8,640 new Covid cases, 13 more deaths

Coronavirus-related daily deaths are down, but infections are up with Bangkok still registering by far the largest number.

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Omicron-only by month's end

The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly and is likely to be cause of almost all local Covid-19 infections by the end of this month, a senior health official says.

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Omicron dominant

Thamanat tipped to move to Thai Economic Party

Thamanat Prompow left people guessing after being booted out of Palang Pracharat, but a close aide says he and his expelled faction will move to the Thai Economic Party.

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New home

Families flee as 25 houses tumble into canal

Families flee their homes as 25 houses collapse into a canal in Samut Prakan on Thursday night.

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Community shattered

Pork find spurs more cold storage checks

Livestock authorities on Thursday inspected a facility in Songkhla's Chana district, following the discovery of more than 200 tonnes of unverified pork in a refrigerated warehouse.

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Pork find spurs more cold storage checks

Oil mutual funds generated the best returns last year

Oil mutual funds posted the highest average return of 65.9% in 2021, spurred by the rise in oil prices based on low supply and higher demand.

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The best returns last year

Weathering the storm

Academics believe the prime minister still has an ace up his sleeve and will deal with pressure for political changes and steer the government forward.

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Weathering the storm

Apec session to focus on carbon credits, tax

The carbon tax and carbon credit markets will be major topics of discussion at the finance ministers' meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Thailand this year.

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Apec session to focus on carbon credits, tax

Phuket wary of travel call involving sealed route

Authorities in Phuket on Thursday gave a lukewarm response to an idea that Covid-infected tourists with no symptoms could be allowed to travel via a sealed route.

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Phuket wary of travel call involving sealed route

PM rules out early election

Prime Minister Prayut has no plan to reshuffle the cabinet or call snap elections following the ouster of renegade MPs from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party.

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No early election

Tourism groups urge PCR price cut

Tourism operators want the government to reduce the cost of RT-PCR tests as all inbound travellers now must take two tests and book a hotel on the fifth day.

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Helping travel sentiment
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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.

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'Demands unacceptable'
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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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+8,129 Covid
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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
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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
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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
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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'
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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
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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
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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