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Condom shortage looms after coronavirus lockdown shuts world's top producer

By Liz Lee

 

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FILE PHOTO: A worker performs a test on condoms at Malaysia's Karex condom factory in Pontian, 320 km (200 miles) southeast of Kuala Lumpur November 7, 2012. Malaysia's Karex Industries is the world's largest condom maker by volume. Picture taken November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad/File Photo

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A global shortage of condoms is looming, the world’s biggest producer said, after a coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut down production.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156272-condom-shortage-looms-after-coronavirus-lockdown-shuts-worlds-top-producer/

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Italy tops 9,000 coronavirus deaths, overtakes China in cases

By Crispian Balmer and Gavin Jones

 

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A member of the medical staff in a protective suit treats a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, Italy, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

 

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's recorded 919 deaths from coronavirus on Friday, the highest daily toll anywhere in the world, while the number of confirmed cases eclipsed the total in China where the virus first emerged.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156303-italy-tops-9000-coronavirus-deaths-overtakes-china-in-cases/

 

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Spain acts to prevent layoffs as rising coronavirus death toll stabilises

By Nathan Allen and Inti Landauro

 

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Medical staff from Gregorio Maranon hospital applaud as neighbours applaud from their balconies in support for healthcare workers, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

 

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government approved measures on Friday to prevent employers using the coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to fire staff after health officials said the rising death toll was stabilising.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156304-spain-acts-to-prevent-layoffs-as-rising-coronavirus-death-toll-stabilises/

 

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Historic $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill passes U.S. House, becomes law

By David Morgan and Susan Cornwell

 

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is flanked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) as she displays the $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid bill during a signing ceremony after the House of Representatives approved the rescue package at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $2.2 trillion (£1.77 trillion) aid package - the largest in history - to help cope with the economic downturn inflicted by the intensifying coronavirus pandemic, and President Donald Trump quickly signed it into law.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156305-historic-22-trillion-coronavirus-bill-passes-us-house-becomes-law/

 

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South Africa struggles with lockdown as it records first coronavirus death

By Tim Cocks and Siyabonga Sishi

 

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A member of the South African National Defense Forces keeps watch as homeless men stand in a queue during the first day of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

 

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Bustling streets and long queues at supermarkets highlighted South Africa's struggle to adapt to a new lockdown on Friday, as the country recorded its first coronavirus death.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156306-south-africa-struggles-with-lockdown-as-it-records-first-coronavirus-death/

 

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Rawai Mayor asks Phuket Governor permission to close Nai Harn Beach

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

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The notice posted by Rawai Municipality earlier this evening (Mar 27). Image: Rawai Municipality / Facebook

 

PHUKET: Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has confirmed to The Phuket News that he has not closed Nai Harn Beach. However, he has requested permission from the Phuket Governor to do so.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156308-rawai-mayor-asks-phuket-governor-permission-to-close-nai-harn-beach/

 

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Russian arrested in Phuket for overstay, working as illegal taxi driver

By The Phuket News

 

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The Russian driver was hired through the website GoTripPhuket.com. Photo: Immigration Bureau

 

PHUKET: A Russian man who had overstayed in the country illegally for 163 days has been arrested for working as an illegal taxi driver, picking up tourists from Phuket International Airport.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156309-russian-arrested-in-phuket-for-overstay-working-as-illegal-taxi-driver/

 

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Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus 

 

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at his Downing Street residence but said he would still lead the government's response to the accelerating outbreak.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156254-boris-johnson-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/

 

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Thailand’s PM orders military conscription postponed until July or August

 

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The Thai Ministry of Defence has decided to postpone this year’s round of military conscription, scheduled to take place from April 1st to 12th, by as much as three months, due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156315-thailand’s-pm-orders-military-conscription-postponed-until-july-or-august/

 

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British Embassy update regarding processing of visa extension letters

 

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The British Embassy in Bangkok has contacted Thaivisa to provide an update regarding the processing of the letters needed by foreigners to extend their visas in Thailand after having their travel plans disrupted by COVID-19.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156316-british-embassy-update-regarding-processing-of-visa-extension letters/

 

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Armed robbery of Bangkok Bank branch at Tesco Lotus in Ratchaburi

 

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Image: Naew Na

 

An armed robber stole around 400,000 baht from the Bangkok Bank branch at Tesco Lotus in Na Muang, Muang district of Ratchaburi in central Thailand around 2 pm yesterday afternoon.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156321-armed-robbery-of-bangkok-bank-branch-at-tesco-lotus-in-ratchaburi/

 

 

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Digital economy minister tells public: Stop fake news! Not sure - Don't share!

 

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The minister for the digital economy and society Buddhipongse Punnakanta told the Thai media that the problem of what he called "fake news" was getting worse and worse.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156323-digital-economy-minister-tells-public-stop-fake-news-not-sure-dont-share/

 

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Trump tells GM: Stop 'wasting time', build ventilators to address coronavirus

By David Shepardson and Ben Klayman

 

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FILE PHOTO: A ventilator is seen at the New York City Emergency Management Warehouse, where 400 ventilators arrived and before being shipped out for distribution, due to concerns over the rapid spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invoked emergency powers to require General Motors Co to build much-needed ventilators for coronavirus patients after he accused the largest U.S. automaker of "wasting time" during negotiations.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156325-trump-tells-gm-stop-wasting-time-build-ventilators-to-address-coronavirus/

 

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