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Australia relaxes lockdown further, intensifies economic recovery efforts

By Colin Packham and James Redmayne



FILE PHOTO: Men fish near the Sydney Harbour Bridge amidst the easing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Sydney, Australia, May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo


SYDNEY (Reuters) - Several Australian states eased social distancing restrictions further on Monday, allowing restaurants to host more people and public attractions to reopen, as the government moves to revive an ailing economy through accelerated infrastructure spending.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166631-australia-relaxes-lockdown-further-intensifies-economic-recovery-efforts/


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Spain says will guarantee health safety when opening tourism to foreigners



FILE PHOTO: A couple takes a selfie while sunbathing on Las Canteras beach as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions during phase two, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, island of Gran Canaria, Spain May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Borja Suarez


MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will guarantee health safety when reopening the country to foreign tourists next month after the coronavirus contagion prompted a three-month closure, industry and tourism minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166632-spain-says-will-guarantee-health-safety-when-opening-tourism-to-foreigners/


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Government Complex returning to normal as third-phase easing begins 

By The Nation




Citizens and staff at the bustling hub of national administration got an early taste of the latest phase of lockdown easing, as more restrictions were lifted at the vast Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road on Monday (June 1). 


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166635-government-complex-returning-to-normal-as-third-phase-easing-begins/


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Phuket officials mark one week of zero new COVID cases

By The Phuket News



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PHUKET: The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee today reported zero new cases of people infected with COVID-19, marking seven consecutive days that officials in Phuket have reported zero new cases.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166636-phuket-officials-mark-one-week-of-zero-new-covid-cases/


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GPO ready for industrial vaccine production

By The Nation




The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) has announced progress in the development of three Thai Covid-19 vaccines, with results expected by the end of 2020 and a plant in Saraburi standing ready to begin manufacturing the successful candidate.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166639-gpo-ready-for-industrial-vaccine-production/


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Songkran holidays will rely on number of new infections





Whether the Songkran holidays will be rescheduled in July depends very much on the number of new Covid-19 infections there are now that the third phase of lockdown easing began on Monday (June 1), Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166640-songkran-holidays-will-rely-on-number-of-new-infections/


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New ThaiChana app ‘solves check-out problem’

By The Nation




Eighteen-and-a-half million people have used the new ThaiChana smartphone app to check in and out of 133,694 venues across the country, Polawat Witoolkollachit, inspector-general at the Digital Economy and Society Ministry, said on Monday (June 1).


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166641-new-thaichana-app-‘solves-check-out-problem’/


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BMA offers guidelines as Bangkok schools prepare to reopen on July 1

By The Nation




Bangkok governor Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang called on related agencies on Monday (June 1) to get schools to prepare for reopening on July 1.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166644-bma-offers-guidelines-as-bangkok-schools-prepare-to-reopen-on-july-1/


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YouTube star Jake Paul accused of ‘straight lying’ after denying looting

By Jacob Stolworthy




Followers of Jake Paul have criticised the YouTube star after he denied looting during a protest – despite being spotted in footage of a shopping mall being vandalised.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166645-youtube-star-jake-paul-accused-of-‘straight-lying’-after-denying-looting/


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From Snoop Dogg to Barry from EastEnders: The bizarre rise of the celeb video message

By Alexi Duggins



Cameo appearance: (from left) Mandy Moore, Natasha Bedingfield, Taylor Swift impersonator Christina Shaw, Snoop Dogg, Shaun Williamson and YouTuber Jesus Christ ( Cameo/Celeb VM )


What’s the best way to say “I love you” to the most special people in your life? Get Barry from EastEnders to do it? Have Big Keith from The Office compose a poem? Maybe pay a fake Taylor Swift to sing “Shake It Off” to your nan?


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166646-from-snoop-dogg-to-barry-from-eastenders-the-bizarre-rise-of-the-celeb-video-message/


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Thailand races to create COVID vaccine, eyes possible medical tourism boost

By Juarawee Kittisilpa



Phials of an mRNA type vaccine candidate for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are pictured at Chulalongkorn University during the development of an mRNA type vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files


AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (Reuters) - Momentum is building behind Thailand's push to create its own coronavirus vaccine, with more manpower and resources dedicated to the effort amid hopes it could boost medical tourism.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166660-thailand-races-to-create-covid-vaccine-eyes-possible-medical-tourism-boost/


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Steamy Singapore says face shields no substitute for mandatory masks



People wear face masks during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore, April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su


SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Tropical city-state Singapore said on Monday it was curbing the use of face shields as a substitute for masks, as its residents look for ways to protect themselves from the coronavirus and avoid discomfort on hot, humid days.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166661-steamy-singapore-says-face-shields-no-substitute-for-mandatory-masks/


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Phuket commerce president surprised, but welcomes move to reopen hotels

By Tanyaluk Sakoot



Phuket Chamber of Commerce President Thanusak Phungdet. Photo PR Phuket


PHUKET:-- Phuket Chamber of Commerce President Thanusak Phungdet today welcomed the silent move by provincial officials to allow hotels across the island to reopen.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166663-phuket-commerce-president-surprised-but-welcomes-move-to-reopen-hotels/


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Phuket’s 24 piers get green light as all tourism-related businesses allowed to reopen

By Tanyaluk Sakoot



Passengers on each boat must be separated by one allocated seat space. Photo: Phuket Marine Office


PHUKET: Phuket Marine Office Director Wiwat Chitchertwong has confirmed that ferries and tour boats, including dive and island tours, can start resuming operations as of today (June 1), following the provincial order issued last night that lifted a slew of travel restrictions on Phuket.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166665-phuket’s-24-piers-get-green-light-as-all-tourism-related-businesses-allowed-to-reopen/


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Thailand's chemical pesticide ban troubles farmers, industries

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat



FILE PHOTO: Phon Tongmak, a rubber tree farmer (back), rows a boat in floodwaters in his rubber plantation with his friend at Cha-uat district in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, southern Thailand, January 18, 2017. Picture taken January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom/File Photo


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand enforced a ban on Monday on two agricultural chemicals widely regarded as toxic to humans, prompting claims from farmers they will face losses, while environmental campaigners welcomed a step towards sustainability.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1166669-thailands-chemical-pesticide-ban-troubles-farmers-industries/


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