-patong-venue-operators-cautioned-as-bangla-cases-rise/

     

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    Health officials patrol Bangla Rd, Patong, on Friday night (Nov 26). Photo: PPHO

     

    PHUKET: Food and drink vendors in Phuket are only allowed to sell alcohol and allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises from 11am-2pm and 5pm-11pm, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong has confirmed.

     

    The reminder came at a meeting of the Phuket Provincial Communicable Disease Committee yesterday (Nov 27) in recognition of the rising number of COVID infections on the island over the past week..

     

    “The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office reports that the rate of new infections in Phuket is increasing, and is linked to Bangla Rd, Patong, and massage workers and freelance bar staff,” Vice Governor Pichet said.

     

    Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/patong-venue-operators-cautioned-as-bangla-cases-rise-82189.php

     

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  12. Phuket Opinion: Same old games

    By The Phuket News

     

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    The photo posted online this week that sparked anger over police raking in fines from tourists. Photo: via Phuket Provincial Police

     

    PHUKET: News of police ‘robbing’ foreigners through traffic fines touched a nerve this week, as the Phuket Provincial Police felt compelled to publicly respond to just one post online, by a Thai.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1241171-phuket-opinion-same-old-games/

     

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    The photo posted online this week that sparked anger over police raking in fines from tourists. Photo: via Phuket Provincial Police

     

    By The Phuket News

     

    PHUKET: News of police ‘robbing’ foreigners through traffic fines touched a nerve this week, as the Phuket Provincial Police felt compelled to publicly respond to just one post online, by a Thai.

     

     

    The response prompted a strong reaction from the foreign community in Phuket, and abroad, noting that the same old game was nothing new, already well known for years.

     

    The claim by the Phuket Provincial Police that the traffic police officers in question in the post online were only enforcing traffic regulations to help reduce the number of accidents on the roads, hence helping to preserve life and limb of foreigners and Thais alike, was laughable.

     

    Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-opinion-same-old-games-82185.php

     

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    By The Phuket News

     

    PHUKET: A restaurant in Kalim Beach has been fined after being found guilty by police of obstructing traffic by placing a series of traffic cones in a public parking lot.

     

    Attention was brought to the issue following a slew of complaints on various social media platforms that the restaurant, Mermaid de Sea Phuket, had illegally blocked off areas in front of its premises using the cones and that numerous cars, believed to be those of customers, had parked irresponsbily as a result, blocking traffic flow.

     

    Officers from Patong Police station visited the site on Thursday evening (Nov 25) to inspect and confirmed the fine of B1,000 had been issued the following day for breach of Road Traffic Act 2522 stipulating obstruction of traffic is forbidden.

     

    Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/kalim-beach-restaurant-fined-for-obstructing-traffic-82192.php

     

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    Thailand’s feminist, LGBTQ+ and pro-democracy groups held exhibitions at Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok (Sunday), in support of their joint campaign seeking equal rights for all genders.

     

    Those attending the event were invited to sign up in support for their attempt to amend Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code regarding marriage, which states that a marriage is between a man and a woman who are at least 17 years old.

     

    The groups, in particular LGBTQ+, are demanding legalisation for and recognition of same-sex marriage, after the Constitutional Court ruled that stating that marriage is between a man and a woman is not unconstitutional. The court also suggested, however, that relevant agencies amend the law to provide equal marriage rights for all genders.

     

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/lgbtq-groups-and-supporters-rally-in-bangkok-to-demand-equal-rights/

     

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    By Namo Vananupong

       

    BANGKOK (NNT) - The Thai Red Cross Society will be holding the 2021 Red Cross Fair online, under the concept of creating joy through fun experiences.

     

    Thai Red Cross Society Secretary-General Tej Bunnag said the 2021 Red Cross Fair will be held online from December 14 to 17, at the website www.งานกาชาด.com, from 1 pm on each day. Thais are invited to shop for Red Cross Fair items while experiencing the fair’s musical show theme via online user avatars. The enhanced experience for virtual fair visitors is also expected to allow people to better access the products being sold.

     

    40,000 Thai Red Cross lottery tickets will also be sold inside the fair, at 100 baht per ticket. Proceeds from the tickets will be presented to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, in her capacity as Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross Society, for disbursal toward the Thai Red Cross Society’s missions.

