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Re: Covid-19: Plan to lift some restrictions in 32 provinces considered
« Reply #90 on: April 20, 2020, 08:21:48 PM »
Plan to lift some restrictions in 32 provinces considered

The Public Health Ministry has come up with a plan on lifting restrictions on some businesses in 32 provinces, which will be submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for consideration.

Kamnuan Ungchusak, an adviser to the public health minister on the Covid-19 outbreak, said at a meeting with related agencies, it was agreed that the measures should be relaxed slowly so people’s lives and businesses can return to normal. However, he said, some measures should remain in place such as screening arrivals from overseas and quarantining them for 14 days.

Also, he said, provinces should keep a close lookout for new infections and monitor crowded areas, while laboratory tests should never be slackened.

“People should also continue wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and refraining from assembly to cut down on the risk of new cases,” Kamnuan said.

Meanwhile, there are seven to 10 million people who have lost their jobs and health officials believe that some leniency based on the level of risk in different areas should be granted to businesses. However, some businesses such as entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaoke clubs, massage parlours and boxing stadiums should remain closed until the outbreak ends.

As of April 14, no new cases were reported in 32 provinces for over two weeks, hence some restrictions will be relaxed in these provinces from May 1, while life in other provinces may return to normal by mid-May.

However, businesses in the the provinces of Bangkok, Chonburi, Nonthaburi, Phuket, Samut Prakan, Pattani and Yala – where new cases are constantly being found – may start operating from the beginning of June.

As for department stores, operators will be required to screen each shopper for temperature, limit the number of shoppers and the time they spend in the store, not allow queues in the toilets, collect customer data and desist from holding sales promotion events.

It is believed that parks will be the first to be reopened, provided people agree to exercise on their own and not in a group. Schools that are planning to reopen in July will have to make plans to adapt to the situation, especially in terms of the space between each student’s desk

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Private sector offers ideas on lifting restrictions, rejigging economy

After meeting with representatives of the private sector, Tossaporn Sirisamphan, secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board, said it was concluded that measures for economic recovery can be split into three: immediate action; proposals that need relevant government agencies’ approval; and long-term measures.

Actions that can immediately be implemented include relief for farmers and employing daily wage earners for more than four hours a day.

Measures that will have to be discussed with relevant government agencies include proposals such as reducing employers’ social security contributions from 4 per cent to 1 per cent for 180 days, granting businesses tax benefits for expenses incurred by Covid-19 prevention measures and extending procurement contracts with the government, etc.

Long-term measures include things such as amending the law to support an e-government and establishing a farmer-funded joint venture of Bt50 billion.

Kalasin Sarasin, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, suggested that provinces and businesses should be split into three types when it comes to lifting restrictions.

For instance, green provinces where no Covid-19 cases have been reported for 14 days should be allowed to open low-risk businesses that do not require contact, such as department stores and restaurants provided social-distancing measures are used. At present there are 32 such provinces.

The same measures can be applied to yellow provinces, where there are not that many Covid-19 cases, though this will be left up to the discretion of the governor.

In red provinces, which have high levels of infection, no businesses should be opened.

He added that restrictions should initially be lifted in just three green provinces (two small provinces and one large province with a big business sector) as a test for two weeks.

If there are no new cases, then the government can consider entering the first phase of lifting restrictions on businesses in green and yellow provinces for one month, to see there are any infections.

The second phase will be opening both green and yellow provinces at the same time for a month to evaluate the infection levels, while the third phase will be opening businesses in all provinces.

However, for businesses to open, operators must follow strict sanitation standards. For instance, customers in shopping malls and restaurants must maintain at least a metre’s distance, each mall and eatery must limit the number of visitors allowed in and hand-sanitising gel must be provided at regular intervals. Each customer’s temperature must be measured before they enter the area, everyone is required to wear a mask at all times and no activity is allowed.

Businesses failing to follow these requirements will be closed.

