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Thailand reports two more Covid-19 deaths, 136 new cases, total infected 1,524

The Covid-19 Situation Administration Centre spokesperson, Dr Taweesilp Wisanuyotin.

BANGKOK – Thailand on Monday reported two more deaths from Covid-19 and 136 new Covid-19 patients, raising the total cases in the country to 1,524.

The national death toll rose to nine, the Public Health Ministry said in the press briefing on Monday.

The two new coronavirus deaths are a 54-year-old man, who returned from religious ceremonies in Malaysia and a 56-year-old woman.

Twenty-three critically-ill patients are now under close medical surveillance. Sixteen more cases have fully recovered.  

Among all 136 new infections, the first group of 71 people either had close contact with previous patients or visited the places where patients had been.

They consist of 10 visitors to entertainment venues, two to boxing stadiums, 59 people in close contact with Covid-19 patients.

The second group comprises 21 returnees from other countries, 15 persons who were in crowded areas or worked closely with foreigners, four person who were involved in public transports, 14 persons in other groups and two health professionals.

The number of medical staff, infected with Covid-19 is now 21 in total.  Six cases were under investigation.

The Covid-19 Situation Administration Centre said the most cases of the outbreak are centered in Bangkok and Nonthaburi as the new infections have increased in provinces.

The authorities are monitoring risk groups, including staff in restaurants and hotels and drivers in tourist provinces of Krabi and Phuket, returnees from religious ceremonies in Malaysia.

After the increase in patient numbers in Phuket, provincial governor Pakkapong Taweepat ordered the closure of all entry and exit points in the province, except for air travel, put into effect from midnight on Monday until April 30.

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) suspends train services to the three southern birder provinces after the Covid-19 situation in Yala has worsened. (TNA)


Thais nationwide join #ClapForOurCarers and #ClapBecauseWeCare home activity

BANGKOK – Thai people across the country take part in a nationwide five-minute applause to show support for medical workers who fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.

People of all walks of life joined the gesture of appreciation to medical personnel from 8.00 to 8.05 pm Sunday night. 

Army personnel gathered at a clapping event at Directorate of Joint Communications, the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, showing their supports for the warriors at the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus.

Family members, co-workers, head of administrative offices and other groups also appeared in videos posted on social media, hailing the work of medical personnel and sending encouragement to everyone fighting the new coronavirus.

Many of the videos are posted with the hashtags #ClapForOurCarers and #ClapBecauseWeCare.

In some of the clapping activities, participants gave moral support with shouting and singing.

Thailand has so far recorded 1,524 infections as of Monday morning, with 1,388 active cases.

People are encouraged to send message of encouragement to everyone working hard to fight the virus outbreak.(TNA) 


34 Thai students quarantined in Yala after returning from Pakistan

Inbound Thai students are transferred to a health quarantine for 14 days

YALA - Thirty-four Thai students have been put in health quarantine in Yala after they returned from Pakistan on Monday, as the southern province has enforced a complete lock-down to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

The students arrived in Yala Monday morning on two charter buses from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Head of the Provincial Public Health Office of Yala Dr. Songkran Maichum said the students had first been screened and later placed under a14-day quarantine.

 

A coach takes a group of Thai students to a health quarantine set up in Yala

At least 35 Covid-19 patients have been reported in Yala.  A 54-year-old resident of Yala on Sunday died from Covid-19, becoming the country’s eight victim. 

The man travelled to Malaysia’s Kelantan state of Malaysia on March 12 and later confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus on March 18. 

With the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the province, the Governor of Yala on Sunday evening declared a lock-down prohibiting non-essential interprovincial traveling.

As of Monday, Thailand has 1,524 coronavirus cases, 1,388 active, and nine deaths. (TNA) 


Police seize 8,400 liters of hoarded alcohol in Nonthaburi - Thailand

Nonthaburi police raid a house and confiscate controlled medical product.

BANGKOK - Police seize over 8,400 liters of alcohol from a house in Nonthaburi province and arrest the owner for alleged hoarding of a controlled product. 

In the raid at the house on Monday, police found 42 containers of alcohol and 2,000 empty containers.

The owner of the house located just north of Bangkok, Nantapan Pisitdecho, claimed that an acquaintance asked her to keep the controlled substance.

However, police said it was an apparent hoarding of the sanitizing supplies in high demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (TNA) 

 


Thailand applaud as moral support to front-line medical personnel

Health care workers risk their lives inproviding treatment to COVID-19 patients in close contact. 

BANGKOK – On Sunday night, many people applauded together from their balconies or in front of their homes for five minutes, as a gesture of gratitude to all healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.

Families of military officers, at Don Muang Royal Thai Air Force Base in Bangkok and other provinces, applauded physicians, nurses and health care staff from the Royal Thai Air Force and other medical units nationwide for their commitment and sacrifice during the health crisis. They have been working strenuously to screen people at airports and tourist destinations, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The five-minute ovation was also participated in by officers from the Communication Battalion, the Electronic Warfare Operations Battalion and the Directorate of Joint Communications of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

Health care workers are the front-line defense to protect members of the public and treat COVID-19 patients. Their work deserves appreciation and gratitude from everyone across the country.

The Royal Thai Armed Forces has urged Thai people to stay home to slow the viral spread, follow public health guidelines and adjust their daily routines by practicing social distancing and avoiding high-risk activities.


Global Situation – Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) – Death Toll: 36,864

Global Situation – Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) as of March 31, 12:03 AM

COVID-19 (EOC-DDC Thailand)

(Sources: Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand Official Website)


WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19

 

Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

30 March 2020

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are.

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems in many countries.

The rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively.

Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are overwhelmed, deaths due to vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase dramatically.

Even though we're in the midst of a crisis, essential health services must continue. Babies are still being born, vaccines must still be delivered, and people still need life-saving treatment for a range of other diseases.

WHO has published guidelines to help countries balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while maintaining essential health services.

This includes a set of targeted, immediate actions to reorganize and maintain access to high-quality essential health services, including routine vaccination; care during pregnancy and childbirth; treatment for infectious and noncommunicable diseases and mental health conditions; blood services, and more.

That includes ensuring an adequate health workforce to deal with the many health needs other than COVID-19.

For example, we’re pleased by the 20 000 health workers in the UK who have offered to return to work, and that other countries such as the Russian Federation are involving medical students and trainees in the response.

To help countries manage the surge in COVID-19 cases while maintaining essential services, WHO has also published a detailed, practical manual on how to set up and manage treatment centres for COVID-19.

The manual covers three major interventions:

First, how to set up screening and triage at health facilities, using a repurposed building or a tent.

Second, how to set up community facilities to care for mild patients;

And third, how to set up a treatment center, by repurposing hospital wards or entire hospitals, or by setting up a new hospital in a tent.

The manual covers structural design, infection prevention and control measures, and ventilation systems.

This is a life-saving instruction manual to deal with the surge of cases that some countries are facing right now.

These facilities will also have longer-term benefits for health systems once the current crisis is over.

In addition to having facilities for patients, it’s also vital that countries have sufficient supplies of diagnostics, protective equipment and other medical supplies.

Ensuring free movement of essential health products is vital for saving lives and curbing the social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

Earlier today I spoke to trade ministers from the G20 countries about ways to address the chronic shortage of personal protective equipment and other essential medical supplies.

We call on countries to work with companies to increase production; to ensure the free movement of essential health products; and to ensure equitable distribution of those products, based on need.

Specific attention should be given to low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In addition, WHO is working intensively with several partners to massively increase access to life-saving products, including diagnostics, PPE, medical oxygen, ventilators and more.

We understand that many countries are implementing measures that restrict the movement of people.

In implementing these measures, it’s vital to respect the dignity and welfare of all people.

It’s also important that governments keep their people informed about the intended duration of measures, and to provide support for older people, refugees, and other vulnerable groups.

Governments need to ensure the welfare of people who have lost their income and are in desperate need of food, sanitation and other essential services.

Countries should work hand-in-hand with communities to build trust and support resilience and mental health.

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Two months ago, WHO published the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, with an initial ask of 675 million US dollars to support countries to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

We’re very grateful to the many countries and foundations who have contributed; more than 622 million dollars have been received so far, and we would like to thank the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Relief for its contribution of 10 million US dollars.

We continue to be encouraged by the signs of global solidarity to confront and overcome this common threat.

The commitment of G20 countries to work together to improve the production and equitable supply of essential products shows that the world is coming together.

Yesterday I sent a tweet with a single word: humility. Some people asked me why.

