Thailand News Today | Possible easing of restrictions in Thailand

Thailand’s Public Health Minister says he’s backing the restoration of the Test & Go entry scheme as considerations about the Omicron variant subside.
Test & Go was suspended around 4 weeks in the past because the highly-contagious variant unfold around the globe. Now, Anutin Charnvirakul says he’ll ask the CCSA to consider bringing it again, in addition to easing a variety of different restrictions.
The Bangkok Post reviews that Anutin will put his request to the CCSA following talks with the Department of Disease Control by which it was confirmed that Omicron has not led to the wave of extreme illness and hospitalisations the government initially feared.

Anutin says he needs to see a steadiness struck between illness management and rebooting the struggling economy. What isn’t identified nevertheless, is if he plans to propose the re-opening of nightlife and entertainment venues.
The minister has lengthy held the view that such establishments are breeding grounds for the virus, with a quantity of main clusters linked to latest end-of-year celebrations.
In associated news, the Centre for Medical Genomics at Ramathibodi Hospital says Omicron has now nearly fully changed Delta in the capital. Tests run on contaminated patients in Bangkok and elsewhere in central Thailand show 91% of circumstances are the Omicron variant, whereas Delta accounts for just 2.8%.

The centre says that eventually, everyone will most likely contract the milder Omicron variant, which will help build immunity.
The Thai Prime Minister has instructed relevant agencies to comply with the newest on the volcanic eruption in Tonga and to ensure Thailand’s disaster warning system is working.
Government spokesperson says the Tonga eruption over the weekend happened round 9,500 kilometers off the coast of the southern Thai province of Narathiwat. The eruption was so large it prompted tsunami warnings and advisories for several international locations across the Pacific Ocean, together with American Samoa, New Zealand,

Ecuador, Peru, Chile,

Australia, Japan, and the US.
Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department says the dominion has 2 tsunami detection buoys, one in the Indian Ocean and one within the Andaman Sea. The Indian Ocean buoy points a warning round 2 hours upfront of a tsunami hitting, whereas the one within the Andaman Sea provides a 45-minute advance warning. However, the division says the Andaman Sea buoy needs to be changed.
On December 26, 2004, an earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean which killed approximately 228,000 folks in 14 international locations, including an estimated 8,000 in Thailand.

Here’s a statistic Thailand is proudly No.1 considered one of, relying on who you ask. A research by digital personal community firm Surfshark exhibits that since 2011, Thailand has submitted over 1,a hundred requests for Google to remove content, over 95% of these requests had been about content considered critical of the government – the best fee on the planet.
As part of the examine, Surfshark says it analyzed Google’s Transparency Report. Thailand is ranked at number 16 on the earth as a outcome of 1,147 requests for the search engine to remove content. During 2020 alone, the government made 184 requests for content to be removed.
“A large 95.2% of these requests cite ‘government criticism’ as the explanation – as an overall proportion, that’s more than some other nation.”

Google receives 1000’s of requests a 12 months from governments who want on-line content material eliminated. The nature of the content varies, with claims ranging from intellectual property infringement to defamation. Surfshack adds that Russia is by far the most prolific content material removing requester, submitting over 123,000 requests in complete over the past 10 years.”

According to the Bangkok Post, nationwide safety is the most common reason given by Russia when requesting content material be eliminated. Meanwhile, Turkey is ranked behind it, with over 14,000, adopted by 9,900 requests from India and 9,600 requests from the US.

The government plans to chop the budget for its tour package subsidy scheme, which acquired a lukewarm reception amongst Thais.

The Tourism & Sports Ministry may also scale back the number of tour packages available from 1 million to 200,000. Tourism minister พิพัฒน์ รัชกิจประการ admits that after 3 months of implementation, the ทัวร์เที่ยวไทย scheme has proved ineffective in driving domestic journeys.
ติดตั้งโซล่าเซลล์บ้าน acknowledges that Thai tourists normally prefer to journey independently with household and pals as opposed to availing of excursions. He says that is notably true during a pandemic, as folks wish to keep away from traveling with massive teams of strangers.
Meanwhile, the federal government plans to continue its resort and airline subsidy scheme, We Travel Together, submitting a phase four proposal for Cabinet approval. Phase 4 is expected to begin in February and run till September. Phiphat says he expects the additional 2 million room nights underneath the scheme to be absolutely booked by April, due to the Songkran vacation.


A group traveling by speedboat from Koh Chang had to be rescued after the boat hit rocks, inflicting it to tackle water and sink.

The seven people on board the speedboat, together with the skipper, were floating in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Trat’s เกาะลิ่ม for round two hours.

The Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center obtained a call at round 4pm. A rescue staff and those on native fishing boats spent practically two hours trying to find the speedboat. An 80 yr outdated lady who gave the impression to be extremely tired was instantly picked up by a local fishing boat and rushed to the hospital. The others had been picked up by a rescue team speedboat.
The sixty two yr old skipper told Thai media that he was employed by a bunch who wished to journey to Koh Chang to visit their family members.

Around four pm, whereas traveling again from the island, the boat hit rocks and cracked. All passengers wore life jackets and taken care of one another, particularly the aged lady, as they floated, preserving an eye out for the rescue staff. One man says he’ll never forget this accident.

In another nightclub raid in Pattaya, police known as a locksmith to open the venue, which officers say, was nonetheless operating after the 9pm cutoff time for alcohol gross sales, but had the doors closed and locked to make it appear that it was closed.
Police say that The Box 69 Club in ซอยบงกช of Southern Pattaya turned off some of the lights and turned the music down low, however employees and customers have been nonetheless inside partying. Apparently, police have been outside, knocking on the door, for about two hours. When they known as a locksmith to the membership, they found more than 50 folks inside.
According to measures set by the CCSA, permitted eating places in “blue” zone provinces, like Chon Buri, are allowed to sell alcohol till 9pm solely. Some bars and nightclubs, with permission from the federal government, are allowed to open as “restaurants.”

A variety of bars and eating places, particularly in Pattaya, have been busted for serving booze past the 9pm cutoff time. Many have turned their lights down after 9pm and have served alcoholic drinks in paper cups in an effort to be more discreet..

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