Also, at least 50 per cent of people should continue working from home in both private and public agencies.

Prapat Panyachatiraksa, president of the National Farmers Council (NFC), suggested that as a relief measure, the government pay Bt5,000 to each agricultural household for at least three months or until the situation returns to normal because the agricultural sector is also affected by Covid-19. Thailand has some 8 million to 9 million households in the farming sector.

It has also been proposed that the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) and the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry suspend the repayment of loans taken by farmers for at least 12 months.

The government should also open online platforms to help farmers sell their products as well as negotiate an extension of payment period for farmers who have taken loans from private financial institutions.

Financial subsidies for farmers can come from the Bt135 billion that the Finance Ministry has earmarked to help those affected by Covid-19.

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Govt mulls easing Covid curbs
Emergency, curfew likely to be extended

The government will likely extend the emergency decree for another month as it weighs up when to ease the current restrictions and allow some businesses to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

How to proceed was high on the agenda at a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday, with the current emergency decree set to expire on April 30.

A source at the meeting said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, as CSSA chairman, expressed concern for people affected by the lockdown, and instructed the Public Health Ministry to liaise with business operators and consider allowing some to reopen, such as markets and department stores, particularly in provinces which remain free of coronavirus infections.

Entertainment venues will remain closed and the nationwide 10pm to 4am curfew is expected to be extended for at least another month, the source said, although Gen Prayut told security officers to allow some additional types of delivery vehicles to operate during the night.

The source also said that the extension of the emergency decree will not be on the agenda of today's cabinet meeting, although National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Somsak Rungsita has said that the NSC will present a proposal for the extension sometime this week.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Monday that Gen Prayut had stressed at the meeting the need for weighing up the battle against the virus with the need for businesses to reopen.

"They have to stay in balance, and go along with each other," the spokesman said.

"The government will ease restrictions on businesses reopening only when it does not place people at a higher risk of catching the disease."

The message from the prime minister was that the government would consider measures proposed both by state agencies and the business sector to contain the virus before making a decision, according to Dr Taweesilp.

Dr Taweesilp said provinces with no virus cases were high on the list to be allowed to ease restrictions.

Nine provinces remain free of reported infections -- Ang Thong, Bung Kan, Chai Nat, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Nan, Ranong, Sing Buri and Trat.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul met with deans of faculties of medicine from various universities to discuss guidelines for easing the lockdown, which will be presented to the CSSA for consideration.

Speaking after the meeting, Dr Kamnuan Ungchusak, an adviser to the public health minister, said that the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trade of Thailand, and the Federation of Thai Industries have agreed that before any businesses will be allowed to reopen, they must be categorised according to the level of risk.

They must also calculate how much space they have and how many customers should be allowed inside to keep possible transmission to a minimum while they must also ensure their premises are well-ventilated, Dr Kamnuan said.

He said that high-risk businesses such as bars, pubs, entertainment venues, and karaoke establishments will remain closed.

Medium-risk businesses, such as barber shops, hair salons, restaurants, food shops, department stores and shopping malls, would be allowed to reopen gradually, though they must not hold sales which draw large numbers of customers and record entry and exit information to track customers, Dr Kamnuan said.

He said that it was also agreed at the meeting that a nationwide real-time monitoring system should be implemented to provide people with updates on local transmissions.

If these guidelines are followed, pro­vinces which have no new infections may be allowed to reopen first, Dr Kamnuan said, adding that a total of 32 provinces have not reported any new infections over the past 14 days.

Restrictions would also be eased in provinces which remain free of infections until the end of this month, as well as another 38 provinces that have only had sporadic infections, he said.

However, Dr Thira Woratanarat, a health expert at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of medicine, on Monday issued an open letter asking Gen Prayut to think carefully.

"Restrictions should be eased only when we are actually ready. If the transmission comes back in a second wave as in Japan and Singapore, controlling the virus will be twice as hard," he wrote.

