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Phuket rapid testing of arrivals begins

 

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People queue at the airport as the first day of enforcing rapid tests on arrivals from red zone provinces came into effect today (Apr 22). Photo: AoT Phuket

 

PHUKET:-- Thousands of people arriving at Phuket International Airport from elsewhere in the country today (Apr 22) were subjected to the first day of mandatory rapid tests for COVID-19 as a requisite for entering the province.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214697-phuket-rapid-testing-of-arrivals-begins/

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Senior doctor explains why calls to 1668 hotlines are often remain unanswered

 

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The Thai Medical Services Department has appealed for public understanding over complaints, including the one from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, claiming that calls to the 1668 hotlines are, on many occasions, are left unanswered.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214728-senior-doctor-explains-why-calls-to-1668-hotlines-are-often-remain-unanswered/

 

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Thai PM says Russia agrees to sell Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand

 

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Russia has agreed to sell its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand, under a government-to-government deal, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in his Facebook post on Thursday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214690-thailand-says-russia-agrees-to-supply-sputnik-v-covid-19-vaccine/?do=findComment&comment=16408078

 

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The director’s perspective on film production in Thailand

By Jeerapa Suvanvitit

 

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Each year, Thailand welcomes hundreds of foreign film productions, including movies, documentaries, TV programmes, music videos and commercials.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214729-the-director’s-perspective-on-film-production-in-thailand/

 

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SET launches savings promotion campaign as Thailand’s household debt skyrocketed

By Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - With Thailand’s household debt now at an 18-year high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stock Exchange of Thailand has launched a campaign promoting savings as a good financial practice for everyone, while raising awareness on financial literacy.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214730-set-launches-savings-promotion-campaign-as-thailand’s-household-debt-skyrocketed/

 

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Third wave of COVID-19 has cost the Thai economy 200-300 billion baht

By Praphorn Praphornkul

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Analysts are encouraging the state to step up remedies for the COVID-19 situation, after assessing that the third wave of infections has cost the economy 200-300 billion baht and could cap growth this year at 1.6 percent.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214674-thai-economy-may-lose-32-billion-a-month-after-new-virus-outbreak/?do=findComment&comment=16408091

 

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Govt addresses Mekong river fluctuations

By Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Thai government will be reaching out to countries upstream of the Mekong river to help address fluctuations in the water level, which affect villagers and fishermen in seven provinces of Thailand.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214731-govt-addresses-mekong-river-fluctuations/

 

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Health minister sees COVID-19 situation normalizing in 2-3 weeks

By Praphorn Praphornkul

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Minister of Public Health has pointed out daily COVID-19 infection rates have begun to stagnate and the situation should begin to normalize in 2-3 weeks while calling on hospitals to bolster protection by dispensing Creat and assuring patients that two million Favipiravir pills are available with more to be ordered.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214732-health-minister-sees-covid-19-situation-normalizing-in-2-3-weeks/

 

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Free taxis provided by Rajavithi Hospital for COVID-19 patients in Bangkok

 

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The state-run Rajavithi Hospital has launched a free taxi service, to cater to COVID-19 patients travelling from hospital to destinations within Bangkok and its suburbs.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214734-free-taxis-provided-by-rajavithi-hospital-for-covid-19-patients-in-bangkok/

 

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Provinces continue to vaccinate medical workers

By Praphorn Praphornkul

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Despite some concerns over the side effects of COVID-19 vaccinations, provinces across the country have remained committed to vaccinating Public Health and frontline workers.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214737-provinces-continue-to-vaccinate-medical-workers/

 

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People still partying says Dr Opas, warns them the law will be used as Covid deaths hit daily record

 

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Dr Opas Kankawinpong of the Center for Disease Control of the Thai Health Ministry said yesterday that there were 1,470 new cases and seven more deaths. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214749-people-still-partying-says-dr-opas-warns-them-the-law-will-be-used-as-covid-deaths-hit-daily-record/

 

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Female company boss arrested for title deeds fraud - blames Covid crisis

 

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Officers from the Crime Suppression Division yesterday arrested a 42 year old Thai woman who is the owner of an import/export company.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214751-female-company-boss-arrested-for-title-deeds-fraud-blames-covid-crisis/

 

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Eerily empty, Thai tourist island Phuket desperate to reopen

By Jorge Silva

 

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PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - A year after one of Southeast Asia's most popular fun-and-sun destinations became an eerily quiet shell of empty resorts, shops and nightclubs, residents of the Thai island of Phuket are hoping to save their economy with an inoculation programme.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214755-eerily-empty-thai-tourist-island-phuket-desperate-to-reopen/

 

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Thailand reports daily record of over 2,000 COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

 

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand reported 2,070 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic started, as the country struggles with a third wave of infections, the most severe it has faced up to now.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214759-thailand reports-daily-record-of-over-2000-covid-19-cases-4-new-deaths/

 

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Expats’ anger and dismay at dual pricing for rapid COVID test in Phuket

 

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Expats in Thailand have spoken of their anger and dismay at Phuket’s policy of making foreigners pay for a rapid COVID-19 test, when the same test is free for Thai nationals.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214762-expats’-anger-and-dismay-at-dual-pricing-for-rapid-covid-test-in-phuket/

 

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World's #1 food still Thai Massaman Curry - but UK's Fish and Chips and even Marmite beats Som Tam!

 

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It has been confirmed for yet another year that Thai Massaman curry is the number one dish in the world.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214767-worlds-1-food-still-thai-massaman-curry-but-uks-fish-and-chips-and-even-marmite-beats-som-tam/

 

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Hua Hin hospital "completely full" with Covid patients - Anutin visits

 

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Thailand's DPM and health minister Anutin Charnvirakul was in the holiday resort of Hua Hin yesterday as the province edged towards 1,000 cases of Covid-19 in the latest outbreak.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214774-hua-hin-hospital-completely-full-with-covid-patients-anutin-visits/

 

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Blood donations urged as COVID spurs shortage

By The Phuket News

 

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A donor gives blood at the mobile donations clinic at the Tesco Lotus shopping mall on the bypass road. Photo: PRBC

 

PHUKET: The Phuket Regional Blood Centre (PRBC) is calling for Thais and foreigners to donate blood with a campaign to give a pack of rice to each donor as the current outbreak of COVID-19 has led to a shortage of blood stocks at Phuket hospitals.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214776-blood-donations-urged-as-covid-spurs-shortage/

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Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Due for Thailand

 

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BANGKOK, April 22 (TNA) – Pfizer is likely to deliver 10 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine but the arrival has yet to be scheduled, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214777-pfizer’s-covid-vaccine-due-for-thailand/

 

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Pattaya: Talks held with tourism reps on Covid crisis - but VAX will have to wait to October

 

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Sophon Cable TV reported that Pattaya's mayor Sontaya Kunplome had conducted a monthly Covid crisis meeting with eight representatives from the tourism industry.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214783-pattaya-talks-held-with-tourism-reps-on-covid-crisis-but-vax-will-have-to-wait-to-october/

 

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Phuket airport van warning as island infections continue to rise

 

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Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong at the meeting at Provincial Hall yesterday (Apr 22). Photo: PR Phuket

 

PHUKET:-- A “high risk” warning has been issued for all people who travelled in a passenger van from Phuket International Airport to various locations on the island on Apr 15.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1214800-phuket-airport-van-warning-as-island-infections-continue-to-rise/

 

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