Thailand Road Carnage: 37 dead yesterday – this year’s running total worse than 2020

Jul 02, 2021 | 

Daily News continued to report on the carnage on Thailand’s roads, something they do every day. Today’s warning was about how a moment’s “lap nai” or “microsleep” can change everything. A couple on their way home from Ayutthaya to Klong 3 in Pathum Thani experienced that but they both lived. A man was driving a Honda Civic when he dozed off and plowed into a speed sign and tree on the Lam Lukka Road inbound.  Picture: Daily News Police will charge him with damaging state property. Yesterday 37 people died at the scene of accidents, a figure that is always less than the actual number killed in road accidents in Thailand when deaths on the way to and at hospitals are added to the tally. Picture: Daily News In 2019 14,907 deaths at the scene were recorded, in 2020 it was 14,825.  Up to July 1st this year it has already been recorded as 7,187. In the same period last year it was 6,921 deaths. 

Thai police warn against civil disobedience at restaurants – threaten jail terms

Jul 02, 2021 | 

The Royal Thai Police have responded to proposals online to engage in civil disobedience regarding the order not to allow dining and drinking in restaurants in red zone provinces.  Deputy spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen outlined the possible penalties for those advising people to break the law and for those following suit., reported Thai Rath. For those advising law breaking this fell under Article 116 and could lead to a SEVEN year jail term or FIVE years for breaking computer crime legislation. Fines of 100,000 were on the books. For those serving in contravention of the emergency decree it could lead to a two year jail term and/or a fine of 40,000 baht. He said the rules were there to prevent the spread of Covid and restauranteurs should follow the law.  He did mention, however, that police would continue to use their discretion, reported Thai Rath yesterday.  ASEAN Now notes that a group furious with a latest round of restrictions announced at the weekend was planning civil disobedience in three stages to oppose the regulations. 

Unfair – not enough medical staff: Facebook post highlights ongoing struggle with Covid in Thailand

Jul 02, 2021 | 

Sanook reported that Thai social media users were busy sharing a story after a picture of a Covid-19 hospital staffer who had fainted outside a ward was posted on Facebook. The lady had been wearing PPE so long she had passed out, the post claimed.  It said that the staff levels were insufficient to cope and it had been that way ever since the first wave until now.  It mentioned 14 Covid patients and 2 PUI (patients under investigation). There were onlty 3 nurses and two “PN” staff.  They said they had more duties each and every day and “it was just not fair”. The picture of the flaked out nurse was widely shared. Sanook decided to ‘vaseline’ out the name of the poster and did not reveal where this had occurred.  ASEAN Now notes that Thailand has strict defamation laws.

Thailand reports 6,087 new COVID-19 cases, 61 more deaths

Jul 02, 2021 | 

Thailand on Friday (July 2) reported 6,087 new COVID-19 cases and 61 additional deaths over the past 24 hours. ● 5,880 new infections● 207 prison / prison infections Friday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 270,921 with 2,141 deaths.(Total infections since April 1: 242,058) The news comes as Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), was criticized by members of the public on Thursday for suggesting that people wear masks inside their homes to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Moderna vaccine: Private hospitals will charge 1,200 baht service charge – more than 50% mark-up

Jul 01, 2021 | 

INN reported that the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation are charging private hospitals 1,100 baht for each dose of Moderna vaccine of choice. GPO chief Withoon Danwiboon said that this fee included tax, distribution charges and liability insurance charges.  He said that all private hospitals offering the vaccine would charge the same. This was earlier reassessed as being 3,400 baht for two jabs.  This means that the hospitals will be charging a 1,200 baht “service charge” to cover their costs. Well over 50%. INN said that 3.9 million doses of Moderna will be available in the fourth quarter (from October 1st) and 1.1 million doses from the start of next year.  Registrations at private hospitals and payments for the jabs were expected to begin today, notes Thaivisa. 

Top businessmen on 120 day reopening plan: Vax 70% with quality vaccine and stop flip-flopping