Also on Monday, a government source disclosed details of the message Gen Prayut sent to 20 wealthy businessmen in which he requested their assistance with projects to help vulnerable people affected by the outbreak.

The source told the Bangkok Post that the prime minister would definitely not be asking for direct financial contributions.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 21, 2020
« Reply #93 on: April 21, 2020, 02:08:09 PM »
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 21, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

New cases =19, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,811, total deaths = 48, and total cured = 2,108
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has extended the ban on the sale of alcohol, from 20 April until the end of the month

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Re: Covid-19: PM puts decision on lockdown off by a week
« Reply #94 on: April 21, 2020, 06:57:43 PM »
PM puts decision on lockdown off by a week
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday (April 21) that he will decide in a week’s time whether the state of emergency should be extended beyond April 30.
He added that people’s collaboration in curbing the infections and updated information from the Public Health Ministry will be key to his decision.

Though the situation appears to be improving, he said he does not want to lift the restrictions in a rush. He added that he will not be pressured into anything and will instead rely on medical information and on whether the country prepared to handle the situation after restrictions are lifted.

He said that if things get worse after the easing of restrictions, all the good work in curbing the contagion will be a waste of time. The prime minister also called on business operators to propose measures they will take after the lockdown is relaxed.

Businesses are hoping that the government will ease some restrictions this week to give them some breathing space after it has been hit badly by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The government put the country under a state of emergency from March 26 to April 30 and imposed a 10pm to 4am curfew on April 3 until further notice.

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Humans to blame for spread of coronavirus and other 'zoonoses'
Whether it came from a bat or a pangolin is not certain, but one thing is: the coronavirus outbreak that has killed tens of thousands and turned the world upside down comes from the animal world. It is human activity that enabled the virus to jump to people, and specialists are warning that if nothing changes many other pandemics of this nature will follow. The name given to diseases transmitted from animals to humans is "zoonoses", based on the Greek words for "animal" and "sickness".

They are not new -- tuberculosis, rabies, toxoplasmosis, malaria, to name just a few, are all zoonoses.  full article bangkokpost.com

Somewhere in China, perhaps in the southern Yunnan province, there's a cave that may hold the mysterious origins of the deadly coronavirus that's infected thousands, cut off millions of Chinese from their jobs and families and wreaked havoc in global financial markets.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 22, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 22, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

Thailand has the lowest number of new cases in this month. Korat no new cases within 14 days
New cases = 15, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,826 total deaths = 49, and total cured = 2,352 - While working at home, it's essential to keep physical distancing, separate the garbage, wear masks, and take hygienic measures with contaminated masks.- Regarding automatic visa extension, the Cabinet has approved the second visa extension for temporary stay in Thailand.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand logs 13 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death
« Reply #97 on: April 23, 2020, 12:07:15 PM »
Thailand logs 13 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death Thursday
The government on Thursday reported 13 new coronavirus (Covid-19) patients, raising the total to 2,839, and one more death, bringing the accumulated toll to 50.  The tally of new cases is two than the 15 recorded on Wednesday.  It is the lowest since March 14, and marks the fifth consecutive day of declines. Because of limited testing, however, the actual number of infections is believed to be higher. bangkokpost.com

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Re: Covid-19: hope for the day
« Reply #98 on: April 23, 2020, 12:15:43 PM »
Hope for the day
A one-month-old Thai baby, the country’s youngest coronavirus patient, has successfully recovered from the illness  facebook.com
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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 23, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 23, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

New cases = 13, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,839, total deaths = 50, and total cured = 2,430

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Re: Covid-19: Why are the numbers here in Thailand so low
« Reply #100 on: April 24, 2020, 11:11:48 AM »
Thailand logs 13 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death Thursday
It is the lowest since March 14, and marks the fifth consecutive day of declines. Because of limited testing, however, the actual number of infections is believed to be higher. bangkokpost.com

Why are the numbers here in Thailand so low, because of the above statment or is it the heat killing off the virus. I would like to think it was the heat, as the Vitamin D3 absorbed through the skin by sunlight just might fortifie the immune system. the daily sunshine, might be enough to keep the body levels high. with the high humidity, the drops might fall to the ground and not be absorbed.

