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Phuket News
Phuket airport adds virus checks on arrivals from Cambodia after Westerdam passengers allowed entry to Thailand
PHUKET: Arrivals from Cambodia landing at Phuket International Airport have been added to the watchlist to be screened as potential threats carrying the Wuhan coronavirus, officially designated COVID-19.
Nine-day Songkran under consideration
THAILAND: The government is considering adding two more public holidays during the Songkran festival to bolster the sagging tourism sector, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday (Feb 17).
National park chief urges care, caution near whale shark spotted off Lanta
PHUKET: The chief of the Mu Koh Lanta National Park in Krabi has urged all divers, tourists and boat operators to exercise caution if approaching a whale shark spotted in the area.
‘Racist’ London attack on Thai
WORLD: A Thai working in the United Kingdom was physically assaulted in what he claimed was a racist attack linked to the current global coronavirus outbreak.
China virus death toll passes 1,800
WORLD: The toll from Chinas coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,868 today (Feb 18) after 98 more people died, according to the National Health Commission.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: New virus case in Thailand! Cabbie stabs tourist? WANTED: English teachers! || February 17
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Phuket health chief explains vague virus updates
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) Chief has defended the lack of information made available at the mandatory daily coronavirus situation updates, saying Phuket officials are under orders from Bangkok to restrict the information being made available to the public.
FFP deputy leader resigns, will leave army house
BANGKOK: Future Forward (FFP) deputy leader Lt Gen Pongsakorn Rodchomphu has announced his resignation from the party’s executive board and said he will be moving out of his military-owned house by the end of March.
City rich eyed over park land grab
KANCHANABURI: Police are gathering evidence to summon wealthy investors from Bangkok to acknowledge charges of land encroachment as authorities expand their investigation into cases of land grabbing.
Phuket drug raid nets 1.5kg of ya ice, host of firearms
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police have arrested six suspects in a slew of raids, with one arrest alone resulting in more than 1.5 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and more than 2,000 pills methamphetamine (ya bah) being seized. The remaining arrests saw three firearms and ammunition seized, along with an assortment of drugs.
 
The Thaiger
National park staff scramble to prevent more wildfires as dry season approaches

Phu Kradueng National Park officials told the press today that although they had contained the bushfire that started on Sunday and damaged over 3,400 rai of park forests, they still need to build additional firebreaks to prevent a reoccurrence, which is more likely during the dry season. “Currently we have only one tractor truck to […]

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Chiang Mai blanketed in smoke as fires burn around the province

It’s smoggy, smokey and generally unpleasant in northern Thailand today. But don’t take our word for it, look up to the skies around Chiang Mai or check the copious amounts of graphic evidence, freely available, about the seriousness of the fires, almost all deliberately lit, around the region. “It’s been bad all morning and there’s […]

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Public Health Ministry urges Thais to delay visits to Japan, Singapore

The Public Health Ministry is urging Thais to postpone any planned visits to Singapore and Japan, citing the rising number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the two countries. Thailand’s total confirmed cases of the virus has risen to 35. The permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry Dr Sukhum Kanchanapima says that the virus outbreak […]

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Pollution Control Department issues “red alert” for the North

A “red alert” is in effect for northern Thailand today: The Pollution Control Department warns that unsafe levels of PM2.5 pollution have been recorded in several areas, including Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Phayao and Chiang Mai. PM2.5 is particulate matter suspended in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns, which is […]

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World travel suffers as coronavirus outbreak drags on

The Public Health Ministry is asking Thais planning trips to Japan and Singapore to reschedule their visits, saying that travellers need to be aware of the rising number of people infected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) in those two countries. Dr Sukhum Kanchanapima, the permanent secretary at the Thai Public Health Ministry, says the coronavirus outbreak […]

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The Great Hong Kong Toilet Roll Heist of 2020

And now from the files of the ‘Laws of Unintended Consequences’, a coronavirus story with a twist. Police in Hong Kong have arrested two men and are still searching for a third following a toilet paper roll heist. Some 600 paper rolls were stolen in a panic-theft linked to shortages over the coronavirus. Yesterday morning […]

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Thai government ponders nine day Songkran holiday

With the impact of the coronavirus cutting deep into the Thai tourism industry, and tourism accounting for around 18% of the Thai GDP, the government are eyeing some additional public holidays to boost spending and activity. The Thai PM announced yesterday that the government is considering adding two public holidays to the annual Songkran festival. […]

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Four people arrested after posting fake news about coronavirus

Thai police have co-ordinated raids in four province and arrested four separate people over allegations of spreading fake news about the coronavirus outbreak. Officials from the Thai Ministry of Digital for Economy and Society, Technology Crime Suppression Division along with local authorities, raided houses in Bo Win district of Chon Buri, Ban Po district of […]

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German man dead after jumping from Pattaya condo, refusing medical assistance

A 34 year old German man is dead after he argued with his girlfriend and jumped from his fourth floor condominium in Pattaya this morning. He initially survived the fall, but refused medical assistance. Pattaya City Police were notified of the incident at 5am. Police, emergency responders and reporters arrived at the scene to find […]

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US evacuates citizens from Japan virus ship as China death passes 1700