     

    Visitors will also have the chance to win 562 prizes, such as cars and gift vouchers, which are worth a combined 2.2 million baht.

     

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    By Woraprat Lerpaisal

       

    BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand is playing host to the 60th Thai Teaw Thai Fair to boost tourism following the country’s reopening. The event features limited offers and promotions from various travel agents.

     

    The Thai Teaw Thai Fair is being held at Bitec Bangna Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, between 25 and 28 November. The purpose of the event is to stimulate tourism by promoting must-see destinations in the country, and offering travel deals at an affordable price.

     

    The event is Thailand’s biggest annual tourism fair of 2021. It features over 600 exhibitors including hotels, resorts, car rentals, spas, restaurants, and more. Event-goers will have a wide array of deals to choose from.

     

    The fair is expected to generate over 200 million baht.

     

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand is also part of this event. There are booths that demonstrate the magnificence of the south, giving visitors a glimpse of what they would experience if they visited one of the southern provinces. One of the most famous cities is Nakhon Si Thammarat, which is well-known for its natural attractions and gastronomy.

     

    Sirikamol Kaewsaeng-orn, the president of Nakhon Si Thammarat Tourism Association, said the fair is going to revive tourism across the country.

     

    For the safety of event-goers, the organizer requires all exhibitors to take ATK tests. For more information, please visit : https://www.facebook.com/thaiteawthaifair/ , or Line application @thaiteawthai . 

     

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    By Tanakorn Sangiam

       

    BANGKOK (NNT) - The Thai government is now pursuing its goal to give out 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this year. The Prime Minister is encouraging unvaccinated people to get their jabs so that normalcy can return.

     

    Thai health authorities will launch a new vaccination campaign to speed up the inoculation drive. This campaign will last until 5 December. The Department of Disease Control expects the country to achieve the 100 million dose target as scheduled.

     

    Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered provincial public health offices to proactively offer the jabs to villagers, saying a high vaccination coverage can help accelerate economic recovery, as well as the recovery of the tourism sector.

     

    The Ministry of Public Health said Thailand has an adequate supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, and that the brands Thailand uses have been endorsed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

     

    Thailand has also been actively adopting the mix-and-match approach at a broad scale, which has received positive feedback. These mixed regimens are highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19 symptoms and deaths.

     

    The Prime Minister has also encouraged the general public who will be casting their ballots for the election of subdistrict administrative organizations this Sunday to continue practicing social distancing and other health measures, especially mask-wearing.

     

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  19. Siriraj Hospital cautions against renewed Covid outbreaks in December after resurgence in Europe

    By Namo Vananupong

     

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    BANGKOK (NNT) - Europe is now experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 outbreaks, notably in Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Italy. In Thailand, respected public health figures are also expressing concerns about a potential resurgence of outbreaks in December amidst cooler weather and increased movement of people.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1241165-siriraj-hospital-cautions-against-renewed-covid-outbreaks-in-december-after-resurgence-in-europe/

     

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    By Namo Vananupong

       

    BANGKOK (NNT) - Europe is now experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 outbreaks, notably in Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Italy. In Thailand, respected public health figures are also expressing concerns about a potential resurgence of outbreaks in December amidst cooler weather and increased movement of people.

     

    Prof. Prasit Watanapa, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, explained that the World Health Organization is highly concerned about the spread of Covid in Europe at the moment and warned that 500,000 deaths could be incurred by March unless urgent action is taken. He said studies show that outbreaks on one continent will spread to other continents in due course, but the death rate will be less than last year as the majority of people have been vaccinated.

     

    Dr. Prasit said Thailand was among the first countries to administer the third dose of the vaccine after Covid infections started to rise in fully inoculated healthcare providers. He said European nations initially did not advocate the third dose but are now administering third doses to senior citizens afflicted with chronic illnesses and healthcare professionals.

     

    Dr. Prasit noted that not every country that lifted Covid restrictions was greeted by problems, citing Japan and Israel. He asserted that discipline and cooperation in observing disease control measures are needed from all parties in order for Thailand’s ‘reopening’ to be successful.

     

    He urged people to keep four risk contributors that comprised time period, person, venue, and activity from overlapping with one another. The professor elaborated that the month of December has many holidays and festivals coinciding with cooler weather, and therefore venue operators must avoid making their places into risk spots while individuals should refrain from putting themselves at risk.

     

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