GPO to sell Covid-19 antigen test kits at Bt40 apiece #SootinClaimon.Com

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The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) will sell antigen test kits (ATKs) for the new coronavirus at Bt40 each starting from October 18 at 8 of its branches, a news source revealed on Monday.

The supply is limited to only 2 million ATKs, which have been approved to use in Thailand by the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Eight branches of GPO that will sell the ATKs at special price are listed below:

  1. Ratchathewi branch (head office), opposite Ramathibodi Hospital (Tel. 0-2203-8847, 0-2203-8849)
  2. Yotse branch, next to Hua Chiew Hospital (Tel. 0-2222-5931, 0-2225-6367)
  3. Jaran Sanitwong branch (Tel. 0-2412-9377)
  4. Deves branch, opposite Bank of Thailand (Tel. 0-2282-0729)
  5. Rangsit branch, near Si Mum Mueang Market (Tel. 0-2536-3526, 0-2536-4086)
  6. Department of Medical Services branch (Tel. 0-2951-0925, 0-2590-6034)
  7. Tropical Medicine branch, near Siam Commercial Bank (Tel. 0-2354-9061)
  8. The Government Complex branch (Tel. 0-2143-8768)

“GPO is also planning to add online channel in the future to facilitate people who could not travel to these branches, as well as increase the supply if more people are interested,” said the source.

For more information, contact GPO hotline at 1648.
 

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Published : October 18, 2021

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5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives reported on Sunday that over 5.33 million rai of agricultural areas several regions of Thailand have been affected by floods from September 1 to October 15.

“5.33 million rai of plantation in 48 provinces have been affected by floods, while the total number of affected farmers is estimated at 463,615,” said the ministry’s Centre for Agricultural Disaster Mitigation. “Of these, 3.61 million rai is rice paddy, 1.67 million rai is crops fields, and 39,500 rai is fruit plantations and others. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt6,700 per affected household.”

Fishery businesses in 38 provinces have also been affected by the floods with total damaged areas of over 57,000 rai, affecting about 40,900 farmers. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt22,272 per affected household in this group.

5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 15.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1

Livestock businesses in 15 provinces have been affected by the floods covering the areas of 6,938 rai. Over 44,600 farmers who raise 6.74 million animals have been affected. Of these, 6.34 million are poultry, about 195,000 are pigs, 150,000 cattle, and 51,300 goats and sheep. The department is still working on damage estimation and compensation.

Meanwhile, Royal Irrigation Department reported on Sunday (October 17) that flood situation in twenty provinces has yet to subside. These provinces are Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Ubon Ratchathani, Lopburi, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Singburi, Ang Thong, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Chai Nat, Suphan Buri, Uthai Thani, Roi Et, Trat, Chanthaburi and Prachinburi.
 

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Thailand recorded 10,111 Covid-19 cases and 63 deaths on Monday. #SootinClaimon.Com

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Ministry of Public Health reported on Monday (October 18) morning that in the past 24 hours there are 10,111 new patients who tested positive for Covid-19, 41 of whom have been found in prisons.

Death toll increased by 63, while 10,612 patients were cured and allowed to leave hospitals.

Cumulative cases in the country are at 1,793,812 with 18,336 total deaths.
 

Published : October 18, 2021

By : THE NATION

Rain eases in upper Thailand with isolated thundershowers in some areas #SootinClaimon.Com

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The Thailand Meteorological Department said on Monday (October 18) that the monsoon trough lies across the East and the upper South regions into the low-pressure cell over Cambodia while the southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, the South and the Gulf of Thailand.

Meanwhile, the high-pressure system from China extends to cover upper Thailand. Less rain will be likely for upper part of the country with isolated thundershowers in the lower North, the Northeast, the Central, the South and the East.

Waves in the Gulf and the Andaman Sea are 1-2 meters high and over 2 meters high in thundershowers. All ships should proceed with caution and keep off thundershowers.
 

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

North: Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 20-23 degrees and highs of 26-32 degrees Celsius. 

Northeast: Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 19-21 degrees and highs of 27-30 degrees Celsius. 

Central: Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 21-24 degrees, highs of 28-30 degrees Celsius.

East: Thundershowers in 30 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 21-22 degrees, highs of 28-30 degrees Celsius; waves a meter high and 1-2 meters during thundershowers.

South (east coast): Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 22-24 degrees, highs of 28-34 degrees Celsius; waves a meter high and 1-2 meters during thundershowers.

South (west coast): Thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 20-26 degrees, highs of 31-34 degrees Celsius; waves 1-2 meters high and over 2 meters during thundershowers.

Bangkok and surrounding areas: Thundershowers in 30 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 22-23 degrees, highs of 28-31 degrees Celsius.

Source: Thailand Meteorological Department

Published : October 18, 2021

By : THE NATION

More students to be jabbed as Bangkok schools get ready to reopen in November #SootinClaimon.Com

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Bangkok schools are getting ready to open for the second semester of this academic year, while 87 per cent of high-school students who registered have received their first Pfizer jab.

Khachit Chatchavanich, permanent secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), said on Sunday that 33,048 of Bangkok’s 37,466 students aged between 12 and 18 have registered for vaccination against Covid-19. Of them, 3,796 are high-school students and 87 per cent received their first Pfizer jab on October 4. The remaining 29,252 students should receive their first jab next week.

