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Over 900 of today’s 3,174 new Covid cases in Bangkok

As many as 956 Covid cases out of today’s (June 23) total of 3,174 were in Bangkok with 34 out of 51 fatalities also occurring in the capital.

 

CCSA rules out Bangkok lockdown, to use Bubble and Seal strategy

The Thai Covid centre decided against locking down Bangkok again as urged by some medical personnel and will instead use Bubble and Seal strategy to control the Covid crisis.

 

Prawit to demonstrators: Don’t rally tomorrow as Covid is still spreading swiftly

Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan urged demonstrators to not rally tomorrow because coronavirus is still spreading rapidly with many people infected.

 

Russian forces reportedly fire warning shots at British destroyer in Black Sea

By Reuters Staff, published by Channel NewsAsia

While Russia said today (June 23) that it fired warning shots at a British destroyer in the Black Sea, UK said nothing happened at all.

 

Hospital beds for severely sick urgently needed in Bangkok, vicinity

An official call was made to quickly help find hospital beds in Bangkok and nearby provinces as only 20 were available for the severely sick this morning (June 22).

 

Penguin taunts police as they brace for new rally 

As police gear up for a new People’s Party rally on June 24, Penguin told police to file 150 more cases after they said they had filed this many.

 

Elderly man kills mute son after 30 years of abuse

An elderly man was arrested today (June 22) after he shot dead his mute, drug-addicted son who had regularly beaten him for three decades.

 

Myanmar anti-junta militia vow to take on army in Mandalay

By Reuters, published by Channel NewsAsia

A clash erupted between anti-junta militia and security forces in Myanmar’s second-biggest city Mandalay today (June 22) with the group saying more such fights will take place.

 

Progress made in salvaging cargo ship, tugboat beached at Phang Nga island

A crane vessel managed to shift a cargo ship that beached at an island off Phang Nga coast on June 7 after removing 30 containers with a tugboat also stuck there.

 

Four new Covid clusters found in Bangkok, Samut Prakan

Four new clusters cropped up in Bangkok and Samut Prakan today (June 21) with the one in the capital being at a meatball factory amid 3,175 new cases over the past 24 hours.

 

10m baht house starts leaking during rainfall

 

A Thai man shared a video clip showing the roof of a second-hand house he bought for 10 million baht leaking, even though a technician had checked it before the transaction.

 

Construction of giant Buddha statue visible across Bangkok nearly complete

By Reuters Staff, published by US News & World Report

Work on a 69-metre-tall Buddha statue that will be visible throughout Bangkok is now almost finished but opening has been put off to 2022 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

10 provinces have over a hundred Covid cases today, up from 5

The current coronavirus wave spread again today (June 20) with 10 provinces logging over a hundred new cases, up from five yesterday, and Bangkok at the top of the list.

 

Family searches for owner of vehicle left overturned at fence for months

A Thai family is searching for the owner of a pickup truck who abandoned his vehicle months ago after flying across the fence and dramatically flipping over.

 

Call to ban import of low-priced shrimp from Ecuador 

Thai shrimp farmers are urging the Fisheries Department to ban import of this product from Ecuador as there is not a short supply here and prices have dropped.

 

Pope joins Myanmar bishops’ appeal for humanitarian corridors

By Reuters Staff, published by Channel NewsAsia

Pope Francis urged the Myanmar junta to allow humanitarian aid to reach hungry people who have fled the fighting raging in the country since Feb 1 today (June 20).

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Covid still surging in Bangkok, vicinity with daily count of 2,209

Bangkok and its vicinity are still heavily hit by coronavirus with a daily count of 2,209 cases while BMA postponed reopening outdoor stadiums 

 

Pfizer-BioNTech shots ‘have stronger antibody response than Sinovac’

By Reuters, Bloomberg and published by The Straits Times

A Hong Kong study shows Pfizer-BioNTech Covid shots generate higher levels of antibodies than Sinovac and those who got the latter may need a third booster shot.

 

Durian with misspelled genus name sells like hot cakes

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A durian farmer whose misspelled version of the genus name at his stall in Nonthaburi raised a few eyebrows is raking it in with this clever marketing tactic.

 

Myanmar protesters wear flowers to mark Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday

By AFP and published by Channel NewsAsia

Protesters in Myanmar wore flowers in their hair to mark detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday today (June 19) but not all of them praised her.

 

All schools in Chainat  shut again to prevent Covid infection

Chainat province shut all schools just days after the new school year started on June 14 amid fear of infected parents spreading coronavirus to students.

 

Move to reopen Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao on July 15 

A plan was tabled to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to reopen Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao islands to tourism on July 15, soon after Phuket does so on July 1.

 

Over a tonne of Ice, heroin seized near Malaysian border

A big haul of Ice and heroin, weighing around 1,100 kgs, was seized at a mangrove canal in Satun province close to Thai-Malaysian border.

 

Virtual real estate plot sells for close to US$1 million

By Channel NewsAsia

A US-based investment platform bought a plot of virtual land at Decentraland online world for US$900,000 with this being 66,304 virtual square metres.

 

Centre debunks fake news on Covid jab’s impact on dentistry

The Anti-fake News Centre told the public not to believe information spreading online to avoid dentistry for a month after a Covid jab as anesthetics will not lead to death.

 

Covid fear grips Parliament after part-time worker gets infected

News of a part-time Parliament employee having caught Covid despite tight control sparked fear among officials and workers there today (June 17).

 

Growing guava trees in rice-farming neighborhood

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Thai farmer turned his rice farm into a guava orchard and after trial and error now gets two harvests a year and is planning to expand.

