Thai Commerce Min. reduces prices of 3,025 items to ease people’s cost of living
(right) Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, Minister of
BANGKOK - The Ministry of Commerce has continuously reduced commodity
prices, to help reduce Thai citizens’ cost of living during the COVID-19
Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Commerce said the commodity price reductions are a form of
continuous aid from the ministry, in collaboration with major manufacturers
and wholesalers, which the ministry launched on 16th of April.
The price reductions will help to control people’s
costs of living during the outbreak.
This 2nd round of price reductions continues to focus
mainly on 6 groups of basic necessities, comprising food and drink, frozen
food, condiments, daily necessities, sanitary goods and household care
products. 72 items have been added to the list, extending it to 3,025 items
with up to 68 percent discounts.
The price reductions are available from now until June
People can find discounted items at 13 retail stores,
including Big C, Tesco Lotus, Makro, Foodland, CJ Express, Lawson, CP All,
The Mall, Max Value, Tops, Gourmet Market, Home Fresh Mart and Family
Electrical appliances shops reopen in Nan, North Thailand
Appliances operators, shop staff and customers must wear face masks,
and follow health precautionary measures very strictly.
NAN – Disease control authorities in Nan province allow shops of
electrical appliances to reopen because the products facilitate every life
Nan governor Worakitti Sritippakorn said Nan’s
communicable disease committee made the decision on Tuesday after receiving
reopening requests from local department stores, shopping centers and major
retail shops. The committee recognized that electrical appliances were
necessary facilities for people’s everyday life.
The resolution for the reopening of electrical
appliance shops and zones of such products at department stores and shopping
centers took effect on April 24.
However, the provincial committee required such shops
to daily clean their premises and dispose of waste. Operators, shop staff
and customers must wear face masks, have their body temperatures checked and
clean their hands with soap, alcohol or disinfectant. Large-scaled shops
must provide such hand sanitizer products for use free of charge.
Besides, operators must limit the number of their
visiting customers at a time to prevent crowd gatherings, Mr Worakitti said.
Thai Industries Sentiment Index at 28-Month Low in March
Car production in March decreased by 26 percent
year-on-year, most likely to plunge to 1.4 million units, missing its target
of 1.9 millionthis year.
BANGKOK - Thai industries sentiment index dropped to a 28-month low
in March because of weak demands amid the coronavirus outbreak, says the
Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
FTI Chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree said Thai Industries
Sentiment Index (TISI) decreased from 90.2 in February to 88 in March.
The TISI survey also found that manufacturers and
companies in 45 sectors were concerned over the effects of Covid-19 in the
next three months, creating grim prospect for recovery, he said.
Auto industry was among the hardest hit sectors,
Surapong Paisitpatanapong, the FTI’s automotive industry club spokesman,
Car production in March decreased by 26 percent
year-on-year, down to 146,000 units, he noted.
The FTI expected car production this year to plunge to
1.4 million units, missing its target of 1.9 million. If the crisis dragged
on until June, the production could sink further to around 1 million units,
The FTI's automotive industry club had lowered its
projections for car exports and domestic sales earlier this year. (TNA)
Reopening expected for barbers and low risks businesses in Thailand
Ungchusak, COVID-19 advisor to the Public Health Minister.
NONTHABURI- The Public Health
Ministry considers reopening some businesses and places that pose low and
medium risks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission such as
barbers and hairdressers’ shops, public parks and department stores while
entertainment places and boxing stadiums will remain closed.
Dr Kamnuan Ungchusak, COVID-19 advisor to the public
health minister, said Deputy Prime Minister/Public Health Minister Anutin
Charnvirakul discussed the possibility of easing disease control measures
with doctors from institutions. The meeting agreed to relax restrictions to
restore everyday life of people and businesses.
Despite relaxation, officials would continue to screen
people arriving from other countries and they would be quarantined for 14
days. Besides, COVID-19 case finding would continue in crowded areas and
serious laboratory tests for COVID-19 would go on, he said.
