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Thailand Allowing Foreign Diplomats To Fly In

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Thailand Now Allowing Foreign Diplomats To Fly In

Six foreigners were allowed to fly into Thailand on Monday aboard repatriation flights for Thai nationals from the Netherlands and Canada.

2 Danish diplomats, 1 Norwegian diplomat, 1 Swiss diplomat and 1 Czech “traveller” landed at Suvarnabhumi on KLM Airlines flight KL875 and once through the screening process, all were taken to the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort on Wireless Road in Bangkok for 14-day quarantine.

Later in the day, 1 Canadian diplomat arrived on All Nippon Airways Flight NH847 from Canada who after passing the screening process was collected by officials and taken to quarantine facilities arranged by the embassy.

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On March 26 Thailand closed its borders to foreigners, except diplomats and foreigners with a valid work permit, as part of the measures put in place under the emergency decree to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Those who were allowed to fly in had to show authorities a health certificate, issued no more than 72 hours before travelling, confirming that they had been tested and were free from coronavirus. They also had to provide proof of insurance showing a minimum of not less than US$100,000 that included coronavirus coverage.

On April 4, all inbound flights were suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority with the following exemptions: state or military aircraft, emergency or technical landings, humanitarian and medical relief flights, repatriation and cargo aircraft.

The ban has been extended several times already and currently runs until June 30, with no indication from the powers that be if it will be extended yet again

News that six foreigners have been allowed to enter Thailand this week will bring hope to thousands who work, reside or have families here who have been stranded overseas due to current travel ban.

Natapanu Nopakun, from the Foreign Ministry’s Information Department, said: “The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is currently discussing the option of letting foreigners enter the country in due course. We also plan to give priority to permanent residents and those with work permits to return as soon as the situation has eased”.

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Russian Woman Suspected Of Murdering Her Infant Daughter In North Pattaya

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A Russian woman who attempted to take her own life by jumping from a third-floor apartment in North Pattaya at the weekend is in police custody suspected of murdering her infant daughter.

Anna Efimova, 33, was found by police and medics with injuries to her legs at the apartment block on Sukhumvit Road at around 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

While she was taken to Bangkok Pattaya hospital for treatment while Banglamung police went to inspect her room where they found blood stains and splatters on the floor and walls.

In the bathroom, they discovered the body of an infant girl with 3 large wounds to her forehead under a towel below the wash hand basin.

Documents found in the room identified the dead infant as the woman’s daughter who was 1 year and 7 months old.

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Police also found drug paraphernalia in the room with officers speculating the suspect might have been high when she killed her daughter, before jumping from the balcony.

An employee at the apartment block told police the woman checked in with her daughter on Saturday at 7pm and paid for a three-day stay.

Police are now waiting for the woman to recover to question her over the girl’s death.

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Boxing Is Back But No Spectators Allowed

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Muay Thai boxing resumed on Saturday after more than three months but fans of the national sport had to make do with watching on television as spectators are still banned.

Matches resumed as Thailand eases measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which left hundreds of boxers and referees without work.

No local transmissions of the virus have been reported for 40 days.

However, authorities have yet to issue rules on when and how spectators will be allowed to attend sports venues.

In March, a spike in virus cases was linked to a boxing match at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

“Today is a good start for the boxing industry,” said Viboon Jampa-nguern, head of the boxing committee.

“Boxers are in jeopardy, they don’t have alternative jobs. The same goes for those who work as boxing referees, they don’t have second jobs to support them,” he said.

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Suicide Suspected In Death Of Australian Man In Pattaya

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A 59-year-old Australian man was found dead on Saturday afternoon at a Pattaya apartment with police suspecting suicide was the likely cause of death.

Police were alerted at around 4.30pm by the apartment block housekeeper who found the body of Andrew George Tomlinson laid on the bed with a plastic bag over his head fastened with a cable tie. His hands were also bound with a cable tie.

There were no signs of a struggle, no bruises on the body, no reason to suspect a robbery gone wrong and no valuables missing.

CCTV from the building showed nobody had entered the room.

The body was sent to Police General Hospital in Bangkok for a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of death and the Australian embassy notified.

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