 

Engineer who killed a youth in double parking row escapes jail

The Chon Buri Supreme Court today (June 17) granted a jail term reprieve to an engineer who had killed a youth in a double parking row in 2017.

 

Thaksin slams 50:50 co-payment, Phuket sandbox schemes

Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra said the government’s 50:50 co-payment scheme is only half right while the Phuket sandbox project is unlikely to be successful.

 

Media company hit by Covid cases amid daily total of 2,331

Thai media company Workpoint has shut down for 11 days after two reporters caught Covid while the 24-hour total reached 2,331 cases.

 

Police seize Ice hidden in instant noodles heading for Israel

Police arrested a man in Chiang Rai just as he was about to send a parcel of instant noodles with Ice totalling 990 grammes hidden in them.

 

Biden, Putin face off at long-awaited summit

By AFP, Reuters and AP, published by DW

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have started a high-stakes summit that is expected to be dominated by deep disagreements.

 

Ex-policeman dies 5 days after AstraZeneca jab

A retired policeman died five days after getting the AstraZeneca jab while the daily case count reached 3,000 with there being 19 fatalities.

 

Cabbies surround ministry over ride-hailing regulation

Taxi drivers surrounded the Transport Ministry today (June 15) to pressure for negotiation over a Cabinet-approved ride-hailing service regulation 

 

New BTS rule stirs up social media storm

A new BTS Skytrain rule forbidding delivery of goods across payment zones was blasted on Thai social media today (June 15) but some supported the move.

 

Suspected Australian child sex offender arrested in Mae Sot 

By Channel NewsAsia

An Australian man charged with sexually assaulting Myanmar children was arrested in Mae Sot after six months on the run.

 

Bangkok’s parks remain shut despite order to reopen

People who had gone to Bangkok’s parks this morning (June 14) after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had announced their reopening found that they were still shut.

 

Covid-19 outbreaks at Thai factories threaten export sector, recovery

By Reuters Staff, published by Channel NewsAsia

A string of Covid-19 outbreaks at Thai factories has sparked concern that the Thai export sector could be badly hit amid a heavy blow to the tourism industry.

 

Thai netizens keen on going to Laos to get Pfizer jab

Many Thai netizens are eager to cross over to Laos to get a Pfizer coronavirus jab as it is now offering this vaccine to foreigners with a work visa.

 

PM Prayut rules out snap election

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said during a Senate meeting today (June 14) that he is going to complete his term in office and not hold an early election.

 

Surat Thani only has one case today but nationwide 2,804 new cases

Surat Thani province had its best result in over two months today (June 13) with only one coronavirus case but the nationwide total is 2,804.

 

Several Bangkok hospitals postpone vaccination next week

Many Bangkok hospitals today (June 13) announced the postponement of Covid-19 jabs for those due to receive one during June 14-17.

 

Gang held for stealing phone cables to get copper within 

Cha-am police arrested three men in the dead of night just as they were stealing telephone cables to harvest the valuable copper within.

 

China to G7: Small groups do not rule the world

By BBC

China hit out at G7 leaders as they countered its Belt and Road Initiative with the US-backed Build Back Better World scheme.

 

Bangkok still tops Covid crisis list

Bangkok remains the worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak with 858 cases out of today’s (June 12) total of 3,277 being in the capital.

 

31 revellers arrested at Thonglor pub for breaking Covid rules

Police rounded up 31 party-goers at a Thonglor pub last night (June 11) for violating coronavirus rules with the pub owner also facing charges.

 

Student deported by US arrives in Thailand

The Thai student who was arrested in Atlanta, the US, for taking a massage oil and some capsules of the Thai herb fah talai jone returned to Thailand last night (June 11).

 

Myanmar junta accuses ethnic armies over bombings

By Reuters, published by Channel NewsAsia

With bomb attacks now taking place almost everyday in Myanmar, the junta today (June 12) accused some ethnic armed groups of training anti-coup fighters.

 

AstraZeneca side effects ‘more common in young people, women’

A top virologist said today (June 11) that AstraZeneca side effects are occurring more often in young people and women while Sinovac has fewer of these after-effects.

 

Elderly gay couple embroiled in row with landlord held for overstay

An elderly gay couple were arrested for overstaying in Thailand today (June 11) after a long conflict with their landlord about overdue rent.

 

Thai student deported from US for carrying massage oil, herb capsules

A Thai student has been deported from the US after officials thought a massage oil and capsules of Thai herb fah talai jone she had with her were drugs.

 

Myanmar violence escalating, creating ‘rights catastrophe’: UN

By AFP and published by Channel NewsAsia


The UN rights chief warned today (June 11) that violence is surging in Myanmar with this triggering a “human rights catastrophe.”

 

Troops moving in to control Bangkok construction camps

Troops are coming to Bangkok today (June 10) to help control hundreds of construction workers camps amid 2,310 new coronavirus cases and 43 deaths.

 

Lalai Sap market in Silom ‘only shut for 3 days’

Bang Rak district officials said today (June 10) that Silom’s Lalai Sap market is being closed for three days for coronavirus cleaning and testing and not indefinitely as stated in some reports.

 

Covid fake news leads to stressed out man killing himself

An elderly man shot himself dead after following fake news to stop blood pressure and diabetes medicine before a Covid jab, and doing so led to mood swings.

 

These are the world’s most livable cities in 2021

By Saheli Roy Choudhury, CNBC

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the metropolitan city of Auckland in New Zealand has been named the most livable city globally by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

 

Woman dies after Covid jab amid 2,680 new cases

A 46-year-old woman who had a migraine disorder died last night (June 8th) at her townhouse in Bang Khen district of Bangkok after getting her first AstraZeneca jab in the morning.

