Omicron worries mount worldwide

European countries start seeing first suspected Omicron coronavirus variant cases as the gates close worldwide to travel from southern Africa.

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Omicron alert

New Covid alarm sounds

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned Thais to avoid travelling to countries where a new Covid-19 variant first detected in South Africa has been found.

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New Covid alarm sounds

6,073 new Covid cases, 32 new deaths

Covid case total falls by 486 but four provinces still saw large increases. Latest vaccination figures show 61.1% of the population has received at least two jabs.

Small drop in cases

Markets plunge on new variant fears

Thai and global stock markets slumped yesterday after the emergence of a new and likely more contagious Covid-19 variant called B.1.1.529 that triggered a risk-off sentiment.

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Markets plunge on new variant fears

B.1.1.529 declared Covid 'variant of concern', renamed Omicron

The World Health Organization declared the recently-discovered B.1.1.529 strain of Covid-19, first detected in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern and renamed it Omicron.

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'Variant of concern'

Nightlife industry closed until Jan 16

Night entertainment venues will not be allowed to open before Jan 16 as the government has extended the emergency decree for another two months.

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Nightlife industry closed

Cops quell latest speculation that 'Boss' is in Austria

The Royal Thai Police came out to quell media speculation that Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya was in Austria.

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Cops quell speculation
26 Nov 2021

CCSA ends curfew, eases more curbs to bolster tourism

Curfew will be lifted on Dec 1, antigen testing will replace RT-PCR on Dec 16 and border entry will be allowed in Nong Khai on Dec 24, but night entertainment venues will remain shut, says CCSA.

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Curfew lifted
26 Nov 2021

South Africa identifies new virus variant

Scientists in South Africa identified on Thursday a concerning new variant of the coronavirus, whose mutations mark a “big jump in evolution” that is driving a spike in new cases.

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New variant
26 Nov 2021

Unverified claim suggests 'Boss' hiding in Austria

Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, wanted for an infamous hit-and-run case from 2012, is believed to be in Austria, though police have no evidence of his residency there.

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Hiding in Austria?
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Antigen tests plan for visitors

The National Communicable Disease Committee has approved a plan to replace RT-PCR tests with antigen testing for visitors travelling from 63 eligible countries and territories.

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Visitor testing
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Travel agents urge state to delay new fee

Travel agents want introduction of the new fee to be imposed on international tourists postponed until the travel industry fully recovers.

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'Delay charge'
26 Nov 2021

Cops take tougher stand on street racing law

The Royal Thai Police want to amend a law that classifies an illegal motorcycle street race as one that consists of five or more racers.

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Tougher stand
25 Nov 2021

Entering Thailand may get easier next month

The Public Health Ministry will on Friday propose easier access to the country including a change to Covid-19 testing requirements, according to health authorities.

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Easier entry
25 Nov 2021

PM Prayut meets Huawei CEO to promote collaboration

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said his productive video conference with the founder of Huawei Technologies Co will lead to close cooperation in many areas.

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Huawei calling
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6,335 new Covid cases, 37 more deaths

The number of new cases is up again but coronavirus-related daily deaths are down, from 55 last reported to 37.

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+6,335 Covid cases
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Merger details emerge

The new company that will be formed through the merger of True Corporation Plc and Total Access Communication (DTAC) Plc will have a 33.1% stake equally held by Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group and Norway's Telenor.

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Merger details emerge
25 Nov 2021

LGBTQ+ groups turn to Pheu Thai

Several advocacy groups campaigning for marriage equality on Wednesday petitioned the opposition Pheu Thai Party to support their bid to propose amendments to the Civil and Commercial Code that allows only a man and a woman to register their marriage and enjoy legal benefits of that relationship.

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LGBTQ+ groups turn to Pheu Thai
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Crucial organic laws could be passed by July

The process of revising two organic laws and enacting them could be wrapped up by next July when pressure will pile up on the government to dissolve the House, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.

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Crucial laws by July
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BCG seen as key to post-Covid growth

The Industry Ministry aims to boost Thailand's post-pandemic GDP with bio-, circular and green (BCG) economic development and turn the country into an Asean bio-hub by 2027.

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BCG seen as key to post-Covid growth