Thailand’s Chai Nat province now free of COVID-19 as last eight patients recover

Thailand’s central province of Chai Nat has been cleared of COVID-19 infections after the last eight patients tested negative for the virus, with five of them being discharged from…

Experts say construction of field hospitals necessary before hospitals overflow

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, Dr. Prasit Watanapa, said today that field hospitals are necessary, especially in areas experiencing increasing numbers of COV…

Ghoulies, ghosties and things that go bump In the night

A new exhibition shines the spotlight on ASEANs best-known spirits

Sensational street food, warm hospitality, exotic cultures and beautiful nature are not all that countries in Southeast Asia have to offer. Walking along the street and embracing the vibe of the cities, you may find something that will pique your curiosityand, in some cases, even make your hair stand on end.  

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Private sector says Thai government not strict enough on illegal border crossings

Suphan Mongkhonsutee, the president of The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), said the issue of illegal immigrants in Thailand is the result of careless government measures which do not prevent illegal border-crossings. Suphan asked the government to stop trafficking gangs in which, he believes, some Thai officials are involved.

The FTI is asking the government to investigate very quickly, to find illegal workers, most of whom work in fresh markets. Suphan said the current spread of the virus is causing losses of over a billion baht in trade daily.

The FTI stated that there are no illegal immigrant workers in the over 6,000 factories in Samut Sakhon. All factory employees are legally registered and hiring legal migrant workers is actually beneficial, they say.

The penalty of hiring an illegal immigrant is a fine of up to 200,000 THB per person.

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Thai troops on full alert at the borders to stop illegal entry to the country

Royal Thai Army chief, General Narongphan Jitkaewtae / AFP

Thai military strength has been increased and put on full alert along the country’s borders, to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, especially from Myanmar.

Army Commander-in-Chief General Narongphan Chitkaewtae said today that the risk posed the pandemic in neighbouring countries prompted him to call a meeting with unit commanders, sooner than usual, to address the emergency situation.

He said that the pandemic in neighbouring countries remains unpredictable and there is a likelihood that the disease may spread to Thailand, noting that, since Thailand has not imposed

3-month extension of state of emergency in three restive southern provinces

The state of emergency in the three southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat is to be extended for another three months, from December 20th, for security reasons.

The Emergency Situation Administration Committee (ESAC), chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, decided today (Monday) to extend the decree on the grounds that the insurgents still have the capability to threaten security in the three provinces and there are signs that they may resort to violence.

The state of emergency is enforceable across the three provinces, except in Mae Larn and Mai Kaen districts of Pattani, Betong district of Yala and Su-ngai Kolok, Sukhirin and Si Sakhon districts of Narathiwat.

The ESAC also acknowledged the plan,

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