COVID-19 is reminding us how vulnerable we are, how connected we are and how dependent we are on each other.

In the eye of a storm like COVID, scientific and public health tools are essential, but so are humility and kindness.

With solidarity, humility and assuming the best of each other, we can – and will – overcome this together.

I thank you.

 


Be ‘Active’ during COVID-19

Physical activity includes all forms of active recreation, sports participation, cycling and walking, as well as activities you do at work and around the home and garden. It doesn’t have to be exercise or sport – play, dance, gardening, and even house cleaning and carrying heavy shopping is all part of being physically active.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many of us are very restricted in our movements, it is even more important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible. Even a short break from sitting, by doing 3-5 minutes of physical movement, such as walking or stretching, will help ease muscle strain, relieve mental tension and improve blood circulation and muscle activity. Regular physical activity can also help to give the day a routine and be a way of staying in contact with family and friends. 

(Sources: WHO – World Health Organization Website)


Information sharing on COVID-19

29 March 2020 - Statement

WHO’s focus at all times is to ensure that all areas of the globe have the information they need to manage the health of their people. In a recent interview, the WHO official who headed the joint international mission to China, did not answer a question on Taiwan’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The question of Taiwanese membership in WHO is up to WHO Member States, not WHO staff. However, WHO is working closely with all health authorities who are facing the current coronavirus pandemic, including Taiwanese health experts. 

The Taiwanese caseload is low relative to population. We continue to follow developments closely. WHO is taking lessons learned from all areas, including Taiwanese health authorities, to share best practices globally.

With respect to the COVID-19 outbreak, the WHO Secretariat works with Taiwanese health experts and authorities, following established procedures, to facilitate a fast and effective response and ensure connection and information flow.

-There is a Taiwanese International Health Regulations Point of Contact, who receives IHR (2005) communications and has access to the Event Information Site (EIS) Platform (a password-protected database and information exchange mechanism supporting the IHR (2005)). 

-The Taiwanese Field Epidemiology Training Program is a member of the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (also known as “TEPHINET”). WHO shares Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network alerts and requests for assistance with TEPHINET, and those messages are cascaded to the TEPHINET members.

-Two Taiwanese public health experts participated in the Global Research and Innovation Forum organized by WHO on 11-12 February 2020, thus contributing, alongside other world scientists, including from mainland China, to critical research questions and to finding ways to work together to advance the response.

WHO staff work around the world to respond to this pandemic with the best evidence-based guidance and operational support available for all people, based on public health needs.  Membership in WHO and status issues are decided by Member States and the rules they set at WHO’s governing body, the World Health Assembly.

Information about COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

(Sources: WHO – World Health Organization Website)


COVID-19 is NOT airborne

FACT: COVID-19 is NOT airborne

The coronavirus is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.

To protect yourself:
-Keep 1m distance from others

-Disinfect surfaces frequently
-Wash/rub your hands
-Void touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

(Sources: WHO – World Health Organization Facebook Page)


Global Situation – Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) – Death Toll: 28,964

Global Situation – Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) as of March 28, 11:03 PM

COVID-19 (EOC-DDC Thailand)

(Sources: Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand Official Website)


Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) Thailand Situation, Confirmed case: 1,388, Death: 7

 


Thailand’s Covid-19 cases surpass 1,000 – triple in April possible, DCD official

BANGKOK – Thailand on Thursday reported 111 new Covid-19 cases, raising the total cases in the country to 1,045, as it started the enforcement of the Emergency Decree to combat the spread of the virus.

Anupong Sujariyakul, senior expert at the Disease Control Department told the press briefing that 953 patients are being treated while 11 more cases recovered and returned home. 

The new infections are divided into three groups. 

The first group of 29 people either had close contact with previous patients or visited the places where patients had been. 

They consist of six visitors to boxing stadiums, three to entertainment venues, 19 people in close contact with Covid-19 patients, and one attendee at religious ceremonies in Malaysia.

The second group comprises 19 people – six returnees from other countries, nine persons who were in crowded areas or worked closely with foreigners, three medical staff and a pneumonia patient with an unknown cause. 

63 cases were under investigation. 

If the number of patients rises by about 100 cases every day, the total cases in the country could reach 3,500 on April 30, Anupong said.

He asked people to keep social distance and to follow guidelines and regulations, announced under the state of emergency situation by the government to slow down the spread of the virus. (TNA)


Thailand sets up field hospital to quarter non-critical Covid-19 patients

 

BANGKOK - Thammasat University Hospital on Wednesday opened the field hospital for Covid-19 patients. 

The field hospital of 308 beds, modified from a dormitory at its Rangsit campus will serve non-critical patients, transferred from its hospital network.

Critical patients are treated at Thammasat University Hospital’s Covid-19 ward with 64 beds.

Prof Suraphol Nitikraipot, chairman of the executive board of the hospital said Covid-19 is highly contagious but the death rate for COVID-19 is lower than that of influenza.

It spreads fast and facilities for patients with respiratory diseases at hospitals are not adequate, so it makes people terrified.

He asked public members to be confident in the country’s healthcare system. Thailand is among the world’s leading countries for healthcare system, he said.

In the next 3-4 weeks, the situation will have begun to abate and will end like China, he added. (TNA)

 


Anti-Covid-19 Pandemic Committee holds powers to curfews and forces deployment

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BANGKOK - The newly-established committee on Covid-19 pandemic held the first meeting on Thursday after the month-long state of emergency has been declared in Thailand.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who now assumes the sole authority to implement measures to control the coronavirus is leading the committee which comprises of top officials of the ministries of interior, public health, foreign affairs and commerce as well as the supreme commander of the armed forces.

The meeting at Government House came after the 2005 State of Emergency has been enacted and became effective on Thursday.

Under the Decree, the prime minister has the authority to utilize measures including imposing curfews, censoring the media, dispersing gatherings and allowing deployment of military forces for enforcement.

However, Prayut and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces General Pornpipat Benyasri have said the committee would gradually step up measures when deemed necessary.

Prayut reiterated the Covid-19 crisis required coordinated efforts and strict law enforcement to handle, therefore, he decided to declare the state of emergency.

He called on the media and the public to help fight fake news that misled the public as the state officials were putting in much effort to control the outbreak. (TNA


Thailand receives medical supplies from Alibaba Foundation, Bank of America

BANGKOK- Thailand has received medical supplies from the Jack Ma Foundation, Alibaba Foundation and Bank of America in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

A representative of Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation handed 500,000 masks, 50,000 N-95 masks and 50,000 PPE protective gowns to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnveerakul on Thursday.

The minister also received 20,000 N-95 masks from Bank of America at the ceremony held inside the Ministry of Public Health.

Earlier this week, the Chinese government delivered medical supplies including test kits, protective garments and face masks to Thailand to support to battle to stop the virus outbreak in the Kingdom. (TNA)


Thailand’s first Covid-19 field hospital at campus receives two non-critical patients

BANGKOK - Thailand’s first Covid-19 field hospital opened its door for the first two coronavirus patients on Thursday.

Thammasat University has turned its DLUXX dormitory in the Rangsit campus to a 308-bed facility for non-critical coronavirus patients from five hospitals — Siriraj, Ramathibodi, Chulalongkorn, Vajira and Thammasat. 

It is aimed at alleviating congestions at those hospitals after a recent jump in the number of patients.

The two patients who are recovering from coronavirus were admitted at the hospital Thursday morning.   To show they were in high spirits, the two came out on balconies and waved to the reporters.

Two more non-critical coronavirus patients will be admitted at the field hospital Thursday afternoon.

Mental health counselling will also be given to the patients.

Dr. Chatchai Mingmalailak, director of the field hospital, said the facility could be expanded to 600-bed capacity.          

The field facility only provides basic medical treatment since it does not have an intensive care unit nor the equipment to handle critical patients, he said. (TNA) 


Lark makes its next-generation digital collaboration platform available for free in Thailand

BANGKOK - Singapore-based technology company Lark Technologies Pte. Ltd. today announced that it has made its digital collaboration suite, Lark, available for free across the Southeast Asia region, including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. Lark is an all-in-one platform for collaboration that brings together a multitude of essential work tools, including Messenger, Online Docs and Sheets, Cloud Storage, Calendar, and Video Conferencing.

As businesses and educational institutions around the world are rapidly responding to the COVID-19 outbreak with various initiatives ranging from travel restrictions to mandatory work from home and remote learning policies, Lark bridges the gap as a robust, easy-to-use collaboration tool that can help people to stay connected, no matter where they are.

