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Thailand’s hospitals under pressure as Covid crisis deepens

Thailand’s worsening Covid outbreak is placing intense pressure on hospitals, forcing doctors to treat patients in parking lots and turn away people who are severely ill. The country was widely praised for its Covid response last year, when it maintained one of the lowest caseloads in ...

Rebecca Ratcliffe and Navaon Siradapuvadol in Bangkok

Thailand tightens measures as daily cases cross 10,000

Thailand has tightened coronavirus restrictions and warned of further measures as daily cases surpassed 10,000 and the death toll hit a record 141 on Saturday despite an overnight curfew in Bangkok and several other provinces. The surge since April has overwhelmed hospitals, strained the economy and ...

Chalida Ekvittayavechnukul

In Mekong region, drug trade thrives

An example of a resilient business model in hard times? Indeed, except that this describes how the synthetic drug industry has been expanding in East and Southeast Asia, home to the Mekong region which is the manufacturing and trafficking hub that supplies illicit drugs that ...

JOHANNA SON

As Thailand hit by its worst COVID outbreak, economic risks rise

Thailand risks fueling its decade-high unemployment rate and household debt with the imposition of lockdown-like measures to contain the deadliest Covid outbreak to hit the nation. The greater Bangkok area, accounting for about 50% of Thailand’s gross domestic product, will shutter shopping malls, spas, massage and ...

Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Randy Thanthong-Knight | Bloomberg

NESDC set to table new relief measures

The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) plans to table before the cabinet on Tuesday remedy measures for those affected by the strict lockdown measures that took effect on Monday, says a cabinet source who requested anonymity. The remedy is to be funded by the ...

WICHIT CHANTANUSORNSIRI

Super set to build hybrid power plant

SET-listed Super Energy Corporation is planning to develop Thailand’s first power plant based on hybrid renewable resources under a “firm” power purchase agreement (PPA). A firm PPA refers to a steady supply of electricity provided to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat). Usually renewable power, except ...

YUTHANA PRAIWAN

Thailand Migrant Workers Sign Contracts They Don’t Understand, Undercutting Efforts to Stop Abuses

Migrant workers from Cambodia and Myanmar are being asked to sign contracts they cannot read in order to work in Thailand’s fishing fleet, a new study has found, undercutting efforts to expunge abuses from a sector worth billions of dollars to the Southeast Asian country. Thailand ...

Vijitra Duangdee

United States Plans to Donate Vaccines to Thailand

The President of the United States announced a plan to deliver 80 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to countries in need around the world. Thailand will receive a share of safe and effective vaccines from this world-wide donation. The United States is sharing these ...

U.S. Embassy Bangkok

Forced labor: Thailand put on US human trafficking watchlist

Thailand has been downgraded by the United States in a global report on human trafficking because the Southeast Asian nation’s government “does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.” In its 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report, in which Thailand has been downgraded ...

UCA News reporter, Bangkok

New Unesco heritage bid for forest site

Thailand will push ahead with another attempt to secure Unesco World Heritage site status for the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex at the annual World Heritage Convention this month, said Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. The country’s largest national park, covering a 2.9-million rai ...

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