Coronavirus

Cash-strapped Krabi halts quarantine at local hotels 

KRABI provincial authorities today (Sept. 30) sent an urgent letter to all eight district chiefs to stop sending those at risk of catching Covid to hotels participating in the alternate quarantine facilities programme because the province has run out of budget to cover the expenses, Siam Rath newspaper said this evening (Sept. 30). The circular

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Prayut avoids protesters during visit to flood-hit Nonthaburi

  By Thai Newsroom Reporters PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha today (Sept. 30) avoided protesters who called for an end to his rule during his official trip to a flood-hit Nonthaburi. Prayut who visited flood victims in Pak Kret district and the capital district of Bangkok’s neighbouring province was scheduled to disembark from a boat at

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Coronavirus

Govt inks deal to buy 60m AstraZeneca doses for third booster jabs next year

  THE Public Health Ministry yesterday (Sept. 29) signed a contract to buy 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for third booster jabs next year, Amarin TV said. Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul presided over the contract signing ceremony, worth 18 billion baht, between Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, head of the Disease Control Department,

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Local news

11 Bangkok communities get flood warning

  THE BANGKOK Metropolitan Administration today (Sept. 30) warned 11 communities in nine districts along the Chao Phraya river to start moving their belongings to higher places and closely monitor flooding, Amarin TV said. Bangkok Governor Pol. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang said the Meteorological Department had warned that a monsoon trough lies across the lower central 

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Brand-new, pro-Prayut party aiming to recruit MPs from Prawit’s camp

  By Thai Newsroom Reporters A FORMER ELECTORAL STRATEGIST said today (Sept. 29) he aimed at talking 13 MPs of the Palang Pracharath Party into leaving for a brand-new one with intent to help Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha prolong his rule. Suchart Jantarachotikul, the former electoral strategist for the Palang Pracharath Party in the southern

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Coronavirus

2m doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive amid rush to vaccinate 12-18 year-olds 

  DEPUTY Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul led a team of officials to receive the first 2,000,700 doses of Pfizer vaccine out of 30 million Thailand has ordered at Suvarnabhumi Airport this morning (Sept. 29), Matichon newspaper said. This lot of vaccine was transported from the United States by DHL Airlines (DHL)

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Thai airlines offer drive-through Covid-19 testing service

THAI Airways International (THAI) and Thai Smile Airways are now offering passengers a drive-through Covid-19 testing service prior to travelling on their flights, NNT said today (Sept. 28). THAI acting chief executive officer Suvadhana Sibunruang said the service is being provided at the headquarters of Thai Airways International on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road for passengers who

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Local news

Govt leaders, MPs told to stop showing their faces in flood-hit areas

  By Thai Newsroom Reporters FORMER ELECTION COMMISSIONER Somchai Srisuthiyakorn today (Sept. 28) suggested government leaders and lawmakers stop showing their faces simply by spending a few hours on official visits to flood-hit areas in the provinces. WIthout naming names, Somchai apparently referred to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and MPs

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Coronavirus

PM cancels Thailand SHA SHA SHA tourism event amid local opposition

  PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Sept. 28) ordered the cancellation of the “Thailand SHA SHA SHA” tourism event in Krabi, Phuket and Phang Nga provinces that started on Friday Sept. 24 and was to continue till Sunday Oct. 3 amid strong local objection over coronavirus risk, Thai Rath newspaper said. Mr. Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, spokesman

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World news

Pledging stability, German SPD seeks three-way alliance to succeed Merkel

  By Reuters Staff, published by Channel NewsAsia Berlin – German Social Democrat Olaf Scholz vowed today (Sept. 27) to strengthen the European Union and keep up the transatlantic partnership in a three-way coalition government he hopes to form by Christmas to take over from Angela Merkel’s conservatives. Scholz’s Social Democrats (SPD) came first in

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Anti-Prayut street protest resumed with water rockets

By Thai Newsroom Reporters ACTIVIST GROUP THALU FAH today (Sept. 27) resumed a street protest near Government House against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The anti-Prayut demonstrators launched water rockets containing red dye toward Government House, about 200 metres away. Crowd-control police were positioned behind barbed wires some 100 metres from the protesters at Nang Loeng

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Prawit looks to keep Sam Mit faction’s powers in check

  By Thai Newsroom Reporters PALANG PRACHARATH Party leader/Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has decided to contain Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin’s powers among the rank and file of the ruling party, sources said today (Sept. 27). Prawit will likely name Somsak who currently sits on the Palang Pracharath Party’s executive board merely as adviser to

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