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Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Nai Harn fish haul! Amnesty International Thailand under investigation || November 30
PHUKET XTRA - November 30 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket Lots of fish at Nai Harn Beach |:| Total Phuket Covid-19 cases reach 94 |:| Amnesty International under investigation by Thai police |:| Omicron will not affect reopening, says Piphat Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket #PhuketNews #Thailand
TUI resumes Phuket flights from Copenhagen
PHUKET: TUI Fly Airlines, operating under the umbrella group of major international travel operator TUI, resumed its direct flights from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Phuket yesterday (Nov 29), bringing 345 foreigner travellers to the island.
Lots of fish at Nai Harn
PHUKET: Local fishermen at Nai Harn were gifted a bumper haul yesterday (Nov 29) when hundreds of small fish locally called “Pla Thong Mae Mai” were caught in their nets set up in the shallows just off the beach.
Omicron will not affect reopening, says Phiphat
BANGKOK: Thailand will not take a step back from the reopening plan despite uncertainty over the Omicron COVID-19 variant, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said yesterday (Nov 29).
‘Vaccine’ is word of the year for US dictionary Merriam-Webster
WASHINGTON: The American dictionary of reference Merriam-Webster yesterday (Nov 29) revealed “vaccine” to be its word of the year for 2021, reflecting both the hopes and deep divisions sparked by vaccination as the world wrestled with year two of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Phuket marks 93 new COVID cases, no new deaths
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 93 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Nov 29) bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 17,709.
Antigen testing for visitors in doubt as Omicron variant spreads
BANGKOK: The government is considering suspending the decision to replace RT-PCR tests with antigen testing for air travellers following the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said yesterday (Nov 29).
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Bangla Road cases, Arrivals from 8 African countries banned over Omicron variant || November 29
PHUKET XTRA - November 29 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket Phuket New Year celebrations to be an all-nighter |:| Thailand bans entry for 8 African nations over Omicron variant |:| Bangla and Phuket Town checks |:| Frenchman to be deported over Facebook posts |:| New Phuket OrBorTor chiefs elected Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket #PhuketNews #Thailand
New Phuket OrBorTor chiefs elected
PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Election Commission of Thailand has announced the informal results confirming the new elected officials to serve as Chiefs of six Tambon Administration Organisations (OrBorTor) in Phuket following the elections held yesterday (Nov 28).
14-day quarantine for arrivals from unbanned parts of Africa
BANGKOK: People who arrive from countries in Africa not subject to a ban will still have to quarantine for 14 days and be tested repeatedly for COVID-19, amid worldwide concern over the new Omicron variant of the virus.
 
Thaiger
Thailand News Today | Thailand calm over Omicron variant, Crackdown on Human trafficking | Nov 30

Jett goes through all the main headlines in Thailand that include: Thailand makes adjustments to deal with the Omicron Covid variant, the country cracks down on human trafficking, and the first foreign film to be shot in Thailand since the pandemic. Details on these stories and many more coming right up.

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Cabinet okays new visa scheme allowing a 1 year stay for medical tourists

A new visa scheme approved, in principle, by the Thai Cabinet today will allow foreigners who are travelling to Thailand for medical treatment to stay in the Kingdom for up to a year. At the moment, many medical tourists stay in the country on 60-day tourist visas, which can be extended for another 30 days, and (before the pandemic) many in Thailand for longterm medical treatment had to do border runs every three months to get a new visa. Under the new visa scheme, medical tourists will need to provide a bank statement showing they have at least 800,000 baht […]

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says PCR tests will remain a requirement for foreign arrivals

Thailand will continue using the RT-PCR method to screen arrivals for Covid-19 as a preventative measure to keep the Omicron variant from reaching Thai soil. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced today that the Cabinet decided to reverse the CCSA’s decision to change the testing method to the faster, yet less reliable ATK method. The Thai government says the order on PCR tests for arrivals will soon be published in the Royal Gazette. On Friday, the CCSA had decided to change the testing method for vaccinated travellers from 63 approved countries entering under the Test & Go quarantine exemption scheme. The change […]

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More venues in Thailand require proof of vaccination, or ATK test, at the door

Thailand’s future looks… vaccinated. More and more venues and events are embracing the government’s “Covid Free Setting” guidelines which call for not only staff, but customers to be fully vaccinated, or test negative for the virus, to be considered a “Covid free” area. Bangkok’s Khao San Road was blocked off the other weekend with bouncers checking documents and digital vaccination records while health staff wearing personal protective gear were onsite sticking swabs up unvaccinated partygoers’ noses for a rapid Covid test. (We haven’t heard what happens if someone tests positive, but an ambulance was parked at the entrance.) Other venues, […]

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Pfizer CEO says new version of vaccine under development to target Omicron

Pfizer has reportedly begun developing a new version to combat the Omicron and the tests have been running since last Friday, according to CEO Albery Bourla yesterday, following the warning from the World Health Organisation on the new variant. While Bourla says he doesn’t “believe the immunisations will fail to protect,” he says a study could the study could reveal that existing vaccines “protect less”against the newly found veriant, necessitating the development of a new vaccine. “We generated our first DNA template on Friday, which is the first probable inflection of the development process of a new vaccine.” At the same […]

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Taiwanese co-pilot pays off NT$800,000 fine for breaching quarantine rules

