7,122 new Covid cases, 12 more deaths

The local infection rate is rising, in line with the global trend, but daily coronavirus-related deaths remain low, a senior health official says.

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Drug code sows cannabis confusion

Plant remains a tightly controlled substance despite legal amendments.

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Cannabis confusion

Talks aim for solution to stalled orbital slots

Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn plans to hold discussions with the telecom regulator and security agencies to come up with a resolution that paves the way for some satellite orbital slots being allocated to National Telecom (NT) to be used for security purpose and public interest.

Stalled orbital slots

Ministry pushes for Test & Go redux

The expected resumption of the Test & Go tourism scheme in February should allow the country to attract at least 8 million tourists this year - Tourism and Sports Ministry.

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Test & Go redux

Omicron out-muscles Delta as cases surge

Bangkok has surpassed 10,000 new cases since the beginning of the latest Covid-19 wave as the Omicron variant is now accounting for around 90% of all new infections.

Omicron out-muscles Delta as cases surge

DSI submits extra info on 'Billy' case

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has submitted additional information relating to the disappearance of Karen rights activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen to the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG), which the office needs for further legal action.

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Extra info on 'Billy' case

Anutin looks to delist pot

The Public Health Ministry will on Wednesday propose to totally delist cannabis from the narcotics list, paving the way for households to grow the plant legally.

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Household cannabis
18 Jan 2022

Govt to lower Covid alert, ease curbs as infections slow

Covid restrictions are set to ease, with a lowered alert level, changes to colour-code zones, expansion of sandbox provinces and revival of Test & Go entry all under discussion.

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Come back (soon)
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Cabinet approves visa changes to woo wealthy foreigners

The cabinet approves visa changes to attract affluent foreigners for lengthy stays, targeting the rich, retirees, remote workers and skilled professionals.

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Money, please
18 Jan 2022

6,397 new Covid cases, 18 more deaths

The daily coronavirus-related death toll is up, to 18 from 13 last reported, and they were all in the senior age group, 70-93 years.

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18 Jan 2022

Thailand 16th among Google removal rank

Thailand has made 1,147 requests for Google to take down content since 2011 with 95.2% related to government criticism -- the highest rate in the world.

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Thailand 16th among Google removal rank
18 Jan 2022

Property developers want tax reductions to be extended

Real estate developers are calling for an extension of the 90% reduction in the rate of the land and building tax as the impact on the sector remains severe.

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'Help them survive'
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Anutin backs restoring Test & Go as Omicron fears ease

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul will propose restoring the Test & Go programme to win back overseas visitors and accelerate the economic recovery.

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Anutin backs restoring Test & Go
18 Jan 2022

Subsidy slashed amid tepid travel

The Tourism and Sports Ministry will reduce the budget for the "Tour Teaw Thai" tour package subsidy programme, while slashing the scheme's projected tour packages from a million to 200,000 amid weak demand.

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Subsidy slashed
18 Jan 2022

Booster mix effective against Omicron, study shows

Topping up full doses of Covid vaccines like Sinovac and AstraZeneca with an mRNA Pfizer booster shot produces high immunity against both Delta and Omicron, says the government.

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Mixed jabs effective
18 Jan 2022

EEC investment forecast sees dramatic decline ahead

Infrastructure investment in the government's flagship Eastern Economic Corridor during 2022-2026 is estimated at only 398 billion baht.

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Dramatic decline ahead
18 Jan 2022

Govt to help dropouts return to school

The government has launched a project to encourage children who dropped out of school to return and finish their education.

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Govt to help dropouts return to school
18 Jan 2022

PPRP loses South by-elections

The Palang Pracharath Party's (PPRP) failure to capture two House seats in Sunday's by-elections in Chumphon and Songkhla has prompted questions over whether the ruling party, which only just recently made inroads with voters in the South, is on the way out of government.

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PPRP loses South by-elections
17 Jan 2022

Govt mulls resuming quarantine-free travel programme

The government may revive the quarantine-free visa programme for vaccinated travellers from abroad, as fears of a new wave of Omicron-driven Covid cases recede.

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Test & Go again?
17 Jan 2022

Second Omicron-related death

An 84-year-old unvaccinated woman with terminal lung cancer is Thailand's second Omicron-related death.

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Elderly victim