Over 250 Police Officers Infected with COVID-19

The Royal Thai Police has reported that more than 252 police officers have been infected with COVID-19 so far, and 1,561 officers are in quarantine.

Police deputy spokesperson Pol Colonel Sirikul Kritphittayaboon confirmed on Wednesday that 177 police officers nationwide have been hospitalized after contracting the virus, while 75 have been discharged.

She said police have been employing the work-from-home practice when applicable as suggested by the Prime Minister, who has urged all government agencies to work and hold meetings online until April 30 to keep COVID-19 from spreading further.

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BMA Transforms Bangkok Arena into Covid-19 Field Hospital

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has transformed the Bangkok Arena in Nong Chok district into a 500-bed field hospital for Covid-19 patients as daily cases rise, with 194 new cases in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the field hospital will be named ‘Erawan Hospital 2’ and will open for public use on April 19 after installing various systems, including ventilation, CCTV cameras, garbage disposal and wastewater management.

He said the BMA has also prepared patient registration booths and waiting rooms for relatives, as well as improving the building’s security.

So far, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has established four field hospitals with a total capacity of 1,250 beds. Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital in Bang Khun Thian district has 500 beds, Rachapiphat Hospital in Thawee Watthana district has 200, the Erawan 1 Hospital at the 84th Anniversary Stadium in Bang Bon district has 305 beds, and the Erawan 2 Hospital has 350 beds.

 

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Reporter : Subhabhong Rarueysong

Rewriter : Tarin Angskul

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Songkran merit-making at Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram temple

Although there will be no water splashing during the Songkran holiday this year, people can take part in other activities to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year. At Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram temple in Bangkok, people can make merit and take part in many activities under New Normal conditions.

Phra Buddha Saiyas is the famous statue of the reclining Buddha in Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram temple. It is also the largest reclining Buddha statue in Bangkok. According to traditional beliefs, paying homage to the statue will bring peace and happiness, and people in their 30s who wish for true love before the statue will likely find their soulmate.

The temple has implemented public health measures by setting up screening points and providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Visitors are required to have their body temperature checked, register themselves and wear protective masks at all times. Some visitors say they are concerned about the current COVID-19 situation, but they want to make merit to seek a better life. To ensure safety, they wear face masks, use alcohol gel and practice social distancing.

During this Songkran holiday, Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram temple is recreating a beautiful traditional Thai atmosphere, encouraging visitors to remember old Songkran traditions. They learn how to make traditional Thai desserts and get to taste them. They can also visit booths set up by the Astrological Association of Thailand to check their horoscopes. Temple visitors are able to experience and enjoy a traditional Thai atmosphere during Songkran.

Members of the public can also take part in Songkran festivities at Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram temple until April 15. They are advised to follow the New Normal health and safety protocols, as recommended by the Ministry of Public Health.

 

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Reporter : Praphorn Praphornkul

Rewriter : Tarin Angskul

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

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Army helps set up field hospitals, and provides beds and equipment

 In addition to setting up field hospitals in military camps as instructed by the government and the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the Royal Thai Army is providing personnel and equipment to help set up field hospitals in various provinces to the best of its ability.

In the northern province of Chiang Mai, soldiers from the 7th Infantry Division and the 33rd Military Circle transported beds from hotels and other venues to the Chiang Mai Field Hospital, which was set up at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center on April 9. The number of beds was increased from 400 to 1,000, with soldiers and volunteers providing assistance.

The 33rd Military Circle has also prepared additional beds and equipment at its Reserve Officer Training Corps Center, if more patients are admitted.

The Royal Thai Army is providing 2,200 beds to accommodate patients in 12 field hospitals in Bangkok and other provinces. The army is also providing assistance and equipment to related agencies responsible for setting up field hospitals.

 

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Reporter : Praphorn Praphornkul

Rewriter : Tarin Angskul

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

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Thai Red Cross launches summer blood donation campaign

– The Thai Red Cross Society is inviting members of the public to donate blood during the Songkran holidays at the National Blood Center in Bangkok.

The Thai Red Cross Society’s summer blood donation campaign is designed to build reserves in the national blood bank during Songkran, as hospitals usually see a spike in emergency cases from road accidents, requiring blood as part of the treatment, at this time of year.

The Thai Red Cross anticipates it will need to deliver no less than 3,000 units of blood daily to treat patients, while the current amount in the blood bank falls short of this quantity.

Emergency cases from road accidents which require surgery usually need 2-3 units of blood to be available at the hospital, or 5-10 units for more complex case. Surgery will need to be pushed back should the hospital not have this amount of blood on hand.

At the National Blood Center in Bangkok today, only a few people were found visiting to donate blood this morning, as many people have already left on their trips, or may be concerned about the latest wave of COVID-19 cases.

The National Blood Center has arranged its facilities to ensure proper physical distancing, with 48 beds available for blood donations. People who go there to donate blood from now until 16th April will receive a face mask lanyard as a gift.