According to the Taipei branch of the Administrative Enforcement Agency (AEA), a co-pilot of a Taiwanese airline has paid off a punishment of NT$ 800,000 (US$ 28,551) for breaching of Covid-19 quarantine rules earlier this year. The co-pilot, identified in the media as Chung, was found to have left his home three times to visit friends and buy food while he was under quarantine after returning from flight assignments in January and February. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications penalized him NT$800,000 in May, according to the AEA. Chung claimed that he was stressed out from dealing with the never-ending […]

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Shanghai halts 500 flights, issues closure order after 3 three local Covid cases

After three locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases were reported in Shanghai on Friday, hundreds of flights were cancelled, schools were closed, and tourists activities were shut down. The three positive cases, according to a municipal government statement, were friends from the nearby city of Suzhou who attended an old architecture lecture last week. The three friends had close contact with nearly 200 persons, leading 20 hospitals to restrict outpatient and emergency medical services for three days as a precaution. Authorities also stated that all three patients were completely immunised. The limitations are part of Beijing’s Covid-zero strategy, which aims to eradicate all traces […]

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Bangkok’s SRT Red Line launches commercial service, fares 12 to 42 baht

After four months of trial operation, commercial services on the Red Line commenced yesterday, with fares ranging from 12 baht to 42 baht, with its operating hours extended until midnight every day. The director-general of SRT Electrified Train Co., Suthep Panpeng, said that with the termination of free services, ridership will initially drop by 20% to roughly 8,000 per day, but that figure is projected to rise within a few weeks. He estimates that 30,000 people per day will use the Red Line next year, which is split at Bang Sue into two portions, with services to Rangsit on the […]

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Two South African travellers test positive for Omicron at Singapore airport

Singapore’s health ministry says two South African travellers tested positive for the new Covid-19 variant “Omicron” transit at Changi Airport on their way to Australia yesterday. Contact tracing has begun for airport personnel who may have come into contact with two travellers. According to the ministry, the two residents of Johannesburg with pre-departure negative tests before boarding a Singapore Airlines flight were infected with the new variant upon arrival at Changi Airport and did not leave for their destination in Sydney. While the majority of passengers on the Singapore Airlines flight from Johannesburg waited in the transit area until their […]

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Tuesday Covid Update: 4,306 new cases; provincial totals

37 coronavirus-related deaths were reported by the CCSA today, raising the pandemic’s death toll in Thailand to 20,771 with 20,677 of those fatalities during the latest wave, which was first recorded on April 1. In the 24-hour period since the last count, the CCSA recorded 6,407 new Covid-19 cases and 6,165 recoveries. There are now 75,673 people in Thailand being treated for Covid-19. Out of the new cases recorded today, 123 were found in correctional facilities. More than 80,000 inmates at Thailand’s overcrowded prisons and detention centres have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past several months. Since the start […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Omicron worries mount worldwide
Dutch authorities scrambled on Saturday to see if 61 passengers from South Africa who tested positive for Covid-19 have the new Omicron strain, as the shutters came down around the world to contain the new variant.
New Covid alarm sounds
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned Thais to avoid travelling to countries where a new Covid-19 variant first detected in South Africa has been found.
6,073 new Covid cases, 32 new deaths
Thailand logged 6,073 new Covid-19 cases and 32 fatalities on Friday, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.
Nightlife industry closed until Jan 16
Night entertainment venues will not be allowed to open before Jan 16 as the government has extended the emergency decree for another two months, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) confirmed on Friday.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
US warns Russia against Ukraine 'aggression' as NATO meets
RIGA: The United States on Tuesday warned Russia of "serious consequences" if it launches an invasion of Ukraine, as NATO ministers looked to counter a military build-up by Moscow on its neighbour's border.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi at mercy of military once again
After a lifetime struggling against Myanmar's military, 76-year-old Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is once again at the mercy of the generals, facing charges that could land her in jail for decades.
Bengal tiger Vijit not yet found after leaving forests
A Bengal tiger that went missing after leaving forests in the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Uthai Thani on Nov 28 or 29 has not yet been found, but the latest signal from the animal’s collar was detected in a eucalyptus plantation in Kamphaeng Phet province.
Govt racing to hit 100m jab target by Sunday
The government is speeding up efforts to convince those who have not been vaccinated to get their Covid-19 jabs, while also making moves to source 120 million booster shots for next year.
Cabinet approves new medical visa
The cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle a one-year Medical Treatment Visa to attract foreigners with purchasing power.
Pattaya night venues beg for Christmas lifeline
Entertainment venues in Pattaya have urged the government to ease Covid-related measures to allow them to resume operations and sell alcoholic drinks at open-air venues ahead of the New Year Festival in a bid to spur tourism.
New republic Barbados names 'Diamond' Rihanna national hero
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: As Barbados became the world's newest republic, its prime minister's first act was to officially declare the island's most famous citizen, Rihanna, a national hero.
NACC takes Suthep to court in B5bn malfeasance case
The National Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to punish coalition supporter and former protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban for alleged malfeasance involving a government project to build 396 new police stations costing 5.84 billion baht about a decade ago.
Moderna boss says vaccines likely no match for Omicron - FT
HONG KONG: Existing Covid-19 jabs will struggle against the Omicron variant and it will take months to develop a new shot that works, the head of US vaccine manufacturer Moderna has told the Financial Times.
China says Omicron will 'lead to challenges' for Winter Olympics
BEIJING: China warned Tuesday that the fast-spreading Omicron Covid-19 variant would cause challenges in hosting next February's Winter Olympics in Beijing.
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