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Health Minister Issues Apology For Farrang Face Mask Outburst

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Health Minister Issues Apology For Farang Face Mask Outburst

The Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has issued an apology this afternoon following his racial outburst on Friday morning that farrangs “should be kicked out” of Thailand if they don’t wear a face mask.

“Ai farangs, those tourists – that’s something the embassies should be noticed of and the public as well that are not wearing masks, We’re handing them out and they still refuse. They need to be kicked out of Thailand”, Anutin proclaimed to a press pack at SiamBTS this morning where free masks were being handed out as part of a public relations campaign.

Anutin continued, “They don’t care about the big picture and these tourists are in the country. We’re giving the masks to them and they still refuse” and “they don’t have any consideration to the situation”.

“The Chinese, the Asians – they are all taking [the masks], but those ai Europeans… that’s unbelievable”.

His references to farrangs and Europeans used derogatory prefixes.


Anutin’s comments immediately went viral drawing a huge backlash from both Thais and foreigners leading to him issuing an apology via his Facebook page in which he said his emotions got the better of him.

Many social media users were calling for his resignation as his comments come at a time when the tourism sector is at rock bottom due to the lack of Chinese tourists.

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Armed Bank Robber Who Stole 500,000 Baht Arrested

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Armed Robber Makes Off With 500,000 Baht From GH Bank

A 46-year-old Thai man who held up and robbed a Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural in Bangkok earlier this week has been arrested.

The incident happened just after 2pm on Wednesday at the Bangbon branch at Soi Ekachai 86 when the man armed with a knife and a plastic gun entered the branch and hopped over the counter helping himself to half a million baht before fleeing the scene.

He was picked up after detectives followed his movements using CCTV from the surrounding area.

The robber made a full confession telling officers the gun was made of plastic, adding he’d robbed the bank to feed his gambling habits.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Chiang Mai Karaoke Bar Hostess Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Chiang Mai Karaoke Bar Hostess Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Thai woman who came back from Myanmar to Chiang Mai without entering state quarantine has tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials.

The 29-year old works as a hostess in a karaoke bar and may have visited several shopping malls and a cinema in the city.

The governor of Chiang Mai, Charoenrit Sanguansat, said a press conference will be held later today with a timeline of where the woman has visited.

He reminded the public to follow COVID-19 prevention measures including wearing a mask, social distancing and regular hand washing.

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Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

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Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

A whale skeleton between 3,000 and 5,000 years old has been discovered 12 kilometres off the coast of Thailand just to the west of Bangkok.

The remains of the 12 meters long almost perfectly preserved skeleton is thought to be that of a Bryde’s whale, were found in early November.

The experts hope that the discovery might provide “a window into the past”, specifically for research on sea levels and biodiversity.

Pictures shared by Thailand’s environment minister Varawut Silpa-archa show the bones apparently almost entirely intact.

Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

He said that over 80 percent of the skeleton has so far been recovered that includes ribs, vertebrae, fins, and one shoulder blade.

As per the experts, the head of the skeleton is alone estimated to be about three meters in length.

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