Dr Kamnuan said people should continue to wear face
masks, keep distance from one another, and refrain from gatherings to curb
the number of new COVID-19 patients.
Businesses would be allowed to resume as about 7-10
million people were jobless. However, service stoppage would remain with
entertainment places including pubs, bars, karaoke shops, massage parlours
and boxing stadiums where people would shout. Those places proved to spread
the disease, he said.
According to Dr Kamnuan, the reopening will start early
next month in 32 provinces where the disease did not spread in the past two
weeks. They are Nan, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Chai
Nat, Bung Kan, Trat, Ranong, Chanthaburi, Phetchabun, Phrae, MahaSarakam,
Mukdahan, Yasothn, Roi Et, Sukhothai, Uthai Thani, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum,
Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Phanom, Phangnga, Sakhon Nakhon, Satun, Nong Bua Lam
Phu, Amnat Charoen, Udon Thani, Phitsanulok, Mae Hong Son, Lop Buri and
The relaxation would follow in 38 other provinces mid
next month. They are Chachoengsao, Pathum Thani, Chiang Mai, Narathiwat,
Krabi, Kanchanaburi, KhonKaen, Chumphon, Chiang Rai, Trang, Tak, Nakhon
Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Sawan, Buri Ram,
Prachuap Khiri Khan, PrachinBuri, Ayutthaya, Phayao, Phatthalung,
Phetchaburi, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Si Sa Ket, Songkhla,
Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Sa Kaeo, SuphanBuri, Surat Thani, Surin, Nong
Khai, Uttaradit and UbonRatchathani.
Bangkok and six other provinces will be the last group
because the disease is spreading there. Reopening in the provinces could
happen in early June if new infections stopped, Dr Kamnuan said. Apart from
Bangkok, the provinces are Chon Buri, Nonthaburi, Phuket, Samut Prakan,
Pattani and Yala.
“Reopening must be careful to prevent the second and
third rounds of spreading,” Dr Kamnuan said.
Public parks could reopen first but visitors would not
be allowed to exercise in groups or gather. Schools might reopen in July but
those with air-conditioned classrooms would set desks apart from one
another, he said.
Tables would be located apart from one another at
restaurants. Customers would not be allowed to wait at barbers and
hairdressers’ shops but would make appointments in advance. Department
stores would limit the number of visitors at a time and refrain from
promotional campaigns, he said.
Dr Kamnuan also said future lockdowns would be specific
instead of across the board. (TNA)
Thai PM assures lockdown relaxation to let people make a living
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants the Public Health Ministry to consider
relaxing some disease control measures to let people make their livings.
BANGKOK- Prime Minister Prayut
Chan-o-cha has ordered the Public Health Ministry to consider relaxing some
disease control measures to let people make their livings as long as some
necessary measures including social distancing remain in effect.
Gen Prayut made the order during a meeting of the
government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration. He assigned the
Public Health Ministry to consider statistics and see if and where some
earlier suspended activities could resume. Necessary disease control
measures would remain there and relevant organizations would consider the
extents of retained measures, he said.
The prime minister stressed that social distancing
would have to continue and working from home would also remain but could be
adjusted to suit present circumstances. He ordered officials to seriously
look for infected people in risk groups including vendors.
For returnees, Gen Prayut ordered Thai embassies and
consulates-general to explain that they would have to be quarantined. He
said screenings at airports should be quick but safe and the number of
returnees through the southern border was limited at 350 a day.
The government would simultaneously implement economic
solutions and apply big data to work them out, he said. (TNA)
Free calls offered to mobile users amid Covid-19 crisis in Thailand
announces after negotiations with the mobile services operators that they
agreed to offer 100 minutes of calls for 45 days to the users for free.
BANGKOK– Mobile operators agree
to give 100 minutes of free calls to users, starting on May1 to relieve
their customers’ financial burden and support the government’s social
distancing and stay-at-home measures.