Beyond supporting remote work, UNESCO has also recognized Lark as a platform that can help students, parents, and teachers facilitate learning and provide social interactions during periods of school closures.

Lark’s free version comes with unlimited video calls (with advanced screen sharing), 200GB of cloud storage, online collaborative docs and sheets, a smart calendar, a powerful messenger, unlimited third-party app integrations, and customizable attendance/approval workflows. These features are all synchronized so there is no longer any need to juggle between applications to get work done — which means Lark is able to offer unique features such as checking team members’ schedules within a chat, launching a video call right from a calendar event, and co-editing a document during video calls.

In addition, Lark has also just launched a live-streaming feature to unlock more possibilities of virtual collaboration. Video meetings can be live-streamed to reach millions of people, which is very useful for large-scale meetings in situations such as senior executives presenting a speech to their thousands of employees around the world, or teachers giving lessons to their students remotely.

“With remote working in place, organizations are grappling to ensure that their employees remain productive while working remotely. The same also applies in schools and universities where educators are working hard to ensure that their students can continue to learn wherever they may be,” said Joey Lim, Commercial Lead, APAC, Lark. “In light of the situation, we saw the need to provide accessibility to digital collaboration tools and have begun offering Lark for free, ensuring that any organizations regardless of size can operate effectively with no additional cost.”

One Suite For All Teams

Lark can help organizations stay connected, no matter where they are. Below are some of Lark’s main features:

Messenger

With Lark’s powerful Messenger, you can create chat groups for up to 5,000 members, make all-staff announcements, and keep noise to a minimum. Features such as emoji replies, threaded conversations, and read receipt ensure that team members can receive instant feedback on their work, and can stay in sync wherever they are. Users can also launch video/audio calls, check group members’ schedules, send documents—all without leaving Messenger. All chat history is searchable, and locating information is a breeze. Lark Messenger also allows users to automatically translate messages in over 100 languages, making it especially useful for global teams.

Video Conferencing

On Lark, users can enjoy smooth, reliable video calls with unlimited minutes, share their screen or share a Lark Doc (either from desktop or from mobile), and co-edit a Lark Doc together during a video call. A video call can be launched at one click from any chat or calendar event, and users can join on any device. Lark Video Conferencing also supports inviting external participants.

Calendar

Lark’s calendar function allows users to display multiple calendars and check their teammates schedules all at once. In addition to inviting individual contacts to a meeting, users can also invite entire chat groups by adding group names to their guest list. From any calendar event, users can launch a chat group (in Lark Messenger) and an agenda doc (in Lark Docs) at one click, so that the conversation can start even before the meeting, and everyone can get on the same page.

Docs

On Lark Docs, users can co-edit online documents with their teammates, even during video calls, and all changes are saved in the cloud in Lark Drive (200GB of cloud storage included in Lark’s free version). Lark Docs supports inserting rich multimedia content, including images, videos, charts, and even group chats and polls. Using the “Comment” feature, users can have conversations about specific parts of a Lark Doc or specific cells of a Lark Sheet. On Lark Docs, you can easily view and manage document sharing permissions, making it a breeze to keep information secure.

Workplace

On Lark Workplace, users can automate and customize their organizations’ internal workflows such as approvals, reimbursements, leaves, and attendance—without having to code or purchase additional software. They can also integrate Lark with third-party applications, from Jira to Asana to Salesforce. Lark also has an Open Platform where users can build their own apps and bots.

About Lark

Lark is the next-generation collaboration suite that enables teams to do their best work together. The suite primarily consists of Lark Messenger, Lark Docs, Lark Calendar, Lark Video Conferencing, as well as Lark Workplace which integrates third-party applications. All functionalities are deeply integrated into a single app, which is available on Mac, PC, iOS, and Android.

Visit www.larksuite.com to start using Lark for free. (NNT)

 


Thailand’s ‘Emergency Decree’ set until April 30 to fight COVID-19

 

BANGKOK – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced to exercise the executive decree on public administration in emergency situation from Thursday March 26 to control the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The state of emergency was set to continue until April 30.

He said he would be the sole commander of all efforts to control the disease and rehabilitate the nation. He upgraded the government’s COVID-19 center and authorized it to forward his orders to relevant organizations.

He ordered the permanent secretary for health to respond to health emergency cases, the permanent secretary for interior to coordinate disease control with provincial governors, the permanent secretary for commerce to handle issues of products and medical supplies and the permanent secretary for foreign affairs to help Thai people in other countries and handle issues with other countries.

The prime minister ordered the chief of defense forces to ensure security and suppress all forms of crime.

The government would release its statements on the COVID-19 outbreak only once a day, he said.
He said that the shops that sell essentials would remain open and emergency measures might affect people’s life at some degrees.

He warned that the people who were taking advantage of others during the time of hardships would face decisive legal action. Information distortion and access to some venues would be banned, Gen Prayut said. (TNA)


Are smokers and tobacco users at higher risk of COVID-19 infection?

Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.

Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouth pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings.

Conditions that increase oxygen needs or reduce the ability of the body to use it properly will put patients at higher risk of serious lung conditions such as pneumonia.

(Sources: WHO – World Health Organization Website)


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation – Death toll worldwide: 16,362