More students to be jabbed as Bangkok schools get ready to reopen in NovemberMore students to be jabbed as Bangkok schools get ready to reopen in NovemberAs for unvaccinated school personnel, Khachit said they will be receiving the Sinovac-AstraZeneca vaccine cocktail. He also pointed out that it is important for everybody receiving the jabs to pay close heed to guidelines and schools opening for the second semester should strictly follow all prevention measures.

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“Teachers and parents should agree upon a new class schedule, while everybody in school should wear a face mask at all times and strictly practice social distancing. Only 25 students are allowed to be inside the class at any given time. All classrooms and common areas must be sterilised regularly, more hand-washing stations set up and there should be screening points at every entrance. Public health officers will also visit to assess the safety arrangements.

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“All school personnel, teachers and students must be vaccinated, record their daily timeline and undergo random tests,” he said.

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Khachit added that all establishments within a 10-metre range of schools should be Covid-proof. Any student or school personnel suspected of infection should be isolated and the 1646 hotline called immediately.

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Published : October 17, 2021

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Police break up party at Bangkok restaurant, manager, 116 guests charged #SootinClaimon.Com

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The manager of Xoxo Korean restaurant in Bangkok’s Klong Toei district and 116 diners were arrested on Saturday for allegedly violating the state of emergency.

Of the diners detained, 89 are Thai nationals and 27 foreigners.

The manager, Sirichai Samnakhon, was charged for violating the Communicable Diseases Act by serving alcoholic beverages and operating the restaurant during curfew, which runs from 11pm to 3am.

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The 116 diners, meanwhile, were charged for being part of a gathering of 50 or more people in an area that is under maximum control.

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The suspects were taken to Lumpini Police Station to acknowledge their charges and face legal action.

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Published : October 17, 2021

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Nov 1 opening will kickstart recovery of Thai economy: Kasikorn Research Centre #SootinClaimon.Com

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Opening the country from November 1 will give Thailand’s tourism industry a much-needed boost, and positive economic growth can be expected next year if the Covid-19 situation is well-managed, the Kasikorn Research Centre said on Saturday.

The centre said the number of foreign arrivals should rise by 64 per cent, especially since the November 1 opening falls within Thailand’s high season.

The centre predicts that 2021 will see a total of 180,000 foreign tourists, 30,000 more than it forecast previously, generating revenue of at least 13.5 billion baht.

The research centre also said the key factors drawing visitors to the country include provinces with low infection rates, special tourist visas and sandbox schemes. The Phuket Sandbox scheme launched in July has proved to be very popular among tourists from the US, UK, Germany and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Google’s travel insight data shows that more people have been hunting for hotel or accommodation deals in Thailand. Countries with the highest number of searches include Russia, the US, UK, Germany and India. The search centred around Bangkok, Pattaya City, Koh Samui in Surat Thani and Phuket’s Karon and Patong areas.

The research centre added that the most crucial factor to bring Thailand’s tourism sector back would be to properly manage the pandemic by getting more than 70 per cent of the population fully vaccinated.

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Published : October 17, 2021

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Minister promises to make Trang part of special Thai-Malaysia tourism deal #SootinClaimon.Com

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During a visit to Trang on Saturday, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the southern border province should reopen to tourists on December 1 without any problems.

The South of Thailand, especially the provinces of Songkhla, Satun, Trang and Phatthalung, normally attracts up to 5 million tourists from Malaysia. However, the neighbouring country has not yet opened its borders to international travel.

Phiphat said he will negotiate a deal in which tourists can visit Malaysia’s Langkawi Island and Satun’s Koh Lipe before visiting Trang’s tourist attractions like the Koh Muk Island Morakot Caves.

The minister promised that he would ensure at least 70 per cent of the Trang population is vaccinated before the province opens to tourists in December.

Published : October 17, 2021

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Most Thais against plan to reopen country on Nov 1 #SootinClaimon.Com

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A recent poll shows that most Thais are against reopening the country because they fear tourists will bring in new infections and not enough locals have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Suan Dusit Poll asked 1,392 respondents what they thought about Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s plan to open the country to fully vaccinated foreign tourists from November 1.

Most respondents (59.86 per cent) rejected the plan, while 60.10 per cent said it was not the right time to reopen the country.

The respondents also said Thailand should only open its doors to foreigners if more than 70 per cent of the population has been vaccinated, the outbreak is brought under control and public health facilities are prepared to deal with new variations of the virus.

The survey also showed that most business owners and employees wanted the country to be reopened, though the latter group is also concerned about new infections.

Published : October 17, 2021

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Bamrasnaradura Institute is open for vaccine passport registration Oct 21-22 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute increase convenience and speed in booking queues and reduce waiting times for people who want a Certificate of Immunization against COVID-19 or Vaccine Passport to use for international travel on October 21-22. People can pre-registration on October 18.

According to the government’s policy that plans to open the city for tourists, people who want to travel abroad can obtain passport vaccination at the departments designated by the Department of Disease Control in 100 locations across the country.

There are 3 locations in Bangkok and metropolitan area: 

Institute of Disease Prevention and Control,  Bangkok;

Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, Nonthaburi;

and Division of General Communicable Diseases, Department of Disease Control, Nonthaburi.

Published : October 17, 2021

By : THE NATION