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PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket Provincial Police Chief investigated, island village lockdown |:| August 2
PHUKET XTRA - August 2 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket Phuket village goes under lockdown |:| 2nd island field hospital set up |:| Provincial Police Chief investigated over gambling den |:| Protests call for PM to resign |:| Thailand COVID Update |:| More Thai provinces lockdowns Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Search launched after strong rip current pulls man out to sea at Freedom Beach
PHUKET: A search has been launched for a Thai man who was last seen dragged out to deeper waters by a strong current at Freedom Beach, south of Patong, earlier this afternoon (Aug 2).
PRU sets up as second field hospital
PHUKET: Three hundred beds have been set up in a meeting hall at Phuket Rajabhat University (PRU) in Rassada which is to be designated as the second field hospital for “light green” cases on the island.
Laguna founder KP Ho calls for Phuket, other Sandbox destinations to be ‘Green listed’ as COVID safe havens
PHUKET: As Bangkok grapples with rising numbers of COVID infections, leading tourism voice KP Ho, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Group, has told European envoys, airlines, senior officials and business leaders, that for Phuket Sandbox to succeed it is imperative for Phuket to be given “green” destination status.
Phuket village goes under lockdown
PHUKET: Baan Nanai in Moo 7, Tambon Thepkrasattri, in Thalang District, has been ordered “to close” to contain the spread of COVID-19 after eight local residents in the village were found to be infected, resulting in many local high-risk contacts.
Myanmar junta chief says new elections in two years
WORLD: Myanmar’s junta chief said yesterday (Aug 1) that elections would be held and a state of emergency lifted by August 2023, extending the military’s initial timeline given when it deposed Aung San Suu Kyi six months ago.
Police to act if anti-government ralliers keep defying orders
BANGKOK: Police are threatening legal action against demonstrators during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the “car mob” rally seeking the ouster of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday (Aug 1).
Phuket marks 245 COVID infections in past seven days
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) marked 36 new local COVID-19 infections on the island yesterday (Aug 1), bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 1,186.
Government extends lockdown
BANGKOK: The government has extended lockdown and curfew measures for two more weeks starting tomorrow (Aug 3) with 16 more provinces added to the list of “dark red or maximum and strict control zones”, areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Phuket Provincial Police Chief probed over gambling den raid
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Pornsak Nuannoo and two other top-ranking officers have been transferred pending an investigation into their relationships with suspects arrested in a gambling den raid at a resort on Koh Siray, east of Phuket Town, last month.
Suspected insurgent wanted for murder killed by forces in Pattani

A suspected insurgent wanted on murder and numerous other charges was killed in a clash by security forces in the Deep South province Pattani near the Malaysian border, an area prone to violence due to the ongoing religious separatist insurgency. A Thai government unit had surrounded a home on a rubber plantation in Nong Chik district suspected of being used by insurgents. Officers went to the home at around 3am. Religious and community leaders also went to the home to try to persuade the suspects to surrender. Shots were fired at security forces and officers reportedly fired back. After the gunfire […]

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Phang Nga reopening and “Phuket Sandbox” island hop extensions postponed

The Phang Nga’s reopening to travellers from overseas has been postponed until August 15, and the “7+7 Island Hopping” extension to the “Phuket Sandbox,” which includes a sealed route to Phang Nga, has been postponed indefinitely. The province’s reopening to foreign tourists under the “Phang Nga Prompt” campaign was initially set for August 1, but the scheme has not yet been approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The move comes with the tightening of disease control measures both locally and nationwide. Both Phuket and Phang Nga, are closing borders to the general public, with the exception of emergency […]

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Bangkok’s 5 best SHA Plus Certified hotels

Bangkok’s SHA Plus Certified hotels have definitely figured out that they can offer a great stay for those needing to undergo mandatory alternative state quarantines. Here, these hotels are rated 4 to 5 stars, with their atmosphere and amenities serving as your upscale home for the duration of your stay. With dedicated staff to make your quarantine experience comfortable and safety measures in place, these hotels have earned the coveted qualification of a SHA Plus Certified hotel. 1. The Okura Prestige Bangkok This hotel’s name says it all. In fact, guests can find prestige and sophistication at a convenient location […]

