Over 92 per cent of Thais concerned about reopening the country #SootinClaimon.Com

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92.4 per cent of Thais are concerned about the government’s plan to reopen 17 tourist provinces from November 1 onward, the latest poll result shows.

Under the plan, visitors from low-risk 46 countries may enter Thailand by air without quarantine, provided they have been fully vaccinated and tested negative for Covid-19 prior to arrival. They must also agree to take another test upon arrival.

The Anamai Poll, conducted by Department of Health during October 14-25, has showed that 75.8 per cent of respondents are afraid that the reopening of the country to vaccinated foreign visitors will cause a new wave of Covid-19 outbreak in the country. 

49.7 per cent are concerned that people will let their guard down after their provinces are reopened. 45.1 per cent are afraid that they and their family members will contract Covid-19 virus from visitors. 39.3 per cent are concerned that there will be another lockdown, and 31.7 per cent are concerned about shortage of hospital beds.
 

When asked which businesses/establishments will likely become the source of new cluster cases after the reopening, 89.2 per cent of the respondents said entertainment venues such as pubs and bars, followed by public transport (43.1 per cent), tourist attractions (39.8 per cent), schools (39.2 per cent), markets (37.4 per cent), shopping malls (34.1 per cent), restaurants (28.8 per cent) and hotels (24 per cent).

Majority of respondents (72.53 per cent) agreed that having citizens in tourist provinces fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 70 per cent will help make the reopening of Thailand safer. 60.58 per cent said officials must increase security at borders to prevent illegal migrants from slipping into the country. Meanwhile, 49.41 per cent of respondents believed that the government must provide free ATK to people in risky areas to prevent the spiking of new cluster cases.

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Published : October 28, 2021

By : THE NATION

Thailand recorded 9,658 Covid-19 cases and 84 deaths on Thursday. #SootinClaimon.Com

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Ministry of Public Health reported on Thursday (October 28) morning that in the past 24 hours there are 9,658 new patients who tested positive for Covid-19, 218 of whom have been found in prisons.

Death toll increased by 84, while 8,526 patients were cured and allowed to leave hospitals.

Cumulative cases in the country are at 1,884,974 with 19,006 total deaths.
 

Published : October 28, 2021

By : THE NATION

Thundershowers and isolated heavy rain forecast across Thailand #SootinClaimon.Com

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The Thailand Meteorological Department said on Thursday (October 28) that the high-pressure system from China covers upper Thailand while the low-pressure cell covers Cambodia. The easterly and the southeasterly winds prevail over the lower Northeast, the East and the Central. Increasing rainfall and isolated heavy rain are likely in the lower North, the lower Northeast, the Central and the East.

Meanwhile, the easterly and the northeasterly winds prevail across the Gulf and the South, causing isolated heavy rain in the South.

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours is as follows:

North: Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas with isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 21-23 degrees and highs of 32-35 degrees Celsius. 

Northeast: Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas with isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 20-22 degrees and highs of 28-31 degrees Celsius. 

Central: Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas with isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 22-25 degrees, highs of 31-33 degrees Celsius.

East: Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas with isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 23-25 degrees, highs of 31-32 degrees Celsius; waves less than a meter high.

South (east coast): Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas with isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 24-25 degrees, highs of 32-34 degrees Celsius; waves less than a meter high and over 1 meter during thundershowers.

South (west coast): Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 21-27 degrees, highs of 31-35 degrees Celsius; waves less than a meter high and over 1 meter during thundershowers.

Bangkok and surrounding areas: Thundershowers in 30 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 24-25 degrees, highs of 31-32 degrees Celsius.

Source: Thailand Meteorological Department

Published : October 28, 2021

By : THE NATION

Thai skies will get busy again from November, says AeroThai #SootinClaimon.Com

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The Kingdom can expect up to 1,000 take-offs and landings daily once it reopens its airports to international flights from November 1, the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (AeroThai) said on Wednesday.

Up to 27,285 flights can be expected in November, up 1.4 per cent from the 26,905 flights in Thai skies so far this month.