The Digital Economy and Society, the National
Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and five telecom
operators – AWN Advanced Wireless Network Company Limited, DTAC, True Move,
TOT and CAT Telecom told a press briefing on the newly-issued measure to
relieve burden on mobile uses during the Covid-19 crisis.
NBTC secretary-general, Thakorn Tanthasit said after
negotiations in three meetings, they agree to offer 100 minutes of calls for
45 days to mobile users.
Each eligible individual can receive a relief package
from each telecom operator.
It is estimated that users of 50 million numbers will
register for the free service. The registration can be submitted by pressing
* 170 * followed by id card number (13 digits) #call from May 1-15. (TNA)
Deputy Transport Min visits THAI cargo and catering
HAI Catering Department will become a company
that flexibly serves growing demand. With quality control, it will use
domestic agricultural produce and equipment, says Mr. Thaworn Senneam,
Deputy Transport Minister (center).
Mr. Thaworn Senneam, Deputy Transport Minister, and Mr.
Jua Ratchasri, Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Mr. Peraphon
Thawornsupacharoen, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Pol.
Lt. Gen. Chanthep Sesavej, Working Team Attached to the Deputy Transport
Minister, and entourage visited Thai Airways International Public Company
Limited (THAI)’s Cargo & Mail Commercial Department and Catering Department
to provide policies.
Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Executive Vice President,
Commercial, and Acting Executive Vice President, Aviation Business Unit, Sqn.
Ldr. Soradej Namruangsri, THAI Executive Vice President, Operations, and Sqn.
Ldr. Anirute Sangrit, THAI Mission Commander, Flight Operations Department,
were present. Mr. Suvadhana Sibunruang, THAI Vice President, Aviation
Business Unit, and Acting Managing Director, Cargo & Mail Commercial, and
Mrs. Varangkana Luerojvong, THAI Managing Director, Catering, presented a
report on THAI’s significant projects and operational results.
Mr. Thaworn Senneam, Deputy Transport Minister,
provided policies to the THAI Cargo & Mail Commercial Department and THAI
Catering Department, stating that in a volatile global economy, THAI should
rely on employees and external partners to improve the ticketing and
reservation system, promotions, and marketing. He also placed emphasis on
delivery of agricultural produce to assist farmers and fly stranded Thais
home following the COVID-19 outbreak. THAI Cargo has prepared a network
expansion plan for the increasing demand for agricultural produce delivery.
THAI Catering Department will become a company that
flexibly serves growing demand. With quality control, it will use domestic
agricultural produce and equipment.
Mr. Suvadhana Sibunruang, THAI Vice President,
Aviation Business Unit, and Acting Managing Director, Cargo & Mail
Commercial Department, said that the department is serving over 60 customer
airlines following the Government policy to increase import and export goods
during temporary flight suspension. Also, it operated 16 chartered flights
per week to destinations such as Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, and Chengdu to
Mrs. Varangkana Luerojvong, THAI Managing Director,
Catering Department, said that the department produces inflight meals for
THAI and customer airlines, bakery and ready meals at the THAI Catering
Department, Don Mueang Airport for over 40 Puff&Pie branches in Bangkok and
its vicinity, delivered via LINE MAN, and soon through other food delivery
applications. It is increasing the menu to serve customers following the
Government policy requesting Thais to stay home, with online sales points at
Puff&Pie branches such as Rakkhuntaofah Building, THAI Headquarters, and
Chulalongkorn Hospital. For information and promotions, visit Facebook page:
Thai Catering. (Thaiairways.com)
Thai hospital uses computed tomography chest scan to detect COVID-19
The Digital Economy and Society Minister,
Thai Digital Economy Min, private firm offer AI-powered CT chest scan
BANGKOK-The Ministry of a Digital Economy
and Society and a private firm have provided an artificial intelligence (AI)
imaging solution that uses a computed tomography (CT) chest scan to detect
the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to Siriraj Hospital.