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Top 5 steakhouses in Phuket

For meat-eaters, there’s nothing better than a tender and juicy steak seasoned just enough to highlight its natural flavour. Some people prefer wagyu, some love ribeye, some opt for Angus, and some like filet. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to steak, and fortunately, Phuket has a number of great steakhouses. So, if you’re looking for the best place to eat steak on the island, here are the top 5 Steakhouses in Phuket you should try in 2021. Top 5 Steakhouses in Phuket 1. Sam’s Steaks & Grill One place you definitely shouldn’t miss when it comes to steaks […]

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Bangkok Train Market official says they will reopen

The Thaiger recently wrote that Bangkok’s Train Market/Ratchada Night Market was possibly closing for good. However, now, a member of the management team for the market says the closure is only temporary and that it will reopen as soon as conditions allow it to do so. “We had to close because of the situation right now, and we will announce later when we will reopen”, said an unnamed Train Market administrator today. When the administrator was asked how so many publications could have got this erroneous idea, the administrator said she had no idea. SOURCE: Coconuts Bangkok

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August vaccination plan: 80% of Bangkok residents; open to general public, expats

Thailand has opened its mass Covid-19 vaccination campaign to the general public who are at least 18 years old, including foreign residents. Priority is still given to those who are 60 and above, and those who have one of the specified underlying conditions that puts them at risk of severe infection if they were to contract Covid-19. By the end of the month, the Thai government plans to have 80% of Bangkok residents vaccinated against Covid-19 as well as 70% of those in the other 28 “dark red” provinces, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun, who […]

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300 beds added to Phuket’s second field hospital

300 hospital beds have been erected at a meeting hall at Phuket Rajabhat University AKA PRU, in Rassada. It is set to be the second field hospital for “light green” Covid cases. The Phuket Vice Governor, Pichet Panapong says the 300 additional beds were set up because all beds at the first field hospital at Prince of Songkla University were already full. Pichet went on to say that Rassada Municipality is responsible for setting up the paper beds, bedding, and fans that were donated by private companies. He adds that there are also partitions and mosquito wire screens and that […]

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The Thaiger launches the ‘I Am Strong’ campaign

(Video Link Below) Here is a link to the donation page… The Thaiger (The Thaiger Pte Ltd) is reaching out to readers and viewers of our news channels to help the thousands of people who are falling through the cracks of government and community help at this time. Many of these people are migrant workers, but many are also Thai people who, through no fault of their own, have suddenly found themselves without employment, or even any chance of immediate employment. As Thailand fights its own battle with the Coronavirus, and even as it tries to open up again […]

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Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia

Earlier today, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Indonesia’s Papua region, says the United States Geological Survey. There was no reported tsunami warning, nor were there any reports of damage. The earthquake struck at what is considered a shallow depth of 12 kilometres. According to a 2020 census report, the population of Papua is over 4 million people. Because of its position on the “Ring of Fire”, Indonesia is a frequent recipient of earth-shakers, AKA earthquakes. The Ring of Fire is comprised of a grid of many, large tectonic plates. In fact,  90% of earthquakes happen in […]

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Thailand News Today | More Dark red zones, ‘coup rumour’ quashed | August 2

You can donate to our “I Am Strong Campaign” here…. Starting off with an extended report on the new restrictions in Dark Red Zones, and exactly how the new zonings may affect you. Down south, and Phuket has been re-categorised, going from a “yellow” zone to an “orange” zone. Following a rumour that a military coup to remove PM Prayut Chan-o-cha from office was in the works, a state official has now been detained, accused of spreading fake news. A ruling in a Hua Hin court has sentenced 2 executives of the Maya Club in Hua Hin to 3 […]