Jul 01, 2021 | 

Top businessmen in Thailand have told the government to stop their flip-flopping.  They have said that Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s government needs to get 70% of the population vaccinated with quality vaccines. And they should have clearly articulated policies and communication.  Thaivisa notes that one of the starkest criticisms of the government has been the chopping and changing on policy and reaction. People on our forums have said that one minute the government says one thing, the next it changes because someone else chips in with a new viewpoint. This has left many potential tourists none the wiser about what is going on within Thailand with many reticent to confirm travel plans.  Some have seen this kindly as the direct result of changes in a fast moving and volatile situation that the pandemic represents. Critics have seen it as ineptitude.  Now Thailand’s CEO’s have spoken out in an FTI survey conducted that asked their opinions on the PM’s plan to reopen Thailand to foreign tourists within 120 days.  More than 80% broadly agreed with the reopening plan with caveats about following changes to the situation as required.  Just 9.5% of the 201 CEO’s surveyed said not to reopen to foreign tourists.  2.5% told Prayuth to get the job done faster.  Commenting on the main issues connected to the reopening 93% cited the need for quality vaccine so that 70% of the population could be jabbed.  74.6% called for clear policies and communication with the public. Asked “How” the country should reopen 59.2%

Civil disobedience: CCSA general tells restaurants DON’T allow in-house dining and drinking – it’ll only spread Covid

Jul 01, 2021 | 

Thailand’s Center for Covid Situation Administration or CCSA has begged restaurants mounting a civil disobedience campaign not to break the law. The latest regulations issued at the weekend have infuriated restaurant owners already battered by a year and a half of the pandemic. They claim they have public support. Yesterday Channel 7 reported the National Security Council director and CCSA chief Gen Natthaphol Nakphanich as calling for cooperation and not to open for in-house dining.  He reiterated that the government was considering help measures for restaurants and that reviews will take place every 15 days amid the tension.  He stood by the data, he claimed, that showed the spread of Covid being linked to restaurant gatherings and the consumption of alcohol.  This is unlikely to hold much sway with restaurants, notes Thaivisa, as some got behind a hashtag trending on Twitter calling for civil disobedience in Bangkok.  Language was strong as protests were planned in an escalating campaign that could see people drinking and eating on the streets in open violation of the ban issued at the weekend and valid Monday last. But so far it has not materialized. Thai Rath said that the Bangkok governor – Aswin Kwanmuang – noted that across 50 districts in the Thai capital there had been no breaking of the law in this regard. The Thai Restaurant Association moved to distance themselves from the planned protests preferring to continue an approach at trying the persuade the authorities to adopt their view.  They said they had 35,000 members and would not forbid any of them from participating in

Backlash against government: Restaurants plan civil disobedience and “bars in the streets” protest – court case looms

Jul 01, 2021 | 

Restaurant owners in Bangkok furious about the ban on in-house dining and drinking of alcohol have initiated a civil disobedience campaign.  Thai Rath reported that they could stand the regulations no longer and the owners believe they have the support of the public. It could see mass demonstrations of people eating and drinking in the street if organisers get their way.  Also a group is taking PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha and his embattled government to court after the latest ban. Regulations that were announced late Saturday for Bangkok and surrounding areas and far south provinces restrict in restaurant dining as well as close construction camps effective Monday last. A hashtag called “#goo ja pert meung ja thammai” is now trending on Twitter.  This uses strong language in terms of personal pronouns and perhaps equates with “Why the hell shouldn’t we open”, notes Thaivisa.  Thai Rath who reported on the story called the latest rules a “lockdown”, something that the government and CCSA has tried to play down. The people behind the hashtag are calling for a three pronged approach that will begin with what they called a “flashmob” that appeared to be the simultaneous streaming of a concert from the Junk House Music Bar to participating restaurants spread across police jurisdictions. The second stage is called “Open” where restaurants will open for dining, serve alcohol, allow people to listen to music with Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing in place. Support was promised for those participating if they are subject to police

Thailand reports new daily record of 57 coronavirus deaths; 5,533 new cases

Jul 01, 2021 | 

Thailand on Thursday (July 1) reported 5,533 new COVID-19 cases and 57 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.  ● 5,489 new infections● 44 prison / prison infections Thursday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 264,834 with 2,080 deaths.(Total infections since April 1: 235,971) The news comes as Thailand said it would import nearly four million doses of Moderna’s mRNA coronavirus vaccine towards the end of this year and a further one million in early 2022, for use by private hospitals.

Still no repairs after music teacher falls into the sewage

Jul 01, 2021 | 

Sanook reported on a case of a 64 year old owner of a music school in Chachoengsao in central Thailand who fell down a drain and was covered in sewage.  The faulty cover over the hole meant that Piya – owner of Siam Chachoengsao – was gobbled up. It happened on Route 314 near the bus station last Wednesday.  The victim’s father Supan, 32, said someone from the local authority had been round to pay some modest compensation but they hadn’t stayed long because of Covid.  His father can walk now but still has four wounds and can’t go to work. With a week elapsed since the incident the hole is covered temporarily and there are cones and tapes surrounding it but it has still not been permanently repaired, reported Sanook. 

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