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Thailand Covid-19 Situation Update: 8th April 2020

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The most important piece of information is that as yet there has been no announcement for a nationwide 24-hour curfew. Rumours are widespread with various dates being shared mainly around the week when Songkran would be celebrated. As of today, Wednesday 8th April, there is no news that the government will put the entire country into lockdown.

The current curfew of 10pm to 4am remains in place nationwide.

Many provinces have ordered it essential to wear a face mask at all time when outdoors with fines of 20,000 baht for those failing to comply. Rather than list those doing so, which will be out of date by this evening, I’d suggest wearing one wherever you are in Thailand to be on the safe side.

All passengers flights INTO Thailand are suspended until April 18th. However, that could and might be extended. Repatriation flights are still departing.

Most inter-province train services have been suspended until further notice.

All long-distance bus services have been suspended until further notice.

Chiang Mai has banned the sale of all alcohol between 10-20 April.

Pattaya will go into lockdown for 3 weeks beginning Thursday 9th April at 2pm with checkpoints being set up allowing only residents to enter the city.

The cabinet approved the Education Ministry proposal to defer the reopening of schools until July 1.

Immigration offices up and down the country, including Bangkok, are overrun with expats and tourists trying to extend their visas. Immigration are aware of the problem as is the PM but putting new rules and laws into place to grant automatic extensions are being held up with red-tape. UPDATE: PM Approves Automatic Visa Extensions

Many provinces have ordered hotels closed with some selecting only a handful that can remain open.

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Four New BTS Stations Opening Friday

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The operators of the BTS Skytrain system announced the opening of four new stations on the Sukhumvit Line northern extension will go ahead as planned this Friday following a series of successful test runs.

The four new stations opening are Royal Forest Department (N14), Bang Bua (N15), 11th Infantry Regiment (N16) and Wat Phra Si Mahathat (N17).

All trips between the Royal Forest Department and Wat Phra Si Mahathat will be free until the end of the year.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the new stations would link educational institutions, government offices, and suburban communities while relieving traffic on normally congested roads along the route of the new extension.

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

Two Chinese nationals were arrested and 1,000 cannabis plants seized after Bangkok Metropolitan police raided a warehouse in the On Nut area following a tip-off from the owner of the premises.

The two men, here on student visas, were selling dried organic marijuana to clients for 250,000 baht per kilo, however, their landlord became suspicious at high power bills running into six-figures every month in a property with a monthly rental price of only 40,000 baht.

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He called the police and asked them to look into the matter and surveillance was put in place to gather evidence.

Wu Ding Bin, 41, said to be the ringleader in the online business, caught on he was being watched and cut the power to the warehouse letting all the plants die.

Police had gathered enough evidence against him and raided the warehouse while another team picked him up at a condo on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24/3.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

Nike Thailand has launched a massive new flagship store in Bangkok’s Siam Center designed to showcase product innovation.

Operated by Southeast Asian luxury retail specialist Valiram, the new 9000sq foot Nikestore offers a blend of physical and digital retail experiences for shoppers.

Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

“Nike Bangkok at Siam Center exists to offer everyone the ability to make sport a daily habit, ensuring they are inspired and committed to staying active,” said director of Nike stores Southeast Asia & India Tarundeep Singh.

Services such as head-to-toe apparel fitting and footwear trialling are offered to provide consumers with opportunities to deepen their connection with the brand and select products suited to their needs.

You can also book one-on-one sessions with running experts and styling specialists.

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