 

Department blames province for district getting only 1 bottle of vaccine

The central authorities blamed Kanchanaburi governor and officials for Sangkhla Buri district getting only one bottle of vaccine, or 10 doses.

 

750 grammes Ice seized at airport, 100,000 meth pills in Chiang Rai

Seized at the airport was 750 grammes of Ice hidden in motorbike parts being sent to Australia while Chiang Rai police also seized 100,000 meth pills.

 

Doctors Without Borders ordered to stop work in Myanmar city

By AFP, published by Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar junta today (June 9) ordered Doctors Without Borders to stop work in Dawei with this having dire consequences for thousands of HIV and tuberculosis patients.

 

Two Korat hospitals run out of Covid vaccines in a day

Two Korat hospitals used up all their allotted coronavirus vaccines in just a day while today’s (June 8th) case count reached 2,662. 

 

Koh Samui unveils quarantine-free entry for fully vaccinated tourists

Koh Samui is gearing up to offer quarantine-free entry for fully vaccinated tourists with the coronavirus outbreak being well-controlled here just as Phuket is kicking off its sandbox scheme.

 

Group sets deadline for Prayut to step down by June 24

An activist group’s representative submitted a letter at the Government House today (June 8th) calling on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign by June 24.

 

Multiple global websites down amid widespread Internet outage

By Channel NewsAsia and agencies

Countless websites and apps around the world went down today (June 8) after Fastly, a major content delivery network, reported a widespread failure.

 

PM apologises to the people as nationwide vaccination kicks off

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha apologised to the people for dissatisfaction today (June 7) as nationwide vaccination rolled out, but many hospitals put off appointments.

 

Trump demands China pay US$10 trillion in reparations over coronavirus pandemic

By South China Morning Post and AFP

Former US president Donald Trump called on China to pay US$10 trillion in reparations for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic while blasting infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci.

 

Earning extra income from extra-season mango

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A rice farmer is happily raking in some extra income by successfully using dripping water technology to get a decent mango harvest during the dry season.

 

Young British man falls to death from Pattaya hotel

A young British man died after falling from a hotel on Jomtien beach in Pattaya this morning (June 7) and police are probing the circumstances of his death.

 

Police checking possible murder in drowning death of wealthy couple

Police are digging deep into the drowning death of a wealthy Thai couple of Indian origin to find out whether they were possibly murdered.

 

Wongwian Yai Covid cluster ‘controlled’ amid  2,671 new cases

Bangkok administrators said this morning (June 6) that they have controlled the coronavirus cluster at Wongwian Yai in Thonburi while there were 2,671 new cases and 23 more fatalities.

 

Shortage forces Rangsit University to switch from AstraZeneca to Sinovac 

Rangsit University is switching from AstraZeneca to Sinovac vaccine for people who registered for shots during June 8-12 with only those coming in tomorrow getting the former.

 

Deputy Police Chief sends team to probe couple’s drowning death

A police team is being sent to Koh Tao to probe the drowning death of a Thai couple of Indian origin on Friday with suspicion still surrounding this case.

 

Thailand concerned over violence in Myanmar

By Reuters Staff, published by MSN News

Thailand said today (June 5) it is concerned about violence rocking Myanmar while 20 people died when villagers armed with catapults and crossbows clashed with troops.

 

Chiang Mai puts off Covid jab amid 2,817 new cases

Chiang Mai hospitals today (June 5) put off Covid-19 jabs because of an insufficient supply of vaccines amid daily coronavirus case count of 2,817 and 36 fatalities.

 

Billionaire couple drown in Koh Tao hotel swimming pool 

A Thai couple of Indian descent who operate a hotel business in Phuket drowned in a Koh Tao swimming pool yesterday (June 4).

 

Rescuer in tears as one of two kittens dies

The administrator of a cat-lovers Tik Tok page wept when one of the two badly mauled kittens she had rescued died this morning (June 5). 

 

HomePro shuts Bangkok branch for 3 days amid 2,631 more Covid cases

HomePro has shut its Ekamai-Ramintra branch for 3 days after it was declared a Covid risk area while another 2,631 cases were reported this morning (June 4).

 

Biden starts sharing vaccines with world, some coming to Thailand

By Reuters Staff, published by Japan Today

US President Joe Biden has started sharing 25 million Covid-19 vaccines with the world, out of 80 million he pledged to provide this month, with some coming to Thailand too.

 

Suspect in toddler murder case freed on bail

The uncle-in-law of Nong Chumphoo, a toddler murdered last year, was released on bail today (June 4) with his fan club cheering and giving him flowers.

 

Two kittens rescued from death’s door

Thai cat-lovers are keenly following the progress two badly mauled kittens are making after being rescued by the administrator of a cat-lovers page.

 

Two more Rama 9 station cleaning staff catch Covid 

Two more cleaning workers at Rama 9 station contracted coronavirus after a fellow worker did so earlier with one them seconded to Hua Lamphong station.

 

Chulabhorn Royal Academy cancels first Covid jabs due to lack of ‘core vaccines’

Those who had signed up for the first coronavirus jab at Chulabhorn Royal Academy were today (June 3) told the service is being halted because “core vaccines” had not been allocated.

 

Hua Hin folk miffed as hospital puts off Covid jabs

Thousands of people in Hua Hin got annoyed after a hospital today (June 3) put off their Covid shots upon getting insufficient supply of vaccines.

