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Phuket News
Omicron will not affect reopening, says Phiphat
BANGKOK: Thailand will not take a step back from the reopening plan despite uncertainty over the Omicron COVID-19 variant, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said yesterday (Nov 29).
‘Vaccine’ is word of the year for US dictionary Merriam-Webster
WASHINGTON: The American dictionary of reference Merriam-Webster yesterday (Nov 29) revealed “vaccine” to be its word of the year for 2021, reflecting both the hopes and deep divisions sparked by vaccination as the world wrestled with year two of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Phuket marks 93 new COVID cases, no new deaths
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 93 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Nov 29) bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 17,709.
Antigen testing for visitors in doubt as Omicron variant spreads
BANGKOK: The government is considering suspending the decision to replace RT-PCR tests with antigen testing for air travellers following the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said yesterday (Nov 29).
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Bangla Road cases, Arrivals from 8 African countries banned over Omicron variant || November 29
PHUKET XTRA - November 29 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket Phuket New Year celebrations to be an all-nighter |:| Thailand bans entry for 8 African nations over Omicron variant |:| Bangla and Phuket Town checks |:| Frenchman to be deported over Facebook posts |:| New Phuket OrBorTor chiefs elected Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket #PhuketNews #Thailand
New Phuket OrBorTor chiefs elected
PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Election Commission of Thailand has announced the informal results confirming the new elected officials to serve as Chiefs of six Tambon Administration Organisations (OrBorTor) in Phuket following the elections held yesterday (Nov 28).
14-day quarantine for arrivals from unbanned parts of Africa
BANGKOK: People who arrive from countries in Africa not subject to a ban will still have to quarantine for 14 days and be tested repeatedly for COVID-19, amid worldwide concern over the new Omicron variant of the virus.
Police check Phuket Town venues for COVID compliance
PHUKET: Police conducted a check on entertainment venues in Phuket Town on Saturday evening (Nov 27) in order to ensure that COVID-related health and safety measures were being appropriately adhered to.
Chalong Underpass closed during day for maintenance
PHUKET: Both lanes through the Chalong Underpass closed today (Nov 29) and will remain closed from 9am to 3:30pm until Dec 16 while officers carry out maintenance works to the lighting and water drainage system in the tunnel.
Phuket gets green light for New Year celebrations to be an all-nighter
PHUKET: The sale of alcohol will be allowed across Phuket through the night of New Year’s Eve, following a new provincial order issued over the weekend.
 
Thaiger
Thailand entry restrictions on African countries in response to Omicron

In response to the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 strain, which is designated by the World Health Organisation as a “variant of concern,” the Thai government has set a travel ban on those from eight African countries said to be of high risk of the newly found variant and imposed restrictions on those from other countries in Africa. Issuance of the Thailand Pass QR code has been suspended for those travelling from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. The order is in effect until further notice. Thai nationals travelling from the high risk countries are allowed […]

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Ministry prepares to bring back Thais from eight African countries starting tomorrow

With Thai authorities issuing a travel ban on those from 8 African countries reporting the new Omicron variant, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing to bring Thai citizens in the high risk countries back to Thailand. Citizens living in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe can apply for a COE (certificate of entry) to return to Thailand from tomorrow, according to a post the Ministry made on Twitter. Returnees must register online and must be quarantined for 14 days upon the arrival. Following the new travel restrictions issued by the Public Health Ministry on Saturday, […]

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PM asks for public to be consulted on plans for Hua Lamphong station

The Thai PM has asked the Transport Ministry to gauge the public’s view on the redevelopment of Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station. The Bangkok Post reports that the station is set to close in around 3 weeks’ time. A government spokesman says PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has tasked all relevant agencies to take public opinion into account in any commercial developments proposals. In addition, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana says the PM has voiced concern about how the closure of the station will affect the public. As a result, the State Railway of Thailand will accelerate hearings and take the results into account, […]

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Bangkok’s Yellow Line skyrail starts test runs

The newest addition to Bangkok’s skyrail is here.The Yellow Line, which travels from Lat Phrao to Samrong in Samut Prakan, has reportedly begun its test run since last Thursday from the maintenance depot near Sri Iam station in Bang Na district. The Yellow Line, which is a joint venture worth 54,768.455 million baht between Thailand’s Mass Rapid Transit Authority and Eastern Bangkok Monorail Ltd., is an elevated mass rapid transit system that will run directly from Sri Iam station to Samrong, then back to the depot, passing through a slew of busy areas like Sri Lasalle, Sri Bearing, Thipawan, and […]

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Tourism officials welcome Czech movie filming in Phuket and Krabi

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is celebrating Thailand’s re-opening to international movie stardom once more. The southern provinces of Krabi and Phuket are being used as locations for a Czech movie currently being filmed in the kingdom. Nation Thailand reports that a film crew, consisting of 22 actors, directors, producers, and technicians are in Thailand to film a romantic comedy called Ostrov (“The Island”). The movie is scheduled for a September 2022 release and viewers will be treated to the beautiful vistas both Krabi and Phuket have to offer. According to Nation Thailand, this is the first time a Czech […]

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Prime Minister to visit Udon Thani tomorrow

According to government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will visit Udon Thani, Thailand’s northernmost city, tomorrow to meet with both parties from the public and private sectors to discuss provincial development and welcoming tourists under the Udon Plus scheme. When the PM and his entourage arrive, they will pay homage to Phra Rachvachirathamacharn, the temple abbot, and other senior monks at Wat Kesorn Seelakhun (Wat Pa Ban Tad) in Muang district, as well as follow up on the construction of a museum to house the ashes of former abbot Luang Ta Maha Bua. He would then meet Governor Sayam […]