I know lets ask TRUMP he will know  ::) After U.S. government researchers determined that the coronavirus loses potency when temperatures and humidity rise, Trump threw out the idea for medical doctors to see if there's any way that you can apply light and heat to a cure

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Re: Covid-19: 15 new Covid-19 cases
« Reply #101 on: April 24, 2020, 12:44:12 PM »
15 new Covid-19 cases close to Thursday's lowest number in a month

Thailand continued to make gains in containing the Covid-19 outbreak with 15 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period and no death, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Friday (April 24).

He said Friday's number was close to Thursday's 13 -- the least number of new cases in a month since the peak of 188 on March 22.

The number of fatalities remained at 50, while 2,490 patients have recovered and returned to their homes and 314 are undergoing treatment in hospitals. Cumulative cases since the outbreak reached 2,854.

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Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 24, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 24, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

New cases = 15, deaths = 0, total cases = 2,854, and total cured = 2,490 - People around the world are at risk from the second wave of the disease. We should do everything we can to prevent it from happening. - 10 provinces in Thailand have had no reports of new cases for 28 days.

The Government hasn't decided to lift the curfew by the end of this month yet. The decision to update, extend, or relax the existing measures will be considered based on the current situation and will have to be approved by the Cabinet.

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Re: Covid-19: Nakhon Ratchasima lowers Covid guard
« Reply #103 on: April 24, 2020, 02:08:09 PM »
Nakhon Ratchasima lowers Covid guard

Provincial authorities have reduced the number of curfew checkpoints on the roads because it has been more than two weeks since the last Covid-19 infection was detected in the province.

Governor Vichien Chantaranothai said on Friday that it was 16 days since the last coronavirus case was reported.

The government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration allowed provinces to ease some disease control measures after at least 14 days had lapsed without a new infection.

Therefore, the province was cutting the number of curfew checkpoints from 53 to 25, to make it easier for people who were allowed to travel between the 10pm-4am curfew.

The number of health screening checkpoints was also reduced, from five to two - in Pak Chong and Wang Nam Khieo districts. Community-based checkpoints were partially closed to allow local administrators to focus on the quarantine of people arriving back from other provinces.

The relaxation started on Thursday. Local authorities would wait for the government's instructions on other key restrictions - such as those on fresh markets, barbers and hairdressers, and bus terminals, Mr Vichien said.

Nakhon Ratchasima accumulated 18 cases of Covid-19 infection, and 12 patients had so far fully recovered and been discharged from hospitals, he said.

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Govt can consider reopening some virus free districts, says expert
Dr Chalermchai Boonyaleepun, vice president of the Public Health Committee, said on Friday (April 24) that the government should consider lifting restrictions in some districts that have been free of new Covid-19 infections for the past 28 days.

However, he said, before easing any lockdown measures, the government should ensure that there will not be a spike in new infections.

“Meanwhile, all sectors will still have to follow preventive measures such as maintaining social distances, wearing masks, refraining from gatherings and washing hands regularly,” he said.

“If the number of Covid-19 patients is likely to increase, then the government must put in place even stricter measures.”

He said that if reopening some districts was far too risky, then the government can consider easing restrictions on some activities that pose a low risk of infection.

“The government should also issue additional measures to mitigate risks, such as screening people constantly,” he said.

He added that people’s behaviour will have to be changed in the long-term because this disease may last for at least one year if not up to five years.

“This outbreak has had and will have an effect on people’s daily lives. If, for example, it is found later that the virus can be transmitted in the space of four metres, then people will have to maintain a distance of at least four metres from each other.

