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  • ‘Post-Pandemic Day’ Edges Near
    The Public Health Ministry is ready to usher in the post-pandemic era on Friday, permanent secretary for public health Kiattiphum Wongrajit said on Monday. “We will keep to our schedule to announce the post-pandemic era on July 1. And what we expect to see is only small or medium clusters that will not do any...

    The Public Health Ministry is ready to usher in the post-pandemic era on Friday, permanent secretary for public health Kiattiphum Wongrajit said on Monday.

    “We will keep to our schedule to announce the post-pandemic era on July 1. And what we expect to see is only small or medium clusters that will not do any harm to our public health service. The disease will be under control,” Dr Kiattiphum said on Monday.

    He admitted that two new Covid-19 subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, had already arrived, but said there had not been any significant change in the number of severe cases admitted to hospitals, raising hopes neither will prompt a scare.

    The ministry has opted to base its big announcement on a more optimistic premise, but only after the World Health Organization downgrades Covid-19 to endemic status, Dr Kiattiphum said.

    The ministry will then reconsider the state’s responsibility for treating those who continue to catch Covid-19, Dr Kiattiphum said.

    Meanwhile, deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisaranakul said on Monday the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has predicted that the number of foreign visitors to Thailand could exceed 10 million this year, which is in line with the rising numbers of travellers to other countries that have relaxed their entry restrictions.

    She further said the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has asked all airlines and airport executives to increase flights and personnel to be ready to deal with an expected surge in international arrivals, as this Friday also marks the end of the Thailand Pass registration requirement.

    Ms Traisulee also called for a collective effort to get the industry back on its feet again.

    “The government would like to invite operators of tourism-related businesses to join hands with state agencies to help revive the tourism sector by rolling out promotional campaigns to attract tourists.

    “The relaxation of restrictions and the promotional activities will create a major impact and help revitalise the tourism industry more quickly,” Ms Traisulee added.

    Between Jan 1 and June 26, Thailand welcomed 2.03 million foreign tourist arrivals as several entry restrictions were eased, she said.

    Most were from India (220,962), Malaysia (184,782), the UK (121,328), Singapore (121,264) and the US (102,964), she said.

    In other news, the Centre for Medical Genomics at Ramathibodi Hospital posted on Facebook on Monday that a particular hereditary genetic variation had been proven to raise the risk of reinfection even after recovery and also increase the risk of an individual suffering serious or life-threatening symptoms even if in prior good health.

    The variation, known as “LZTFL1”, doubles the risk of fatal lung inflammation, and is known to be present in around 14% of the population of Poland and up to 60% of people living in Bangladesh.

    However, the genome sequencing of DNA samples of more than 1,000 Thais showed that the variation was only present in 7% of the lab tests, according to the centre.

    It is important for those who have the gene variant to get booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine to prevent them suffering the worst effects of the virus, concluded the post.

    There were 1,735 confirmed new cases of Covid-19 and 15 more fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported on Monday as figures continued to fall.

    These did not include 2,425 positive results from antigen tests which would have taken the total to 4,160.

    According to the CCSA, the 15 people who died were aged from 55 to 102. Bangkok logged no new Covid deaths, and there was only one next door in Samut Sakhon province.

    28 June 28 2022
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  • Cannabis Bill Vetting To Be Done By August
    Bhumjaithai Party MP Supachai Jaisamut, chairman of a House committee scrutinising the cannabis and hemp bill, said the committee should finish work on the bill by August. The committee has no intention of delaying the bill, Mr Supachai said. He said that decriminalisation of cannabis will help boost growers’ income and this should not be...

    Bhumjaithai Party MP Supachai Jaisamut, chairman of a House committee scrutinising the cannabis and hemp bill, said the committee should finish work on the bill by August.

    The committee has no intention of delaying the bill, Mr Supachai said.

    He said that decriminalisation of cannabis will help boost growers’ income and this should not be outweighed by overblown reports about its side effects.

    Pushing through the decriminalisation of cannabis was among Bhumjaithai’s flagship campaign policies in the 2019 election.

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    Parnthep Pourpongpan, the committee spokesman, said there is no need to issue an executive decree to control the use of cannabis pending the bill’s passage.

    Previously, Senator Somchai Sawangkarn warned that if the bill was not passed during the current parliamentary session, it would have had to wait another year for the next parliament.

    That would leave a vacuum for curbs on its recreational use needed to protect the young, he added.

    Mr Parnthep said the committee initially concluded that those who grow cannabis plants in areas covering less than five rai would be considered small-scale growers, and thus would not be required to pay registration fees.

    “This shows that the bill does not benefit major businesses,” Mr Parnthep said while also defending the benefits of cannabis.