The Digital Economy and Society Minister, Buddhipongse
Punnakanta, said today his ministry and Huawei Technologies (Thailand)
Company Limited had presented the CT chest scan for detection of COVID-19 to
Siriraj Hospital. The medical equipment is an effective tool in detecting
and analyzing diseases, and uses the fifth generation (5G) of wireless
communications technology. As the current situation remains uncertain, the
equipment will support the work of health care providers.
With the AI-powered CT chest scan, physicians can look
for ground-glass opacities (GGOs) with or without consolidations of the
lungs. The equipment will provide analytical data within two minutes and can
precisely evaluate the severity of the infection. It uses information and
images from some 4,000 COVID-19 patients’ lungs in China for comparison. The
equipment’s diagnostic accuracy is 96 percent, and it greatly decreases the
risk of medical personnel coming into contact with infected patients.
The Dean of Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine,
Siriraj Hospital, Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa, said today that CT scanning is
one of the best ways to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients, but it has to
be conducted and analyzed many times. With the AI imaging solution, it will
improve the accuracy of the diagnosis and expedite the process to 25 seconds
per case. This will help ease the burden on medical staff. The 5G technology
will increase the efficiency of health care providers. They will be able to
respond faster, follow up on the patients and collect more information. It
will also improve the allocation of medical resources. (NNT)
Cancelled 2,500 flights a day costs Aeronautical Radio of Thailand 4.2 billion baht at loss
daily expense amounted to about 25 million baht a day or 750 million baht a
month. In the 2020 fiscal year, the organization expected to suffer a loss
of about 4.2 billion baht.
BANGKOK- The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
cuts the daily revenue of Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Co (AEROTHAI) from
35 million baht to zero and the organization expected a loss of 4.2 billion
baht in the 2020 fiscal year.
AEROTHAI president Somnuk Rongthong said that normally
AEROTHAI collected traffic control fees worth about 35 million baht from
about 2,500 flights a day.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, it served 263
flights a day and should generate the daily revenue of about 3.1 million
baht. However, COVID-19-affectd airlines did not pay the fee and also sought
moratoriums and exemption of overdue payment fines. As a result, AEROTHAI
did not have daily revenue, Mr Somnuk said.
The civil aviation board ordered AEROTHAI to halve its
fee for domestic airlines and cut it by 20% for international airlines.
However, airlines refused to pay it, he said.
AEROTHAI’s daily expense amounted to about 25 million
baht a day or 750 million baht a month. In the 2020 fiscal year, the
organization expected to suffer a loss of about 4.2 billion baht, he said.
To cope, it suspended the recruitment of new staff, cut
unnecessary spending and reduced the remunerations of its executives by
30-50%. The measures should decrease its cost by 1.48 billion baht in fiscal
2020, Mr Somnuk said. (TNA)
Thai Cabinet approves 1.9-trillion-baht economic stimulus package
Thai Prime Minister Prayut
BANGKOK - The Thai Cabinet approves a 1.9
trillion-baht economic stimulus package to ease the impacts of the Covid-19
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the weekly
Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to consider phase 3 of stimulus measures to cope
with the coronavirus outbreak.
The main part of the package is a decree allowing the
government to borrow 1 trillion baht to fund public health improvement
efforts and stimulate the economy.
Other two decrees pave the way for the Bank of Thailand
to provide 900 billion baht in soft loans and acquire corporate bonds.
Cabinet ministers also agreed to adjust budget
allocations to best suit the current state of the economy and alleviate the
Covid-19 impacts. Each ministry plans to propose more budgets to fight the
pandemic and cutback budgets that previously allocated for other areas.