“This new normal will hit all aspects of life, including economy, health, culture and even the very philosophy of life.”

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Re: Covid-19: 53 new Covid-19 cases highest in weeks
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53 new Covid-19 cases highest in weeks

Thailand saw a sudden spurt in Covid-19 patients with 53 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period, and one death, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Saturday.

The number was the highest since April 9 when there were 54 new cases.

The total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,907.

Of the total, 2,547 have recovered while there have been 51 fatalities.

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Re: Covid-19: Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 25, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 25, 2020
25 April 2020 -- An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

New cases = 53, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,904, total deaths = 51, and total cured = 2,547

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Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 26, 2020
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Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 26, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government

New cases = 15, deaths = 0, total cases = 2,922, and total cured = 2,594

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Re: Covid-19: Billionaires dip into deep pockets to fight Covid-19
« Reply #108 on: April 27, 2020, 11:12:20 AM »
Billionaires dip into deep pockets to fight Covid-19
As Covid-19 infections and fatalities continue to rise across the world, many billionaires are stepping up to help ease the blow for the poorest people while also fighting back against the deadly disease.

Contributions by moguls – many of them among the world’s richest – range from supporting their employees and helping the vulnerable, to procuring medical equipment for hospitals and funding vaccine research.

In Thailand, wealthy tycoons have joined their fellow citizens in donating to people worst-hit by the temporary closure of businesses to curb the spread of the virus.

Charoen Pokphand Group patriarch Dhanin Chearavanont, Thailand’s richest man with a net worth of US$14.1 billion (456.8 billion baht), has spent Bt100 million of that money to build a factory making 100,000 free surgical masks per day for healthcare workers. Several of Dhanin’s wealthy peers have also donated expensive medical equipment for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, particularly ventilators and negative pressure isolation rooms.

While generous billionaires in other countries have followed suit by directing help towards their own compatriots, some of the world’s wealthiest tycoons are looking beyond their countries’ borders and fighting Covid-19 on an international scale.

American billionaire Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, announced in early April that he would donate $100 million (3.2 billion baht) to Feeding America, a national non-profit network of food banks and soup kitchens.

Founder and CEO of online retail giant Amazon, Bezos tops the global rich list with a net worth of $140 billion (4.5 trillion baht). His company Amazon has also created a $5-million relief fund for small businesses and contributed $2 million to efforts to help those worst-affected by the pandemic.

Microsoft co-founder and noted philanthropist Bill Gates, through the foundation named after him and his wife Melinda, has committed $255 million (8.26 billion baht) to aid global detection, isolation and treatment of Covid-19, with a large portion of the pledge going toward developing vaccines.

“Covid-19 doesn’t obey border laws,” the multibillionaire said. “Even if most countries succeed in slowing the disease over the next few months, the virus could return if the pandemic remains severe enough elsewhere”.

Bill Gates – with a net worth of $99.5 billion (3.2 trillion baht) and the world’s second richest man – called for “an unprecedented level of international funding and cooperation” to tackle the pandemic.

“The world community must understand that so long as Covid-19 is somewhere, we need to act as if it were everywhere,” he said.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma, China’s richest man, has pledged $14 million to help develop a Covid-19 vaccine. He has sent large amounts of medical supplies and testing kits to the United States, Italy and several other countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Through his foundation, Ma – the world’s 18th wealthiest individual with a net worth of $43.8 billion (1.4 trillion baht) – also donated hundreds of ventilators to the US state of New York for use in its hospitals.

As well as their money, wealthy entrepreneurs and business executives are also furnishing advice on how to deal with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 crisis. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha famously sought the counsel of Thailand’s richest people, but he is not alone in tapping the wisdom of tycoons.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump set up an economic revival council that features several American billionaires, including Amazon’s Bezos, Oracle co-founder and chairman Larry Ellison, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, and Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Dubbed the Great American Economic Revival, the council of some 200 business leaders will provide the White House with advice on how to get the US back on track after an unprecedented shutdown. The White House said the council will meet in videoconferences to discuss ideas for kick-starting the stalled economy.

