Khlong Toei smart community project forced to slice off 10 storeys #SootinClaimon.Com

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Khlong Toei smart community project forced to slice off 10 storeys


Port Authority of Thailand (PAT)’s smart residential project at Khlong Toei Port in Bangkok needs a major change to building plans to comply with the land utility law, said PAT deputy director Somchai Hemthong on Monday.

Khlong Toei smart community project forced to slice off 10 storeys

“The original plan was to build four 20-storey apartment buildings for residents of communities around Khlong Toei Port, but the law stipulates that buildings located on a secondary road must not exceed 10-storeys,” he said. “Therefore, we will change the plan and build six to eight 10-storey buildings instead.”

The Khlong Toei Smart Community project will develop 58 rai of land around Khlong Toei Port with apartment buildings containing 6,048 residential units, plus offices, government buildings, a public health office, market, school, public park and parking space for residents. It aims to provide standardised accommodation for residents of Khlong Toei slums and is part of PAT’s long term initiative to turn Bangkok Port into a smart port.

The development project launched in 2019 with a completion date of 2038 and a budget of THB9.85 billion. PAT is currently conducting an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study and estimates construction could start by 2023.

Published : June 14, 2021

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Third phase of co-payment scheme opens to another 31 million people #SootinClaimon.Com

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Third phase of co-payment scheme opens to another 31 million people


Registration for the third phase of the “Khon La Khrueng” (Lets Go Halves) co-payment scheme opened on Monday (June 14). The third phase covers an extra 31 million people with a government budget of THB93 billion. The first two phases of the Covid-relief scheme covered a total of 15 million people.

Third phase of co-payment scheme opens to another 31 million people

Under the scheme, participants get a 50 per cent daily discount at participating shops and stalls. The discount is capped at THB3,000 per participant throughout 2021.

The first THB1,500 will be distributed to each registrant via the Paotang digital wallet from July to September, with the remaining THB1,500 disbursed from October to December.

The Finance Ministry expects the scheme to inject THB186 billion into the economy, half from the government and half from participants.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce forecast the first and second phases of Khon La Khrueng would add 0.3 per cent of economic growth. The higher budget for the third phase is expected to trigger greater growth than phase one and two.

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Published : June 14, 2021

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No shortage of vaccines, stocks awaiting DDC approval: Anutin #SootinClaimon.Com

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No shortage of vaccines, stocks awaiting DDC approval: Anutin


Thailand still has sufficient Covid-19 vaccines in stock, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told Inside Thailand TV programme on Monday.

No shortage of vaccines, stocks awaiting DDC approval: Anutin

He explained that once the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration receives approval from the Department of Disease Control and other related agencies, the centre would inform the Public Health Ministry the locations where the vaccines must be delivered.

He reiterated that Bangkok would receive a total of 2.5 million doses in June, of which 500,000 doses would be delivered to universities, 1 million doses to social security members and another 1 million doses to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

“The BMA received 500,000 doses of vaccines from the Department of Disease Control on June 7, and the BMA will receive another 500,000 doses by this week,” he said, confirming that the country currently has over 6 million doses of vaccines.

Responding to many hospitals postponing their vaccination drive, he said they may not have contacted the BMA before posting Facebook messages.

“The fact is all agencies are working together, while the ministry would deliver vaccines once it receives requests from them,” he said, adding that leaders of each vaccination station are important for vaccine management.

He added that another 2.5 million doses of vaccines would be delivered to Thailand in the later part of this week — 1 million doses of Sinovac and 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca.

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Published : June 14, 2021

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18 staff test positive at Ayutthaya hospital #SootinClaimon.Com

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18 staff test positive at Ayutthaya hospital


Eight ambulance drivers and 10 medical workers at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Hospital in Pratuchai subdistrict have tested positive for Covid-19, the hospital’s director said on Monday.

18 staff test positive at Ayutthaya hospital

“No doctors have been reported infected. Only some drivers and nurses have tested positive,” said Dr Chokechai Leethochawalit.

“The hospital has screened all high-risk people who had close contact with the patients but has so far found no additional infections,” he added.

The infected staff have been sent to a separate facility for treatment, said the director.