    “Many who use cannabis sleep better and they don’t commit any crime. Those who commit offences and claim they take cannabis should be checked to see if they also use other kinds of drugs or drink alcohol,” he said.

    Mr Parnthep further said the committee vetting the bill comprises representatives from the government, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, lawyers, academics and the civil sector.

    Some have supported the use of cannabis for recreational purposes, he said, adding that the committee will gather public opinions to improve the bill.

    However, Anusorn Iamsa-ard, deputy secretary to Pheu Thai’s strategic committee, said the party has not opposed the use of cannabis for medical purposes, though the liberalisation for recreational purposes must be controlled.

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    28 June 28 2022
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  • Full Vaccination, Negative Tests Allow Quick Entry For Arrivals
    From July 1 travellers arriving by air must be fully vaccinated or test negative for Covid-19 to enter the country immediately, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. CAAT said in a statement on Monday that it had informed airlines of the new arrival conditions, which take effect on Friday. It said the country...

    From July 1 travellers arriving by air must be fully vaccinated or test negative for Covid-19 to enter the country immediately, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

    CAAT said in a statement on Monday that it had informed airlines of the new arrival conditions, which take effect on Friday.

    It said the country would lift its requirement for arrivals to register their inbound travel using the Thailand Pass system prior to departure.

    Fully vaccinated air passengers could enter without having to show a Covid-19 test result. If they were sick, they should use a rapid antigen test.

    Unvaccinated and inadequately vaccinated people must test negative for Covid-19 no more than 72 hours before their arrival, so they could enter the country immediately.

    Otherwise, travellers must follow the orders of disease control officials.

    CAAT said it advised air passengers to continue wearing face masks while aboard their planes, because cabins were enclosed areas.

    27 June 27 2022
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  • Post-Pandemic Declaration This Friday, Not Endemic
    The Public Health Ministry will declare the country to be in a post-pandemic Covid-19 stage on Friday, as the disease will likely cause only small and medium clusters from now, health permanent secretary Kiattiphum Wongrajit said on Monday. “We will keep to our schedule to announce a post-pandemic era on July 1. And what we...

    The Public Health Ministry will declare the country to be in a post-pandemic Covid-19 stage on Friday, as the disease will likely cause only small and medium clusters from now, health permanent secretary Kiattiphum Wongrajit said on Monday.

    “We will keep to our schedule to announce a post-pandemic era on July 1. And what we expect to see is only small or medium clusters that will not do any harm to our public health service. The disease will be under control,” Dr Kiattiphum said.

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    He admitted that two new Covid-19 subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, had already arrived, but said the extent of their severity and transmissibility had not been confirmed. There had not been any significant change in the number of severe cases admitted to hospitals, he said.

    The health ministry planned to announce a post-pandemic stage, instead of declaring Covid-19 an endemic disease, on July 1, Dr Kiattiphum said.

    It had decided to wait for the World Health Organization to declare endemic status first.

    After the post-pandemic announcement, the ministry would reconsider the state’s responsibility for Covid-19 treatment payments, Dr Kiattiphum said. At present the government pays for the treatment.

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    27 June 27 2022
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  • Dept Of Land Transport Comes To Rescue Of Law-Flouting GrabBike
    A joint committee is working to save the GrabBike (Win) service, which is closing down due to a legal violation, says a Department of Land Transport (DLT) notice. The panel, represented by the DLT, Royal Thai Police, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and Internal Security Operations Command, will talk to GrabBike (Win) and try to figure...

    A joint committee is working to save the GrabBike (Win) service, which is closing down due to a legal violation, says a Department of Land Transport (DLT) notice.

    The panel, represented by the DLT, Royal Thai Police, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and Internal Security Operations Command, will talk to GrabBike (Win) and try to figure out a way to keep the service operating and within the bounds of the law, it said.

    The motorcycle taxi service of the popular ride-hailing app is coming to an end as Grab Thailand has notified its drivers, indicating the firm will terminate contracts with those who use motorbikes that are not registered for public transport services by July 15.

    Worachat Luxkanalode, executive director at Grab Thailand, said the move could affect tens of thousands of drivers, who will lose their income.

    The joint panel is taking into consideration the need to cater to public demand for public transport while bringing services under proper regulation to protect the safety of commuters, said the DLT announcement.

    Regulation will also ensure fair competition among app-based, ride-hailing service providers. Many companies have been open to requests to legalise their services since last October and so far two have been approved — the Hello Phuket Service and Bonku.

    As for GrabBike (Win), motorcycles registered as private vehicles were being used to shuttle passengers, in contravention of the law that requires public transport vehicles to be specially registered for the purpose.

    The way the company calculated fares also failed to comply with the law, according to the DLT. The department said it has granted GrabBike (Win) some time to resolve its motorcycle registration and fare-related problems.

