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Illegal Sukhumvit Street Seller Confronted For Selling Overpriced Masks

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Sukhumvit Street Seller Confronted For Selling Overpriced Masks

An opportunistic street trader in Bangkok was confronted for selling overpriced surgical masks despite government warnings that vendors could five jail for ripping people off.

The man was caught on camera offering tourists ten flimsy blue paper masks for 350 baht at his illegal makeshift stall on Sukhumvit Road.

He was selling them despite a government warning that any vendors cashing in on the shortage of masks could face a jail term of five years or a fine of 100,000 baht.

Footage shows the man in the process of selling the masks to a Chinese tourist concerned about the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 disease.

Shockingly, health officials were handing out the masks for FREE just a few hundreds of metres away at a subway station.

When confronted, the street vendor claimed that the masks were ”heavy ones, good quality”.

His boss later arrived and told the filmer to ”f*** off”. The tourist then bought the masks.

The filmer said: ”The coronavirus has caused enough problems without people ripping other people off when we should be working together to stop the spread. Unfortunately, the tourist seemed to not know any better and ended up paying the vastly over-inflated price for the cheap masks which he could have picked up for free.”

There has been a nationwide shortage of face masks in Thailand and many other countries since the crisis escalated.

In response to claims of sellers inflating prices, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit approved a price cap of 2.5 baht on domestically-made masks.

“From Monday, all surgical face masks must be sold at 2.5 baht a piece, with violators liable to jail time and/or fines,” said Mr Jurin, who also chairs the Central Committee on Goods and Service Prices.

Face mask importers are also being forced to declare their import costs to the Department of Internal Trade (DIT). The rules also means the mark-up on the import price must not exceed 60 per cent.

The government said that manufacturers, distributors, exporters and importers of items on the list are required to notify the DIT of production costs, prices, production volume, export/import volume and inventory.

As of March 8, there have been at least 106,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world and at least 3,600 deaths. There are 60,228 recoveries.

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Government Set To Launch New Covid Relief Package

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Government Set To launch New Covid Relief Package

The government will launch a new relief package worth 225 billion baht to help 51 million people affected by the latest outbreak of COVID-19.

As part of the new measures, which will go before Cabinet next week, the government will launch a “Ying Chai Ying Dai” (the more you spend, the more you get) scheme, to give away e-vouchers, from July to September, to encourage the purchase of food, household products and services through the government’s e-wallet system.

Additionally, the relief package consists of a 67-billion-baht extension of the “Rao Chana” scheme, a new 18.5-billion-baht phase of the “Section 33 Rao Rak Kan” scheme and other measures worth around 140 billion baht in total. The “Khon La Khrueng” co-pay scheme will also be continued, providing 3,000-baht subsidies for everyday expenses.

For employees of private companies, the self-employed and farmers, the government will offer loans of 10,000 baht each, with a monthly interest rate of 0.35% for up to three years. The loans, totalling 20 billion baht, will be issued through the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives and the Government Savings Bank.

NNT- National News Bureau of Thailand

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Important Update Regarding Vaccines For Foreigners In Thailand

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Important Update Regarding Vaccines For Foreigners In Thailand

A spokesperson for the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs addressed the topic of vaccines for foreign residents residing in Thailand at today’s daily CCSA breifing.

This issue was the major talking point yesterday on social media among the expat community following a quote from a mid-level bureaucrat at the Ministry Of Public Health that was spun into clickbait by the Bangkok Post that left foreigners believing they would be last in line to be vaccinated.

Several key points were addressed including the lack of functionality on the official government app to register for the jab if you don’t have a Thai ID card.

Watch the full statement from Khun Phensom Lertsittichai below.



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New Crypto Regulations In Thailand Require In-Person ID Checks

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New Crypto Regulations In Thailand Require In-Person ID Checks

From September anyone in Thailand who wants to open a new cryptocurrency account must register in person, following an announcement from the Anti-Money Laundering Office.

Those wishing to set up a new crypto account will be required to submit key documents in person to register, as well as scan their Thai identification card in what is being referred to as a “dip-chip” machine.

The dip-chip machine system has successfully been used previously to register gold traders across Thailand.

Authorities expect the opening of crypto accounts to slow with the new rules as the opening of exchange accounts has traditionally been done online.

Some argue that having to physically register goes against the concept of crypto being a decentralized and digital system.

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