 

Ex-cop kills brother, sister-in-law in inheritance row

A retired police detective shot dead his younger brother and sister-in-law at the family compound this morning (June 3) then contacted police to surrender.

 

Hospital group to ask visiting US Deputy Secretary of State for vaccine help

The Thai Private Hospital Association is going to urge the visiting US Deputy Secretary of State to help send 500,000 doses of Moderna vaccine this month.

 

Hong Kong sports club tells staff members to get vaccinated or no bonus

Reuters Staff, published by Channel NewsAsia

A Hong Kong sports club is arm-twisting its workers to get jabbed for Covid-19 or not get bonuses, pay rises and promotions in future with the majority of residents putting it off.

 

2 dead as car driven by Treasury official crashes into shop

A sedan driven by a Treasury official zoomed straight into a 20 baht shop after trying to avoid hitting a motorcycle leading to two people being killed.

 

Prayut hits back at Thaksin, defies him to return 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defied former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return after the latter said he could solve the country’s economic woes in six months’ time.

 

Bangkok Covid cases soar to 41,573 with Klong Toey hardest hit

The number of Covid cases in Bangkok has risen to 41,573 but the national daily total of infections dropped to 2,230 while there were 38 fatalities.

 

Phetchaburi people announce ‘sale of their Governor’ 

A journalist and other people in Covid-wracked Phetchaburi province today (June 1) posted messages announcing the sale and auction of their Governor.

 

Green light for new speed limits 

The Thai Cabinet today (June 1)  approved new regulations that tweek speed limits for all types of vehicles and different types of roads.

 

Myanmar military fails to quell protests four months after coup

Protests erupted in several areas of Myanmar today (June 1) as the conflict between the anti-military activists and militias and the junta drags on.

 

Locally-grown rambutan renders good price in disguise of far-away one

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A farmer is troubled by having to pass off the rambutan he grows in northeastern Uthai Thai province as having come from Surat Thai in the south just to get decent profits.

 

BMA allows 5 types of establishments to reopen from tomorrow

Bangkok administrators eased coronavirus control of 5 types of establishments, allowing them to reopen from tomorrow (June 1), amid a daily Covid count of 5,485.

 

Urgent! CCSA puts off lifting Covid curbs in Bangkok

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) ordered Bangkok administrators to put off lifting Covid curbs at 5 establishments from tomorrow.

 

Car takes wrong turn, gets stuck on stairs

Circulating widely on Thai social media today (May 31) are photos of a bizarre accident with a sedan stuck on a car park staircase and a tow truck having to come in and dislodge it.

 

Ukraine ambassador dies at Koh Lipe resort

The Ukraine Ambassador to Thailand Mr. Andrii Beshta died before dawn at a Koh Lipe island resort today (May 30) but police said there were  no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

 

Bangkok tops list of 10 provinces with highest Covid infection

Bangkok ranks first on the list of 10 provinces with the most coronavirus cases amid 4,528 new cases and 24 more deaths in the past day.

 

CP Foods closes poultry factory after Covid-19 found among workers

By Reuters Staff, published by Channel NewsAsia

The latest factory to shut down for a few days after workers contracted coronavirus is CP’s poultry processing plant in Saraburi province.

 

HK seizes heroin hidden in electrical appliances sent from Thailand

Hong Kong Customs seized 23.5 kilogrammes of suspected heroin hidden in water filters and coffee machines sent from Thailand

 

Hundreds infected in new Samut Prakan cluster amid daily Covid count of 4,803 

A new cluster emerged in Samut Prakan today (May 29) with 800 workers infected while the daily Covid tally reached 4,803 with 34 more deaths.

 

Rural doctors say why Mor Prom vaccination app was suspended

The Thai Rural Doctor Society today (May 29) gave an explanation as to why the Mor Prom Line account and phone app for vaccination registration was suddenly suspended earlier this week.

 

Koh Samui rolls out vaccination drive to reopen for tourism in July

Koh Samui kicked off a mobile vaccination drive today (May 29) as it gears up to reopen for tourism in July with a 100-year-old man getting the first jab.

 

Remains of 215 children found at former indigenous school site in Canada

By Reuters Staff, published by Euronews.com

In a gruesome discovery the remains of 215 children were found at a former indigenous school in Canada with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau describing it as heartbreaking.

 

More than 100 cases of new Thai Covid strain detected in UK 

By The Mirror and Thai Newsroom

Over a 100 cases of a new coronavirus strain has been identified in the UK with this being first seen in Thailand in people who had returned from Egypt, The Mirror said today (May 28).

 

Ministry confirms Thai Covid strain has not been found

Thai health authorities confirmed today (May 28) that no new variant of coronavirus has been found here as reported by the British press.

 

Newly-approved Sinopharm vaccine to cost maximum 1,000 baht a jab

By Siam Rath and Reuters

After the FDA approved Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine today (May 28), Chulabhorn Royal Academy revealed the price will not be more than 1,000 baht a jab including insurance.

 

Japan thrash Myanmar after protests on and off pitch

By Andrew McKirdy, Yahoo! sports 

The Japanese football team hammered Myanmar to win 10-0 in the Asian World Cup qualifying match today (May 28) amid protests on and off the pitch.

 

Wisanu warns of House dissolution if emergency loan not approved

Deputy Premier Wisanu Krua-ngam warned of House dissolution if the 500 billion baht emergency loan is not approved while daily Covid fatalities soared to 47.

 

Chaos at Govt House after official catches Covid

There was panic in the Government House today (May 27) after news spread that a card exchange official has contracted coronavirus.

