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  1. Thailand reports 143 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death Thailand on Sunday reported a 143 new coronavirus cases, including one death. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156515-thailand-reports-143-new-covid-19-cases-1-death/
  2. Thailand reports 143 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death Thailand on Sunday reported a 143 new coronavirus cases, including one death. The new infections bring the total number of cases in Thailand to 1,388 and 7 deaths. The case of the deceased was a 67 year old man from Nonthaburi. This is a developing story. This post will be updated. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  3. Thais in Pattaya concerned by foreigners not wearing face masks Image: 77Kaoded Thai people in Pattaya fear for their health, due to foreigners refusing to wear face masks during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156512-thais-in-pattaya-concerned-by-foreigners-not-wearing-face-masks/
  4. Thais in Pattaya concerned by foreigners not wearing face masks Image: 77Kaoded Thai people in Pattaya fear for their health, due to foreigners refusing to wear face masks during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thai news site 77Koaded reported that many foreigners in Pattaya have been seen without a face mask when outside. The site spoke to the owner of a coffee shop who said both them and their staff were worried for their own safety after serving foreign customers who were not wearing facemasks. The owner said the coffee shop is closed but still serving coffee to takeaway. The site purported that most foreigners who were seen along Pattaya Beach Road during the day were not wearing masks. And while it acknowledged that some Thai people were also not wearing masks, it claimed the majority of foreigners in the resort did not wear a mask. In its report the site included photos of what appeared to be several foreign men without face masks. The news comes as an increasing number of businesses and public sector organizations now require people to wear a face mask in order to enter the premises. Makro, Villa Market and the BTS/MRT now require people to wear face masks. Some branches of banks and convenience stores also make the same requirement. Earlier this month, Thaivisa ran a straw poll on its Facebook page which asked if people had been wearing a face mask. Overwhelmingly, respondents said they had not been wearing a mask. However, early results from the same poll posted today (29 March) suggested that most foreigners in Thailand are now wearing face masks. The news comes as the government said face mask production would be ramped up in order to help avoid any shortages. Earlier this month, the Department of Internal Trade said Thailand has the capacity to make 36 million face masks per month. Despite this, there have been numerous reports of shortages of face masks nationwide. The advice from health officials in Thailand is stay indoors and if you have to go outside, ensure you are wearing a face mask. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  5. Last flight to Bangkok: 'If I die, I want to die in my country' By Jiraporn Kukahan FILE PHOTO: A view of empty at queue lines, as airlines reduce flights following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Singapore's Changi Airport March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su SINGAPORE/BANGKOK (Reuters) - As airlines worldwide cut flights due to the coronavirus outbreak, the last service from Singapore to Bangkok departed on Saturday with only a few dozen passengers, mostly Thai citizens desperate to get home to ride out the pandemic. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156511-last-flight-to-bangkok-if-i-die-i-want-to-die-in-my-country/
  6. Last flight to Bangkok: 'If I die, I want to die in my country' By Jiraporn Kukahan FILE PHOTO: A view of empty at queue lines, as airlines reduce flights following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Singapore's Changi Airport March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su SINGAPORE/BANGKOK (Reuters) - As airlines worldwide cut flights due to the coronavirus outbreak, the last service from Singapore to Bangkok departed on Saturday with only a few dozen passengers, mostly Thai citizens desperate to get home to ride out the pandemic. "If I die, I want to die in my country," said Chinana Dotkhruea, a 66-year-old Thai national who had been in Singapore taking care of her niece. After Thailand enacted emergency measures on Thursday, it barred almost anyone but its own citizens from entering the country and placed strict requirements for Thais to have special papers to enter. Singapore Airlines Flight 972 on Saturday was the last scheduled service to Thailand. It is not known when flights will resume. Singapore's Changi Airport was almost empty, with only one check in counter open for passengers dropping off luggage. Inside the terminal, airline staff stood around without customers to care for. Almost all passengers wore face masks and some wore gloves. Another passenger, Ammara Viparsinon said she was afraid if she didn’t get back to Thailand she might be stranded. Ammara, 33, said she was shocked at the ticket price of 600 Singapore dollars (about $420), which is about double what a flight would normally would cost. But said she felt there was no choice, as any other route to get into Thailand would involve long connections and layovers and be even more expensive. “The risk is too high, so I'd rather take this last direct flight,” she said. Thailand reported 109 new coronavirus cases and one death on Saturday, bringing the total to 1,245 infections and six deaths. Singapore has about 740 cases of coronavirus and has been praised for a swift and rigorous process of quarantines and tracking of contacts to halt spread of the disease. The coronavirus disease that first broke out in China has spread to most countries worldwide, infecting more than 551,800 people while nearly 24,900 have died. (Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Mike Harrison) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  7. Forlorn roads By The Nation Photo Credit: Vorawit Pumpuang Roads at the Nang Loeng area in Bangkok were deserted on Saturday morning (March 28) after the temporary closure of risky areas was announced to contain the spread of Covid-19. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156507-forlorn-roads/
