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Phuket News
Motorcycle sales rise along with growing farmers’ revenue
BANGKOK: Motorcycle sales figures in the first seven months of this year have shown a considerable increase, a sign of economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Higher income among farmers is a leading factor in the growing number of motorcycle purchases, while the expansion of food and parcel delivery services has also helped increase the sales, reports state news agency NNT.
Pattaya turns to domestic tourists
BANGKOK: Pattaya City and tour operators will target Thai tourists instead of foreigners during the approaching traditional high season, with the country’s reopening to international travellers again delayed.
Phuket begins new vaccine injection method
PHUKET: Medical staff at the Indoor Sports Stadium at Saphan Hin yesterday (sept 24) began administering third-dose ‘booster’ injections using the subdermal method, injecting the vaccine just under the skin, instead of the intramuscular method, injecting the vaccine into muscle, as used previously.
Phuket marks 225 cases, five more deaths
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 225 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Sept 24) bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 9,950.
Abusive drug rehab centre shut down
KANCHANABURI: The Department of Medical Services has ordered the immediate closure of a drug rehabilitation centre at a local temple following complaints of violent abuse and extortion of addicts admitted for treatment there.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Big bucks for ’whale poop’? Phuket Covid visa, Drug rehab temple shuts down |:| September 24
PHUKET XTRA - September 24 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket Local finds big bucks ’whale poop’ |:| 7-10 day quarantine for some tourists to Thailand |:| Drug rehab temple shuts down |:| Thailand COVID Update |:| Covid visa extensions open for 2 more months Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket #PhuketNews #Thailand
COVID visa extensions open for two more months
PHUKET: Foreigners staying in Phuket on the 60-day ‘COVID visa’ can now apply through to Nov 26 to extend their stay in Thailand, Phuket Immigration has confirmed.
Cabinet approves extension of Phase 3 of We Travel Together
BANGKOK: Registration for Phase 3 of the government’s We Travel Together tourism campaign will commence next month, after a meeting of cabinet ministers approved the campaign’s extension to Feb 28th, 2022. The cabinet has also approved changes to the Tour Travel Thai campaign’s guidelines.
Phuket villager finds big bucks ‘whale poop’
PHUKET: A local resident who was jogging along Mai Khao Beach yesterday morning (Sept 23) believes he may have discovered a lump of sperm whale ambergris they may be worth as much as B30 million.
Easing of Phuket domestic entry requirements made official
PHUKET: Starting next Friday (Oct 1), all domestic visitors will be allowed to enter Phuket as long as they have been fully vaccinated and have tested negative for COVID-19.
 
Thaiger
Abusive Kanchanaburi temple rehab centre ordered to close.

Following explosive reports of abuse, extortion, and squalor in a drug rehab centre in a temple in Kanchanaburi, the Department of Medical Services ordered the temple be shut down immediately. The Moo 10 village headman in Dan Makhamtia district received an urgent notice Thursday night instructing an immediate closure of the Wat Tha Phu Rat Bamrung facility. The Narcotic Drugs Act sets criteria for healthcare facilities that the temple failed to meet, and the atrocities were revealed after the temple’s abbot died, which caused the temple’s drug rehab operating licence to automatically expire. The abbot of the temple died 15 […]

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Phuket begins new subdermal injection method for vaccines

Phuket has become the first province in Thailand to implement a new injection method of administering a third Covid-19 booster vaccine under the skin instead of into the muscle. Staff at the Indoor Sports Stadium at Saphan Hin began using the new vaccination method for the first time yesterday. The Ministry of Public Health recently approved the new method following a study by staff at Vachira Phuket Hospital that showed an AstraZeneca booster was just as effective as the standard method when injecting only 20% of a normal dose just under the skin. Until now, all vaccinations in Thailand has […]

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Police bust hotel party with ecstacy and ketamine, 59 arrested

In the early hours of this morning in Bangkok, police arrested 59 young people in possession of illegal drugs and having an illegal party at a hotel in the Ram Intra area. The event was a birthday party, and 29 men and 30 women were in attendance and were arrested last night. Police from the Khok Khram police station, along with a team from the Special Operations Police, raided the party around 1:30 am after receiving reports that a large group of youths were gathering at the Galaxy Resort Hotel and that there were drugs involved. Upon arriving, police easily […]