The hospital will test all 1,700 staff via saliva samples and nasal swabs on Monday and Tuesday.

“The hospital has a contingency plan for this kind of situation and will prioritise the safety of all patients,” Chokechai said. “During the testing period it will continue to provide treatment to patients as usual.”

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On Sunday, Ayutthaya reported 206 new Covid-19 cases, ranking third behind Bangkok (924 cases) and Samut Prakan (217 cases). Ayutthaya has logged a total of 1,841 cases during the latest wave of infections, which emerged around early April.

Published : June 14, 2021

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Massage shops, parks and beauty clinics reopen in Bangkok #SootinClaimon.Com

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Massage shops, parks and beauty clinics reopen in Bangkok


Traditional Thai massage shops in Bangkok reopened on Monday after disease control measures were eased for five types of public venues.

Massage shops, parks and beauty clinics reopen in Bangkok

However, the shops were only allowed to provide foot massage.

Meanwhile, strict Covid-control measures remain in place at massage outlets and other venues permitted to open on Monday.

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According to an announcement on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s Facebook post on Saturday, the five venues allowed to reopen are:

▪︎ Museums and ancient sites

▪︎ Parks and botanical gardens

▪︎ Beauty clinics

▪︎ Health massage establishments (only foot massage)

▪︎ Nail salons and tattoo shops.

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Published : June 14, 2021

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Anutin vows better communication with Bangkok City Hall after vaccine spat #SootinClaimon.Com

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Anutin vows better communication with Bangkok City Hall after vaccine spat


Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Monday promised to improve communication between his Department of Disease Control (DDC) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) after many hospitals postponed Covid-19 vaccination this week.

Anutin vows better communication with Bangkok City Hall after vaccine spat

Anutin had earlier sought to blame the BMA for the suspension of vaccination services.

Several public and private hospitals said the suspension was due to a lack of doses from the Public Health Ministry, sparking public complaints about the government’s vaccine allocation.

Anutin said that the DDC and BMA must communicate in-depth to resolve this issue.

The DDC would now give other agencies weekly figures for the number of doses delivered and their estimated time of arrival, he said.

He also apologised to people for the problems with vaccine allocation.

He added that he would discuss with the DDC director-general about how to deliver vaccination to Bangkokians who had registered via the Mor Phrom (Doctors Ready) application.

“Initially, we may allow them to receive jabs at a vaccination station in Bang Sue Grand Station,” he said.

Published : June 14, 2021

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3,355 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths reported #SootinClaimon.Com

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3,355 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths reported


The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Monday reported 3,355 new cases and 17 deaths over a 24-hour period.

3,355 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths reported

Bangkok led the list of most cases with 925, followed by Nakhon Pathom (292), Nonthaburi (232), Samut Prakan (196), Samut Sakhon (158) and Songkhla (106).

Meanwhile, 3,530 patients have recovered and been discharged in the last 24 hours.

Total 10 returnees were Thais – 9 from Cambodia and 1 from Malaysia.

As of Monday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand had risen to 199,264.

So far, 157,944 have recovered and been discharged, 39,854 patients are still in hospitals, and 1,466 have died.

Meanwhile, another 75,128 people were given their first Covid-19 shot in the last 24 hours, while 31,754 people were given their second shot, bringing the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Thailand to 6,188,124.

According to Worldometer, as of 11am on Monday, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 176.71 million (up by 300,173), 160.74 million of whom have recovered, 12.16 million are active cases (85,067 in severe condition) and 3.81 million have died (up by 6,784).

Thailand ranks 79th on the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 34.32 million, followed by India 29.50 million, Brazil 17.41 million, France 5.74 million, and Turkey 5.33 million.

Published : June 14, 2021

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NACC to probe suspected corruption in buying of solar-powered lamp posts #SootinClaimon.Com

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NACC to probe suspected corruption in buying of solar-powered lamp posts


The National Anti‑Corruption Commission (NACC) is looking into the budget disbursement for procurement of decorative solar-powered lamp posts in several provinces for possible corruption, NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said on Sunday.