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Phuket yacht startup banks funding for 2022

The following is a press release from Boatcrowd. Chartering a private yacht is among the most exclusive, luxurious, and unforgettable experiences you can ever have. It opens you up to explorations and adventures that you would never experience on land, and it’s the perfect way to relax, enjoy, and see more of the world. As Covid restrictions are being lifted and the world is slowly opening up for international travel, global demand for yacht holidays is rising again. Boatcrowd.com is a fast-growing yacht charter platform that promises you this experience. Launched last year in Phuket, Boatcrowd offers over 8,000 yachts […]

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Bangkok Metropolitan Administration opens up registration for free Covid-19 vaccines

To coincide with the Smart Entry scheme for public safety, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has opened the Covid-19 vaccine registration for Thais and non-Thais aged 18 and up. The programme will deliver the first dose, as well as the second and third doses. From now on, registration will be done through the QUEQ application. Those who intend to vaccinate in a group (of 10 or more people) can fill out a form using the QR code. Those who are unable to register through the app may do so at the immunisation site in Din Daeng, Veth Sports Building 2, Bangkok […]

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Public Health Ministry monitoring Omicron variant, public urged not to panic

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry says the public shouldn’t panic over the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. Dr Kiattiphum Wongrajit says the ministry is monitoring the situation and on alert for possible Omicron cases. Meanwhile, people should continue to observe existing disease prevention measures. “The departments of Medical Sciences and Disease Control have been tasked with monitoring the new variant closely and communicating with the public regularly to ease their concerns. Meanwhile, all provincial public health offices must follow the VUCA measures – vaccination, universal prevention, Covid-free setting, and use of antigen test kits. These measures should especially target priority […]

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Bomb attack damages vehicles carrying ballot boxes from local election in Yala

A bombing in the Deep South province Yala damaged several vehicles carrying ballot boxes from a local election. After the polls closed on Sunday for the Bannang Sata tambon administration organisation elections, eight vehicles were used to take the ballot boxes to the district office. As the vehicles drove on a rural road at around 7:55pm, a parked motorcycle exploded. A polling official was slightly injured in the bombing and taken to Bannang Sata Hospital. Thai police had actually been preparing to crack down on politically motivated crimes. In an earlier report, police announced that they planned to deployed more than […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Omicron worries mount worldwide
Dutch authorities scrambled on Saturday to see if 61 passengers from South Africa who tested positive for Covid-19 have the new Omicron strain, as the shutters came down around the world to contain the new variant.
New Covid alarm sounds
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned Thais to avoid travelling to countries where a new Covid-19 variant first detected in South Africa has been found.
6,073 new Covid cases, 32 new deaths
Thailand logged 6,073 new Covid-19 cases and 32 fatalities on Friday, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.
Nightlife industry closed until Jan 16
Night entertainment venues will not be allowed to open before Jan 16 as the government has extended the emergency decree for another two months, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) confirmed on Friday.
B63m in stolen donations returned to venerated abbot
Police have detained a temple caretaker and two associates and seized and returned to the abbot about 63 million baht the trio allegedly embezzled from donated temple funds.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Heavy rain, flooding in Surat Thani
SURAT THANI: Military and civilian teams helped people move their possessions to higher ground after villages in three districts were hit by flash floods caused by heavy rain on Monday night.
114 car dealers face tax evasion case
The Department of Special Investigation is coordinating with the Department of Land Transport to take legal action against 114 luxury car importers who were found to have evaded paying taxes on 854 imported cars.
Sex shops offer Brazil's Evangelicals a taste of heaven
RIO DE JANEIRO: Sometimes, she disguises her merchandise as medication, or as a bakery delivery. Whatever the packaging, Andrea dos Anjos knows discretion is key when Brazil's emerging Evangelical sex shops send erotic products to their clients.
TAO polls went well, police say
The election of tambon administrative organisation (TAO) chiefs and members went quite smoothly on Sunday, through suspected vote buying were reported in five provinces, the Royal Thai Police said on Monday.
Indigenous Australian actor from 'Crocodile Dundee' dies
SYDNEY: David Dalaithngu, the Indigenous Australian actor who mesmerised audiences in his breakout movie Walkabout and was hailed as one of the country's greatest artists, has died at the age of 68, four years after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Pfizer already working on Covid vaccine targeting Omicron: CEO
NEW YORK: Pfizer has already started working on a version of its Covid-19 vaccine specifically targeting the new Omicron variant in case the current inoculation is not effective against the latest strain, the US drugmaker's CEO Albert Bourla said Monday.
Tiny Hungarian village creates one of Europe's largest nativity scenes
VORS, Hungary: The tiny Hungarian village of Vors has a long tradition that survived even communist rule: every year its residents build the country's largest Christmas nativity scene in their ornate baroque church.
4,306 new Covid cases, 37 more deaths
There were 4,306 new Covid-19 cases and 37 more fatalities recorded during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Tuesday morning.
Ministry reduces prices of agrochemicals
The Commerce Ministry's Internal Trade Department has teamed up with importers and traders to reduce the prices of 74 agrochemical products by as much as 35% for three months, effective immediately.
Line TV closes citing intense competition, rising costs
Line Thailand closed down its operation of Line TV after eight years amid intense competition of streaming services and the high cost of content licences.
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