 

10kg heroin washes up on Khao Lak beach

A box containing 10 kilogrammes of heroin washed up on Khao Lak beach today (May 27) with this being similar to what has been found on Koh Samui.

 

8 explosions and shooting death of accused informant reported in Yangon

By Myanmar Now

Myanmar junta’s opponents set off eight explosions in Yangon and also shot dead a ward administrator who was accused of tipping off regime forces today (May 27).

 

PM backs using medicinal plant for Covid amid 2,455 new cases, 41 deaths

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha supports using the herb fah talai jone together with the drug Favipiravir for treating Covid-19 with there being 2,455 new cases and 41 deaths today (May 26).

 

Crisis in Bangkok – death rate 1%

The ongoing Covid-19 wave is hitting Bangkok hard with a 1% case fatality rate and there being five new clusters taking the total to 38.

 

Woman held with fake Singapore, US dollars worth 17m baht

A Thai woman was arrested in the Silom area as she tried to exchange a large sum of fake Singapore and US dollars after previously succeeding in doing so.

 

Putin-Biden summit rewards Putin, some experts say 

By CNBC

Not everyone is happy about the upcoming summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin given the poor state of relations.

 

Man undecided between welding and roasting, literally

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A welder is being persuaded by his relatives and neighbours to give up a steady job at a rice mill to build up a small part-time business making sticky rice in bamboo tubes for sale but as yet has not decided what is best.

 

29 Bangkok clusters strictly monitored amid 3,226 daily Covid cases

The Thai Covid centre said 29 clusters in Bangkok are under maximum control while there were 3,226 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

 

5kg gold, big sums of baht and dollar seized at border

Soldiers and Customs officials in Mae Sot seized 5 kilogrammes of gold, US$100,000 and 4.1 million baht from a pickup truck that came from Myanmar.

 

Indian couple rent Spicejet plane for Covid-19 lockdown-busting mid-air wedding

By AFP, published by The Straits Times

An Indian couple chartered a plane and held a mid-air wedding with more than 160 guests so as to escape coronavirus restrictions.

 

PM gets second jab amid daily Covid count of 2,713 and 30 deaths

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reassured the public of the quality of vaccines available here as got his second Covid jab this morning (May 24) with the daily tally being 2,713 new cases and 30 more fatalities.

 

Over 500 workers building new Parliament infected

Hundreds of construction workers completing the new Parliament complex have caught Covid at their Nonthaburi camp while there is a new cluster at a condo building.

 

Hmong gang held in seizure of 5 million meth pills

Lampang police seized 5 million meth pills from a pickup truck parked in the jungle and then nabbed a five-member Hmong hilltribe drug trafficking gang..

 

Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court in person for first time since coup

By Agencies and published by Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court today (May 24) and looked in good health while a US journalist was detained just as he was about to leave the country.

 

Three South African strain cases amid a daily tally of 3,382

Three Thais in southern Narathiwat province have been infected with the South African strain of coronavirus while the daily case count reached 3,382.

 

Bangkok’s Covid situation still serious with 2 more clusters found 

The Thai Covid centre warned that Bangkok remains in a grave situation with two new clusters emerging taking the total to 33.

 

Two Korat pubs shut for five years for sneakily staying open

Two trendy pubs in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) province were shut for five years today (May 23) for staying open despite coronavirus rules.

 

India’s capital New Delhi to ease Covid-19 restrictions as cases drop

By Reuters and published by Channel NewsAsia

Coronavirus cases have started dropping in India and its capital New Delhi plans to ease strict lockdown next week if improvement continues.

 

Bangkokians in a tizzy over the Indian Covid variant 

There were 3,052 new coronavirus cases today (May 22) as Bangkok residents worry about the Indian strain that cropped up at the Lak Si workers’ camp.

 

Demonstration held to mark 7th anniversary of coup

A demonstration was held at Pathumwan intersection and a performance art staged at the Education Ministry to mark the seventh anniversary of the 2014 coup.

 

Young girl sees stepdad kill mum, stays with her body all night

A young Thai girl saw her stepdad kill her mother late last night (May 21) and stayed with her dead body till morning before alerting the landlady.

 

Myanmar ethnic army attacks jade mining town: Media

By Reuters, published by The Straits Times

Myanmar’s Kachin forces attacked junta positions near a jade mining town today (May 22) with this being an advance into new territory.

 

CCSA: Covid cases unlikely to decline in Bangkok and its vicinity

CCSA’s small panel warned in a tweet this morning (May 21) that the coronavirus outbreak in Bangkok and its vicinity does not seem to be declining but the situation in the provinces appears to have stabilised.

 

15 workers infected with Indian Covid variant, emergency extended

Fifteen workers at a Laksi camp have been infected with the Indian coronavirus variant while the state of emergency is being extended by two more months till end of July

 

Bank sells 121 properties at today’s online auction 

Government Housing Bank sold 121 properties at an hour-long online auction for a total of 135 million baht today (May 21).

 

Myanmar electoral body to dissolve Aung San Suu Kyi party: Local media

By Reuters, published by The Straits Times

Myanmar’s junta moved to dissolve Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party (NLD) on trumped up charges today (May 21).

 

2,636 new Covid cases as Japan bars entry of foreigners from Thailand

There were 2,636 new coronavirus cases and 25 fatalities today (May 20) while Japan is barring travellers who have visited Thailand and six other nations.

 

Free vaccination for public transport drivers

All Thai public transport drivers may register for free coronavirus vaccination from tomorrow onwards while 25 Thai workers returning from Cambodia tested positive for infection.