NACC to probe suspected corruption in buying of solar-powered lamp posts

The move came after Samut Prakan residents approached the NACC and called for an investigation into budget disbursement by Rachathewa Subdistrict Administrative Organisation in Bang Phli district. The organisation reportedly has spent an unusually high amount of money on the street lamp posts designed like a Kinnari, a half-bird, half-woman Buddhist mythological creature, and equipped with a solar power panel.

It is reported that the Rachathewa subdistrict has paid THB642.6 million for 6,773 posts, at THB94,884 apiece. The project listed Bangkok Road Lighting Co Ltd as the sole contractor.

The residents also urged the commission to look into discrepancies in contract details and actual installation. It is reported that the posts have been installed 10-14 metres apart, while the contract specified that each post must be 20-25 metres apart.

“It has come to light that several other provinces have spent their budget on decorative light posts in a similar manner, so the commission will look into the issue thoroughly for possible corruption by local administrators,” said Worawit.

Published : June 14, 2021

By : THE NATION

Three killed in car collision in Phetchabun #SootinClaimon.Com

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Three killed in car collision in Phetchabun


Three people were killed in a deadly head-on car collision in Phetchabun province.

Three killed in car collision in Phetchabun

The accident involving a luxury sport car and a hatchback happened on Saraburi-Lomsak Road in Nongphai district on Sunday.

Na Chaliang Police Station said that a BMW Z4 and a Suzuki Swift were found wrecked on the road from a head-on collision, which killed the driver and a passenger of the Suzuki Swift and the driver of the BMW. The only survivor of the accident is an 18-year-old girl who was on the front seat of the BMW. She was rushed to hospital and remains in critical condition.

Three killed in car collision in PhetchabunThree killed in car collision in Phetchabun

A news source reported that the driver of the BMW was identified as Suraphak (last name withheld), aged 50 years, a programmer residing in Bangkok and former leader of the pro-democracy group “Seri Panyachon”, which mostly consists of college students in Bangkok.

Suraphak made headlines in 2015 when he was sued for violating the lese majeste law, or Section 112 of the Criminal Code, for posting online messages defaming the monarch, but the court eventually dismissed the case.

Witnesses said that they saw the BMW driving from Khao Kho National Park and heading to Bangkok at high speed when the car reportedly weered out of control on the wet road following rains, slid across the traffic island and hit the oncoming Suzuki Swift.

Published : June 14, 2021

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New benefits package for VITT diagnosis and treatment under Universal Coverage Scheme #SootinClaimon.Com

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New benefits package for VITT diagnosis and treatment under Universal Coverage Scheme


The National Health Security Board has approved laboratory testing and medication for treating vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) under the Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS)’s benefits package.

New benefits package for VITT diagnosis and treatment under Universal Coverage Scheme

VITT is a prothrombotic syndrome observed in a small number of people who received adenoviral vector-based vaccines in Covid-19 vaccination programmes. The exact incidence of VITT appears to be rare. Only one in 125,000 to one million vaccine recipients develop this condition.

VITT symptoms include severe headache, numbness, visual changes, difficulty in breathing, one-sided paralysis, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, petechiae, leg pain, or swelling. The symptoms may show up in individuals within four to 30 days after vaccination.

Public Health Minister and NHS board chairman Anutin Charnvirakul said that the introduction of VITT laboratory testing and treatment in the UCS’ benefits package aimed to instil confidence in the Covid-19 mass vaccination programme.

“The Thai government will take care of people experiencing adverse effects after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine,” Anutin said.

Vaccine recipients who experience symptoms caused by VITT can request free laboratory testing at their registered hospitals. They will receive free treatment, too, if they are diagnosed with VITT.

NHSO Secretary-General Dr Jadej Thammathat-Aree said that the NHSO would cover the cost of four items relating to VITT diagnosis and treatment;

•Complete blood count, maximum of THB50 per test

•Heparin-PF4 antibody ELISA assay, maximum of THB1,550 per test

•Heparin-induced platelet activation test, maximum of THB1,550 per test

•Human normal immunoglobulin, intravenous (IVIG) for treating VITT.

The NHSO has allocated around THB9.28 million to cover the cost of IVIG, said Dr Jadej.

Published : June 14, 2021

By : The Nation