AeroThai reckons this number will rise gradually as Thailand slowly opens up to more countries.

The number of domestic flights has risen since the beginning of October after the government eased travel restrictions nationwide.

Published : October 27, 2021

By : THE NATION

61 arrested as police raid pub in Soi Sukhumvit 23 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Police of Thong Lo station on night of Tuesday raided a pub in Soi Sukhumvit 23 of Bangkok’s Wattana district following a tip-off that the pub was allegedly serving alcoholic drinks in defiance of disease-control orders.

Police found 61 guests, 26 males and 35 females, drinking alcoholic beverages while not maintaining social distance, which is a requirement for restaurants under the order of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The guests were charged with violating the emergency decree and Communicable Diseases Act, while the pub owner was also charged with selling alcoholic beverages to dine-in customers.

61 arrested as police raid pub in Soi Sukhumvit 2361 arrested as police raid pub in Soi Sukhumvit 23

“Police officers have been inspecting entertainment venues and restaurants in Bangkok to make sure that business owners are following the regulations announced by CCSA and Communicable Disease Act,” said Pol. Col. Duangchote Suwanjarat, chief of Thong Lo station. “It is one of the policies to keep the city safe from Covid-19 provided by the national police chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk.”
 

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Thailand Pass will be a boon to tourism industry, promises minister #SootinClaimon.Com

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The Thailand Pass, which will replace the COE (Certificate of Entry) system, will boost the number of arrivals significantly when the country reopens on November 1, Tourism and Sports minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan said on Tuesday.

“Hotel bookings under the Phuket Sandbox scheme for November went up considerably after October 21, when the list of 46 low-risk countries from where double-jabbed tourists can arrive without having to quarantine was released,” Pipat said.

“We expect the number of rooms reserved for November to surpass all other months since the sandbox scheme started in July.

“With the introduction of the Thailand Pass, the number of foreign travellers will likely rise from November until yearend, especially among those who had to suspend trips they had planned earlier,” he added. “This will help revive Thailand’s tourism industry, which has been suffering from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis for almost two years now.”

Thailand Pass will be a boon to tourism industry, promises ministerThailand Pass will be a boon to tourism industry, promises minister

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Thailand Pass system is web-based and designed to make the documentation process for people entering Thailand more efficient. This system collects both travel and health information and will help facilitate the filing of TM6 and T8 forms.

From November 1, the Thailand Pass will replace COE and will be required for all fully vaccinated Thais and foreigners arriving from any of the 46 low-risk countries or those entering under the different sandbox programmes. The system also applies to people who have not been vaccinated or have received just one shot and are entering Thailand under the alternative quarantine programme.

The COE website will stop taking registrations from November 1, though tourists can apply for a COE in advance at the Thai embassy or consulate until November 7. Thailand Pass will start accepting registrations from 9am on November 1 at: https://tp.consular.go.th/.

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Published : October 27, 2021

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Investigation team armed and ready to take ‘Joe Ferrari’ to court #SootinClaimon.Com

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The Police Crime Suppression Division confirmed on Tuesday that investigation into former Nakhon Sawan Police Station chief Pol Colonel Thitisan Uthanapol’s case is complete and prosecutors will launch legal proceedings within this week.

Thitisan and six accomplices are accused of demanding a 2 million baht bribe from two drug suspects and then suffocating the male suspect to death with plastic bags on August 5. Thitisan later allegedly ordered the doctor to attribute the death to a drug overdose and told the other suspect to keep quiet before releasing her.

After Thitisan was arrested on August 26, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) launched an investigation into his finances as they believed the police officer had become unusually wealthy. Thitisan had earned the moniker “Joe Ferrari” on social media for his lavish lifestyle and collection of expensive sports cars.

Investigation team armed and ready to take ‘Joe Ferrari’ to courtInvestigation team armed and ready to take ‘Joe Ferrari’ to court

The Crime Suppression Division said investigators have collected evidence related to the killing, including the Nakhon Sawan Provincial Court’s verdict.

As for irregularities related to Thitisan’s seizure of over 400 luxury cars, the division said investigators were waiting for some additional evidence.

