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Thailand’s defence budget faces cuts for third year in a row

 

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Thailand’s Ministry of Defence has trimmed its budget for 2022, for the third consecutive year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so that the government will have more funds available to control the disease and help the people affected by the outbreak, Defence Ministry Spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said yesterday (Monday).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217548-thailand’s-defence-budget-faces-cuts-for-third-year-in-a-row/

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Country reopening the ‘only hope’ for Bangkok’s Chatuchak market vendors

 

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Most vendors at Bangkok’s Chatuchak market are hoping that the Thai government will reopen the country as soon as possible and allow foreign tourists in again, to help revive their businesses, saying it is their “only hope.”

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217527-country-reopening-the-‘only-hope’-for-bangkok’s-chatuchak-market-vendors/

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Thai cabinet approves borrowing of $22.3 billion for COVID-19 response

 

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FILE PHOTO: An ICU nurse wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) attends to a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, May 11, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) -Thailand's cabinet has approved further borrowing of 700 billion baht ($22.29 billion) to support the country's response to COVID-19, a government official told Reuters on Tuesday, as it deals with its biggest wave of infections so far.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217583-thai-cabinet-approves-borrowing-of-223-billion-for-covid-19-response/

 

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Bangkok Noi market, Huai Khwang community identified as new Bangkok COVID-19 clusters

 

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File Photo (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

 

Two more COVID-19 clusters, at a market in Bangkok Noi and in community in Huai Khwang, have been found in the capital, which now has 28 clusters of infections, according to Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Spokesperson Pongsakorn Kwanmuang.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217584-bangkok-noi-market-huai-khwang-community-identified-as-new-bangkok-covid-19-clusters/

 

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New COVID-19 measures for Simummuang market vendors imposed this week

 

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Thailand’s largest fruit and vegetable market, Simummuang, located in Pathum Thani province, has imposed new restrictions on its traders and workers, effective today for seasoned and imported vegetable sections, and this Friday (May 21st) for the rest of the market, according to the market’s Facebook page.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217585-new-covid-19-measures-for-simummuang-market-vendors-imposed-this-week/

 

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Thai government confirms 2 Thais have died in Hamas attacks on Israel

 

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A picture taken on May 18, 2021 shows rockets being fired by Palestinian militants towards Israel near Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 18, 2021. – The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting amid a diplomatic push to end the devastating conflict between Israel and Gaza’s armed groups that has killed more than 220 people, most of them Palestinians. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)

 

Spokesperson for Thailand’s Foreign Affair Ministry, Tanee Sangrat, has confirmed the deaths of two Thai workers in Eshkol city in Israel earlier today. Eshkol is 14 kilometres from the Gaza Strip.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217587-thai-government-confirms-2-thais-have-died-in-hamas-attacks-on-israel/

 

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Phuket lifts restriction on restaurants’ opening hours

By The Phuket News

 

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PHUKET: The ban on Phuket restaurants having dine in patrons after 9pm has been lifted, but the ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and the consumption of alcohol on the premises remains following yet another provincial order issued last night (May 17).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217590-phuket-lifts-restriction-on-restaurants’-opening-hours/

 

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Start of mass vaccination set to begin for Pattaya and Chonburi residents later this week

By Goong Nang(GN)

 

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Chonburi – 45,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines are reportedly set to be rolled out for Pattaya and Chonburi residents at 29 places on May 20th and May 21st.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217591-start-of-mass-vaccination-set-to-begin-for-pattaya-and-chonburi-residents-later-this-week/

 

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Sinovac review by Thai superstar Chompoo Araya goes viral

By Pear Maneechote

 

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Influential star Araya “Chompoo” A. Hargate was going viral again Tuesday, this time for sharing her experience of receiving the government-approved Sinovac vaccine.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217592-sinovac-review-by-thai-superstar-chompoo-araya-goes-viral/

 

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Thais increasingly wary of Covid vaccines, study finds

By Erich Parpart

 

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The willingness of Thai citizens to be inoculated against Covid-19 has dropped in 2021 despite data showing that the risks are small, and outweighed by the benefits of protection against the potentially fatal virus.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217593-thais-increasingly-wary-of-covid-vaccines-study-finds/

 

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Phuket to reopen to international visitors on July 1

By Praphorn Praphornkul

 

