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Emergency could be extended

By THE NATION

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

 

The government, if need be, will extend the state of emergency for another month or two depending on the Covid-19 situation, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (March 31) after a cabinet meeting.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156963-emergency-could-be-extended/

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Thailand to give free mobile data for those homebound by coronavirus

By Chayut Setboonsarng

 

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FILE PHOTO: Women use their mobile phones while waiting for a bus at rush hour in Bangkok, Thailand October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will give the public free mobile data as companies initiate work-from-home policies and schools use remote learning amid the coronavirus outbreak, a senior government official said on Tuesday as operators considered investment to expand capacity.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156977-thailand-to-give-free-mobile-data-for-those-homebound-by-coronavirus/

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Beiersdorf alcohol hand sanitisers for hospitals, orphanages

By The Nation

 

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Beiersdorf has opened a production centre for Nivea and Eucerin products, producing more than 20,000 litres of alcohol hand sanitisers for over 1,000 hospitals nationwide. The products are expected to be available from today (March 31).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157011-beiersdorf-alcohol-hand-sanitisers-for-hospitals-orphanages/

 

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BOT says economic decline to bottom out in second quarter, pins hope on Bt400-bn stimulus package for growth  

By The Nation

 

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Don Nakornthab, senior director at the Bank of Thailand.

 

Economic contraction is expect to bottom out in the second quarter , following the downturn in February, says the central bank.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157012-bot-says-economic-decline-to-bottom-out-in-second-quarter-pins-hope-on-bt400-bn-stimulus-package-for-growth/

 

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Phuket hotels look to close during lockdown

By The Phuket News

 

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Bangla Rd in Patong remains closed. Photo; Patong Municipality

 

PHUKET: The number of hotels in Phuket intending to temporarily close in April to comply with the one-month lockdown has risen to some 87%, reports Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, President of Thai Hotels Association (THA) southern chapter.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157013-phuket-hotels-look-to-close-during-lockdown/

 

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PM Prayut hints at suspending public transport to curb virus spread

 

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hinted today that he might order a scale-down or suspension of public transport if the rate of new COVID-19 infections does not show a sustained decrease.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157014-pm-prayut-hints-at-suspending-public-transport-to-curb-virus-spread/

 

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In Germany, Thai expats feel the pain of lockdown

 

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Toilet paper, flour, sugar and spaghetti have become a rare sight on some shelves as shops in many cities in Germany are hit by panic buying.

 

Like many of the 80,000 Thais living in Germany, Nattaporn Wolf was worried when Covid-19 began spreading across the world. She has been monitoring news about the virus ever since it first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan. After it reached Italy, just to the south of Germany, she began stocking up on necessities for her family – food, toiletries and medicines.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157015-in-germany-thai-expats-feel-the-pain-of-lockdown/

 

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Countries threaten jail for April Fools' Day jokes about coronavirus

By Emma Batha

 

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German Health Minister Jens Spahn and North Rhine Westphalia's State Premier Armin Laschet address a news conference after their visit to the university hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, March 31, 2020, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. Federico Gambarini/Pool via Reuters

 

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From Thailand to India, countries have told people not to make April Fools' Day pranks related to coronavirus, with some threatening jail time as they seek to prevent the spread of rumours which could put lives at risk.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157017-countries-threaten-jail-for-april-fools-day-jokes-about-coronavirus/

 

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U.S. records 700 coronavirus deaths in a single day for first time

By Susan Heavey and Nick Brown

 

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A worker inspects part of a delivery of 64 hospital beds from Hillrom to The Mount Sinai Hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

 

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government raced to build hundreds of makeshift hospitals to ease the strain on overwhelmed healthcare systems as the United States marked 700 deaths in a single day from COVID-19 for the first time on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157019-us-records-700-coronavirus-deaths-in-a-single-day-for-first-time/

 

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'Sailors do not need to die,' warns captain of coronavirus-hit U.S. aircraft carrier

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart

 

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FILE PHOTO: The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is seen while entering into the port in Da Nang, Vietnam, March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The captain of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, in a blunt letter, has called on Navy leadership for stronger measures to save the lives of his sailors and stop the spread of the coronavirus aboard the huge ship.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157020-sailors-do-not-need-to-die-warns-captain-of-coronavirus-hit us aircraft carrier/

 

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U.S. will add 500 troops at Mexico border during coronavirus pandemic - officials

By Ted Hesson, Idrees Ali and Jonathan Landay

 

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FILE PHOTO: An armed U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent stands watch at the border fence next the the beach in Tijuana, at the Border State Park in San Diego, California, U.S. November 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will send roughly 500 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist federal border agents amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials told Reuters.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1156962-worlds-busiest-border-falls-quiet-with-millions-of-mexicans-barred-from-us/?do=findComment&comment=15236787

 

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Trump warns Americans of a tough two weeks in coronavirus fight

 

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stands behind U.S. President Donald Trump looking at a chart of possible projected COVID-19 deaths by day during the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned Americans they would have a very tough two weeks coming in the fight against the coronavirus as he urged everyone to follow federal social distancing guidelines through the end of April.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157021-trump warns-americans-of-a-tough-two-weeks-in-coronavirus-fight/

 

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With Republicans wary of more coronavirus spending, Trump urges infrastructure plan

By Susan Cornwell and David Shepardson

 

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U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference, following a Senate vote on the coronavirus relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers signaled caution on Tuesday over Democratic plans to prepare another large spending bill to battle the coronavirus crisis, even as President Donald Trump called for $2 trillion (£1.61 trillion) in spending, this time on infrastructure.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1157023-with-republicans-wary-of-more-coronavirus-spending trump urges-infrastructure-plan/

 

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