Some US citizens from the cruise ship Diamond Princess, currently quarantined off the coast of Japan, have been evacuated and flown home, where they face a further 14 day quarantine. Other nations are preparing to follow suit as global concern grows over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and the death toll at its epicentre […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
1,868 dead, infections top 72,000: Virus update
Japan said it expected to remove all passengers from the stricken Diamond Princess by Friday and South Korea said it would evacuate its citizens from the luxury cruise liner, which remains docked at the port of Yokohama.
Cambodia’s coronavirus complacency may exact global toll
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia: When Cambodia’s prime minister greeted passengers on a cruise ship amid a coronavirus scare on Valentine’s Day, embraces were the order of the day. Protective masks were not.
April roll-out for stimulus floated
The government looks poised to introduce a fresh economic stimulus package after the economy slipped to a five-year low in growth last year and a possible contraction in the first quarter of this year.
Japanese and S'pore arrivals screened
Health authorities have extended coronavirus screening to cover visitors from Japan and Singapore while denying entry to passengers and crew of the MS Westerdam, now berthed in Cambodia.
Chevrolet closure puts workers in limbo
More than 300,000 Chevrolet cars in Thailand risk losing maintenance services after the US car maker General Motors (GM) announced a halt in sales of the Chevrolet brand locally by 2020.
Army gives up cash cows
The army has struck a deal with the Finance Ministry's Treasury Department on the management of its commercial welfare projects and its commercial use of state land to ensure transparency and regulation compliance.
Phu Kradueng fires 'under control'
A bushfire in Loei's famous Phu Kradueng National Park was finally brought under control on Monday morning, after destroying about 3,400 rai of forest.
Nine-day Songkran under consideration
The government is considering adding two more public holidays during the Songkran festival to bolster the sagging tourism sector, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday.
Doi Chaang vows to pay debt-hit farmers money it owes
CHIANG RAI: A major Thai coffee brand has vowed to pay about 200 farmers who were forced to take out loans while waiting nearly three years for payments due them, leaving them with spiralling debts.
Cruise ship evacuations stepped up; 1,775 dead: Virus update
Beijing may delay a high-profile political meeting for the first time in decades because of the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 71,000 and killed 1,775 globally.
 
NationThailand.com - News
German man falls to his death from condo in Pattaya
A German man reportedly jumped from the fourth floor of a condominium building and died on Monday (February 17) morning, Pattaya police said. 
Thai female medical staff infected
A Thai medical staffer was confirmed infected with Covid-19, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 34, the Department of Disease Control (DDC) reported on Saturday (February 15).
The coronavirus's effect on tourism will carry into 2021, experts say
Even as infections of the novel coronavirus seemed to be slowing last week, the effects of the epidemic on the global tourism industry were accelerating rapidly. 
Navy, Air Force also asked to return state land
The Finance Ministry has asked the Royal Thai Navy and Air Force to follow the Army and return state land holdings, a senior official said.
21 Vietnamese ship crew found in Thai waters taken for Covid-19 testing
Twenty-one crew members of four Vietnamese ships searching for sea cucumber were on Saturday (February 15) taken by the Royal Thai Navy to Songkhla province in the evening for quarantine for Covid-19.
Phu Kradueng bushfire damages over 2,000 rai
A fire broke out at the Sum Khon Daeng scenic point, around 2km from Mesa Cliff in the Phu Kradueng National Park in Loei province on Sunday morning (February 16), Adisorn Hemthanont, chief of the wildfire extinguishment unit, said on Monday.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
1,868 dead, infections top 72,000: Virus update
Japan said it expected to remove all passengers from the stricken Diamond Princess by Friday and South Korea said it would evacuate its citizens from the luxury cruise liner, which remains docked at the port of Yokohama.
Cambodia’s coronavirus complacency may exact global toll
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia: When Cambodia’s prime minister greeted passengers on a cruise ship amid a coronavirus scare on Valentine’s Day, embraces were the order of the day. Protective masks were not.
Man slain by motorcyclist in Pattani
PATTANI: A man was killed by a gunman on a motorcycle in Khok Pho district on Monday afternoon, police said.
Amazon's Bezos launches $10bn fund to combat climate change
WASHINGTON: His company is often criticised for its environmental record, but Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and the world's richest man, said Monday that he was committing $10 billion to a new fund to tackle climate change.
Morocco fortress village hopes to draw 'Game of Thrones' fans
AIT-BEN-HADDOU, Morocco: Millions worldwide may have seen the desert fortress in the hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones", but fewer know they can visit the Moroccan village of Ait-Ben-Haddou.
Apple to miss revenue forecast as iPhone supply hit by coronavirus
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple is to miss its revenue forecast for the March quarter due to the coronavirus epidemic, the US tech giant said Monday, warning that iPhone supplies worldwide would also be impacted, underlining the economic cost of the health crisis.
Cirque du Soleil founder sells remaining stake
MONTREAL: Guy Laliberte, a former stilt-walker who founded Canada's Cirque du Soleil more than three decades ago, announced Monday he had sold his remaining stake in the world's most famous circus troupe.
Govt's anti-fake news centre gets help
The government's anti-fake news board has resolved to set up two panels to support its Anti-Fake News Centre to better tackle what it considers to be a worsening problem.
Warrants out for new suspects
Police are about to issue arrest warrants for more suspects involved with an illegal transnational commercial surrogacy ring busted last week, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) said on Monday.
China reports 98 new coronavirus deaths
SHANGHAI/BEIJING: The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in mainland China rose to 1,868 as of the end of Monday, up by 98 from the previous day, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.
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