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PHUKET (NNT) - The government has confirmed its plan to reopen Thailand to foreign tourists, starting with Phuket province as a pilot destination on July 1st, using the Phuket Sandbox model. To help restore the confidence of tourists, COVID-19 vaccines are now being given to the people of Phuket.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217596-phuket-to-reopen-to-international-visitors-on-july-1/

 

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Bangkok’s latest vaccine clinic soft-opens at Big C Bangbon

By Tanakorn Sangiam

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Bangkok City Hall has opened a new vaccination venue at the Big C Supercenter in Bangbon, where health workers are now offering the jabs at a limited rate to test the flow.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217597-bangkok’s-latest-vaccine-clinic-soft-opens-at-big-c-bangbon/

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Thailand Considers Releasing 50,000 Inmates As Covid Hits Prisons

By Randy Thanthong-Knight

 

● Prison clusters emerge as challenge to containing outbreak

● Thai Covid cases quadruple since third wave began in April

 

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Thailand, already facing its worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic, is considering cutting its prison population by as much as 16% to counter the rapid spread of infections among inmates and workers in overcrowded facilities.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217599-thailand-considers-releasing-50000-inmates-as-covid-hits-prisons/

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Chonburi Public Health Office announces 39 confirmed, new cases of Covid-19 this morning

By Adam Judd

 

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Chonburi – The Chonburi Department of Public Health announced 39 new and confirmed cases of Covid-19 with one new death this morning (May 19th).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217605-chonburi-public-health-office-announces-39-confirmed-new-cases-of-covid-19-this-morning/

 

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Aussie with drugs, prostitution, mafia connections arrested on overstay in south Thailand

 

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Thailand's army security forces and local police swooped and arrested a 47 year old Australian man in downtown Nakhon Sri Thammarat yesterday, reported Manager. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217607-aussie-with-drugs-prostitution-mafia-connections-arrested-on-overstay-in-south-thailand/

 

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Pattaya: Zero Covid infections in special prison - relatives can do "visits via smartphone"

 

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Daily News reported from Pattaya Special prison in the Nong Pla Lai sub-district of Bang Lamung where they spoke to governor Manop Chomcheun.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217613-pattaya-zero-covid-infections-in-special-prison-relatives-can-do-visits-via-smartphone/

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Thai businessman arrested for exchanging fake US dollars - he denies 1.2 million baht fraud

 

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INN reported that officers from the Crime Suppression Division served an arrest warrant for fraudulently changing fake foreign currency on a 42 year old Thai businessman.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217614-thai-businessman-arrested-for-exchanging-fake-us-dollars-he-denies-12-million-baht-fraud/

 

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Thai financial system more vulnerable after return of virus - central bank minutes

 

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's financial system has become more vulnerable due to negative shocks from the latest coronavirus outbreak and there remained significant risks to the economy, the central bank's minutes showed on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217615-thai-financial-system-more-vulnerable-after-return-of-virus-central-bank-minutes/

 

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ONCB investigate after nearly $100 million dollar "ice" haul found on Thai ship in Sydney

 

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The Office of the narcotics Control Board are investigating after 316 kilos of "ice" (crystal meth) was found at the port in Sydney, Australia on May 4th on a Thai ship. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217618-oncb-investigate-after-nearly-100-million-dollar-ice-haul-found-on-thai-ship-in-sydney/

 

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COVID-19 vaccine tourism emerges in Thailand as demand grows

By Pichayada Promchertchoo

 

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FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker prepares a syringe with a dose of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine at the Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand April 21, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK: Thais who do not want to wait for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution from their government have opted for a new option to get it overseas. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217619-covid-19-vaccine-tourism-emerges-in-thailand-as-demand-grows/

 

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Chinese man nabbed in Bangkok with haul of fake Panasonic batteries

 

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Daily News reported that Thailand's consumer protection police had arrested a Chinese man called Jerng at a house in Bang Khae, western Bangkok, for dealing in fake torch batteries. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217620-chinese-man-nabbed-in-bangkok-with-haul-of-fake-panasonic-batteries/

 

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Charity fraud under the spotlight as #fakepoverty goes viral

 

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An 18-year-old girl (R) in Mahasarakham that received several millions baht after her story broke out in the media.

 

Thais’ generosity has never been lacking when it comes to pleas for donations. And thanks to mobile banking, money can now be transferred almost immediately to people in need. But occasionally, recipients turn out to be less deserving of our charity than they first appeared.  

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217625-charity-fraud-under-the-spotlight-as-fakepoverty-goes-viral/

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