Confirmed cases: 375,498

Deaths: 16,362

Countries, areas or territories with cases: 195

Last updated: 24/3/2020 18:00 CET

Countries, areas or territories with cases

China :81767 cases

Italy :63927 cases

United States of America :42164 cases

Spain :33089 cases

Germany :29212 cases

Iran (Islamic Republic of) :24811 cases

France :19615 cases

Republic of Korea :9037 cases

Switzerland :8015 cases

The United Kingdom :6654 cases

Netherlands :4749 cases

Austria :4486 cases

Belgium :3743 cases

Norway :2371 cases

Australia :2136 cases

Portugal :2060 cases

Sweden :2016 cases

Brazil :1546 cases

Turkey :1529 cases

Malaysia :1518 cases

Denmark :1460 cases

Canada :1432 cases

Israel :1238 cases

Czechia :1236 cases

Japan :1128 cases

Ireland :1125 cases

Pakistan :887 cases

Luxembourg :875 cases

Thailand :827 cases

Ecuador :790 cases

Saudi Arabia :767 cases

Poland :749 cases

Chile :746 cases

International conveyance (Diamond Princess) :712 cases

Finland :700 cases

Greece :695 cases

Iceland :588 cases

Indonesia :579 cases

Romania :576 cases

India :519 cases

Singapore :507 cases

Qatar :501 cases

Philippines :462 cases

Slovenia :442 cases

Russian Federation :438 cases

South Africa :402 cases

Peru :395 cases

Bahrain :390 cases

Mexico :370 cases

Egypt :366 cases

Estonia :352 cases

Panama :345 cases

Iraq :316 cases

Croatia :306 cases

Lebanon :304 cases

Colombia :277 cases

Argentina :266 cases

Serbia :249 cases

United Arab Emirates :248 cases

Dominican Republic :245 cases

Armenia :235 cases

Algeria :231 cases

Bulgaria :201 cases

Slovakia :191 cases

Kuwait :191 cases

Hungary :187 cases

San Marino :187 cases

Latvia :180 cases

Lithuania :179 cases

Andorra :164 cases

Uruguay :162 cases

Costa Rica :158 cases

New Zealand :152 cases

Morocco :143 cases

North Macedonia :136 cases

Bosnia and Herzegovina :131 cases

Jordan :127 cases

Viet Nam :123 cases

Albania :123 cases

Faroe Islands :118 cases

Cyprus :116 cases

Tunisia :114 cases

Republic of Moldova :109 cases

Malta :107 cases

Burkina Faso :99 cases

Sri Lanka :97 cases

Brunei Darussalam :91 cases

Cambodia :87 cases

Ukraine :84 cases

Oman :84 cases

Belarus :81 cases

Senegal :79 cases

Azerbaijan :72 cases

Cameroon :72 cases

Réunion :71 cases

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) :70 cases

Georgia :67 cases

Kazakhstan :63 cases

Guadeloupe :62 cases

Kosovo[1] :61 cases

occupied Palestinian territory :60 cases

Martinique :53 cases

Trinidad and Tobago :51 cases

Liechtenstein :46 cases

Uzbekistan :46 cases

Afghanistan :42 cases

Cuba :40 cases

Bangladesh :39 cases

Democratic Republic of the Congo :36 cases

Mauritius :36 cases

Rwanda :36 cases

Puerto Rico :31 cases

Honduras :30 cases

Guam :29 cases

Bolivia (Plurinational State of) :27 cases

Ghana :27 cases

Côte d’Ivoire :25 cases

Mayotte :24 cases

French Polynesia :23 cases

Monaco :23 cases

Montenegro :22 cases

Paraguay :22 cases

Nigeria :22 cases

Guernsey :20 cases

French Guiana :20 cases

Guatemala :20 cases

Jamaica :19 cases

Jersey :18 cases

Togo :18 cases

Barbados :17 cases

United States Virgin Islands :17 cases

Kyrgyzstan :16 cases

Kenya :16 cases

Gibraltar :15 cases

Isle of Man :13 cases

Maldives :13 cases

Madagascar :13 cases

United Republic of Tanzania :12 cases

Ethiopia :11 cases

Mongolia :10 cases

New Caledonia :9 cases

Aruba :9 cases

Uganda :9 cases

Saint Martin :8 cases

Seychelles :7 cases

Bermuda :6 cases

Haiti :6 cases

Equatorial Guinea :6 cases

Gabon :6 cases

Cayman Islands :5 cases

Guyana :5 cases

Benin :5 cases

Fiji :4 cases

Greenland :4 cases

Bahamas :4 cases

Curacao :4 cases

Central African Republic :4 cases

Congo :4 cases

Eswatini :4 cases

Guinea :4 cases

Djibouti :3 cases

Sudan :3 cases

El Salvador :3 cases

Saint Barthelemy :3 cases

Saint Lucia :3 cases

Cabo Verde :3 cases

Chad :3 cases

Liberia :3 cases

Namibia :3 cases

Zambia :3 cases

Lao People's Democratic Republic :2 cases

Bhutan :2 cases

Myanmar :2 cases

Nepal :2 cases

Nicaragua :2 cases

Sint Maarten :2 cases

Suriname :2 cases

Angola :2 cases

Mauritania :2 cases

Niger :2 cases

Zimbabwe :2 cases

Papua New Guinea :1cases

Holy See :1cases

Timor-Leste :1cases

Somalia :1cases

Syrian Arab Republic :1cases

Antigua and Barbuda :1cases

Belize :1cases

Dominica :1cases

Grenada :1cases

Montserrat :1cases

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines :1cases

Turks and Caicos Islands :1cases

Eritrea :1cases

Gambia :1cases

Mozambique :1cases 

* ‘Confirmed’ cases reported between 13 and19 February 2020 include both laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed (only applicable to Hubei province); for all other dates, only laboratory-confirmed cases are shown.

The boundaries and names are shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Dotted and dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.

Data source: WHO, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China

 


Special Announcement of COVID-19 – Dept of Disease Control, Thailand

 

1. The situation on 25 March 2020 at 8.00 a.m. 1. There are currently 860 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) being actively treated in hospitals, 70 cases have recovered and have been sent home, and there have been four deaths, which brings the total number of COVID-19 cases detected in Thailand thus far to 934.2. As of 7:00 a.m. on 25 March 2020, since 5 January 2020, the international situation has involved 194 countries, two special administrative regions of China, and cruise ships. There were 407,670 confirmed cases and 18,250 deaths. 81,171 of these confirmed cases and 3,277 of these deaths are from the People's Republic of China. 69,176 of these confirmed cases and 6,820 of these deaths are from the Italian Republic.

2. MOPH reported 107 new COVID-19 cases, 13 cases were discharged. The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) reported 107 additional cases of COVID-19 infection, 13 cases have been discharged and returned to their homes. If people develop a fever and suspect COVID-19 disease, please seek medical attention immediately, they should not conceal or withhold any information, as it has an effect on diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, Senior Medical Officer and Spokesman of the Ministry of Public Health and his team stated about COVID-19 that today, there were 107 additional confirmed cases and they are divided into three groups as follows: The first group consists of 27 patients who had close contact history with confirmed cases or were involved with places that had confirmed cases.

There are four confirmed cases with history of going to a boxing stadium, five confirmed cases with history of going to entertainment spots, 14 confirmed cases had history of close contact with previous cases and four confirmed cases with history of joining a religious gathering in Malaysia.The second group consists of 13 additional confirmed cases. Six confirmed cases returned from abroad, five confirmed cases had a history of working or living in crowded places or had close contact with foreigners.

Two confirmed cases are healthcare workers.The third groupconsists of 67 cases with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 infection) and are pending further investigation.All four severe cases requirerespirators and are being closely monitored. As of now, there have been 70 patients who have recovered and returned home, 860 patients currently being treated at hospitals, and four deaths (the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 934).Many people who had been working in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region returned to their hometowns, which is creating the opportunity for the virus to spread to their close contacts.

The Ministry of Public Health has instructed Provincial Chief Medical Officers, as Secretariats of the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee to order the provincial public health officers and village health volunteers to collect a list of returnees, give them suggestions on implementing self-isolation at their homes/residences for 14 days, and promote social distancing measures such as avoiding parties and social events.

If anyone encounters someone with an illness especially elderly people, children, and people with underlying disease, they should notify public health officers, sub district headmen, or village headmen. People with underlying conditions have a high probability to become sick, therefore, they should stay at home to reduce transmission of the virus causing COVID-19.Regarding household members who must leave their home for work, it is recommended to clean their body once returning home, frequently wash hands and keep a safe distance away from family members in order to prevent disease transmission.In addition, if people develop a fever and respiratory symptoms, they are requested to seek medical treatment at the hospital and be truthful when informing the doctor of their history to be promptly and accurately diagnosed further. The safety of medical doctors, nurses and public health officers is crucial, therefore, people are recommended not to conceal their risk history to the health care providers.

Honesty from people will be beneficial for treatment and can reduce the risk to the medical staff. If medical staff become infected, it will greatly affect the medical services management and public health system, i.e. lack of staff to take care of patients.

 

3. Advice for the general public The general public was asked for cooperation to be alert and to honor their social responsibility. Please follow the news from the Ministry of Public Health. If there are any questions, you can ask at the Department of Disease Control Hotline 1422, 24 hours per day or website: https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php, Twitter, Facebook, Line official, Tik Tok “ไทยรู้สู้โควิด” and Line official ChatBot 1422 “Kor-Ror-OK”, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health. People can check for scams at the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society at www.antifakenewscenter.com

 


China delivers Anti-Coronavirus (COVID-19) supplies to Thailand

BANGKOK- China has delivered medical supplies including test kits, protective garments and face masks to Thailand to support the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnveerakul and Chinese Charge d'affaires Yang Xin announced the delivery on Tuesday.

Yang said China had sent 10,000 N-95 face masks, 100,000 face masks, 834 test kits and 2,000 PPE protective gowns to Thailand.

The donation was a goodwill gesture of the Chinese people and government towards Thailand that had assisted Chinese tourist and patients, Yang said.

His Majesty the King also previously donated medical supplies to China, the embassy noted.

Anutin said the assistance reflected the two nation’s strong friendship and the medical supplies were “weapons” in the battle to stop the virus outbreak in the Kingdom.

The supplies would be distributed by the Disease Control Department to hospitals across Thailand, said Anutin. (TNA)


Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 postponed: IOC Chief and Japan PM

Imoto Naoko was part of the Japan swimming team at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, where she finished fourth in the 4x200 freestyle relay. Whilst that was certainly a fond memory for her, ever since, the 43-year-old former Olympic swimmer has devoted her life to helping others.

24 March 2020 -Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee 

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.

President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.

 

 The scaled-down ceremony in Athens featured gold medalists, emotional addresses and a message of hope and unity, with the flame now set to travel to Japan. The Olympic flag was raised, and the national anthems of Japan and Greece sounded, as the Olympic flame handover ceremony took place at Athens’ iconic Panathenaic Stadium.

In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is "accelerating". There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.

 

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.

In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. (Olympics.org)

The flag of the Olympic Games.


WHO’s definition of a ‘Mass gathering’

High profile international sporting events such as the Olympics or World Cups as well as international religious events such as the Hajj count as mass gatherings. However, lower profile conferences and events can also meet WHO’s definition of a mass gathering. An event counts as a “mass gatherings” if the number of people it brings together is so large that it has the potential to strain the planning and response resources of the health system in the community where it takes place.

You need to consider the location and duration of the event as well as the number of participants. For example, if the event takes place over several days in a small island state where the capacity of the health system is quite limited then even an event with just a few thousand participants could place a big strain on the health system and then be considered a “mass gathering” event.

