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8 caught sneaking into Chiang Rai as 2 new Covid-19 cases emerge

EIGHT Thais were arrested in Chiang Rai province today (Nov. 30) just as they were sneaking back home from Myanmar via natural routes soon after two Thai women who are friends of a superspreader in Chiang Mai also tested positive for Covid-19, Amarin TV reported. All eight suspects were working at Myanmar’s Tachileik district, just

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Budget set aside to acquire AstraZeneca vaccine

THE Cabinet today (Nov. 17) allotted a budget of 6.049 billion baht for the procurement of coronavirus vaccine from AstraZeneca (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and AstraZeneca UK, limited, Siam Rath newspaper reported. Mr. Anucha Burapachaisri, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, said the National Vaccine Institute will establish an Advance Market Commitment (AMC) contract for the

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Moderna says its vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing Covid-19

By Reuters staff, published by Channel NewsAsia Cambridge, Massachusetts: Moderna said today (Nov 16) its experimental vaccine was 94.5 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 based on interim data from a late-stage clinical trial, becoming the second US company in a week to report results that far exceed expectations. Together with Pfizer’s vaccine, also shown

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Hungarian diplomat infected with Covid-19 amid vaccine hope

THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced at 11 a.m. today (Nov.10) that a Hungarian diplomat in Bangkok has been infected with coronavirus with there also being three more overseas arrivals found to be similarly infected and all four placed in state quarantine, Thai Rath newspaper reported. The male Hungarian diplomat, 53, did come

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Gen. Prayut checks coronavirus measures on Koh Samui 

PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha together with his Cabinet are currently on a trip to Koh Samui and Phuket islands where a mobile Cabinet meeting is being held over two days, Thai Rath newspaper reported this afternoon. Gen. Prayut together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda and

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Two more coronavirus cases found at same facility as Frenchwoman

TWO additional Covid-19 cases have been found at the same alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facility in Samut Prakan province where the infected 57-year-old Frenchwoman stayed before flying to Koh Samui and found to be infected there last week, Sanook.com reported this afternoon (Oct. 27). Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, director of the Department of General Communicable Disease,

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Drug used to treat stomach ulcers ‘successful against coronavirus’

By AFP staff, published by Channel NewsAsia Hong Kong – An affordable anti-microbial drug used to treat stomach ulcers and bacterial infections has shown promise in combatting the coronavirus in animals, scientists in Hong Kong announced today (Oct 12). Researchers set out to explore whether metallodrugs – compounds containing metal that are more commonly used

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Frantic Covid-19 testing in Mae Sot after infected Thai crosses over from Myanmar

FEAR gripped Mae Sot town on the border with Myanmar after a Thai businessman who crossed over today (Oct. 8) tested positive for coronavirus with doctors and officials frantically testing cargo vehicle drivers coming over the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, Sanook.com reported. The Thai businessman was only found to be infected with this deadly infection after

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Trump tests positive for the coronavirus

By New York Times Washington — US President Trump said early this morning (Oct. 2) that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus, throwing the nation’s leadership into uncertainty and escalating the crisis posed by a pandemic that has already killed more than 207,000 Americans and devastated the economy. “Tonight, @FLOTUS

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Thammasat: Reports of students infected with Covid-19 fake news 

THAMMASAT University today (Oct. 1) categorically denied any of its students have been infected by Covid-19 as claimed by widely circulated news reports with the administrators branding them as fake news, Siam Rath newspaper reported. The false reports are based on a fake document dated September 22, 2020 which the university administration debunked and stated

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Scientists puzzled by Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic

By Reuters staff, published by The Hindu AFRICA’S overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when Covid-19 hit the continent in February. The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with

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Myanmar’s ‘maximum containment’ Covid plan pushed to brink as virus surges

By Reuters, published by Yahoo News Yangon – Myanmar has quarantined tens of thousands of people to prevent a coronavirus outbreak from overwhelming its fragile healthcare system but public health experts and doctors say the strategy is on the brink of collapse as infections surge. The Southeast Asian nation is housing more than 45,000 people,

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