 

Myanmar junta fires protesting diplomats in Tokyo: Report

By AFP, published by Channel NewsAsia

Two Myanmar diplomats in Tokyo have been dismissed after protesting the coup with around 100 diplomats having been similarly sacked as more flee the conflict in Chin state.

 

 

Daily Covid tally tops 3,000 while market defends its field hospital

Thailand logged 3,394 coronavirus cases and 29 fatalities today (May 19) while a market gave an explanation for setting up a field hospital in its compound.

 

Yingluck commemorates 2010 military crackdown

Former premier Yingluck Shinawatra today (May 19) commemorated the 11th anniversary of the 2010 military crackdown on protests while her brother ex-premier Thaksin slammed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

 

Chinese gangsters injure 2 policemen in Chonburi shooting

A transnational Chinese gang shot at a police team that had gone to search their luxury house in Chonburi province this afternoon (May 19) injuring two of them.

 

‘No truth’ in Indian minister’s claims of Singapore Covid-19 variant

By Channel NewsAsia

Singapore said today (May 19) that there is “no truth whatsoever” in claims made by the Delhi chief minister about a “new strain” of Covid-19 being found in the city state.

 

Daily Covid fatalities climb to 35 while Bangkok now has 28 clusters 

Thailand logged 2,473 new Covid cases and 35 deaths today (May 18) with Bangkok administrators battling 28 clusters in the metropolis.

 

Netizens slam setting up field hospital at a market

Thai netizens blasted Pathum Thani province officials for setting up a field hospital at a market, pointing out that a better location could have been found in the big province.

 

Man jumps to his death from Covid hospitel building

A Thai man smashed the window at a coronavirus hospitel off Phetchaburi road and jumped to his death with the cause of his suicide not immediately known.

 

Israeli police: 2 Thais killed in strike launched from Gaza

By Associated Press, published by New Indian Express

A projectile attack launched from Gaza into Israel killed two Thai workers at a packaging plant today (May 18) with the war in Gaza showing no sign of abating.

 

Insurer AXA hit by ransomware attack, lots of Thai data stolen

French insurance giant AXA’s branches in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines have been hit by a ransomware attack with lots of personal information taken.

 

Nearly 10,000 Covid cases today, over 6,000 in prisons

The daily Covid count soared to 9,635 today (May 17) with 6,853 being inmates and 2,782 the general public while Chiang Mai prisons are the most heavily infected.

 

Bangkok hits new record for Covid cases, no infection in 17 provinces

Bangkok saw a new record high of 1,843 coronavirus cases out of the soaring daily infection count of 9,635 but 17 provinces were free of infection.

 

Out of the pumpkin farm into the frying pan

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A farmer is hoping Thai youths start liking pumpkin chips as it would help her expand her plantation and earn additional income. 

 

Australia seizes $100m ice in heaters, barbecues on Thai cargo ship

A big drug bust took place in Sydney with almost $100 million worth of ice being found hidden in electric barbecue grills and water heaters on a Thai cargo ship.  

 

Coronavirus-hit Norwegian ship anchors off Songkhla

A Norwegian-registered ship with six crew members infected with coronavirus has anchored off Songkhla province and is being closely watched.

 

Over 2,000 new Covid cases with 1,218 emerging in Bangkok

While the daily Covid count dropped to 2,302 cases this morning (May 16), fatalities climbed to 24 with Bangkok recording as many as 1,218 cases.

 

Myanmar junta attacks western town that resisted coup

By Grant Peck, AP, published by US News & World Report

Myanmar security forces mounted fierce attacks on a town in Chin state yesterday (May 15) with the local militia group that opposes the coup putting up stiff resistance.

 

Firefighters battling huge blaze at plastics warehouse

Firefighters continued putting out a huge fire at a plastics warehouse in Sai Mai area of Bangkok this evening (May 16) after taking one and a half hours to bring it under control.

 

Thailand’s Covid count nears 100,000 as minister says don’t wait for Moderna

Thailand logged 3,095 Covid cases today (May 15) taking the total to 99,145 while Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul urged people not to wait for the Moderna vaccine.

 

27 Covid clusters found in 17 Bangkok districts

The Thai Covid administration said 27 clusters had been found in 17 Bangkok districts while protest leader Rung said her parents too had got infected with coronavirus.

 

Bruce Willis and John Travolta to reteam in ‘Paradise City’; Praya Lundberg also stars

By People.com and Deadline.com

John Travolta and Bruce Willis are starring together again in the action movie Paradise City with Thai actress Praya Lundberg having landed the lead female role.

 

Police confident of catching killer in 3 days’ time

Police know the whereabouts of the man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death yesterday (May 14) and expect to nab him within three days.

 

2,256 new Covid cases amid hunt for migrant workers

The coronavirus count remained high today (May 14) with 2,256 new cases and 30 more deaths while a hunt is underway for a factory’s migrant workers.

 

Curbs being eased – dining in to be allowed in dark red zone 

The Covid-19 administration is moving to ease control and allow dining in restaurants with this to be permitted till 9 p.m. in dark red zone

 

Hunt on for man who stabbed ex-girlfriend to death

A jealous young man stabbed her ex-girlfriend to death 27 times at a beauty parlor where she worked early this morning (May 14).

 

Myanmar junta declares martial law in town after attacks 

By Reuters, published by CNA

Myanmar’s junta placed a town under martial law after a militia unit attacked a police station and a bank while freeing a Japanese journalist it had arrested weeks ago.

 

Record 4,887 Covid cases today, Klong Toey cluster grows bigger

Thailand logged its highest Covid case rise ever today (May 13) with an addition of 4,887 patients, of which 2,835 are inmates, while the Klong Toey cluster has expanded further.