Sustained damage

The virus crisis has left 26 million Americans without jobs and applying for unemployment benefits, countless firms out of business, and many local governments bracing for billions of dollars in lost tax revenues.

The damage to Thailand’s economy from Covid-19 is estimated at1.3 trillion baht, with as many as 10 million people set to lose their jobs if the pandemic lingers for the next few months.

PM Prayut recently wrote an open letter to the Kingdom’s 20 richest individuals, asking for their “input and ideas” on lifting Thailand out of its worst crisis in generations. Critics were quick to claim that government was “begging the rich for their money”, but Thai billionaires were eager to extend their help in other ways.

Germany-born B Grimm chairman and owner Harald Link, who ranks 12th among Thailand’s wealthiest with $2.5 billion (81 billion baht), said he was “very happy and very excited” to get the prime minister’s letter. He said B Grimm, which has donated more than 46 million baht to fighting the outbreak’s impact, was “pleased and prepared” to join the government-led fight against Covid-19.

Muangthai Capital chairman Chuchat Petaumpai, the country’s 10th richest with $3.1 billion (100 billion baht), said he was “pleased and ready to fully help”.

His nano-financing company has set aside 110 million baht in aid, donating 200,000 relief kits for the jobless and 50 million baht to buy equipment for hospitals. Also, the billionaire said, the company’s more than 400 branches all over the country would serve as outlets for distribution of relief to the needy.


Meanwhile, Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, who owns Bangkok Airways and Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, is looking beyond the Covid-19 crisis. He has promised to spend 100 million baht digging ponds and artesian wells in Sukhothai province to help people fight drought after the pandemic.

“For Thailand, the next problem will be water shortage. So, I want to help the government in this matter,” said Prasert, who ranks 11th among the wealthiest Thais with a net worth of $2.7 billion (87.5 billion baht).

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Re: Covid-19: Five realities of the post-Covid-19 'new normal'
« Reply #109 on: April 27, 2020, 11:27:54 AM »
Five realities of the post-Covid-19 'new normal'

Looking at the "new normal" from a business perspective, it is self-evident that companies will have to adjust according to changing buyer behaviour that was forced by the Covid-19 outbreak. Overall, five changes loom after the pandemic is tamed.

The measures and ideas to prevent and cope with this pandemic will change customer behaviour during and after the epidemic, which is called the "new normal". It could be summarised into five new realities:

1. The world will be driven by technology, which will destroy or disrupt the old business model and traditional businesses that are unable to adapt to the changing behaviours of consumers, such as online teaching. Human labour will be replaced by more technology, and robots will directly affect labour and players in various industries. It is a catalyst for those businesses to adapt to the fast-paced world.

The number of workers will be reduced, aside from people being replaced by technology. When various businesses will survive this crisis, the "work from home" experiment would let employers know how many employees they really need.

2. Online trading will grow enormously as the crisis has forced consumers to change their familiar shopping habits, which will eventually become familiar and become a new normal. Technology will directly connect the manufacturer with the end-user -- the same as the from-farm-to-table concept. Middlemen will be reduced to an important role but the online marketing and delivery platforms will grow, such as posting info about products on various member groups such as Line or Facebook platform.

In the short term, before supply is balanced with new demand, perishable products such as meat, vegetables, and fruits will be reduced or processed to preserve the value and extend their life. Consumers will have more power to buy things because manufacturers need to adjust, such as delivering products to the home. Processed products or supplies will be worth buying.

3. Customers will think closely before buying goods and services because of the fragile economy and the crisis that makes us know what is necessary for life and what is superfluous. Shopping for reasons will be more popular than emotions, such as buying residences that are useful more than beautiful and costing exorbitant prices. Spending on luxury goods and services will be reduced and converted into savings, with reduced spending on expensive jewellery, restaurants and cafes.

