Finance Ministry reduces 2021 economic growth forecast to 2.3%

BANGKOK: The Finance Ministry has reduced its 2021 economic growth forecast for a second time, now from 2.8% down to 2.3% growth, in light of the third wave of coronavirus infections in Thailand this month. Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) Director-General Kulaya Tantitemit said the ministry slashed its forecast for the

Phuket running short of COVID quarantine hotel rooms for high risk contacts

PHUKET: People identified as high-risk contacts for exposure to a person now confirmed as infected with COVID-19 can observe their 14-day quarantine at home if COVID-protection measures can be met to protect other people living in the same household. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong confirmed the news during an inspection

Thailand re-imposes 14-day quarantine on all foreign arrivals

Thai authorities announced Thursday the extension to two weeks of the compulsory quarantine for travelers from abroad from May 6, while fighting its largest outbreak of COVID-19. “From 1 May 2021, all travelers who wish to enter Thailand (regardless of whether they have received vaccine or not) will be quarantined

Thailand records 21 deaths, 1,891 new COVID cases on Saturday

Thailand on Saturday reported 21 new coronavirus deaths, setting a new daily record and raising fatalities to 224, while 1,891 new cases brought the total to 67,044. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said of the deaths, 12 were women. The average age among the persons

Group of Thai returnees tested for ‘Indian strain’

Health officials are urgently trying to establish whether a group of Thais who recently returned home from India and tested positive for Covid-19 have contracted the new and highly dangerous variant of the virus currently sweeping through that country. The Public Health Ministry said on Friday that a laboratory was

Returning Thais tested for Indian variant of Covid-19

Thailand has launched the Mor Prom account on the Line app today where locals can register to get their vaccine appointments. While 16 million people earmarked as vulnerable will get top priority for the free vaccines, everyone can sign up now, though it appears to be for Thai

Man escapes serious injury as pickup slams into tree

PHUKET: A Phuket petrol station staffer escaped with only leg injuries after the pickup he was driving slammed into a tree on the central reservation on Thepkrasattri Rd in Muang Mai this morning (May 1). Lt Col Thitiwat Asasingha of the Thalang Police was called to the scene, the southbound

COVID alert for Phuket airline passengers

PHUKET: Passengers on specific flights between Phuket and Bangkok operated between Apr 15-26 have been urged to present themselves to a government hospital for a COVID test and observe any quarantine order by officials. The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) announced the warning on its official