Thailand News Update | What covid restrictions will be eased this week?


While we have to wait a few more days to see if and how the current Covid restrictions will be changed or lifted, the Minister of Public Health has again said that bars and nightlife will still have to remain closed. Speaking to the media yesterday, Minister Anutin Charnvirakul remarked that his “ministry will change the way it reports infection figures”, focusing on recovering patients with poor outcomes from the virus instead of case numbers. He said that… “about 80% of those who died were unvaccinated or belonged to risk groups”. He said Thailand would not need to reinstate closures, but also said “nightlife venues, such as pubs, bars and karaoke lounges will not yet be allowed to reopen”.
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The Thai government is launching a project to get rid of illegal dumps around Bangkok. The message “STOP!” The project is led by Bangkok-based environmental crime group Greencrop. So far, two of more than 20 illegal landfills have been raided as part of the operation. A report in Thai media said the dumps were in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district and were run by a 49- and 41-year-old man. Both have now been charged with turning land into landfills without permission. They said they would make a deal with the landowner and open up residents to leave their trash, charging them around 40 to 300 baht per hour. Authorities report that there are more than 23 illegal landfills in the city, spread across most neighborhoods. They warned all business owners and investors, especially in the real estate sector, to be careful when buying land that may have been used as an illegal dumping ground.
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, is visiting Thailand for an official trip. But there is a bit of paperwork to prepare, as the government puts the finishing touches on a plan to revive bilateral cooperation between the two kingdoms. Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said arrangements to fully resume diplomatic relations between the 2 countries followed the visit of Thai Prime Ministers to Riyadh 2 weeks ago. He said the official visit is expected to take place later this year. He also said the priority was to find a new ambassador to fill the vacant post in Riyadh, after three decades of strained relations over the so-called blue diamond affair.
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Hundreds of Thai tourists have found themselves stranded on top of a mountain after visiting Naga Cave at Phu Langka National Park in Bueng Kan Province. The cave is known for a giant boulder with scale-like markings and a shape resembling the mystical serpent, the Naga. Many Thais believe it to be a sacred place to pray for good luck, especially lucky lottery numbers. But last Saturday was a date considered by many Thais to be so sacred and powerful that wishes can come true. In fact, so many people visited Naga Cave that many had to wait in long lines and others were stuck on the mountain waiting to descend along the crowded path. Some visitors said they started climbing the mountain at 7:30 a.m. and did not descend until 9 p.m.
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The body of a 63-year-old German was found hanging from a wrought-iron fence and his house on fire. Police suspect the incident is a suicide, but are still investigating. Firefighters were summoned to the villa compound in Kanchanaburi, western Thailand. Ten fire engines were dispatched to put out the fire which broke out at the two-storey house at around 3.30am yesterday. Neighbors told police they heard three or four loud explosions inside the house and came out to find the house on fire. Firefighters and police discovered two 15-kilogram gas canisters on the second level, each surrounded by four charred car tires. First responders assume the man had set them on fire with the intention of burning down the house before hanging himself. Reports say a distressing message was spray-painted inside the house mentioning a 21-year-old failed relationship. The investigation is continuing and the German Embassy has been informed.
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With the Omicron variant in Indonesia leading to an increase in cases in Jakarta, authorities are tightening restrictions in the capital, Bali, Bandung in West Java and Yogyakarta in Central Java. Reports initially said foreign tourists would not be allowed into Jakarta, but the transport minister has now clarified that tourists with the proper documents can still fly to Jakarta and Bali airports, as well as Indonesian islands. near Singapore. More than 36,000 Covid-19 infections were reported on Sunday, another 26,000 yesterday. Hospital cases also increased by 63% in Jakarta hospitals, compared to 45% last month. Under the new rules, supermarkets, malls and restaurants will have restricted capacities, and places of worship will be limited to 50% capacity. The health minister said they expected a peak in cases towards the end of this month.
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And to improve ASEAN-US relations, US President Joe Biden said his administration looks forward to working with Cambodia as ASEAN Chair this year to promote “the architecture regional” trade bloc. President Biden wrote a letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen saying he intended to invite ASEAN leaders to a special conference in Washington in the coming months. Hun Sen responded to the president by fully supporting the Washington summit. This week, ASEAN countries will meet in Phnom Penh to discuss the ongoing Myanmar crisis and regional security cooperation. The meeting will also discuss the issue of “developing common solutions and processes” for the economic recovery of the ten Southeast Asian member countries from the Covid-19 crisis.

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