“However, we believe legal proceedings against the defendants can go ahead in this case as well, because the investigation team uncovered irregularities throughout the entire procedure, such as seizures, bribes, arrests and auctions,” the division said.

Chokchai AngkaewChokchai Angkaew

Meanwhile, Thitisan’s lawyer Chokchai Angkaew said he and Thitisan’s relatives were ready to apply for bail once the prosecutors file the case.

He said bail for murder suspects ranges between 400,000-500,000 baht, adding that the defendants will wait to see if the public prosecutor objects to the bail request.

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Published : October 27, 2021

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FM dismisses claims it blocked Poland’s donation of Moderna vaccines #SootinClaimon.Com

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The Foreign Ministry on Monday rejected rumours that it had forbidden Thammasat University (TU) from receiving a donation of 3 million Moderna vaccine doses from Poland.

The ministry’s spokesperson Tanee Sangrat said the reports were incorrect as the ministry does not have any legal authority to prohibit the university from making deals with foreign agencies or importing vaccines.

He said TU had written to the ministry on October 22 stating that the Polish government organisation, Rzadowa Agencia Rezerw Strategicznych (RARS), wished to donate 3 million doses of the vaccine and that 1.5 million doses were ready for delivery.

The university asked the ministry for help in bringing the batch into the country as well as getting the Thai Embassy in Warsaw to inspect the lot and cooperate with RARS in facilitating the import.

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Tanee said the ministry responded to TU suggesting that the university deal directly with the donor agency. He said nothing in the letter indicated that the ministry disagreed with or was opposed to the donation.

“The Foreign Ministry provided professional advice in good faith that TU should carefully consider the donation process to avoid complaints from any parties. Especially if it is seen as having commercial interests related to the donated vaccines,” Tanee added.

Earlier report: Foreign Ministry refuses Thammasat Uni request on coordinating Morderna import 

FM dismisses claims it blocked Poland’s donation of Moderna vaccinesFM dismisses claims it blocked Poland’s donation of Moderna vaccines

Published : October 27, 2021

By : THE NATION

Russell Crowe bids goodbye to Thailand #SootinClaimon.Com

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Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe bid farewell to Thailand on Tuesday with the Twitter post: “Goodbye Bangkok. Stay happy and busy and beautiful”. Attached were pictures he had taken during a recent bicycle trip around the capital’s Phasi Charoen district.

Crowe blew up the Thai Twitter scene with complimentary comments since his arrival in Phuket on September 18. He was here to film the Vietnam War-era blockbuster, “The Greatest Beer Run Ever”.

Crowe’s tweets, such as his capture of the capital’s messy wires tagged “Bangkok Dreaming” and a snap with his “buddy” the monitor lizard, went viral among netizens in Thailand.

Russell Crowe bids goodbye to ThailandRussell Crowe bids goodbye to Thailand

The Australian actor was also handed flowers and gifts by Culture Minister Ittipol Khunpluem as a gesture of appreciation for helping promote Thailand.

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Published : October 27, 2021

By : THE NATION

Colorful lanterns light up Thailands Lamphun #SootinClaimon.Com

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Lamphun Province of Thailand held a grand lantern festival at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, attracting tourists to hang lanterns and make wishes.

Aerial photo taken on Oct. 25, 2021 shows the colorful lanterns at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)Aerial photo taken on Oct. 25, 2021 shows the colorful lanterns at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Aerial photo taken on Oct. 25, 2021 shows the colorful lanterns at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Colorful lanterns are seen at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)Colorful lanterns are seen at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Tourists hang lanterns at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)Tourists hang lanterns at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Colorful lanterns are seen at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)Colorful lanterns are seen at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

A tourist hangs a lantern at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)A tourist hangs a lantern at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

A tourist takes photos of lanterns at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)A tourist takes photos of lanterns at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Tourists take selfies at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)Tourists take selfies at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Colorful lanterns are seen at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)Colorful lanterns are seen at the Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

Published : October 27, 2021

By : Xinhua