The Ministry of Finance has proposed a tax exemption
for imported equipment that will be used for Covid-19 prevention or
As of Tuesday, Thailand records 38 new coronavirus
cases, totaling 2,258, and 27 deaths. (TNA)
Thai exports to fall over 8 %, on-line trade & oil prices positive
Exports & shipments to
contract by 8 percent as the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
BANGKOK- A Thai shippers’ group expects exports
to fall by more than 8 percent this year as an impact of the coronavirus
Chairwoman of the Thai National Shippers’ Council (TNSC)
Ghanyapad Tantipipatpong said the council forecasts shipments to contract by
8 percent as the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on exports became more
Ghanyapad said the TNSC proposed that the government
introduce further aid measures for shippers and business operators such as
low-interest loans, credit repayment extension and suspension of debt
Amid Covid-19 crisis, the TNSC viewed growing trade via
online platform, baht depreciation and lower oil prices as positive factors,
she said. (TNA)
Thailand’s customs offices remain opened nationwide
Further information can be
inquired at Customs Hotline 1164 or the Customs Care Center (call:
02-667-6656, or website: ccc.customs.go.th).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, during which
several provinces have been locked down and temporarily ban traveling in and
out of individuals, vehicles, and goods at permanent crossing points, border
trade service centers, and other channels along the border areas, the
Customs Department would like to inform that transport, import and export of
goods through the border nationwide can be done as normal in accordance with
related laws and regulations, and the regulations set by respective
Supermarkets in Thailand asked to drop palm oil price by 2 baht
Palm oil on shelves is two baht too high. Its
price is being readjusted by the Commerce Ministry to lower the cost of
living of the people during the curfew period in Thailand.
BANGKOK- The Ministry of Commerce has asked
retailers and shops to reduce the price of bottled palm oil from 42 to 40
baht per bottle, following a decrease in crude palm oil pricing, to below 30
baht per kilogram.
The Ministry of Commerce’s Spokesman Supapat
Ongsangkoon, disclosed today that the Department of Internal Trade has asked
for cooperation from retailers, shopping malls, and local shops to reduce
the price of bottled palm oil from 42 baht down to 40 baht.
This pricing adjustment is aimed at reflecting reduced
costs, following the decline of crude palm oil price which is now below 30
baht per kilogram.
On the issue of chicken egg shortages, the Ministry of
Commerce has reported the situation is starting to resolve itself, with
expectations now that the supply of eggs will reach a normal level by next
The Commerce Ministry has mobilized officials to survey
the logistics of chicken egg distribution from farms. They have reported
that with more eggs entering the distribution system and for sale in shops,
that supply should soon be ample.
The officials have arrested persons found selling
overpriced eggs in the past two days, setting an example for sellers to
maintain reasonable prices and display the sale price. (NNT)
Thai government mulls phase-3 of Coronavirus relief package
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha discusses urgent relief measures with his
cabinet to ease the domino-effect from the coronavirus outbreak.
BANGKOK - The Thai government is mulling phase-3
of Covid-19 relief package to support individuals, small-and-medium
enterprises, grass-root economies and financial institutions.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired a special
cabinet meeting on Friday to consider relief measures which had been
proposed by the Finance Ministry to ease the fallout from the coronavirus
According to the Finance Ministry, the latest package
is aimed at supporting the four groups by providing them more liquidity and
The Cabinet ministers discussed sources of the funding
which is expected to be acquired under an executive decree. Government
sources say it plans to borrow an estimated THB200 billion to implement
Earlier last month, the government offered the phase 1
of relief package with soft loans worth THB150 billion business operators.
The second phase saw cash handouts to informal employees and self-employed
workers who are not covered by the social security scheme. (TNA)
Thailand’s Treasury Dept. releases new coins to curb coronavirus
The Treasury Department
releases 31 billion coins in the country thatare enough for local use.
PATHUM THANI - The Treasury Department is
releasing new coins in the country and collecting old ones for cleanups to
help contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Visiting the Rangsit Mint, Yuttana Yimgarund,
director-general of the department, said the department focused on releasing
new coins for public confidence amid concerns on the virus pandemic.
He said that COVID-19 stayed with old coins for 5-7
days and with banknotes for 9 days. The department collected old coins and
banknotes and completely sanitized them with ultraviolet light at 200
degrees Celsius.“After receiving coins from customers, vendors can simply
wash them with detergent and dry them in sunlight or clean them with
alcohol… Besides, people can make payments through online channels and money
transfers,” Mr Yuttana said.
