Palang Pracharath expects more unity after Thamanat's expulsion

Palang Pracharath looks to greater unity after showing Thamanat Propow and his faction the door after he insisted on a major revamp of the ruling party.

'Demands unacceptable'

8,129 new Covid cases, 19 more deaths

Daily figures for new infections are up slightly, as is the number of coronavirus-related deaths, but the government remains confident the health system can handle it.

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Fewer Covid control zones, drinking hours extended

The number of Covid-19 control orange zones will be reduced from next Monday, and drinking hours extended at approved eateries, as the Covid-19 situation improves, a senior health official says.

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Controls eased

Test & Go quarantine-free entry to resume Feb 1

Thailand will resume the 'Test & Go' quarantine waiver for vaccinated arrivals from Feb 1 in response to slowing coronavirus infections, the government says.

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Test & Go revived

OIC rejects bid to cancel lump sum Covid payments

The Office of the Insurance Commission unanimously ruled against revoking an order that bans insurance companies from cancelling Covid-19 lump sum payments.

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OIC rejects bid to cancel lump sum Covid payments

Dept offers treatment for 'Long Covid'

The Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine (DoTTAM) has begun offering treatment for people suffering from post-Covid-19 syndrome, or "Long Covid".

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Treatment for 'Long Covid'

Chicken added to price control list

The Commerce Ministry is putting chickens and chicken meat on the state price control list and rolling out more stringent measures for chicken raisers and slaughterhouses.

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Chicken added to price control list

Test & Go for overseas arrivals to be restored, fine-tuned

The Test & Go programme will be reintroduced soon while entry rules under the scheme will be tweaked to allow close monitoring of overseas arrivals' health.

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Test & Go again

Committee finalised for data protection act

The committee responsible for spearheading tasks for the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) has been established.

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Committee finalised for data protection act

Opposition to file general debate motion

The opposition will file a general debate motion against the government in parliament over its failure to address a range of pressing issues -- including the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation and economic malaise -- by early next week.

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Opposition to file general debate motion

Elderly 'kept in shackles' at home

Two unauthorised care facilities in Bangkok, accused of mistreating their elderly residents including putting some in shackles, were raided by authorities and closed on Wednesday.

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Elderly 'kept in shackles'
19 Jan 2022

Thamanat, 20 other MPs booted from Palang Pracharath

Executive members of Palang Pracharath agreed to oust secretary-general Thamanat and his faction on grounds of causing rifts in the party.

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Thamanat out
19 Jan 2022

Former Palang Pracharath leaders launch new party

A new party officially launched by former key members of Palang Pracharath, who make it clear they will not back Gen Prayut for another term as prime minister.

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New party, no Prayut
19 Jan 2022

7,122 new Covid cases, 12 more deaths

The local infection rate has been higher this year, in line with the global trend, but daily coronavirus-related deaths remain low, a senior health official says.

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19 Jan 2022

Drug code sows cannabis confusion

Plant remains a tightly controlled substance despite legal amendments.

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Cannabis confusion
19 Jan 2022

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.

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Stalled orbital slots
19 Jan 2022

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
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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.

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Omicron out-muscles Delta as cases surge
19 Jan 2022

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
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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