The tourism industry and related services will be directly affected as these costs will be cut first, due to the difficult economic conditions. But businesses that can create a new image for products or services that focus on value for money can still survive.

4. An aseptic society will be a public concept with guidelines. There will be measures to prevent and detect germs to prevent the outbreak of other diseases in the future, such as campaigns for cleanliness and hygiene in public or travelling by public and international transportation. Cleaning and sanitising of public places will be more common. Public gatherings such as concerts will have new public health measures to support.

5. Service activities will be more private, such as massage, beauty, see a doctor or receiving medication online by scheduling appointments to prevent unnecessary integration. Aside from being a valuable thing, the risks of integration are reduced by the use of modern technology.

The business will change according to the changing buyer behaviour. After being accustomed and forced to adapt to the outbreak of this virus, it is the "New Normal" that will allow those who are ready to accept this change.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand logs 9 new Covid cases, 1 new death Monday
« Reply #110 on: April 27, 2020, 01:01:46 PM »
Thailand logs 9 new Covid cases, 1 new death Monday the bangkokpost reports
It was the first single-digit rise since March 14.

Hmmm! Since testing has been limited, the actual number of infections may be much higher.

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Re: Covid-19: State of Emergency likely to be extended for one more month
« Reply #111 on: April 27, 2020, 01:31:48 PM »
State of Emergency likely to be extended for one more month
The government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reportedly resolved today that the state of emergency should be extended for another month after it was to expire on April 30. The resolution is in line with recommendations from national security officials and the Public Health Ministry.

The centre also reportedly resolved to postpone all May holidays, while some restrictions on businesses will be relaxed.

The government clamped the state of emergency on March 26 until April 30 and imposed a 10pm to 4am curfew on April 3.

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Re: Covid-19: Emergency decree extended
« Reply #112 on: April 27, 2020, 01:49:02 PM »
State of Emergency likely to be extended for one more month

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Emergency decree extended

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday decided to extend the Emergency Decree for another month after it expires on April 30.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Monday the decree will be extended to the end of May.

The reason is concern about the return of the virus, with the centre still battling to stop it spreading any further.

The decision means the night curfew from 10pm-4am will continue, no social gatherings allowed and only limited inter-provincial travel, among other restrictions, Dr Taweesilp said.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and brought together all agencies to discuss the impact of the decree.

The National Security Council told the meeting that it surveyed public opinion, and it favoured the extension of the decree, Dr Taweelsilp said. He gave no other details of the survey.

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Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 27, 2020
« Reply #113 on: April 27, 2020, 04:46:20 PM »
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 27, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House. thanks to Mr. Natapanu Nopakun

Thailand has the lowest number of new cases in this month.  New cases = 9, deaths = 1, total cases = 2,931 total deaths = 52, and total cured = 2,609

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Re: Covid-19: Option of lifting some restrictions considered
« Reply #114 on: April 27, 2020, 05:07:35 PM »
Option of lifting some restrictions considered
The authorities are mulling the option of relaxing some restrictions for certain businesses, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Monday (April 27).

The relaxation of the measures will be divided into four levels, 25 percent to 100 percent, with the situation reviewed every 14 days. For instance, if 100 percent of the restrictions are lifted in an area and new confirmed cases are found within 14 days, the restrictions will return.

Also, even if the restrictions are completely lifted, four measures will still be in place: control on international arrivals; 10pm to 4am curfew; ban or restricted interprovincial travel; and prohibition on social gatherings.

The Public Health Ministry, meanwhile, has come up with three scenarios:

1. Best: Where strict control on transportation is applied and new infections maintained at between 15 and 30 daily (current stage);

2. Controlled: Low-risk businesses are allowed to reopen and some international travel allowed, resulting in 40 to 70 new infections daily (bringing the total confirmed cases to around 4,661 in June which is acceptable);

3. Outbreak: No measures in place for both domestic and international travel resulting in uncontrolled transmissions with 500 to 2,000 new cases found daily (bringing the total number of confirmed cases to around 45,596 by June or July).