The Treasury Department was releasing 31 billion coins
in the country and they were enough for local use, he said. (TNA)
department collects old coins and banknotes and completely sanitize them
with ultraviolet light at 200 degrees Celsius.
Bangkok closes all food shops after midnight on coronavirus
Bangkok governor Aswin
Kwanmuang said shops including convenience stores, food shops, restaurants
and street food carts must be closed midnight to 5 A.M.
BANGKOK – Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)
orders all food shops and convenience stores to close between midnight and 5
A.M, effective Wednesday.
Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said after the meeting
with the Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee that those shops included
convenience stores, food shops, restaurants and street food carts.
The BMA will work with the Metropolitan Police to set
up checkpoints to prevent violations.
Now, these food operators remain opened for food
deliveries and takeaways only. Eating in restaurants and food shops are
banned to keep social distancing.
The BMA does not impose a nighttime curfew in the
capital but asks for cooperation from people to stay home.
Governors of Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan, Bangkok’s
surrounding provinces have imposed nighttime curfews to contain the spread
of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The governor said rent relief would be issued to help
sellers at markets, shut down due to the Covid-19 situation.
The markets under its supervision to waive rent fee for
all traders from March until the situation eases.
The rent relief was also forwarded to the State Railway
of Thailand to waive rent for sellers at the Chutuchak weekend market for
nine months. (TNA)
Thailand push online trade for fishermen
The online service will be
expanded to all provinces as soon as possible to help farmers who suffer
from export bans - the Fisheries Department.
BANGKOK - The Fisheries Department has
introduced online trade in aquatic animals to help the fishermen who are
affected by export bans and the government’s campaign for people to stay
home due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Banjong Jumnong Sittham, deputy director-general of the
department, said the online trade started at the https://coastalaqua.fisheries.go.th/preorder/public
website of the Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Bureau.
People already bought export-standard black tiger
shrimps from Phang-nga province and premium Asian sea bass from Chachoengsao
and the lots from the online trade would be delivered for the first time at
the Fisheries Department in Bang Khen district, Bangkok, on April 2, he
“The online trade helps the farmers who suffer from
export bans and consumers will relieve their concerns about possible food
shortages,” Mr Banjong said.
According to him, buyers must place their orders at
least 15 days in advance and make online payments first. Deliveries are set
monthly at the department. The online service will be expanded to all
provinces as soon as possible.
“We are working out more measures to help affected
growers of aquatic animals,” Mr Banjong said. (TNA)
Thailand’s egg shortage to ease in aweek, ‘Egg2Home’ campaign launched
We will have enough eggs for everyone in
a few days, says the Minister.
BANGKOK - Agriculture and Cooperatives
Minister Chalermchai Sri-on is confident ample supplies of eggs will be
seen in the market next week, while asking people not to hoard fresh
He said his ministry worked with the Commerce
Ministry to solve the egg shortage and higher retail prices of chicken
The Department of Livestock Development has
temporarily suspended issuing certification for egg exporters and the
Commerce Ministry has extended the ban on egg exports for another 30
If the panic buying eases, the shortage of egg
supplies will abate within next week.
The authorities are balancing domestic demand and
supply to keep the egg prices stable.
He warned people not to stockpile fresh food, which
spoils easily. The agriculture ministry is working on improvement of the
whole system of supply chain management including quality control in the
production process and faster transportation.
To prevent the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, the
ministry supported farmers to sell their farm products online for easy
orders and quick delivery to consumers.
Konjanart Sornmayura, Chief Executive Officer of
Kasenchaifarm Group Co., Ltd., the major egg producer said that his
company launched the Egg2Home campaign to receive orders from consumers
via Facebook - KCF Distribution and Line application @Egg2Home.
The orders can be placed 24 hours and will be
delivered to customers at home. Each box, consisting five packs of eggs
costs 685 baht or 137 baht a pack on average. (TNA)