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Thailand joins list of countries hit by all 5 variants of concern

Thailand is among 49 countries that have been hit by the five Covid-19 variants of concern, namely Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Omicron, a Chulalongkorn University lecturer said on Saturday.Thailand joins list of countries hit by all 5 variants of concernCiting the World Health Organisation ...

The Nation Reporter

Festive spending at 12-year low

Spending during the festive season is expected to remain below 100 billion baht for a second straight year, hitting a 12-year low as growing concerns over the Covid-19 Omicron variant continue to undermine public sentiment.The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) revealed its ...

Phusadee Arunmas

Omicron cases 'rising rapidly'

About 16% of Covid-19 infections detected in Thailand so far have been proven to be cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, according to the latest random sample collected by the Public Health Ministry.Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Bank of Thailand holds fire on rates, flags Omicron risk

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) left its key interest rate unchanged at a record low for a 13th straight meeting on Wednesday, to support a tourism-reliant economy facing fresh risks from the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.The BoT’s Monetary Policy Committee unanimously voted to ...

Digital finance to support growth next year - Fin Min

Thailand’s digital finance will be a major boost to economic growth next year, helping smaller businesses gain more access to credit after a struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic, the finance minister said on Wednesday.Small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs), the backbone of the economy, have been ...

Tourism ministry unveils portal to assist visitors

Thailand has launched a new tourism website, aiming to make travel to the country easier for the 8-15 million tourists expected to visit next year.The central platform, named Entry Thailand, includes necessary information before arrival, providing basic information and documents that tourists have to prepare ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Migrant workers in times of Covid-19: An empathetic disaster response for Myanmar workers in Thailand

During disasters, the needs of migrants, especially undocumented labors, are often overlooked as states tend to prioritize their own citizens. During the Covid-19 pandemic, migrant workers faced further anxiety and stigma. Thailand’s civil society played an important role in assisting migrant workers during the pandemic ...

Thailand detects first Omicron Covid case

Thailand has detected its first case of Omicron.The coronavirus variant was found in an American businessman of Thai descent who arrived in the country from Spain, senior Public Health Ministry officials said on Monday.Department of Medical Sciences director-general Supakit Sirilak said the new variant was ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

More people rely on internet payments since Covid: poll

More people have turned to the internet for financial transactions and making payments for goods and services, according to the result of a survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.The poll was conducted online on 1,047 people throughout the country from Nov ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Border security boosted as Omicron gets closer

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered border security to be reinforced after the first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was detected in Malaysia, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana says.A border security alarm was sounded as concerns grew over the cross-border spread of the new ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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