Conversely, if the event is held in a big city in a country with a large, well-resourced health system and lasts just a few hours, the event may not constitute a “mass gathering” event.

(Sources: WHO - World Health Organization Website)


Things you should know about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Things you should know about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(Sources: Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand)


Should pregnant women be tested for COVID-19?

Testing protocols and eligibility vary depending on where you live.

However, WHO recommendations are that pregnant women with symptoms of COVID-19 should be prioritized for testing. If they have COVID-19, they may need specialized care.

(Sources: World Health Organization website)

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Monday new Covid-19 cases - boxers’ trainers and spectators, German and French national

BANGKOK– Thailand recorded 122 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection and the total reached 721, the Public Health Ministry reported on Monday.

Dr Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesman of the ministry, said that the 721 patients included 668 at hospitals and 52 people who recovered and were discharged

Of the 122 new cases, four of them were boxers’ trainers and spectators at boxing stadiums who were in Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Ubon Ratchathani provinces and 16 people in close contact with them.

Others included 10 international travelers, deliverymen, students, masseurs and relatives of previous patients.  Among them were German and French people. Thai patients in this group were in Bangkok, Surat Thani and Roi Et provinces.

Ninety-two new patients were being investigated on the causes of their infection. They included seven severely ill people.(TNA)


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation – Death toll worldwide: 12,944

Confirmed cases: 294,110

Deaths: 12,944

Countries, areas or territories with cases: 186

Last updated: 22/3/2020 17:59 CET

Countries, areas or territories with cases

China :81499 cases

Italy :53578 cases

Spain :24926 cases

Iran (Islamic Republic of) :21638 cases

Germany :21463 cases

United States of America :15219 cases

France :14296 cases

Republic of Korea :8897 cases

Switzerland :6077 cases

The United Kingdom :5018 cases

Netherlands :3631 cases

Austria :3024 cases

Belgium :2815 cases

Norway :1926 cases

Sweden :1746 cases

Denmark :1326 cases

Portugal :1280 cases

Malaysia :1183 cases

Australia :1098 cases

Canada :1048 cases

Japan :1046 cases

Czechia :995 cases

Turkey :947 cases

Brazil :904 cases

Israel :883 cases

Ireland :785 cases

International conveyance (Diamond Princess) :712 cases

Luxembourg :670 cases

Pakistan :646 cases

Thailand :599 cases

Poland :536 cases

Greece :530 cases

Finland :521 cases

Indonesia :514 cases

Saudi Arabia :511 cases

Ecuador :506 cases

Qatar :481 cases

Iceland :473 cases

Chile :434 cases

Singapore :432 cases

Slovenia :383 cases

Philippines :380 cases

Romania :367 cases

India :341 cases

Bahrain :334 cases

Peru :318 cases

Estonia :306 cases

Russian Federation :306 cases

Egypt :294 cases

Lebanon :248 cases

South Africa :240 cases

Iraq :233 cases

Croatia :206 cases

Serbia :197 cases

Colombia :196 cases

Kuwait :188 cases

Slovakia :178 cases

Mexico :164 cases

Bulgaria :163 cases

Armenia :160 cases

Argentina :158 cases

United Arab Emirates :153 cases

San Marino :151 cases

Algeria :139 cases

Panama :137 cases

Hungary :131 cases

Latvia :124 cases

Costa Rica :113 cases

Morocco :109 cases

Lithuania :105 cases

Jordan :99 cases

Viet Nam :94 cases

Uruguay :94 cases

Bosnia and Herzegovina :92 cases

Faroe Islands :92 cases

Andorra :88 cases

North Macedonia :85 cases

Cyprus :84 cases

Brunei Darussalam :83 cases

Republic of Moldova :80 cases

Albania :76 cases

Belarus :76 cases

Tunisia :75 cases

Burkina Faso :75 cases

Malta :73 cases

Sri Lanka :72 cases

Dominican Republic :72 cases

New Zealand :66 cases

occupied Palestinian territory :59 cases

Kazakhstan :56 cases

Senegal :56 cases

Oman :55 cases

Cambodia :53 cases

Azerbaijan :53 cases

Guadeloupe :51 cases

Georgia :49 cases

Ukraine :47 cases

Réunion :47 cases

Liechtenstein :36 cases

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) :36 cases

Afghanistan :34 cases

Uzbekistan :33 cases

Martinique :32 cases

Cameroon :27 cases

Bangladesh :24 cases

Honduras :24 cases

Democratic Republic of the Congo :23 cases

Nigeria :22 cases

Puerto Rico :21 cases

Bolivia (Plurinational State of) :19 cases

Ghana :19 cases

Monaco :18 cases

Paraguay :18 cases

Rwanda :17 cases

Cuba :16 cases

Jamaica :16 cases

French Polynesia :15 cases

Guam :15 cases

French Guiana :15 cases

Togo :15 cases

Kyrgyzstan :14 cases

Montenegro :14 cases

Maldives :13 cases

Jersey :12 cases

Guatemala :12 cases

Mauritius :12 cases

Mayotte :11 cases

Mongolia :10 cases

Gibraltar :10 cases

Trinidad and Tobago :9 cases

Côte d’Ivoire :9 cases

Ethiopia :9 cases

Kenya :7 cases

Seychelles :7 cases

United States Virgin Islands :6 cases

Equatorial Guinea :6 cases

Gabon :6 cases

United Republic of Tanzania :6 cases

Aruba :5 cases

Barbados :5 cases

Guyana :5 cases

New Caledonia :4 cases

Bahamas :4 cases

Saint Martin :4 cases

Congo :4 cases

Cayman Islands :3 cases

Curacao :3 cases

Saint Barthelemy :3 cases

Cabo Verde :3 cases

Central African Republic :3 cases

Liberia :3 cases

Madagascar :3 cases

Namibia :3 cases

Fiji :2 cases

Greenland :2 cases

Isle of Man :2 cases

Bhutan :2 cases

Sudan :2 cases

Bermuda :2 cases

Haiti :2 cases

Nicaragua :2 cases

Saint Lucia :2 cases

Suriname :2 cases

Angola :2 cases

Benin :2 cases

Guinea :2 cases

Mauritania :2 cases

Zambia :2 cases

Zimbabwe :2 cases

Papua New Guinea :1cases

Guernsey :1cases

Holy See :1cases

Nepal :1cases

Timor-Leste :1cases

Djibouti :1cases

Somalia :1cases

Antigua and Barbuda :1cases

El Salvador :1cases

Montserrat :1cases

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines :1cases

Sint Maarten :1cases

Chad :1cases

Eritrea :1cases

Eswatini :1cases

Gambia :1cases

Niger :1cases

Uganda :1cases

* ‘Confirmed’ cases reported between 13 and19 February 2020 include both laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed (only applicable to Hubei province); for all other dates, only laboratory-confirmed cases are shown.

The boundaries and names are shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Dotted and dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.

Data source: WHO, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China


Can COVID-19 be passed from a woman to her unborn or newborn baby?

We still do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. To date, the virus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.

(Sources:World Health Organization Facebook Page)


Week of cloudy Pattaya, hot & thunderstorm outbreaks in Chiang Mai

Pattaya Beach

Thailand Weather Forecast

General Situation

The heat low covers upper Thailand with hot during the day while the westerly trough covers the upper Northeast and the southerly and the southeasterly winds blows with the humidity from the South China Sea into the Northeast, the East, the Central and the lower North regions. Outbreaks of thundershowers will be forecast with gusty winds in some areas of the upper country. People should beware of severe weather by keeping off unsecured buildings and outdoor places. Farmers should prevent for crop damage. Dust situation: The strong southerly and southwesterly winds across Bangkok and its vicinity bring about less accumulation of dust/smog. In the upper North, more accumulation is forecast in the morning due to bad ascending of air-parcel.

 

Pattaya - Weather Forecast                               

7 days Weather Forecast - March 23, 2020 - March 29, 2020

During 23 – 26 Mar, the heat low pressure cell covers upper Thailand cause hot to very hot in the upper country. The westerly trough will move pass the North and the upper Northeast while the southerly and Southeasterly winds bring the humidity into the Northeast the Central and the East. Isoated thundershower will be likely in the upper country. During 27 – 29 Mar, the heat low cell covers upper Thailand with hot to very hot weather in the areas. The weak easterly wind prevails across the South and the Gulf with isolated rain over the South throughout the period.

 

Chiang Mai - Weather Forecast

Cautions

     People in the upper Thailand should take care of the health due to the hot weather.