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Phuket Covid-19: 5 new deaths and 4 new Sandbox infections

In the last 24 hours, the Phuket Sandbox uncovered 4 new infections and 5 people have died of Covid-19 in Phuket, bringing the total this week to 21 deaths. Today brought 225 new infections, and with 2,053 of the 2,418 hospital beds in Phuket full, hospital occupation rates have climbed once again to just under 85% after falling for the last 5 days. The death toll stood at 20 as this month began, and has now reached 69, meaning that there have been nearly 2 and a half as many deaths this month as the combined total from April to […]

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Saturday Covid-19 Afternoon Update: full provincial totals

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration update today reported 11,975 new Covid-19 infections in Thailand along with 127 deaths, both lower than yesterday. Covid-19 data was relatively good over the last 24 hours as total patients in medical care (124,540), patients in ICUs (3,323), patients on ventilators (729), suspected infections by ATK test (2370), and infections in prisons (93) have all fallen since yesterday’s data. The total number of infections in Thailand since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic is 1,549,285 and with 14,700 recoveries over the past 24 hours, 1,408,821 have now recovered from Covid-19. A total of 16,143 people have died […]

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Phuket man finds 30 million baht surprise on beach: “whale poop”

A local villager in Phuket was on a jog Thursday morning when he stumbled on a substance that he believes may be worth up to 30 million baht. the man didn’t find gold, or diamonds, or even birds’ nest. The treasure that the 66 year old Mai Khao resident discovered? Whale poop. Ambergris is a waxy, solid substance that sperm whales create in their intestines, which is then passed out of the whale with its faeces, hence often being referred to as “whale poop”. The material is surprisingly valuable, revered in Asian cultures for use in medicine and traditional treatments […]

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Transgender who fled to Thailand faces extradition to Malaysia

The future of a transgender Malaysian businesswoman hangs in the balance after she was arrested for illegally entering Thailand while fleeing prosecution under Islamic law in Malaysia. Nur Sajet fled from Malaysia where she faces charges of up to three years in prison and a fine for dressing as a woman in 2018 at a religious event. The transgender cosmetics company owner fled Malaysia earlier this year by entering Thailand illegally. She was arrested earlier in September for the illegal entry and found guilty by the court but released on bail. Normally she would face deportation but human rights groups […]

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Saturday Covid-19 Update: 11,975 infections, 127 deaths

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported 11,975 new Covid-19 infections in Thailand along with 127 deaths, both lower than yesterday. Covid-19 data was relatively good over the last 24 hours as total patients in medical care (124,540), patients in ICUs (3,323), patients on ventilators (729), suspected infections by ATK test (2370), and infections in prisons (93) have all fallen since yesterday’s data. The total number of infections in Thailand since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic is 1,549,285 and with 14,700 recoveries over the past 24 hours, 1,408,821 have now recovered from Covid-19. A total of 16,143 people have […]

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Thailand News Today | Nov 1 reopening proposed; arrest for “sexy” officer cosplay | September 24

  The Emergency Decree will likely be extended for another two months. Tourism operators have expressed frustration as Thailand’s re-opening is pushed back a month. Royal Thai Police recently warned against sexy “cosplay” in police, army or other government official uniforms.

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Covid-19 UPDATE: Provincial totals, vaccinations and more

