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Social Distancing Goes Out The Window As Citizens Queue For Government Subsidies

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Social Distancing Goes Out The Window As Citizens Queue For Government Subsidies

All social distancing protocols went out the window as tens of thousands of mostly elderly Thais queued at branches of Krung Thai Bank to register for the Rao Chana government assistance program.

The first phase of the Rao Chana shopping handout worth 7,000 baht in credit opened to smartphone users between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 with almost 11 million people applying.

Registration for those without a smartphone or internet access opened on Monday 15th February and will last for ten days.

Early Monday queues began forming outside branches of Krung Thai Bank across the country as elderly members of the population waited in line to sign up for the 7,000 baht handout.

With banks only accepting up to 100 applicants a day, many returned home unable to register.

Those who are successful will be able to use the credit to buy goods from selected stores with the balance valid until May 31.

Photos of long lines spread like wildfire on social media with the government coming in for heavy criticism for putting elderly people at risk of catching Covid-19 at a time when many businesses remain shuttered or in a slump due to restrictions put in place to combat the spread of the virus.

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The First Batch Of Covid-19 Vaccines Arrived In Thailand Today

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The First Batch Of Covid-19 Vaccines Arrived In Thailand Today

The Prime Minister visited Suvarnabhumi Airport this morning to personally received the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines flown in from China.

The first 200,000 Sinovac doses arrived on Thai Airways flight TG675 from Beijing as Thailand prepares to kick start its national vaccination campaign.

The receiving ceremony was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha, and Yang Xin, Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy.

In addition to the Sinovac’s vaccine, another 117,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine will also arrive this afternoon.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, the second batch of 800,000 doses of Sinovac’s vaccine will arrive next month and another batch of one million in April.

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JUST IN: BMA Give Green Light For Booze From Today

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BMA Give Green Light For Booze From Today

After what feels like an eternity, the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority has just announced that bars and entertainment venues can reopen and booze is back on the menu at restaurants effective immediately.

The news comes after the BMA Communicable Disease Committee met this afternoon to discuss the relaxing measures that came into effect yesterday from the CCSA that saw Bangkok downgraded to the Orange Controlled Area category.

The news means restaurants can now sell alcohol to customers, nightlife can resume and bars reopen – all with a closing time of 11pm.

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ThailandPlus Tracking App Now Mandatory For All Foreign Tourists

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Foreigners who have been issued with a Certificate Of Entry to Thailand are now required to download the ThailandPlus app prior to their arrival, according to the Government Public Relations Department.

Announced last October, the ThailandPlus tracking application is intended to create confidence among foreign tourists about their health and safety while on holiday together with containing the spread of COVID-19.

ThailandPlus functions like the Mor Chana app using GPS and Bluetooth for track and trace in addition to linking with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to log information including certificate of entry details.

The whereabouts of all tourists with the app installed will be known throughout their stay and allow authorities to immediately alert visitors if they have come into any high-risk situations or environments.

Authorities said the application would not infringe on any users privacy and is intended only to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Thai embassies and consulates overseas will provide visitors with information about how to download and use the ThailandPlus app.

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