Thailand News Today | Thailand battles with easing restrictions

As infections proceed to rise sharply throughout the country, the federal government has raised the Covid alert to Level 4 nationwide.
The transfer comes because the number of extreme cases and deaths additionally continues to rise, with many of the deaths reported within the aged, the unvaccinated, and those with underlying health circumstances. However, the CCSA has said that lockdowns is not going to be applied to be able to curb the unfold. Instead, disease prevention and containment measures are to be ramped up throughout the nation.
According to the Public Health Ministry, there has been a noticeable spike in infections among family members and shut acquaintances because of eating out together, enjoying sports, and attending weddings and funerals.
Kiattiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary for public health, says that if individuals drop their guard and fail to adhere to illness prevention measures, there could presumably be a return to tougher restrictions.
Across the nation, infections are increasing in all groups, but particularly, those of working age and children. The Department of Disease Control is paying shut attention to the state of affairs in 18 tourism provinces. Of these, Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phuket, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nonthaburi, and Pathumthani has reported fluctuating case numbers however the overall pattern is climbing.
The CCSA meets tomorrow to assess the latest state of affairs while reviewing measures aimed at boosting financial restoration. Spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangson says that from tomorrow, the focus of the government’s Covid process force will be on the number of extreme cases and deaths. She provides that whereas there aren’t any lockdown plans, the country isn’t but able to observe different international locations in enjoyable restrictions.
She was quoted saying “While the CCSA is unlikely to deliver back lockdowns, Thailand still can not afford to relax virus curbs in the same method as different international locations have carried out. We need to come up with our own approach.”
Following the human trafficking of Rohingya folks on the border of Thailand and Malaysia as reported yesterday, PM Prayut declared that Thailand “was severe about human trafficking”, and the situation was “improving”.
On February 18, Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome reported during a parliamentary meeting that the previous policeman Paween Pongsiri was threatened by high-profile authorities after working on the human trafficking case on the border.
A Thairath News report in 2015 wrote that “Maj Gen Paween Pongsiri, the top of the staff investigating the human trafficking of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, has reportedly decided to move overseas with his family out of fear of the repercussions from the still powerful trafficking syndicates.”
The former high policeman had additionally been tasked with checking out Phuket’s public transport monopolies and alleged ‘taxi and tuk tuk mafia’ but had run up against deep-seated corruption and a tradition of concern on the vacationer island.
Most notably, Paween was the investigating team chief working intently on the human trafficking case and was liable for discovering the makeshift camp in Songkhla the place Rohingya victims were captured and imprisoned – the photos of which shocked Thais. He claimed that he was stopped from working because the case concerned many influential folks.
The MP additionally shared that Paween was pressured by different seniors until he left the country and sought shelter in Australia for his safety.
Yesterday, PM Prayut commented on the matter with Thai media saying that he had left Thailand on his personal accord and “no one might threaten him as Thailand had laws”.
The Prime Minister continued, quote “If Paween is assured that he was clean and didn’t have any problems with me or others, he may come again.”
The PM additionally refused to concede that the human trafficking scenario in Thailand had become worse. Instead, he insisted that the scenario of crackdowns on human traffickers was “getting higher and better”.
Some members of the general public have reacted with anger after Phuket police arrested a quantity of foreign vacationers who were driving electrical scooters.
In the usually busy tourist space of Patong, the vacationers had been charged with using unregistered automobiles on the highway. Officers confiscated the scooters, threatening authorized action towards those that rented them out.
However, pictures of the bemused vacationers being arrested quickly went viral, producing a backlash from netizens. Many wanted to know why the police hadn’t merely gone to arrest those working the scooter rental companies, pointing out that the actions of the police might jeopardise the island’s already fragile tourism trade.
According to a report, Patong Police Station has confirmed that the use of electric scooters is banned, because of the risk to other highway customers and to the scooter riders themselves. In addition, whereas the vacationers have been arrested for using unregistered automobiles, the police have confirmed it’s not possible to register electrical scooters under the prevailing legal guidelines of the Phuket Provincial Land Transportation Office.
Star Petroleum Refining, the petrochemical firm behind three separate oil leaks about 20 kilometres off the Rayong coastline, has now been accredited by Map Ta Phut Provincial police and Marine Department to seal leaks in their underwater pipeline.
The company says that works have begun right now, starting with clearing the latest oil leak of around 12,000 spare metres that occurred about 2 days in the past.
The firm promises that they may end the repairs and clean up within eleven days.
Adding to local environmental woes from the oil leak, Rayong beaches at the moment are reporting dumps of medical waste, either washed up or dumped intentionally on the beach, which authorities say they’ll examine and monitor down the supply.
Thai media have reported on the mess that includes discarded face masks, empty medical vials, and bottles, and syringes unfold alongside PMY Beach, about 7 kilometres east alongside the Rayong coastline from the principle metropolis centre. Official are now investigating the origin of the dumped waste and warning tourists to not touch it with bare arms because it might bring diseases”.
Star Petroleum vows to seal the two leaking points within the underwater pipeline and “clean up” oil slicks in Rayong. Thai media report that the restore process shall be divided into three steps, including spraying the leak sealant on the valve to prevent oil spills, clearing the crude oil nonetheless stuck in the pipe, and sealing the two leaks.
The company confirmed that every course of can be beneath the close scrutiny of overseas specialists and officers from the oil pipeline manufacturer. State organisations, like the Royal Thai Navy and Marine Department, may also be part of the processes to gauge the protection and control any risks..

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