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How the Covid crisis transformed how we look at talent
Is an uncertain outlook forcing you to re-examine the talented people in your organisation? It is not their fault. Covid is understandably making organisations feel less confident that they have the capabilities they need for the future.
Thailand 2031: A Glimpse into the Future
Why 2031? The next decade is likely to become seen as a milestone era during which the world accelerated into a period of development and prosperity having successfully turned the page of one of the worst chapters in modern history after Covid-19 shook the global community to its core.
Army files complaint against coup poster
The army chief has filed a complaint against a social media user who posted that a military coup was brewing, with plans to replace Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha with Gen Apirat Kongsompong as prime minister.
Prayut vows not to resign
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted he will neither resign nor dissolve the House as the country struggles to contain Covid-19.
Vaccination booking fraud details emerge
Corrupt workers who sold Covid vaccination slots at Bang Sue Grand Station slipped up when they registered 2,000 people for inoculation through a gate reserved that day for a few hundred foreigners registered through the Foreign Ministry.
US 'here for Thais in time of need'
The first batch of 1.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses donated by the US is scheduled to arrive in Thailand on Friday under a US government (USG) Covid-19 assistance programme. Michael Heath, Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Thailand, answered written questions, asking him about US support for Covid-19 vaccine distribution.
Phuket governor orders entire island sealed off
The Phuket governor has ordered the entire island sealed off, with travellers from other provinces not allowed to enter Phuket starting from Aug 3, while the fate of the Phuket Sandbox scheme is yet to be determined.
HM King pardons inmates
More than 200,000 prisoners have been granted a royal pardon on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King's 69th birthday on Wednesday, including 35,000 inmates who will be released on parole.
Hi-speed rail work delayed over curbs
The government's ban on moving construction workers during the latest Covid-19 uptick has adversely impacted the progress of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail project, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said on Tuesday.
High infection rate in Samut Sakhon.
SAMUT SAKHON: Another 1,094 coronavirus infections were reported in this dark red-zoned province on Tuesday, as the governor ordered the immediate isolation of symptomatic people who give positive antigen tests, without waiting for hospital tests.
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Ananda to appeal court's condo ruling
SET-listed Ananda Development plans to appeal the verdict of the Central Administrative Court, which revoked a notification document to allow the construction or modification of Ashton Asoke, a joint venture luxury condo project with Japanese developer Mitsui Fudosan.
Free rides along Red Line until November
The three-month trial period on the Red Line electric commuter train service officially began with a soft launch presided over by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha via video conference on Monday.
Financial support for 16 provinces
Starting from Tuesday, people in 16 provinces affected by the government's partial Covid-19 lockdown will receive the same rates of financial aid as 13 other provinces already assisted by the Social Security Fund, the government said on Monday.
International arrivals picked to nosedive in 2021
International arrivals may be as low as 500,000 this year as Thailand's third-quarter prospects remain gloomy, according to the Tourism and Sports Ministry.
Lockdown foils eatery owners
Restaurant operators remain unhappy with the government's latest decision to ease restrictions for restaurants and eateries at malls in dark red zones, allowing them to sell food via delivery using online platforms.
Ministry insists all medics will get Pfizer
The Ministry of Public Health insisted that all medical health staff, along with rescuers and undertakers, will definitely get the Pfizer vaccine, as long as they fit the ministry's guidelines for mRNA-based vaccination.
Calls for rate cut to relieve pandemic woes
Economists are urging Thailand's central bank to cut interest rates this week to support the economy amid rising downside risks.
Nurse's death raises doubts over Sinovac
SAMUT SAKHON: A 45-year-old nurse died from Covid-19 on Sunday, less than a week after getting her first shot of Sinovac vaccine.
InTouch volatility expected
Gulf Energy Development's (GULF) tender offer for the shares of InTouch Holdings (INTUCH) is scheduled to end tomorrow and may cause the share prices of INTUCH and Advanced Info Service (ADVANC) to fluctuate in the short term, say analysts.
Public urged to follow the rules
The Ministry of Public Health is urging the public to comply with lockdown measures, saying that just a 5% increase in adherence to the government's guidance coupled with the ongoing vaccination of vulnerable groups could see case numbers begin to fall dramatically in the coming weeks.