Separately, the private sector has suggested that business should be assessed and split into four levels depending on the risk, namely white, green, yellow and red. They also suggested that 50-per-cent of employees should be allowed to return to office while the rest should continue working from home.

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Re: Covid-19: WHO chief says pandemic ‘far from over’
« Reply #115 on: April 28, 2020, 11:46:00 AM »
WHO chief says pandemic ‘far from over’, worried about children  video below

(Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is “far from over” and is still disrupting normal health services, especially life-saving immunisation for children in the poorest countries, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

The U.N. agency is concerned about rising numbers of cases and deaths in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries, even as the numbers flatten or decline in some wealthier nations.

“We have a long road ahead of us and a lot of work to do,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva, adding that a second wave of infections could be prevented with the right actions.

The novel coronavirus, which emerged late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has alrady infected 2.97 million and claimed 205,948 lives, according to the latest Reuters tally.

Tedros expressed concern that the health of children was being threatened by the impact of the coronavirus emergency on vaccination programmes for other diseases.

“Children may be at relatively low risk from severe disease and death from COVID-19 – the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus – but can be at high risk from other diseases that can be prevented with vaccines,” said Tedros.

Some 13 million people have been affected worldwide by delays in regular immunisations against diseases including polio, measles, cholera, yellow fever and meningitis, he said.

Shortages of vaccines against other diseases are being reported in 21 countries as a result of border restrictions and disruptions to travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Tedros said, citing the GAVI global vaccine alliance.

“The number of malaria cases in sub-Saharan Africa could double,” he said, referring to the potential impact of COVID-19 on regular malaria services. “That doesn’t have to happen, we are working with countries to support them.”

WHO’s top emergencies expert Dr. Mike Ryan, asked about some U.S. states lifting restrictions despite a lack of contact-tracing and the government’s handling of the crisis, said the United States seemed to have a “very clearly laid-out”, science-based federal plan for fighting its coronavirus epidemic.

“The federal government and the system of governors are working together to move America and its people through this very difficult situation,” Ryan said.

But the federal system linking 50 states made the situation “complex”, he added.

Ryan also repeated an earlier WHO warning against easing restrictions too soon.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand logs 7 new Covid cases, 2 deaths
« Reply #116 on: April 28, 2020, 12:13:29 PM »
The government on Tuesday reported seven new coronavirus cases and two additional deaths, bringing the total in Thailand to 2,938 infected and 54 deceased.

The number of confirmed new infections marks the second consecutive day of single-digit increases after the nine new cases recorded on Monday.

Since testing has been limited, the actual number of infections may be much higher. reports the  bangkokpost

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Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 28, 2020
« Reply #117 on: April 28, 2020, 01:54:02 PM »
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 28, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

Thailand has the lowest number of new cases in this month. New cases = 7, deaths = 2, total cases = 2,938 total deaths = 54, and total cured = 2,652
- Extension of a temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 31 May 2020 thanks to Mr. Natapanu Nopakun

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(Reuters) - Thailand reported on Wednesday nine new coronavirus infections but no deaths, taking to 2,947 cases and 54 deaths its tally since the outbreak began in January.

It was the third day that new infections stayed in the single digits, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman of the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.
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Re: Covid-19: Daily Briefing: April 29, 2020
« Reply #119 on: April 29, 2020, 01:23:53 PM »
Covid-19 Daily Briefing: April 29, 2020
An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand's #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House

New cases = 9, deaths = 0, total cases = 2,947 total deaths = 54, and total cured = 2,665 - The Cabinet did not cancel four public holidays in May – Labor Day on 1 May, Coronation Day on 4 May, Visakha Puja Day (Day of Vesak) on 6 May, and Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day on 11 May.
thanks to Mr. Natapanu Nopakun

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