  8. Forlorn roads By The Nation Photo Credit: Vorawit Pumpuang Roads at the Nang Loeng area in Bangkok were deserted on Saturday morning (March 28) after the temporary closure of risky areas was announced to contain the spread of Covid-19. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration had ordered the temporary closure of many places it deemed to be high risk for Covid-19 infection in the capital from March 22 to April 12 this year, causing most of people to stay at home. Meanwhile, the atmosphere in various department stores is quiet due to the huge drop in the number of tourists, a sharp contrast to the steady stream of people visiting these places all day. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384998 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  9. Tesco Lotus Express to allow only 15 people at one time in stores By THE NATION Tesco Lotus Express will allow no more than 15 customers at one time in its 1,600 stores nationwide, as part of its social distancing policy, starting from Sunday (March 29). Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156506-tesco-lotus-express-to-allow-only-15-people-at-one-time-in-stores/
  10. Tesco Lotus Express to allow only 15 people at one time in stores By THE NATION Tesco Lotus Express will allow no more than 15 customers at one time in its 1,600 stores nationwide, as part of its social distancing policy, starting from Sunday (March 29). In addition, all customers will be required to wear face masks and get a thermoscan before entering the store as part of its preventive measures against Covid-19, managing director James Padovan said. Tesco Lotus Express remains open and sells food and essential goods. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385002 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  11. Passengers can carry 350ml hand sanitisers on flights By THE NATION The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has increased the volume of liquid hand sanitiser passengers and cabin crew can bring on board to a maximum of 350 millilitres per bottle, up from the previous limit of 100ml. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156505-passengers-can-carry-350ml-hand-sanitisers-on-flights/
  12. Passengers can carry 350ml hand sanitisers on flights By THE NATION The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has increased the volume of liquid hand sanitiser passengers and cabin crew can bring on board to a maximum of 350 millilitres per bottle, up from the previous limit of 100ml. The move is in response to the escalating Covid-19 situation. They can bring many bottles of such sanitisers on board but the total volume of such sanitisers together or combined with other liquid gels or sprays is limited to a maximum of 1,000ml. The new rule, which was announced on March 27, takes effect immediately until further notice. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385000 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  13. UK coronavirus death toll under 20,000 would be 'good result' - health chief says By Paul Sandle and Guy Faulconbridge Medical staff at an NHS drive through coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing facility in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Chessington, Britain, March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom will do well if it manages to keep the coronavirus death toll below 20,000, a senior health official said on Saturday after the deadliest day so far of the outbreak saw the number of fatalities rise to more than 1,000. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156501-uk-coronavirus-death-toll-under-20000-would-be-good-result-health-chief-says/
  14. UK coronavirus death toll under 20,000 would be 'good result' - health chief says By Paul Sandle and Guy Faulconbridge Medical staff at an NHS drive through coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing facility in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Chessington, Britain, March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom will do well if it manages to keep the coronavirus death toll below 20,000, a senior health official said on Saturday after the deadliest day so far of the outbreak saw the number of fatalities rise to more than 1,000. Stephen Powis, the medical director of National Health Service England, warned the public against complacency and said everyone had to play their part in hindering the spread of the virus. The number of confirmed cases stood at 17,089 on Saturday morning. The death toll rose by 260 in a day to 1,019, the seventh highest toll in the world behind Italy, Spain, China, Iran, France and the United States. When asked if Britain was on the same trajectory as Italy, where the death toll has passed 9,000, Powis said that if the public adhered to the nationwide lockdown the total toll could be kept below 20,000. "If it is less than 20,000... that would be a good result though every death is a tragedy, but we should not be complacent about that," he said at a news conference in Downing Street. Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first leader of a major power to announce a positive test result for coronavirus on Friday. He is self-isolating in Downing Street but still leading the UK response to the crisis. Britain is bracing for the epidemic to peak in the coming weeks, and is building field hospitals in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff to bolster its state-run National Health Service (NHS). The government, which had been criticised by some doctors and nurses for not providing them with enough protective gear and testing kits, said on Friday it was introducing a much bigger testing regime, with checks for health workers in England. Frontline medical staff in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are already being tested. CORONAVIRUS IN GOVERNMENT As the British government urged the public to stay indoors, the virus struck at Downing Street itself. Besides Johnson, health minister Matt Hancock has also tested positive and chief medical adviser Chris Whitty is self-isolating with symptoms. The minister for Scotland, Alister