Thailand News Today | Water fights are banned for Songkran this year

It may quickly get slightly simpler to journey to Thailand. The authorities plans to scrap the pre-departure testing requirements for vaccinated travellers getting into the country beneath the Test & Go and Sandbox schemes. A spokesperson says they’re waiting for confirmation.
 

Under the deliberate revisions, a PCR check is needed on arrival and a self-administered fast antigen take a look at on day 5 of their stay in Thailand under the Test & Go and Sandbox schemes. This is in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Natpahu, who provides the CCSA briefing in English. Plans to scrap the required PCR test earlier than departure nonetheless must be confirmed, he says.
The pre-departure PCR take a look at, taken no less than seventy two hours before takeoff, has been seen as a deterrent to journey as many say it isn’t only inconvenient but expensive, especially for those travelling with children.
Starting April 1, those coming into under the Alternative Quarantine scheme, which is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers, has been reduce down to 5 days.
Travellers coming into Thailand, with the exception of Thai residents and returning expats, want a minimal medical insurance coverage of 20,000 US dollars.
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It’s going to be another dry Songkran. For the third time, water fights have been banned for the Thai New Year.
The holiday, which is April thirteen to fifteen this yr, was celebrated with huge water fights with crowds capturing water weapons, spraying water hoses, and dumping buckets of water on one another. Everyone gets soaked… however not this 12 months.
The water fights and foam events have been banned because of the ongoing Covid outbreak and Thai officials say only conventional Songkran activities are allowed, which includes going to temples, praying, and pouring water on Buddhist statues in addition to on the hands of aged people as a blessing. There are not any restrictions on interprovincial travel, so Thais can nonetheless visit their families to rejoice the New Year.
The determination to ban water fights was made by the CCSA right now during its general meeting chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. Under the guidelines set, conventional Songkran ceremonies at temples must abide by the government’s “Covid Free Setting” well being measures. The public is asked to keep away from celebrations in public locations, like on the road. Other Songkran actions – as lengthy as they’re dry – could be hosted with permission from the government.
The CCSA also announced that powder can additionally be banned throughout Songkran, a rule that had been set earlier than the pandemic.


Restrictions are easing throughout Thailand as numerous provinces have been reclassified on the Thai government’s colour-coded zoning scale primarily based on native Covid-19 an infection charges.
Two provinces have been reclassified as so-called “blue” zones, which are open to worldwide tourism, and greater than 20 “orange” zone provinces have been reclassified as “yellow” zones with much less stringent measures.
Chiang Mai and Petchaburi have been reclassified as “blue” zones to allow international tourism. Chiang Mai has had 4 districts permitted to welcome abroad vacationers, and native officials have been pushing for the complete province to be open to travellers.


Thailand’s mask mandate is still in impact. The Thai government considered lifting the mandate and discussed first lifting the measure at public parks, however PM Prayut Chan-o-cha mentioned in a press conference today that the masks mandate will remain in impact.
The prime minister added that Covid remains to be a pandemic and relevant departments have been ordered to carefully monitor the Omicron sub-variant BA.2.2, which was lately detected in Thailand.
Masks are required in public locations in Thailand, and people who don’t wear a mask can face fines, which can go as a lot as 20,000 baht for repeated offences.


A leading health professional says Thailand ought to phase out using favipiravir, saying molnupiravir is a more effective Covid treatment.
Dr. Opass, from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases Clinical Centre, says this will be important because the nation moves to declare Covid endemic. He added that the value of molnupiravir produced in India is somewhere between 600 and seven-hundred baht per therapy course, in comparability with 50,000 baht for the molnupiravir model produced by Merck.
However, earlier this week, Cabinet gave the go-ahead to ditch a procurement plan for 50,000 doses of molnupiravir, in favour of 17 million favipiravir drugs and over 5,000 vials of the antiviral medication, remdesivir.
Opass factors out that while favipiravir has been the primary remedy of selection in Thailand, there is no clear data that proves its efficacy. By distinction, a latest research shows that molnupiravir is 30% effective at stopping severe illness in Covid patients. The medic is asking on the federal government to import molnupiravir from India and guarantee all hospitals have sufficient provides, so it can be administered promptly to those who want it.
He goes on to say that sure classes of Covid patients are still susceptible to severe illness, even if they’re absolutely vaccinated. These include people on immunosuppressive medicine, who want entry to effective therapy. He adds that whereas new infections are expected to drop 2 – three weeks after the Songkran holiday, the virus nonetheless must be carefully monitored.


A 26-year-old was arrested for allegedly blackmailing high school college students which is believed to have led to the student’s suicide.
The man allegedly made a pretend account on-line, identifying himself as a teenage girl and luring students into sending sexually express videos, then demanding cash, threatening to launch the videos. Police say they imagine the person was concentrating on college students from wealthy households.
The officers from Sarapee Police Station in Chiang Mai acquired a report about a 17-year-old highschool pupil who committed suicide by firing himself together with his father’s gun. In a letter discovered on the scene, it stated he was stressed over monetary problems, saying he was blackmailed and needed to steal cash from his household to meet the calls for.
Officers checked the student’s telephone for more information and suspect a scammer is a 26-year-old man residing in Bangkok. The authorities from Thailand Internet Crimes Against Children raided a dormitory and arrested him on costs of using baby pornography to threaten for cash and benefits.
The Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, Surachate Hakparn says he questioned the suspect, adding that he would interrogate additional for more particulars on how many victims he has lured into sharing sexually explicit content.
Feast say they suspect the man is a part of a gang that has blackmailed numerous college students, targeting those from wealthy families.


The Pattaya News reviews that the incident took place round eleven.30 pm last evening on the Tree Town complex, with a 58-year-old man, reportedly Irish, injured within the Security guards at a nightlife complicated in central Pattaya are accused of attacking a overseas tourist in a dispute over a invoice.
For their half, the guards declare the vacationer refused to pay his bill and tried to flee. When they stopped him, they say he tried to struggle them, then accidentally fell over.
According to a rescue employee at the scene, the unnamed man sustained a heavily bleeding head wound and was reportedly confused. He was given emergency therapy at the scene, earlier than being transferred to an area hospital.
According to the Pattaya News, 2 Australian tourists who witnessed the incident, told police the person had been chased by a selection of Tree Town safety guards, who then received into an altercation with him. They report seeing the man fall and hit his head, however they might not say who started the physical altercation.
When questioned by police, 2 safety guards stated that the person had refused to pay his invoice and tried to flee the venue. They say they tried to stop him, then chased him and blocked his path, at which point he turned aggressive and shoved them. They claim they responded in self-defense and as they had been trying to calm him down, the man fell and hit his head..

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