Covid-19

More bail would mean less Covid in prisons, opposition says

Allowing more non-violent and pre-trial prisoners out on bail would reduce overcrowding and help contain the recent surge of Covid contagion in the country’s prisons, opposition MPs said Friday.Overcrowding in prisons was already known to increase the spread of...

Vaccines to be extended to resident foreigners from June

The Thai government will provide Covid-19 vaccines for foreigners living and working in Thailand by June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.“The policy is to provide the vaccines to every group, regardless of nationality, but since there...

Government Housing Bank adds two further Covid-relief measures

The Government Housing Bank (GHB) granted two additional measures Friday to help customers amid the latest Covid-19 crisis.GHB’s board of directors has agreed to introduce more campaigns to alleviate customers in groups affected by the current outbreak following the...

Bangkok reports highest-ever daily Covid rate for a single province

Bangkok made a new one-day record for a single province with more than 800 coronavirus cases reported on Friday.“Bangkok’s number today is a new high with 869 cases recorded in one day,” said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the...

150 Covid cases in new Bang Khae cluster

A new cluster in Bang Khae has led to 150 cases, the government said on Thursday.“There are now three important clusters" across the Bangkok area, "in Khlong Toei, in the Bon Kai community in Pathumwan, and Baan Khing community...

Efficacy rates of different Covid vaccines “incomparable” says top virologist

The efficacy rates for various Covid-19 vaccines cannot be usefully compared as each was tested and studied under different circumstances and different times, Thailand’s leading virologist said Thursday, encouraging people not to hold off and to get whatever vaccine...

Opinion: The government must consider all aspects before rolling out the ‘vaccine passport’

Freedom of travel, as 16th century Spanish theologian Francisco de Vitoria famously proclaimed, was a fundamental rule of natural law. It was with this concept that the Europeans touted and justified their conquests and imperialist practices. And as the colonial...

Thai banks and other big-caps fall on latest Covid surge

Thai large-capitalization stocks fell on Wednesday following uncertainties prompted by the latest local Covid-19 outbreak, led by Kasikornbank (KBANK) tumbling 4.55 per cent to 126 baht.KBANK stood as the largest trade value of the day, accounting for more than...

Consumer prices rise year-on-year for the first time since start of pandemic

Thailand’s headline consumer price index (CPI) in April jumped 3.41 per cent year-on-year to 100.48 points, the first time it rose in 14 months, the Ministry of Commerce said Wednesday.“The surge of consumer price index in April was the...

[Update-1] Thai court rules drug-dealing minister can still hold office

Thailand's courts ruled on Wednesday that Deputy Agricultural Minister Thammanat Prompao can continue to hold office despite being convicted of previous drug trafficking charges in Australia.The court ruled that the case was ruled on by a foreign court...

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