    The agency said if the registration issue is not tackled, the company should switch to transporting food or parcels instead.

    Using lawfully registered motorcycles as taxis would also reduce the conflict between GrabBike riders and drivers who operate using taxi driver queues.

    24 June 24 2022
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  • Face Mask Mandate Lifted
    The government has lifted its face mask mandate and advised vulnerable and infected people to still use masks for the sake of personal and public health. The decision was made due to the improving Covid-19 situation and intended to let people resume virtually normal lifestyles, according to the government announcement published in the Royal Gazette...

    The government has lifted its face mask mandate and advised vulnerable and infected people to still use masks for the sake of personal and public health.

    The decision was made due to the improving Covid-19 situation and intended to let people resume virtually normal lifestyles, according to the government announcement published in the Royal Gazette on Friday.

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    The use of face masks is now voluntary, but is recommended to prevent infection by respiratory diseases including Covid-19, the announcement said.

    The Public Health Ministry advised people to continue to wear masks in crowded or poorly ventilated places.

    Vulnerable people, mainly the elderly and those with underlying illnesses, should wear face masks while staying with others to reduce the risk of infection because catching Covid-19 could jeopardise their life.

    Covid-infected people or those in close contact with Covid-19 cases should wear face masks to reduce transmission risk, the announcement said.

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    24 June 24 2022
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  • Thai Fugitive In Taiwan Murders Surrenders In Chiang Mai
    The prime suspect in the murder of a Thai couple in Taiwan, his business partners, surrendered to police in Chiang Mai province on Friday morning. Santi Supa-apiradeepailin, 35, was handed over to crime suppression police by his 63-year-old father and other relatives at the 335th border patrol police division in Chiang Dao district about 8am....

    The prime suspect in the murder of a Thai couple in Taiwan, his business partners, surrendered to police in Chiang Mai province on Friday morning.

    Santi Supa-apiradeepailin, 35, was handed over to crime suppression police by his 63-year-old father and other relatives at the 335th border patrol police division in Chiang Dao district about 8am.

    The suspect was immediately taken to Bangkok. His surrender ended a police manhunt and extended negotiations with his relatives and friends.

    Mr Santi is wanted in Taiwan for the murder of Prasert Norat, 32, and his 35-year-old wife Potjanee, who was five months pregnant with twins.

    The victims’ bodies were found in their BMW X4 vehicle parked outside Taoyuan high-speed rail station near Taipei last Sunday.

    Mr Santi was seen in security camera footage on June 8, when the three had an appointment. The suspect drove their BMW to the train station in the early morning of June 9.

    The suspect arrived in Thailand later on June 9, landing at Suvarnabhumi airport, and immediately went to Chiang Mai.

    It was reported that Mr Santi and the murdered woman were childhood friends.

    Taiwan media reported that the victims were beaten to death elsewhere. The vehicle had a strong smell when the bodies were found. Police said the victims had both been beaten about the head.

    Investigators suspect a conflict over a series of loans made to Mr Santi led to the murders.

    17 June 17 2022
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  • All Business & Activities To Resume As Whole Country To Be Declared Green Zone
    The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday agreed it was time to declare the whole country a green (surveillance) zone where all business and other activities could resume, probably from July 1, the CCSA spokesman said on Friday. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said they agreed to the proposal from the Public Health Ministry. Officials were expected...

    The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday agreed it was time to declare the whole country a green (surveillance) zone where all business and other activities could resume, probably from July 1, the CCSA spokesman said on Friday.

    Taweesilp Visanuyothin said they agreed to the proposal from the Public Health Ministry. Officials were expected to conclude details to allow a nationwide green zone from July 1.

    Dr Taweesilp said people would be able to take off face masks when they were in open-air places and during activities or work where masks were not normally required.

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    Alcohol consumption at eateries would return to pre-Covid hours, but disease control measures would still be enforced

    Restrictions would also end for entertainment places and the transport of migrant workers.

    Thermal scanning for a fever would be unnecessary, except in at-risk or outbreak areas.

    Antigen testing would be required only at gatherings of more than 2,000 people or for people with respiratory symptoms.

    Use of the Thailand Pass would also probably end.

    Dr Taweesilp said the local Covid-19 situation was improving and on the way to the country entering a post-pandemic era on July 1.

    He said that from June 1-15 there were 348,699 foreign arrivals, with the largest numbers coming from Malaysia (61,486), India (51,800), Singapore (31,580), Vietnam (18,885) and America (15,708).

    Thailand ended mandatory quarantine for unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated foreign arrivals on June 1.

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    17 June 17 2022
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  • Proposal To Ease Visa Rules Put Forward
    Tourism operators have reached an agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to propose a visa fee exemption for international arrivals and an eligibility extension for visitors from nations not requiring a visa to enter the country from 30 to 45 days during the second half of this year. A joint meeting between the...

