Environment Min forms plans against PM 2.5 using data from 2020

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has reported that data from 2020 has confirmed that smog and burning were the key causes of critical Particulate Matter 2.5 or PM 2.5 levels across Thailand.

PM 2.5 levels exceeded limits on 32 days of the year in Bangkok in 2020, mostly at the start of December, when Bangkok rose to third in the world for air pollution. The main cause in the city was smog.

In the north, PM 2.5 levels broke through limits on 112 days in the past four years, mostly during the February to April period. Wiang Pang Kam sub-district of Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai was one of the worst impacted locations, seeing PM 2.5 levels of 366 micrograms per cubic meter, or seven times the limit of 50 micrograms per cubic meter and posing a serious health threat.

Assistant Abbot of Wat Phra Singha in Chiang Rai, Phra Maha Wuthichai Wachiramethee, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the problem among residents of the province and spread understanding that the major issue of smog is a direct result of human activity. The campaign will seek to encourage people to report slash and burn farming or forest fires, and replace practices that involve burning with traditional and organic activities such as composting.

The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion is similarly campaigning for Thais to “Stop All Burning” and turn to clean energy, while properly maintaining vehicles to avoid contributing to smog. It is also urging citizens to use public transport instead of private vehicles, to plant trees around their homes and to contribute to reducing PM 2.5.

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Reporter : Tarin Angskul

Rewriter : Rodney McNeil

National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

 

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Thailand sees cleaner air as winter breeze blows

The current PM2.5 situation in Thailand is now good, as the winter breeze that comes with high pressure from China is arriving in Thailand. However, PM2.5 might accumulate after January 15 because the breeze will lose strength in this region.

The Center for Air Pollution Mitigation, or CAPM, revealed that today, January 12, the overall weather in Thailand is good. The PM2.5 volume is under the safety standard and considered moderate to excellent quality.

However, Pak Phriao sub-district of Saraburi province is the only place to see higher PM2.5 levels. The center suggested citizens in the area avoid activities in open areas and to wear a face mask.

 

 

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Fresh outbreak takes TCC-CI to 6-month low

Concerns surrounding the new outbreak of COVID-19 in Thailand have directly impacted the economy, with New Year events cancelled and the tourism industry once again at a standstill. These conditions have caused the December 2020 Thai Chamber of Commerce Confidence Index (TCC-CI) to plummet to a 6-month low.

The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) released the TCC-CI for December 2020 at a score of 31.8, which is lower than November 2020’s figure of 33.7, due to concerns in the business sector about the impact of the second wave of COVID-19, on the public, business operations, and the national economy.

The UTCC President and Chief Advisor to the university’s Center for Economic and Business Forecasting (CEBF) said today that failure to contain the new outbreak within the next three months would result in more layoffs, which will heavily affected the national and regional economies at a time when the global economy is still unable to recover, while the industrial sector is incapable of making confirmed new investments.

The CEBF reports the current unemployment rate in Thailand is 2%, while it estimates the national economy in 2021 will grow 2.2%, lower than the previous estimate of 2.8%.

The center’s survey on household debts has found the average debt due for payment in 2020 per household is as high as 480,000 baht, which is a 42.3% increase and the highest in 12 years.

According to the CEBF, this alarming rise in household debt is due to higher living costs, the lack of income because of unemployment, and the loss of spending power, with some 70% of the factors related to the COVID-19 crisis. The center is optimistic the government will be able to manage this debt level, as most of the debts are owed to financial institutes.

The UTCC has suggested assistance measures for businesses affected by the current COVID-19 outbreak, including an interest rate reduction, as well as tax discounts or a payment deadline extension, in order to preserve jobs and effectively inject liquidity into the national economy.

 

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็HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has been admitted to Phramongkutklao Hospital for the treatment of ankle injuries

The Bureau of the Royal Household has issued a statement on Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who has been admitted to Phramongkutklao Hospital for the treatment of ankle injuries.

According to the statement, Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn tripped and fell during a routine morning walk on Monday (Jan 11). Her Royal Highness sustained injuries to both ankles. The medical team have advised the Princess to suspend her royal duties for about two months.

Announcement of the Bureau of the Royal Household,

January 11, 2020

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Saina, Prannoy and Kashyap withdraw from Yonex Thailand Open, rest team to play: BAI

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Two players of Indian badminton team on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The Indian squad, which travelled to Bangkok to participate in the Yonex Thailand Open followed by Toyota Thailand Open, had tested negative during the first two tests that were conducted earlier. However, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and HS Pronnoy were tested positive during the third test, which was done on Monday.

“We are constantly in touch with the BWF as well as the organisers and our team management and players. These are unprecedented times but BWF is doing everything to ensure full support to our players including their safety,” Badminton Association of India (BAI) General Secretary Ajay Singhania said.

After testing positive, both the players have been taken to the hospital to be isolated for a minimum period 10 days. While, Parupalli Kashyap has also withdrawn from the tournament and is quarantined in his hotel room due to close proximity with Nehwal.

“According to the guidelines and safety norms, these three players will not be participating in the tournament. However, all other players have been allowed to participate but they have to play without the presence of coaches and support staff as per the safety protocols,” Singhania added.

The first tournament of the Thailand leg, Yonex Thailand Open began on Tuesday.

The entire Indian contingent despite being tested negative in the pre-tournament test is expected to be re-tested on Tuesday again.