 

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Reporter : Tanakorn Sangiam

Rewriter : Tarin Angskul

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

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List of locations where Songkran 2021 festivities are cancelled

This is a living document which the TAT Newsroom will update as new information becomes available

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the following updates for travellers regarding the cancellation of Songkran 2021 festivities in different locations in Thailand, as part of the nationwide effort to curb the spread of the recent community transmission of COVID-19.

Cancelled

  • TAT’s Amazing Songkran Festival 2021 at the Airport Rail Link Makkasan Station, Bangkok.
  • Amazing Songkran Buri Ram presented by Chang
  • Bangkok’s Songkran activities at Lan Khon Muang Plaza, as well as Songkran activities in other districts. In addition, all special activities to be organised in Khlong Ong Ang have also been cancelled.

Please note that this is a living document, which the TAT Newsroom will update as new information becomes available regarding the cancellation of Songkran 2021 festivities.

TAT would like to remind all of you to stay safe this holiday season, prepare for the time when travel and tourism returns, and we can all celebrate Songkran in style with our beloved family and friends.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org); Facebook (tatnews.org); and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

 

 

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PM most concerned about public in resolving Green Line payment issue

The Prime Minister has decided to step up remedying issues to do with the Green Line rail extension between Bearing and Samut Prakan and from Mo Chit to Saphan Mai to Khu Khot, which have been pending operation and maintenance payments by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) for 3 years and 9 months.

Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said his approach to the issue has placed consideration of the public at the forefront. He indicated he will discuss the matter with the Cabinet before proceeding with negotiations, saying he wishes to avoid any impact on the public. He urged all relevant sides to work together to resolve the complex issue.

The PM also asked that public and private agencies work together to avoid leaving the matter to a future administration and saddling citizens with high costs.

“I understand the trouble and I’ve placed public hardship at the center of my consideration of how to proceed. What we have to do now is bring this matter up in the Cabinet for discussion so that we can continue with negotiations we previously began. I have to think of the effect all this will have on the citizens and what they need, we need a remedy. Everyone involved must work together to find a resolution because sometimes these matters become complicated and need a concerted effort. Sometimes solutions result in more issues so it is important the government chooses the right course of action, so that it is not saddling its successor with more problems. I ask that the public and private sectors and businesses to come together to move this along as soon as possible at a cost that is not too high for the public”

September 1st of this year will mark the end of a 60-day period provided by the Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited (BTSC) to the BMA to make its operation and maintenance payments for Extension 1 of the Saphan Taksin-Bangwa Green Line’s On Nut-Bearing section and Extension 2, Mo Chit-Saphan Mai-Khu Khot and Bearing-Samut Prakan. The payment has been pending for 3 years and 9 months since April of 2017 and is currently worth 9.602 billion baht. The BMA also owes 20.768 billion baht for the procurement of electrical and machinery systems. Together, the two payments equal about 30 billion baht. BTSC is ready to take legal action but will not suspend service of its trains at this time.

 

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Reporter : Praphorn Praphornkul

Rewriter : Tarin Angskul

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

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1,200 Road Checkpoints to Curb Drink-driving and Covid-19

The Royal Thai Police Office will set up at least 1,200 road checkpoints to curb drink-driving, while local police will control Covid-19 spreaders, during the Songkran festival next week.

National police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk said the goal was to reduce traffic accidents during the holiday by at least 5% from figures recorded over the last three years.

He said In addition to traffic safety, measures will be implemented to prevent and contain the spread of Covid-19 during the holiday. This is because there might be infected people trying to enter the country illegally to work in tourist destinations or night entertainment venues.

Pol Gen Suwat reiterated previous warnings that a ban on water splashing and foam parties would be enforced for the sake of public health. However, the traditional rod nam dam hua (seeking blessings from the elderly) ceremonies are exempt, although participants must strictly follow health safety measures.

 

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Ambassador Suchitra Durai interacted with members of TGJTA, GJPCT & ITDCA

Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA), along with The Gems, Jewelry and Precious Metal Confederation of Thailand (GJPCT), and Indian Thai Diamond and Color Stone Association

(ITDCA), welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of India to Thailand to connect good for India-Thailand commercial relations.

On April 1, 2021, H.E. Mrs. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Thailand, and her husband paid a courtesy visit to TGJTA Office with Mr. Chomphol Phornchindarak, 1st Vice President of TGJTA along with TGJTA Board of directors and members, Mr. Somchai Phornchindarak, President of the GJPCT, and Mr. Ashok Jhaveri, President of the ITDCA Mr. Ashok Jhaveri gave a warm welcome. TGJTA is an association that has a large number of members of Indian nationality who operated gems and jewelry business in Thailand. This visiting has confirmed the connection at a good India-Thailand commercial and also encouragement for members of India in the current economic situation.

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