    Tourism operators have reached an agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to propose a visa fee exemption for international arrivals and an eligibility extension for visitors from nations not requiring a visa to enter the country from 30 to 45 days during the second half of this year.

    A joint meeting between the TAT and more than 100 representatives from 10 tourism associations yesterday ended with five proposals that are expected to be presented to the subcommittee of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) next week.

    “All tourists should have been treated on an equal basis. If possible, we should also provide a fee waiver for multiple entry to allow them to visit neighbouring countries during the same trip,” said Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association.

    “This could be a good opportunity for us to lead the reopening of CLMV.” The CLMV countries are Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

    At present, Thailand grants a visa exemption to 56 countries whose citizens don’t have to apply for a visa or pay the 1,000-baht fee, but the stay is limited to 30 days.

    However, most countries, including potential markets such as India, still require visitors to apply for a visa and pay an application fee for a stay of no more than 60 days.

    The visa-on-arrival (VOA) option, which is the leading choice among visitors who do not wish to deal with the inconvenience of visiting a Thai consulate, costs 1,500 baht. However, this option only allows a visitor to stay in Thailand for a maximum of 15 days.

    The 30-day limit may be insufficient for the current environment as tourists nowadays wish to take longer trips, as seen by the increase in average spending per visitor from 47,000 baht to 77,000 baht, said Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the TAT.

    He said among high-spending tourists the visa fee amount may be insignificant, but if they can save on this cost, it would leave them more money to spend while travelling around the country, which would directly stimulate the local economy.

    As the government previously extended the right to remain in the country from 30 to 45 days during the period when quarantine was required, if tourism operators want to seek another extension, it should not be an obstacle, said Mr Yuthasak.

    “We totally agree with the proposal to waive the visa fee for those who must apply for a visa, in addition to extending the length of stay for both visa-free countries and the VOA,” said Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association.

    “The longer they stay, the more they can spend more locally.”

    In addition to visa issues, the private sector also agreed to ask the CCSA to lift restrictions on night entertainment hours by returning to the same practices adopted by each area before the pandemic.

    They also support the idea of promoting Thailand as a mask-free destination by revoking the mask mandate in all areas.

    Masks can be suggested for congested spaces or indoors. Private operators, such as hotels or restaurants, can make their own decision on whether to require their staff to wear a mask, according to the meeting.

    Most representatives also agreed with the Tourism and Sport Ministry’s proposal to cancel the Thailand Pass system, meaning the only requirements for visitors to the country would be vaccine certificates and insurance.

    Temperature checks at all locations should be halted as experience has shown this measure cannot practically identify those infected with the virus, said the representatives.

    12 June 12 2022
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  • NBTC Wants Some Shows Maskless
    The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will propose next week a no-mask policy be applied during the filming of game and variety shows. NBTC member Pirongrong Ramasoota said the proposal will be submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for its meeting on June 17. Ms Pirongrong said operators have been complying...

    The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will propose next week a no-mask policy be applied during the filming of game and variety shows.

    NBTC member Pirongrong Ramasoota said the proposal will be submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for its meeting on June 17.

    Ms Pirongrong said operators have been complying with Covid-19 protocols in accordance with Ministry of Public Health’s preventive measures.

    However, now that the country is preparing to transition from pandemic to endemic status the NBTC has tweaked its working guidelines for the industry.

    She said the updated guidelines include scrapping antigen testing and temperature checking, in addition to changing social-distancing measures and risk management plans for production crews.

    However, operators have also asked that the face mask rule be eased during the filming of variety and game shows on the condition that regular Covid-19 screening continues.

    News programme hosts also have called for a no-mask policy with partitions installed between programme participants.

    Diao Woratangtrakul, secretary of the association of digital television broadcasting, said the industry has given top priority to health safety and many operators have adopted regular antigen testing every three days while also observing social distancing.

    “If actors in drama shows can remove face masks, those participating in other shows also should be able to do so,” he said.

    Dr Wanna Harnchaoworakul, a specialist at the Department of Disease Control (DDC), said face masks are the most effective tool for preventing the spread of the virus and so are likely to be among the last Covid-19 restrictions relaxed.

    She recommended the NBTC draw up Covid-19 preventive measures for the industry and submit them first to the Ministry of Public Health.

    As things stand, the NBTC will submit proposals from television operators during a meeting with the DDC before forwarding the proposals to the CCSA for review on June 17.

    Meanwhile, Chiang Mai governor Prachon Pratsakul said the province is awaiting any change in CCSA policy regarding face mask-wearing, saying the province is fully prepared for an easing of the rule.

    12 June 12 2022
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