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Bangkok Airways announces temporary changes in January-February 2021


Includes flight reductions, route suspensions, route launch delay, temporary closure of ticketing office, and closure of all passenger lounges

Bangkok, 8 January, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise all on Bangkok Airways’ latest updates regarding flight changes to comply with the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announcement that urges people to avoid interprovincial travel during this time.

Bangkok Airways announces temporary suspensions of its Samui – Phuket (round trip) and Phuket – Hat Yai (round trip) services, from 10 – 31 January, 2021.

The airline will also temporary close its ticketing office located on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road (Headquarter) from 11 – 31 January, 2021. Passengers can still reach Bangkok Airways via its Call Center 1771 and +662 270 6699 (08.00 – 20.00 Hrs.); Email: Reservation@bangkokair.com; and PG Live Chat at https://bit.ly/PGLiveChatEN.

Passengers affected by temporary flight reductions and route suspensions may rebook their tickets without any change fees. For passengers who booked their tickets directly through Bangkok Airways, they may contact the airline via above contact channels. Passengers who booked their tickets through travel agencies are advised to directly contact their agents for further arrangements.

Prior to this, on 7 January, 2021, the airline has announced several changes, which include reduction of flight frequency, temporary route suspensions, and the delayed launch of new flights plus closure of all passenger lounges at airports nationwide are as follows:

Flight reductions https://www.bangkokair.com/flight/flightSchedule

Bangkok – Samui (round-trip) from 8 January – 28 February 2021
Bangkok – Lampang (round-trip) from 8 January – 28 February 2021
Bangkok – Chiang Mai (round-trip) from 8 January – 28 February 2021
Bangkok – Krabi (round-trip) from 8 January – 28 February 2021
Bangkok – Phuket (round-trip) from 8 January – 28 February 2021
Bangkok – Sukhothai (round-trip) from 1 – 28 February 2021
Bangkok – Trat (round-trip) from 1 – 28 February 2021

Temporarily suspended routes (from 8-31 January 2021)

Bangkok – Sukhothai (round-trip)
Bangkok – Trat (round-trip)
Phuket – U-Tapao (round-trip)

Rescheduled launch dates for three new routes

Bangkok – Hat Yai (round-trip) will be launched on 1 April 2021
Bangkok – Khon Kaen (round-trip) will be launched on 1 May 2021
Bangkok – Mae Sot (Tak) (round-trip) will be launched on 1 June 2021

All Bangkok Airways passenger lounges, including service kiosks at all available airports nationwide, are temporarily closed from 8 – 31 January 2021. However, passengers will be provided with takeaway snack bags on all flights.

For passengers who booked their tickets directly through Bangkok Airways may contact the airline’s call centre 1771 or +66 (0) 2270 6699, or ticketing offices nationwide and overseas. Passengers who booked their tickets through travel agencies are advised to contact their agents directly for further arrangements.

The safety and well-being of all customers and staff remains the carrier’s top priority. Passengers are reminded that they must follow the latest Thai governmental health measures in place at their point of departure, and can stay up-to-date by accessing the following resources:

– The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) http://www.moicovid.com/
– Airports of Thailand www.airportthai.co.th/th/
– Department of Airports https://www.facebook.com/DepartmentOfAirports/
– Tourism Authority of Thailand www.TATnews.org

TAT would also like to remind all passengers to follow the DMHTT precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, and T – Thai Chana contact tracing application.

Source: Bangkok Airways announces temporary changes in January-February 2021 – TAT Newsroom

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National parks still open amidst COVID-19 venue closures

 Tourists can still make trips to national parks across the country this long weekend, as none of the 155 national parks in Thailand was affected by recent disease control directives. National parks have however, implemented COVID-19 prevention measures which include daily disinfection of surfaces.

Visitors to national parks are advised to register in advance on QueQ application to avoid delays at the entrance, as national parks are now implementing capacity control measures which limit the number of visitors allowed inside the park in each period of time. Visitors will soon be able to pay their entry fee in advance online.

Addressing visitors concerns on chances of COVID-19 transmission in public toilets inside the parks, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Varawut Silpa-archa has ordered the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation to periodically disinfect surfaces in the toilets every day to reassure visitors.

Natural resources at national parks are reported to have recovered significantly after the previous COVID-19 related closures. The Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment has warned visitors meanwhile, that vandalization of resources in the parks may result in fines and a prison sentence.


 

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Bangkok closes higher-risk establishments, announced maximum control level in 3 districts

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced maximum disease control levels in 3 districts, including Bang Phlat, Nong Khaem, Bang Khun Tien. This announcement gives district chiefs more power close businesses posing higher risks of COVID-19 transmission, and places where social distancing is difficult to apply. All higher-risk establishments will be closed, effective midnight today.

The BMA has just announced closure orders for additional businesses, with the latest now covering service venues, water parks, amusement parks, children’s playgrounds, children’s rides, flea markets, snooker clubs, billiard venues, game arcades, internet cafes, cockfight pits, daycare centers, day-visit nursing homes, boxing stadiums, martial arts schools, gyms, horse racetracks, bathhouses, massage parlors, stadia, conference halls and similar venues, amulet markets, pre-schools, body piercing shops, school buildings and facilities, tutoring schools and educational institutes.

Some pre-schools, schools under the BMA and tutoring schools will extend their previously announced closures until 17 January 2021. Other listed establishments must close down at midnight tonight.

The authorities are now reviewing potential widespread effects of the closure of dine-in sections at restaurants. The BMA will be discussing this matter with the CCSA tomorrow.

 

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