 


Thai traditional doctor suggests eating herbs to increase immunity

BANGKOK- The Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, Ministry of Public Health, has suggested members of the public boost their immunity by eating all Five Food Groups, regularly exercising, getting enough rest, and eating three groups of recommended herbs.

Doctor Marutjirasetasiri, Director-General of the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, said that during the Covid-19 outbreak, it is important that everyone exercises on a daily basis, eats all five food groups and has 6-8 hours rest every day.

However, the director-general also suggested three groups of herbs that contain essentials that can help strengthen the immune system. First, in the immunity boosting group are Vap ca, mushrooms, Terminalia bellirica, Termimaliachebula, and Indian gooseberry. The second group contains high vitamin C and antioxidants including Thai copper pod, star gooseberry, Baegu leaves, Neem, bitter gourd, gac fruit, kale, Moringa, and Indian gooseberry.

The third group contains unique essentials that may help prevent Covid-19 contraction. This group ranges through Onions, Thai shallots, Basil, Apple, Mulberry leaves and other citrus fruit.

The director-general said these herbs are often in recipes for Thai food. Their use can vary from snacks, soups, and main dishes such as savoury leaf wraps and Tomyum.

The herbs can also be mixed into juice and can be adapted for use in other menus. They will help protect you from being infected. In cases of already being infected, it may help treat the symptoms so that they’re less severe. (NNT)


If you are pregnant, you can help protect yourself against COVID-19

If you are pregnant, you can help protect yourself against COVID-19 by:

-          Washing your hands frequently

-          Keeping space between yourself and others-

-          Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth

-          Practicing respiratory hygiene

(Sources: World Health Organization Facebook Page)


Women with COVID-19 can breastfeed if they wish to do so

Women with COVID-19 can breastfeed if they wish to do so.
They should:
- Practice respiratory hygiene and wear a mask
- Wash hands before and after touching the baby
- Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces

(Sources:World Health Organization Facebook Page)


Protect yourself from the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Protect yourself from the coronavirus:
-Wash your hands frequently
-Maintain social distancing
-Avoid touching eyes, noses, and mouths
-Practice respiratory hygiene
-If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
-Stay informed

(Sources: World Health Organization Facebook Page)


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation – Death toll worldwide: 11,201

Confirmed cases: 267,013

Deaths: 11,201

Countries, areas or territories with cases: 184

Last updated: 21/3/2020 18:00 CET

Countries, areas or territories with cases

China :81416 cases

Italy :47021 cases

Spain :19980 cases

Iran (Islamic Republic of) :19644 cases

Germany :18323 cases

United States of America :15219 cases

France :12475 cases

Republic of Korea :8799 cases

Switzerland :4840 cases

The United Kingdom :3983 cases

Netherlands :2994 cases

Austria :2649 cases

Belgium :2257 cases

Norway :1742 cases

Sweden :1623 cases

Denmark :1255 cases

Australia :1081 cases

Malaysia :1030 cases

Portugal :1020 cases

Japan :1007 cases

Czechia :904 cases

Canada :846 cases

Israel :712 cases

International conveyance (Diamond Princess) :712 cases

Ireland :683 cases

Turkey :670 cases

Brazil :621 cases

Greece :495 cases

Pakistan :495 cases

Luxembourg :484 cases

Qatar :470 cases

Finland :450 cases

Indonesia :450 cases

Chile :434 cases

Poland :425 cases

Thailand :411 cases

Iceland :409 cases

Singapore :385 cases

Ecuador :367 cases

Saudi Arabia :344 cases

Slovenia :341 cases

Romania :308 cases

Philippines :307 cases

Bahrain :297 cases

Egypt :285 cases

Estonia :283 cases

India :258 cases

Russian Federation :253 cases

South Africa :240 cases

Peru :234 cases

Iraq :193 cases

Lebanon :187 cases

Kuwait :176 cases

Mexico :164 cases

Serbia :159 cases

San Marino :151 cases

Colombia :145 cases

United Arab Emirates :140 cases

Slovakia :137 cases

Panama :137 cases

Armenia :136 cases

Argentina :128 cases

Bulgaria :127 cases

Croatia :126 cases

Costa Rica :113 cases

Latvia :111 cases

Uruguay :94 cases

Algeria :94 cases

Viet Nam :91 cases

Morocco :86 cases

Hungary :85 cases

Jordan :84 cases

Faroe Islands :80 cases

Brunei Darussalam :78 cases

Andorra :75 cases

Sri Lanka :72 cases

Dominican Republic :72 cases

Albania :70 cases

North Macedonia :70 cases

Lithuania :69 cases

Cyprus :67 cases

Republic of Moldova :66 cases

Malta :64 cases

Burkina Faso :64 cases

Tunisia :60 cases

Belarus :57 cases

Senegal :56 cases

New Zealand :53 cases

Kazakhstan :53 cases

occupied Palestinian territory :52 cases

Oman :52 cases

Cambodia :51 cases

Guadeloupe :51 cases

Azerbaijan :44 cases

Bosnia and Herzegovina :44 cases

Georgia :43 cases

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) :36 cases

Liechtenstein :34 cases

Uzbekistan :33 cases

Martinique :32 cases

Réunion :28 cases

Cameroon :27 cases

Ukraine :26 cases

Bangladesh :24 cases

Afghanistan :24 cases

Honduras :24 cases

Democratic Republic of the Congo :23 cases

Nigeria :22 cases

Ghana :19 cases

Rwanda :17 cases

Bolivia (Plurinational State of) :16 cases

Cuba :16 cases

Jamaica :16 cases

French Guiana :15 cases

Guam :14 cases

Montenegro :14 cases

Puerto Rico :14 cases

Maldives :13 cases

Paraguay :13 cases

Jersey :12 cases

Monaco :12 cases

Guatemala :12 cases

Mauritius :12 cases

French Polynesia :11 cases

Mongolia :10 cases

Gibraltar :10 cases

Trinidad and Tobago :9 cases

Côte d’Ivoire :9 cases

Ethiopia :9 cases

Togo :9 cases

Kenya :7 cases

Seychelles :7 cases

Kyrgyzstan :6 cases

Equatorial Guinea :6 cases

United Republic of Tanzania :6 cases

Aruba :5 cases

Barbados :5 cases

Guyana :5 cases

Bahamas :4 cases

Saint Martin :4 cases

Mayotte :4 cases

Cayman Islands :3 cases

Curacao :3 cases

Saint Barthelemy :3 cases

United States Virgin Islands :3 cases

Cabo Verde :3 cases

Central African Republic :3 cases

Congo :3 cases

Gabon :3 cases

Liberia :3 cases

Madagascar :3 cases

Namibia :3 cases

Fiji :2 cases

New Caledonia :2 cases

Greenland :2 cases

Bhutan :2 cases

Sudan :2 cases

Bermuda :2 cases

Haiti :2 cases

Saint Lucia :2 cases

Suriname :2 cases

Angola :2 cases

Benin :2 cases

Guinea :2 cases

Mauritania :2 cases

Zambia :2 cases

Zimbabwe :2 cases

Papua New Guinea :1 cases

Guernsey :1 cases

Holy See :1 cases

Isle of Man :1 cases

Nepal :1 cases

Timor-Leste :1 cases

Djibouti :1 cases

Somalia :1 cases

Antigua and Barbuda :1 cases

El Salvador :1 cases

Montserrat :1 cases

Nicaragua :1 cases

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines :1 cases

SintMaarten :1 cases

Chad :1 cases

Eswatini :1 cases

Gambia :1 cases

Niger :1 cases

 

* ‘Confirmed’ cases reported between 13 and19 February 2020 include both laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed (only applicable to Hubei province); for all other dates, only laboratory-confirmed cases are shown.

The boundaries and names are shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Dotted and dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.

Data source: WHO, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China

 


COVID-19: IFRC, UNICEF, WHO issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations

Guidance includes practical actions and checklists for administrators, teachers, parents and children

10 March 2020 - Joint News Release

GENEVA/NEW YORK - The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new guidance to help protect children and schools from transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The guidance provides critical considerations and practical checklists to keep schools safe. It also advises national and local authorities on how to adapt and implement emergency plans for educational facilities. 

In the event of school closures, the guidance includes recommendations to mitigate against the possible negative impacts on children’s learning and wellbeing. This means having solid plans in place to ensure the continuity of learning, including remote learning options such as online education strategies and radio broadcasts of academic content, and access to essential services for all children. These plans should also include necessary steps for the eventual safe reopening of schools.