 

 

Samsen canal community stages protest to get Covid tests

Bangkok’s Samsen canal community held a demonstration today (May 13) to pressure for a quick launch of proactive testing in their neighbourhood.

 

Moderna Covid vaccine gets FDA green light

The Thai FDA today (May 13) registered the Moderna coronavirus vaccine as a specially controlled drug thus opening the door for the private sector to purchase it via GPO.

 

Buddhist monks in Myanmar split on anti-junta movement

By AFP, published by Channel NewsAsia

Unlike Myanmar’s 2007 revolution this time the country’s Buddhist clergy is divided with largely young monks supporting the anti-junta drive while a hardline faction defends the military.

 

Daily Covid deaths soar to 34, Rung among 1,983 infected

Thailand logged  34 coronavirus deaths this morning (May 12) while there were 1,983 cases, among them protest leader Rung and the Thai volleyball team.

 

Covid surging in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan

Steps are being taken to control the spread of coronavirus in Bangkok and its vicinity where the total number of cases is now higher than that at 71 provinces nationwide.

 

3 suspects hurt as police vehicle slams into 10-wheel truck

Three suspects on their way to prison got hurt when the police vehicle they were travelling in slammed into a 10-wheel truck at a Rayong intersection this afternoon (May 12) sparking a big blaze.

 

Myanmar arrests 39 over blasts, seeking training with rebels: Media

By Reuters, published by The Straits Times

Myanmar junta rounded up 39 people  amid a string of small blasts with protesters also heading to rebel groups for military training.

 

India’s anti-Covid oral drug to be available next month

By Indiatimes.com and published by MSN News

India has just approved an anti-Covid oral drug for emergency use with this being effective against different variants of the coronavirus and will be available next month.

 

31 Covid deaths today, 17 in Bangkok

There were 1,919 new Covid cases in Thailand this morning (May 11) and 31 fatalities with Bangkok recording the highest toll at 17.

 

Police chief fed up – most policemen refuse to get vaccinated

With just 10,000 policemen from the 240,000-strong force having got vaccinated against coronavirus so far, a drive has been launched to convince them to get the jab.

 

Penguin, Ammy granted bail, Mike still detained

Two Thai protest leaders, Penguin and Ammy the Bottom Blues, were granted bail this evening but the third one, Mike Rayong, is still being detained.

 

Daily Covid count slides to 1,630 but more cases emerge in Klong Toey 

Thailand logged 1,630 coronavirus cases this morning (May 10) with there being 22 fatalities while 177 more cases emerged in Klong Toey slum.

 

Indian variant of Covid-19 reaches Thailand

A pregnant Thai woman and one of three sons who returned home from Pakistan have tested positive for the Indian strain of coronavirus.

 

American Covid patient escapes from Thai hospital

An American man being treated for coronavirus at a Thai hospital escaped yesterday (May 9) but was later brought back for treatment.

 

Vulnerable yet valuable papaya

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Thai farmer is now happily harvesting good papaya crops on what was previously a sugarcane plantation even though this fruit is far more vulnerable to tropical diseases.

 

Daily Covid count hits 2,101 while Thai-made AstraZeneca vaccine gets nod

Thailand logged slightly lower daily Covid cases and fatalities this morning (May 9) at 2,101 and 17 respectively while Thai-made AstraZeneca vaccine passed quality tests.

 

Covid kills a dentist while 512 health workers were infected

Altogether 512 Thai medical personnel caught coronavirus during April 1-May 7, 2021 with a dentist suffering from an underlying illness also dying.

 

Canadian boxer’s action turns into a big issue

Action is being taken to rein in Canadian boxer Dave Leduc, a champion Lethwei fighter, from continuously challenging and provoking Thai boxing star Sombat Banchamek.

 

Chinese rocket debris lands in Indian Ocean, draws criticism from NASA

By Reuters Staff, published by Channel NewsAsia

Remnants of a Chinese rocket landed near the Maldives archipelago today (March 9) with NASA slamming this uncontrolled re-entry to Earth.

 

Cold storage plant in Samut Sakhon shut after 39 workers catch Covid

A cold storage and seafood processing plant was closed after coronavirus spread among workers while 2,419 new cases and 19 more fatalities were logged today (May 8). 

 

Details emerge about US citizen charged with murdering Thai wife

Police and friends of the Thai woman murdered by her American husband gave details about their relationship and what possibly led to the killing.

 

Penguin ‘is still at Corrections Hospital’

After the alarm over Penguin’s mother not being able to reach him, the Corrections Department said today (May 8) that he is still at their hospital.

 

Myanmar’s Karen insurgents burn another government military outpost

By AP and published by Channel NewsAsia

Karen soldiers captured and burned down another Myanmar army camp near Thailand yesterday (May 7), just 10 days after storming a bigger camp nearby.

 

Bangkok hard hit with 869 daily Covid cases, 18 fatalities

Bangkok took the heaviest blow with 869 Covid cases out of 2,044 logged this morning (May 7) and 18 out of 27 fatalities.

 

Doctor transforms into Spider-Man to send 3-year-old Covid patient home

Spider-Man showed up at a hospital in Chaiyaphum province to send a small boy who has recovered from coronavirus home in order to help with mental healing.

 

Rung: Help find Penguin, mum can’t reach him

Protest leader Rung, who was released on bail last evening (May 6), raised an alarm after the mother of still detained protest leader Penguin failed to get any information about him.

 

US citizen in Thailand charged with murdering Thai wife

By AP and published by Channel NewsAsia

An American man was arrested and charged with murdering his pregnant Thai wife in northern Nan province today (May 7) but he denied knowing that she was pregnant.

