150 new Covid-19 cases Thursday
published : 18 Feb 2021 at 13:30 People wait for testing in Pathum Thani on Wednesday, when the country logged 150 new cases. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb) The government on Thursday reported 150 new Covid-19 cases, comprising 142 local infections and eight imported, raising the total to 25,111.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said 104 cases were found in communities and 38 cases at hospitals. Samut Sakhon province logged 88 new cases. Of these, 62 were found in communities (60 Myanmar and two Thais) and 26 at hospitals (19 Thais and seven Myanmar). Bangkok recorded five new cases diagnosed at hospitals, all Thais. Pathum Thani had 45 new cases, 42 in communities (24 Myanmar, 17 Thais and one Lao national) and three Myanmar cases confirmed at hospital.
175 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday
published : 17 Feb 2021 at 13:14 Buddhist worshippers wear face masks during a visit to Bangkok's Temple of the Dawn, which reopened on Monday. The country reported 175 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool) The government on Wednesday reported 175 new Covid-19 cases over the previous 24 hours, 168 local infections and seven imported, raising the total to 24,961.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said 114 infections were found in communities and 54 in testing at hospitals. Samut Sakhon province logged 73 new cases, 43.45% of all new cases nationwide. Of these, 34 were confirmed at hospitals (22 Thais and 12 Myanmar) and 39 at one factory (27 Myanmar and 12 Thais).
Civil Partnership Bill delayed 1
A file photo shows a Pride Parade in the Silom area of Bangkok on Nov 7 last year. (Photo: by Apichit Jinakul) The Civil Partnership Bill is facing a delay as government whips once again questioned its necessity and requested another round of focus group interviews.
Chompoonute Nakornthap, policy adviser to the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, revealed her team was asked to review the bill.
In July last year, the cabinet said it would pass the bill to government whips for further consideration. However, the whips recently asked the bill's sponsors to review its content, questioning its necessity and the sponsors' actual intentions, while also addressing religious sensitivity.
Future unclear for Myanmar expats published : 8 Feb 2021 at 09:58 A woman holds a candle and a picture of leader Aung San Suu Kyi as Myanmar citizens protest in Bangkok on Saturday. (Reuters photo) After the military coup in their native country on Feb 1, many Myanmar citizens working in Thailand say they are reluctant to go back home, but a student said he and his friends are determined to continue studying and later return to their homeland.
A 45-year-old Myanmar migrant worker, known only as Macho, said she was concerned over the fate of her country, as she believes other nations will boycott Myanmar resulting in a reduction of investment and loss of employment opportunities.
Students happy to go to class -- for a change
Those near Samut Sakhon are still having to make do online
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A boy raises his hand for a temperature check at Wat Nong Khaem School in the capital. Pattarapong Chatpattarasill Pupils returned to schools across Bangkok on Monday although not everyone was allowed to reunite with classmates.
A surge in Covid-19 infections in Bangkok at the end of last year forced classes online as the city entered a partial lockdown.
The infection rate has since improved.
Bored of being stuck at home, many students could not have been happier to return to school.
Experts call for plan to help pupils published : 29 Jan 2021 at 09:33 8
Teachers spray a disinfectant agent inside a classroom at Ban Bang Kapi School in Bangkok on Thursday ahead of the re-opening of 437 schools under the supervision of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration next week. Photo by SOMCHAI POOMLARD Urgent measures are needed to help students in provinces under maximum Covid-19 controls catch up on their studies, academics say.
Sompong Jitradub, a lecturer with Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Education, urged the government to come up with a plan to help these students. "Since the Covid-19 outbreak, schools in Thailand have been forced to stop providing in-person education for about 90 days, or about 40%, of the academic year. As a result, the quality of education for many students has deteriorated," he said.