Jack, said on Saturday he had developed a temperature and a cough in the past 24 hours and was now working from home in isolation. He has not been tested for coronavirus. Jack spoke in the House of Commons on Wednesday, immediately before Johnson appeared at the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session, during which Jack was seated on the government bench behind Johnson. Efforts were under way to keep building up the NHS's ability to cope. Hospitals have been rushing to increase intensive care capacity, including by turning operating theatres and recovery areas into beds for critically ill patients. "At the moment, I am confident the capacity is there," Powis said. "We have not reached capacity." A drive-through coronavirus testing facility for health workers has begun operating in the car park of the Chessington World of Adventures theme park near London. Health workers, who remain in their cars, are tested by nurses who carry out swabs in the nose and mouth through the windows. (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon, Paul Sandle and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Giles Elgood and Frances Kerry) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  15. Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal in process of surrendering to US authorities - sources By Angus Berwick Former Venezuelan intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal leaves prison after being freed in Estremera, Spain September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho/Files CARACAS (Reuters) - The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is in the process of surrendering to U.S. authorities, two people familiar with the matter said, after prosecutors charged him on Thursday with drug trafficking alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156499-ex-venezuelan-spy-chief-carvajal-in-process-of-surrendering-to-us-authorities-sources/
  16. Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal in process of surrendering to US authorities - sources By Angus Berwick Former Venezuelan intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal leaves prison after being freed in Estremera, Spain September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho/Files CARACAS (Reuters) - The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is in the process of surrendering to U.S. authorities, two people familiar with the matter said, after prosecutors charged him on Thursday with drug trafficking alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Carvajal, a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has been in hiding since a Spanish court in November approved his extradition to the United States. It was unclear when he will formally surrender to U.S. authorities and the two people declined to say. On Friday, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents flew to Colombia to remand in custody retired Venezuelan general Cliver Alcala, three people familiar with the matter said, after he agreed to work with prosecutors who charged him in the same case. The U.S. government indicted Carvajal, Alcala, Maduro, and a dozen other current and former Venezuelan officials on charges of "narco-terrorism", the latest escalation of a pressure campaign by U.S. President Donald Trump administration to oust the socialist leader. Attorney General William Barr accused Maduro and his associates of colluding with a dissident faction of the demobilized Colombian guerrilla group, the FARC, "to flood the United States with cocaine." Carvajal has repeatedly denied accusations he helped smuggle cocaine to the United States. Since leaving Venezuela, Carvajal has denounced Maduro and given his support to opposition leader Juan Guaido. He was arrested by Spanish police in April 2019 at the request of U.S. authorities but Spain's High Court initially ruled that he should be released and his extradition request denied. The court reversed that decision in November. (Reporting by Angus Berwick; Editing by Sarah Kinosian and Daniel Wallis) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  17. Brazilian rapper warns of coronavirus danger in Brazil's slums Brazilian rapper MV Bill poses during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 24, 2020. CUFA/Handout via REUTERS RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian rapper MV Bill added his voice to a chorus of criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro for downplaying the gravity of the new coronavirus epidemic in a video clip that urges people to protect themselves. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156495-brazilian-rapper-warns-of-coronavirus-danger-in-brazils-slums/
  18. Brazilian rapper warns of coronavirus danger in Brazil's slums Brazilian rapper MV Bill poses during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 24, 2020. CUFA/Handout via REUTERS RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian rapper MV Bill added his voice to a chorus of criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro for downplaying the gravity of the new coronavirus epidemic in a video clip that urges people to protect themselves. His rap "Quarantine" recorded in the isolation of his home and posted on social media warns that contagion could be explosive in Brazil's crowded "favelas" or slums, such as Rio's City of God where he was born, some with no running water. Seeing that many Brazilians including their president were not taking the virus seriously motivated his song, he told Reuters by email on Saturday. "The World Health Organization warned, people paid little heed, head of state downplayed, delayed, they lost time on things that do not matter," he rapped. COVID-19 is not "a small cold" as Bolsonaro has claimed and more Brazilians will become infected due to the leader's "ignorance" and "arrogance," the singer said. "Take care, protect yourselves ... there will be no room in the intensive care units," he warned. The 46-year-old rapper lives next to City of God, a sprawling complex of slums made famous in a hit 2002 movie of the same name and where the first case of coronavirus in Rio's favelas was reported last weekend. Armed gangs and militias in the slums have imposed strict curfews and are stopping outsiders from entering to stop the virus spreading. Confirmed cases in Brazil trebled to 3,417 in the last week, with 92 deaths so far, according to the Health Ministry. Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's two most populous and most affected states, have shut down non-essential business and public gatherings to slow the spread of the virus, their authorities at odds with Bolsonaro who has called the pandemic a "fantasy" that was exaggerated by the media. Like U.S. President Donald Trump, the Brazilian president has advocated reopening of activities to get the economy moving while minimizing the need for social distancing urged by public health experts. MV Bill said Brazil's favela inhabitants would not be able to quarantine themselves because they had to work for a living and go to get food as no one was going to deliver to the slum. The economy must continue working for those with precarious incomes. "We do need to think about the economy, but we can't condemn people to death," he said. "What worried me the most in this pandemic is the lack of information of people who still don't believe how lethal this virus is," he said by email. "Even with the example of Italy, there are still people who are ignoring it." (Reporting by Leandra Camera, writing by Anthony Boadle; editing by Diane Craft) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  19. At home with coronavirus, Johnson writes to the nation FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds outside 10 Downing Street during the Clap For Our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 26, 2020. Pictre taken March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is self-isolating at 10 Downing Street after testing positive for coronavirus, will write to every UK household to urge people to stay at home. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156491-at-home-with-coronavirus-johnson-writes-to-the-nation/
  20. At home with coronavirus, Johnson writes to the nation FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds outside 10 Downing Street during the Clap For Our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 26, 2020. Pictre taken March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is self-isolating at 10 Downing Street after testing positive for coronavirus, will write to every UK household to urge people to stay at home. Johnson, who has described his symptoms as mild, is leading the government's response to the crisis, chairing meetings by video conference. The health minister, Matt Hancock, has also tested positive and is working from home. "We know things will get worse before they get better," Johnson will write in his letter, which will be sent to 30 million households across the United Kingdom starting from next week. "But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal," he will say, according to a statement from Downing Street. Britain has reported 17,089 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,019 deaths. The peak of the epidemic in the country is expected to come in a few weeks. After initially taking relatively modest steps compared with other European nations, Johnson ramped up his response to coronavirus in the past week, ordering pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops to close and making social distancing compulsory. In his letter, he will thank all those working for the state-funded National Health Service (NHS), which provides free healthcare to everyone living in the United Kingdom and inspires huge respect across society. "It has been truly inspirational to see our doctors, nurses and other carers rise magnificently to the needs of the hour," Johnson will say. "Thousands of retired doctors and nurses are returning to the NHS – and hundreds of thousands of citizens are volunteering to help the most vulnerable. "That is why, at this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives." The letter will come with a leaflet containing the government's advice on hand washing, rules on leaving the house, guidance for those self-isolating with symptoms or shielding vulnerable people, and explanations of symptoms. The letter and leaflet are part of the government's public information campaign on coronavirus, and are expected to cost 5.8 million pounds ($7 million) to print and distribute. (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Ros Russell) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  21. Trump drops idea of New York lockdown as U.S. death count crosses 2,000 By Andy Sullivan An empty street is seen near Wall street during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would issue a travel warning for the hard-hit New York area to limit the spread of the coronavirus, backing off from an earlier suggestion that he might try to cut off the region entirely. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156488-trump-drops-idea-of-new-york-lockdown-as-us-death-count-crosses-2000/
  22. Trump drops idea of New York lockdown as U.S. death count crosses 2,000 By Andy Sullivan An empty street is seen near Wall street during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would issue a travel warning for the hard-hit New York area to limit the spread of the coronavirus, backing off from an earlier suggestion that he might try to cut off the region entirely. "A quarantine will not be necessary," he said on Twitter. Trump's announcement came as the U.S. death count crossed 2,100, more than double the level from two days ago. The United States has now recorded more than 122,000 cases of the respiratory virus, the most of any country in the world. Since the virus first appeared in the United States in late January, Trump has vacillated between playing down the risks of infection and urging Americans to take steps to slow its spread. Trump said on Saturday afternoon that he might impose a ban on travel in and out of New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, the U.S. epicenter of the disease, to protect other states that have yet to bear the brunt. He offered few specifics. Critics promptly called the idea unworkable, saying it would cause chaos in a region that serves as the economic engine of the eastern United States, accounting for 10 percent of the population and 12 percent of GDP. "If you started walling off areas all across the country it would be totally bizarre, counter-productive, anti-American," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on