Where schools remain open, and to make sure that children and their families remain protected and informed, the guidance calls for:

Providing children with information about how to protect themselves;

Promoting best handwashing and hygiene practices and providing hygiene supplies;

Cleaning and disinfecting school buildings, especially water and sanitation facilities; and

Increasing airflow and ventilation.

The guidance, while specific to countries that have already confirmed the transmission of COVID-19, is still relevant in all other contexts. Education can encourage students to become advocates for disease prevention and control at home, in school, and in their community by talking to others about how to prevent the spread of viruses. Maintaining safe school operations or reopening schools after a closure, requires many considerations, but if done well, can promote public health.

For example, safe school guidelines implemented in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone during the outbreak of Ebola virus disease from 2014 to 2016 helped prevent school-based transmissions of the virus.

UNICEF is urging schools – whether open or helping students through remote learning – to provide students with holistic support. Schools should provide children with vital information on handwashing and other measures to protect themselves and their families; facilitate mental health support; and help to prevent stigma and discrimination by encouraging students to be kind to each other and avoid stereotypes when talking about the virus.
The new guidance also offers helpful tips and checklists for parents and caregivers, as well as children and students themselves. These actions include:

Monitoring children’s health and keeping them home from school if they are ill;

Encouraging children to ask questions and express their concerns; and

Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose.


An unprecedented private sector call to action to tackle COVID-19

16 March 2020 - ICC-WHO Joint Statement

In a coordinated effort to combat the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to work closely to ensure the latest and most reliable information and tailored guidance reaches the global business community.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health and societal emergency that requires effective immediate action by governments, individuals and businesses. All businesses have a key role to play in minimizing the likelihood of transmission and impact on society. Early, bold and effective action will reduce short- term risks to employees and long-term costs to businesses and the economy.

To aid this collective effort, ICC will regularly send updated advice to its network of over 45 million businesses so that businesses everywhere can take informed and effective action to protect their workers, customers and local communities and contribute to the production and distribution of essential supplies.

ICC will also contribute to enhancing information flows on the coronavirus outbreak by surveying its global private sector network to map the global business response. This will both encourage businesses to adopt appropriate precautionary approaches and generate new data and insights to support national and international government efforts.

As an immediate priority, businesses should be developing or updating, readying or implementing business continuity plans. Business continuity plans should aim to reduce transmission, including by: promoting understanding of the disease, its symptoms and appropriate behavior among employees; setting up a reporting system for any cases and contacts; preparing essentials; limiting travel and physical connectivity; and planning for measures such as teleworking when necessary.

Calls to Action

ICC strongly endorses WHO’s call on national governments everywhere to adopt a whole-of- government and whole-of-society approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reducing the further spread of COVID-19 and mitigating its impact should be a top priority for Heads of State and Government. Political action should be coordinated with actors in the private sector and civil society to maximize reach of messaging and effectiveness.

Governments should commit to making available all necessary resources to combat COVID-19 with the minimum of delay and to ensure that cross-border medical and other essential goods supply chains are able to function effectively and efficiently

ICC and the WHO encourage national chambers of commerce to work closely with UN country teams, including WHO country offices where they exist, and to designate mutual focal points to coordinate this collaboration.

ICC encourages its members to support their country’s national response efforts and to contribute to the global response efforts coordinated by the WHO through www.covid19responsefund.org

As the pandemic evolves, ICC Secretary General John W.H Denton AO and WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will continue to coordinate their efforts.

Essential information on the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the WHO’s dedicated site.


Chinese woman detained after spitting on bus from COVID-19 fear, Bangkok - Thailand

BANGKOK- A Chinese woman has been detained after spitting and loitering on a bus from Bangkok to Saraburi and refusing to have a health check.

According to the stewardess and passengers on Bangkok-Saraburi bus, the woman was seen spitting and ditching trash and bubble gum on the bus.

A passenger tried to persuade her to use hand sanitizer.  A video clip shows she was holding hand sanitizer snatched from the passenger and kept asking “please, tell me what’s this?”

The passenger insisted she already told her it was hand sanitizer.

After the bus arrived in Saraburi, bus operator, police and health official asked the woman to have a health check but she refused, claiming that she needed to go back to China in two days.

The Chinese woman then walked to a train station and caught a train to Bangkok.  She was reportedly been detained and sent to Siriraj Hospital Friday morning for a Covid-19 test.

Other passengers said while on the bus the woman also spat on her hands and cloth then moved to sit on several seats.  Netizens have condemned the woman for what could be an attempt to spread the coronavirus or COVID-19. (TNA)


Two arrested for smuggling face masks from Cambodia and Vietnam into Thailand

SA KAEO - Two people have been arrested near the border of Cambodia for smuggling 65,000 face masks made in Cambodia and Vietnam into Thailand.

Police of Sa Kaeo province intercepted the smuggling attempt on a road in Kok Sung district as the two suspects were transporting the controlled goods in a pick-up truck.

They told police that they had been hired to bring 26 cases of face masks to the Rong Klue Border Market.

Both have been charged for illegal smuggling and import tariff evasion.

Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, the Thai government has placed face masks on a list of controlled goods; requiring individual, seller and manufacturers to report their face mask supply under the Prices of Goods and Services Act. (TNA)  


50 more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Thailand, 18 linked to Muay Thai boxing events

BANGKOK - The health ministry of Thailand announced 50 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases up to 322.

The Department of Disease Control director-general, Dr.Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, revealed at the ministry’s daily press conference

are now being treated in their provinces of residence, which are Bangkok that the new patients are those with a history of close contact to the patients previously diagnosed with COVID-19.

Among the 50 new cases, 18 patients are linked to the boxing events. The new patients, Nakhon Sawan, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Samut Prakan.

Five new patients are linked to the night clubs in Thonglor and Ramkhamhaeng areas of Bangkok.

Twelve new patients are linked to the previously infected patients. One of the twelve is a six-month-old baby.

Six new patients are in Pattani and Songkhla provinces in Southern Thailand. They attended a regions event in Malaysia earlier this month, and hundreds of the pilgrims have later been found infected with the virus.

Nine new patients are those who have returned from foreign countries, and those whose works require close contact with foreigners. The group includes a tour guide and a security guard.

The total number of cases in Thailand, on March 20th, is 322. A French patient has been fully recovered and discharged from the hospital today, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 43.

The data shows that 66 percent of the patients are male, and 34 percent are female, in the 30 – 39 age range, an important working-age group of the country.

The deputy health minister, Satit Pitu-techa, stated a network of hospitals in Bangkok have initially prepared 1,600 beds for future COVID-19 patients, as well as a carefully crafted plan to cope with a possible surge of COVID-19 cases in the future. (NNT)


Thailand confirms 60 more Covid-19 cases, linked to boxing stadium and travelers

BANGKOK – Thai public health ministry confirmed 60 more Covid-19 cases on Thursday, raising the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 272. 

The first group of the new confirmed cases or 43 persons is linked to cluster infections at the boxing stadium, entertainment venues in Thong Lor, Suan Luang, Ramkhamhaeng and Sukhumvit areas. 

Twelve cases are family members and colleagues, who had close contact with the patients infected in clusters. Five new patients attended religious activities in Malaysia.

The second group of the new infections or 17 cases includes nine persons, having returned from other countries, including Taiwan, France, England, Italy, Cambodia, Germany and Iran. Three patients worked and had close contact with foreigners. One new patient is a fitness trainer. 

Four suspected cases, including a reporter are being investigated. (TNA)


Public areas nationwide clean-up to prevent COVID-19 spread

THAILAND - Officials and volunteers are working together to clean outdoor areas and other venues that still serve the public, such as transport terminals and airports, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and restore public confidence.

In Udon Thani province, Altruistic Heart 904 volunteers and public volunteers together cleaned common areas and surfaces, such as escalator rails, chairs and automatic teller machines (ATMs), at Udon Thani International Airport, passenger terminals, train stations and the public van stop in front of Central Plaza UdonThani shopping mall. Public health officials provided health guidance and recommendations to the people in the area.

District chiefs of Pracha ksinlapakhom, Si That and Nong Wua So districts handed out 800 cloth masks to members of the public in UdonThani. The masks were made by local residents in the northeastern province.

In Trat province, municipal and public health officials sprayed disinfectants at different areas of Trat Bus Terminal and other bus stations as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are placed throughout the terminal, while public bus drivers are required to wear face masks when on duty. The efforts are also aimed at building the confidence of the local people and tourists.