Today, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported 12,697 new Covid-19 cases and 132 coronavirus-related deaths. In Thailand’s latest wave of the virus, which was first recorded on April 1, the CCSA has reported a total of 1,508,447 confirmed Covid-19 infections. In the 24-hour period since the last count, the CCSA reported 13,540 recoveries. There are now 127,392 patients in Thailand receiving treatment for Covid-19. Out of the new cases reported today, 170 were detected at correctional facilities. Tens of thousands of inmates at Thailand’s prisons and detention centres have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past several months. Vaccinations […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Vaccinations hit 50m doses after record 1.4m on Friday
Covid-19 vaccinations in Thailand have surpassed 50 million doses after a record 1.44 million were administered on Friday.
Temple rehab a 'site for torture'
A popular shaman and a lawyer have asked Crime Sup­pression Di­-vision (CSD) police to take action against a drug rehabilitation centre at a temple in Kanchanaburi for alleged torture and other human rights abuses.
Bangkok could open by Nov 1, says CCSA
Bangkok could be back on the tourist map and reopen by Nov 1 if double-dose mass vaccinations cover at least 70% of the capital's population before this month ends, says the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Curfew power carries over
An amended Communicable Disease Act will grant the national committee on communicable diseases authority equivalent to that of the emergency decree, the government said on Wednesday.
Temple drug rehab centre accused of torture
A popular shaman and a lawyer on Wednesday asked Crime Suppression Division police to take action against a drug rehabilitation centre at a temple in Kanchanaburi for alleged torture and other human rights abuses.
Personal data of 106m travellers exposed online
Personal data of 106 million international travellers to Thailand was found to have been exposed online in August before it was quickly secured by Thai authorities, according to Comparitech, a cybersecurity research firm.
Cops keep mum on Nur Sajat
Thai police have refused to confirm media reports that Malaysian transgender entrepreneur, Muhammad Sajjad Kamaruz Zaman, who is wanted by authorities in her home country, is looking to claim political asylum.
Reopenings face even more delays
The reopening plan for five provinces might be delayed by a month to Nov 1 as each province's vaccination rate still falls short of 70% coverage, leading Chiang Mai to put its faith in the domestic market instead.
Disease law set for change
The cabinet has approved a draft amendment to the 2015 Communicable Disease Act, seen as a new mechanism to replace the emergency decree in the country's ongoing battle against Covid-19.
Post-lockdown success demands yet more new ways of working
The imminent reopening promised by the government will be welcomed by most leaders. However, we will not be coming back to either the old or current business as usual.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
11 more Myanmar border-crossers caught
KANCHANABURI: Authorities on Saturday arrested 11 Myanmar nationals for illegal entry, including two women who had spent two nights lost in a forest after getting separated from a larger group that was caught on Thursday.
Vaccinations hit 50m doses after record 1.4m on Friday
Covid-19 vaccinations in Thailand have surpassed 50 million doses after a record 1.44 million were administered on Friday.
Tiananmen vigil organiser disbands in Hong Kong
HONG KONG: The pro-democracy group that for three decades organised vigils in Hong Kong commemorating the victims of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square crackdown voted to disband on Saturday in the face of China’s sweeping crackdown on dissent.
Pop royalty stage world-spanning shows
From Billie Eilish in New York to BTS in Seoul and Elton John in Paris, one of the biggest-ever international charity events was set to kick off on Saturday with concerts around the world to raise awareness on climate change, vaccine equality and famine.
59 held, drugs seized at Bangkok hotel
Fifty-nine people were arrested and some illicit drugs seized during a police raid on a hotel in Bangkok’s Ram Intra area in the early hours of Saturday.
Pattaya comes alive as thousands flock to Koh Lan
CHON BURI: Pattaya City buzzed with tourists on Saturday as thousands flocked to Koh Lan, a popular tourist destination in this resort town, during the three-day holiday period that began on Friday.
China frees Canadians after Huawei CFO leaves
In a sudden resolution to a diplomatic crisis between the US, China and Canada, a top Huawei Technologies Co executive flew home as China released two jailed Canadians.
Heavy rain alert in most parts till Sunday
Heavy rain, flooding and strong winds in 39 provinces in the North, the Northeast, the East and the Central Plains, including Bangkok, on Saturday and Sunday as tropical storm Dianmu weakened.
Myanmar will not address world leaders at UN, Afghanistan will
UNITED NATIONS: No representative from Myanmar is scheduled to address the annual high-level UN General Assembly, a UN spokesman said on Friday, amid rival claims for the country's UN seat in New York after a military coup ousted the elected government.
Experts call for better drugs policy
Experts have urged the government to focus on harm reduction, not punishment, in the battle to reduce illegal drug use, especially among a generation for whom an outright ban has proven impractical.
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