 

1,911 new Covid cases and 18 additional deaths 

The daily Covid count remained high at 1,911 today (May 6) with there being 18 more deaths while officials warned those infected to come in for treatment or face legal action.

 

Covid vaccine ‘won’t prevent infection but is a weapon to fight it’

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Questions have arisen about vaccines’ ability to protect people against the Indian strain of coronavirus but in fact they do not protect people from infection from this or any other variant but do minimize the virus’ impact.

 

Southern pineapple to go online or go rotten

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pineapple farmers at a Chumphon district hope that online trade will help them out because the usual roadside sales have plunged sharply with far fewer people travelling amid the ongoing pandemic.

 

Hunger-striking Thai protest leader granted bail

By AFP and published by France 24

After being on hunger strike for over 30 days, protest leader Rung was freed on bail today (May 6) while Penguin was transferred to the Corrections Hospital.

 

Daily Covid count rises to 2,112, two blocks of flats in Din Daeng closed

Thailand logged 2,112 Covid cases this morning (May 5) and 15 fatalities while two residential buildings in Din Daeng area have been shut.

 

Thaksin slams vaccine policy, says some Pfizer vaccine has slipped through

Former premier Thaksin slammed the government’s vaccine policy while mentioning that some Pfizer doses have come in, but Pfizer denied starting importing its vaccine.

 

Travel agencies offering Covid-19 ‘vaccine tours’ to US

By Reuters Staff, published by MSN News 

Travel agencies are offering “vaccine tours” mainly to the US but also Serbia and Russia amid the biggest outbreak so far with rich Thais heading elsewhere to get the jab.

 

Court says deputy minister can stay despite drug case

By AP and published by Channel NewsAsia

The Constitutional Court ruled today (May 5) tThat Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao need not step down despite being jailed in Australia for smuggling heroin 

 

27 Covid deaths while daily total of cases slides

Thailand’s daily Covid fatalities was still high at 27 this morning (May 4) but the 24-hour total of new cases dropped to 1,763.

 

Toddler who went to hospital alone has been cured of Covid

A little girl who caught Covid-19 from her dad but had to alone go to a hospital from a field hospital where she could not stay because of her young age has been fully cured.

 

Thais confirm Kachins shot down Myanmar army chopper as airstrikes continue

Thai sources confirmed the Kachin rebel army shot down a Myanmar army helicopter yesterday morning (May 3) while Kachins said airstrikes are continuing.

 

Man loses a million baht when car catches fire

A Thai man lost one million baht and other belongings when the sedan he was driving suddenly caught fire in Pattaya this afternoon (May 4).

 

31 Covid deaths amid move to set up Klong Toey field hospital

Thailand logged 31 fatalities today (May 3) with there being an additional 2,041 cases amid a move to set up a field hospital in Klong Toey.

 

Ugandan man, Thai wife face legal action for concealing Covid information

A Ugandan man and his Thai wife face a jail term and a fine for concealing their exposure to coronavirus to a hospital they had gone to for a test.

 

Updated list of Covid hotspots in and around Bangkok

Bangkok administrators released an updated list of 32 coronavirus hotspots in Bangkok and the adjacent provinces today (May 3).

 

Myanmar rebels claim military helicopter downing

By AFP, published by Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar’s Kachin rebel army says it shot down a military helicopter today (May 3) just a day after security forces killed five protesters.

 

21 more Covid deaths as cluster emerges at ice factory

Thailand logged 21 Covid deaths today (May 2) with the number of daily cases surging to 1,940 while a cluster of 22 patients emerged at an ice factory.

 

Doctors giving key drug to Covid patients sooner than before

With Covid patients’ condition now deteriorating faster and they are also dying sooner than before doctors have started giving a key drug at the first hint of infection.

 

Protesters fling paint, eggs at court to demand Thai activist’s release

By AFP, published by Channel NewsAsia

A big demonstration took place at the Criminal Court today (May 2) with protesters hurling paint, tomatoes and eggs into the compound as they demanded that Penguin and other political detainees be released.

 

Karens: Fighting still raging despite Myanmar junta extending ceasefire

Myanmar junta’s extension of a ceasefire by another month has not halted the fighting with Karen insurgents who are targeting another camp.

 

Daily Covid death toll rises to 21, 25 hotspots revealed

Thailand logged 1,891 Covid cases today (May 1) with the 24-hour death toll being 21 while BMA also revealed 25 Covid hotspots.

 

Penguin’s lawyer hopeful family will be allowed to visit him today

Protest leader Penguin’s family has not yet been allowed to visit him at Ramathibodi Hospital but his lawyer is hopeful this would be permitted today (May 1).

 

Gamblers flouting Covid control steps arrested

Nine gamblers, some of whom were not wearing face masks, were arrested at a house Roi Et province where such sessions regularly took place today (May 1).

 

Bomb blasts and flash protests as Myanmar enters 4th month under junta

By AFP, published by Channel NewsAsia

Blasts went off and a protest was held in Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon today (May 1) as the country entered its fourth month under military rule.

 

Daily Covid count drops to 1,583 but 15 more deaths

While Thailand logged 1,583 coronavirus cases today (April 30), down from 1,871 yesterday, the death toll rose from 10 to 15.

 

Elderly Brition dies of coronavirus in Hua Hin

An elderly Briton is among three fatalities reported in Hua Hin today (April 30) with there currently being 414 patients undergoing treatment at this seaside city.

 

Thousands of Myanmar villagers ‘poised to flee violence to Thail