Last night in Bangkok, the Royal Thai Army Chemical Department sent a group of officers to spray disinfectant on road surfaces, handrails at Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) stations, bus stops and footpaths in areas around Chatuchak, LatPhrao intersection, Central Plaza Ladprao shopping complex and Major Cineplex Ratchayothin. Many people come to these locations throughout the day. The disinfectant solution is effective for about 30 minutes. It eliminates germs on surfaces immediately.

The cleaning operation will continue in different areas every day until the end of this month, starting 1 a.m. The operation will protect people in Bangkok from the virus to some extent. (NNT)

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Thai PM says ‘National Lockdown’ is possible on COVID-19 third-stage outbreak

BANGKOK - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government would lock down the nation if the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak grows to its third stage in the country.

"The government is working on measures to prepare for the third-stage outbreak. Many measures are being prepared and some measures have been implemented," he said.

"The preparation of facilities is important. They include beds and specialized hospitals. Military hospitals, some private hospitals and some hotels may be used. We are gathering information and looking for suitable places," Gen Prayut said.

He stressed that the local outbreak remained at its second stage and it had not reached the third stage which would be widespread human-to-human transmission.

"If that happens, it will be the third stage and the national lockdown is necessary," the prime minister said.

"What the government is doing is not a lockdown. It is the intensified screening of visitors and departing people," he said.

Gen Prayut also said that operators were cooperating with the government's decision to close entertainment places temporarily.

Sources said that the prime minister ordered the import of favilavir that is an anti-coronavirus drug from Japan to treat patients during the third stage of the outbreak and medium-sized hospitals in all regions will be used to treat Covid-19 patients. (TNA)


Hotels in Thailand pay 3% less on water, electricity bills to ease COVID-19 impacts on tourism

BANGKOK - The COVID-19 pandemic has already had various impacts on society and the economy. Now, the Cabinet has approved a measure to reduce water and electricity bills by 3 percent for three months, extending electricity and water bill payment deadlines for hotels, and returning guarantee deposits to residential clients.

According to the Government Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat, the Cabinet has approved a 3 percent discount for electricity bills, applicable to all types of electricity users valid for three months from the April to June 2020 billing cycles.

Deadlines will be extended for electricity bill payment by certain clients such as hotels and landlords for up to six months, with late payment interest waived. This is only applicable to April and May 2020 bills. Electricity providers can’t cut the power supply during this period. Residential clients and some 22.1 million small businesses will have their electrical guarantee deposit refunded.

Water bills will also be discounted by 3 percent for the April to June 2020 billing cycles, as well as a similar 6-month interest-free payment deadline extension for 30,900 hotels and landlords, applicable to the April and May 2020 bills. Some 5.7 million category-1 residential tap water users, will also have their guarantee deposit returned as well. (NNT)

 


Bangkok Governor orders closure of massage parlors, spas, boxing ringson COVID-19

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Following a meeting of the committee on communicable diseases of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the Governor of Bangkok, Pol. Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, said the postponement of Songkran celebrations and the temporary closure of entertainment venues are necessary because their activities usually involve large crowds. A total of 3,519 venues, including boxing rings, spas, massage parlors, and related businesses that are not supervised by the Health Service Support Department, extending to cinemas, theaters and fitness gyms will be closed for 14 days, from March 18 to 31, 2020.

The Bangkok Governor also asked places of worship of all religions to postpone their religious activities. Members of the public are advised to undertakeall daily activities in their own homes. Hotels and restaurants that serve more than 50 customers on a regular basis should cancel various activities while reinforcing good sanitation practices to help contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Directors of the 50 district offices in Bangkok have been instructed to inspect their respective areas, after the order was issued. The offence carries a jail term of up to one year or a fine of up to 100,000 baht.

"I have to exercise the power of Subsection 1 of Section 35 of the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558. Crowded venues and places where people are close together have a greater risk of infection, particularly when they shout, cheer, touch each other or use the same eating utensils. We’ll start by closing boxing rings and other entertainment venues, like massage parlors, bathing facilities, saunas, theaters, cinemas and indoor fitness gyms. As for outdoor venues, such as football stadiums and public parks where people go to exercise, we will not close them. We ask for cooperation from all sides, all organizations and all entrepreneurs to cancel their social events," said the governor.(NNT)


Thailand promotes ‘Work from Home’ solutions to defeat COVID-1919

 

BANGKOK

The Minister of a Digital Economy and Society, Buddhipongse Punnakanta, announced today that the MDES has combined efforts with telecommunications operators, namely CAT Telecom, TOT, AIS, DTAC, True, 3BB; and platform providers such as Microsoft, Cisco, Google, and Line; to help support the operations of companies, and enable employees to work efficiently from home.

Platform providers are offering tools and applications such as Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Hangout, and LINE applications on which users can collaborate in their work, edit and store documents, and create a virtual meeting with up to 200 participants. The companies have given assurances of the safety and privacy of these services, which are available across multiple platforms from desktop to mobile devices.

Telecommunications operators have pledged to provide 3-month free internet connection to government agencies and state enterprises, as well as offering packages to private companies according to their bandwidth needs.

Services being offered by these companies are available on www.onde.go.th, where interested companies can register for inclusion.(NNT)


Thailand’s Commerce Minister, ‘Do not panic buy or hoard groceries supply’ on COVID-19

BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce is now monitoring the stocks of grocery items closely, asking people not to panic buy or hoard items.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Jurin Laksanawisit, said on Monday the ministry had previously held talks with traders and manufacturers to monitor the risk of supply disruptions or other changes, ordering the ministry’s permanent-secretary and the Department of Internal Trade to oversee the situation and prepare contingency plans.

He asked the general public not to panic buy or hoard grocery items when it’s not necessary on COVID-19 concerns.s.

Since the discussions, there is now higher demand for necessities such as rice, hand sanitizers, instant food, liquid soap, and tissue paper. Manufacturers have reported they are now operating at 70 percent of their capacity, with 30 percent more capacity to be added to increase production yield.

Rice resellers have confirmed that they have the capacity to sell more rice to the market, assuring the general public there won’t be shortages.

A representative of Unilever Thailand says the company is prepared to increase the production volume of instant food, soap, detergent, and other essential items to meet higher demand from the general public, while the Thai Food Processors’ Association say they can increase production by 30 percent from the current rate, which should be sufficient to meet national demand.

Toilet paper is an item we have seen sold out at supermarkets in foreign countries. Manufacturer River PRO Pulp & Paper said today the national tissue paper manufacturing rate is still sufficient, while images of empty toilet paper shelves emerge as shops can’t refill the shelves in time, as toilet paper packs take up more space than other products.

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<‘DDC-care App’ – tracker of passengers from countries with COVID-19 in Thailand

BANGKOK (NNT) - To prepare for a COVID-19 presence that may be prolonged, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation or MHESI, has brought together government and private sectors to develop applications and innovations to cope with the crisis. Together they have launched the “DDC-Care” mobile application that enables the Department of Disease Control to track individuals at risk.

The Minister of MHESI, Suvit Maesincee has discussed with the deans of the faculties of medicine, directors of hospitals, and medical schools from all over the country, appropriate preparations to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) elevated COVID-19 to a Pandemic, many countries have taken more intense measures to develop an anti-COVID-19 vaccine. Thailand has also stepped up efforts to reduce the virus spread rate.

To monitor and check risk groups, the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) together with the Department of Disease Control, the Immigration Bureau, the Digital Government Development Agency, Thammasat University, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) and Thailand Tech Startup Association (TTSA) developed the DDC-Care application for the Department of Disease Control and Immigration Bureau, for use as a system to monitor and assess people at risk of contracting COVID-19. Under the provisions of the Communicable Disease Act 2015, government agencies are expected to start using the app at over 50 immigration checkpoints by March 16th.


Thailand hit by summer thunderstorms, left cities in blackout

TAK (TNA) Summer thunderstorms caused by a high-pressure system from China hit several provinces of Thailand on Sunday.

Some parts of upper Thailand experienced thunderstorms accompanied by hail and gusty winds. 

In Umphang and Mae Sot districts of Tak province, hail storms wreaked havoc in wide areas for more than half an hour.

The storm in Umphang caused a blackout and damage to utility poles and houses.

In the central province of Ang Thong, at least 50 houses in five districts were damaged by summer thunderstorm that started Saturday night, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office reported.

The Meteorological Department forecast thunderstorm outbreaks with isolated wind gust and hail would continue until Wednesday. (TNA)


 


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