CNN. Hours later, Trump dropped the idea, saying he would instead ask the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a "strong Travel Advisory" that would be administered by the three states' governors. The CDC later warned the states' residents against non-essential domestic travel for 14 days. It said the warning did not apply to employees of "critical infrastructure industries" including trucking, public health and financial services. It was the latest reversal for Trump, who has been reluctant to order U.S. companies to produce much-needed medical supplies, despite the pleas of governors and hospital workers. Tests to track the disease's progress also remain in short supply, despite repeated White House promises that they would be widely available. On Saturday, Trump appeared to soften his previous comments calling for the U.S. economy to be reopened by mid-April. "We'll see what happens," he said. Though Trump has apparently opted not to impose checkpoints on highways and airports leading out of New York, some states have imposed limits of their own. New Yorkers arriving in Florida and Rhode Island face orders to self-isolate if they intend to stay, and the governors of Pennsylvania and West Virginia have asked visiting New Yorkers to voluntarily self-quarantine. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu on Saturday asked all visitors to his state who don't come for work reasons to voluntarily self-quarantine. New coronavirus cases in China leveled off after the government imposed a strict lockdown of Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease. The body count continues to climb in Italy, where authorities have blocked travel across the country and prevented people from leaving their houses for all but essential reasons. Any travel restrictions, voluntary or not, might be too late. The number of coronavirus patients in California hospitals increased by more than one-third overnight, Governor Gavin Newsom said. Officials in Louisiana, where Mardi Gras celebrations late last month in New Orleans fueled an outbreak, reported 17 additional deaths and 569 new cases on Saturday. The disease has proven most fatal among the elderly, but Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said on Saturday that an infant had died in his state. American healthcare workers are appealing for more protective gear and equipment as they face a surge of patients. Doctors are also especially concerned about a shortage of ventilators, breathing machines needed for those suffering from COVID-19, the pneumonia-like respiratory ailment caused by the highly contagious novel coronavirus. Hospitals have also sounded the alarm about scarcities of drugs, oxygen tanks and trained staff. On Saturday, nurses protested outside the Jacobi Medical Center in New York, saying supervisors asked them to reuse their masks, putting their own health at risk. One medical trainee at New York Presbyterian Hospital said they were given just one mask. "It's not the people who are making these decisions that go into the patients' rooms," said the trainee, who spoke on condition of anonymity. (Additional reporting by Brendan Pierson, Maria Caspani, Jonathan Stempel and Gabriella Borter in New York, Joel Schectman, Andy Sullivan, Raphael Satter and Michelle Price in Washington, and Lisa Shumaker in Chicago; Writing by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Daniel Wallis) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  23. The Thai embassy in Beijing responds to claims that Thailand re-exporting medical supplies, provided by China, to the US supawadee wangsri BANGKOK (NNT) - The Royal Thai Embassy in Beijing, China, issued a statement regarding a rumor, spreading via the Weibo Chinese social media platform, accusing Thailand of receiving medical equipment from China but then sending it to the United States. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156487-the-thai-embassy-in-beijing-responds-to-claims-that-thailand-re-exporting-medical-supplies-provided-by-china-to-the-us/
  24. The Thai embassy in Beijing responds to claims that Thailand re-exporting medical supplies, provided by China, to the US supawadee wangsri BANGKOK (NNT) - The Royal Thai Embassy in Beijing, China, issued a statement regarding a rumor, spreading via the Weibo Chinese social media platform, accusing Thailand of receiving medical equipment from China but then sending it to the United States. The statement says "The delivery of masks from Thailand to foreign countries were done by foreign companies whose factories are located in Thailand. They operate under the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement, with contracts and intellectual property regulations which prohibit them from selling their products domestically. They are only for export. In addition, these companies have received investment incentives from Thailand (via the Board of Investment), with the right to import raw materials for export without paying import duties." In conclusion, these companies were established in Thailand to manufacture for export only. Their products cannot be sold in Thailand, even though the country is facing a serious short supply. After the statement was released on Weibo by the Royal Thai Embassy in Beijing, Chinese social media users clicked "Like" for more than 13,000 times, "Share" almost 2,000 times and wrote more than 1,000 comments, saying that now they understand the situation. For example, some of the comments said "Got it," "Next time, the media should check the background information thoroughly," and "China has OEM companies like this too." -- © Copyright NNT 2020-03-29 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  25. PM Prayut orders preparations for Thais returning from Italy supawadee wangsri BANGKOK (NNT) - Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired a meeting of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration, which was attended by Supreme Commander Gen Phornphiphat Benyasri, permanent secretaries responsible for the work of five groups and representatives of relevant agencies, to adjust the work pattern. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156485-pm-prayut-orders-preparations-for-thais-returning-from-italy/
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