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June 1, 2021
Australian Embassy

Headlines summary as of 1 June 2021

News

Newly confirmed case(s)Total CasesPatients under severe conditions and those using ventilatorsDischarged from hospitalFrom 1 April, totally confirmed cases (third wave)1st dose vaccine recipients (from 28 Feb)
2,230 (77 from prisons)162,0221,236/ 378111,735133,1592,539,491 (+45,122) (= 3.836% of the population)
Local transmissionFrom abroadBeing hospitalised/ in field-hospital/ quarantinedConfirmed cases in BangkokDeath tollTotal vaccination (doses)2nd dose vaccine recipients (from 28 Feb)
2,132 [1,326 (get tested in hospital) + 806 (active case finding)]21 (in SQ)49,218 [29,643 in field hospital]42,437 (+864)1,069 (+38)3,664,8591,125,368 (+16,430) (=1.7 % of the population)
  • Hours after the Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee eased the lockdown measure, allowing the museums, art galleries, tattoo shops, manicures, beauty clinics, health spa and parks effective from 1 June 2021, the CCSA reversed the BMA decision and defer it for 14 days.—Prachachat Turakij
    • This is the third time that the BMA and CCSA had different views. The first was back in 2020 when the government spokesperson said that Bangkok department stores should be closed down before the BMA made the decision. The second one was in January 2021 when the BMA issued a stricter dine-in restriction hours before CCSA by the PM reversed the decision.—Krungthep Turakij
  • The PM is scheduled on 7 June to preside over the national mass vaccination event from the newly built Central Bangkok Train Station in Bang Sue. The Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin and Transport Minister Saksayam.  Sources in the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said to Prachachat Turakij that there will be three vaccines (Sinovac, Astra Zeneca (6 million doses) and Sinophram).—Prachachat Turakij
  • The head of Department of Medical Sciences, Public Health Ministry informed the press that there have been 14 lots of Astra Zeneca vaccines produced by the Siam Bioscience which got the Department approval to inoculate people.—Prachachat Turakij
  • Thailand held a welcoming ceremony on Monday to mark the return of two ancient hand-carved artefacts that were stolen decades ago and smuggled out of the country to the United States.–Reuters

Politics

  • The government has submitted its 500 million THB loan decree to the House speaker for the House to vote on. The House speaker has arranged the deliberation and vote to be on 9 June. The loan is an additional money from the original trillion THB aimed at stimulating the economy.—Krungthep Turakij
  • Ousted by coup and self-exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra is scheduled to be on Club House grilling the government on relying on loans.—Nation TV
  • Justice Minister has asked the Office of the Narcotics Control Board to expedite the investigation process of the cases where Australia, Hong Kong, and South Korea found drugs smuggled from Thailand to those ports.—Krungthep Turakij

Analysis/ opinion

  • Thai Rath regarded the signs of defiance from coalition Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties against the PM and Palang Pracharat Party as nothing but a political calculation to gain more power in pushing their party agenda. Thai Rath believed that the ‘performance’ will ended when the Concession on train projects under BJT party passed.—Thai Rath
  • Krungtehp Turakij listed which party is the most prepared in upcoming election should the PM dissolve the parliament, as the news on dissolution is picking up due to the conflicts within the coalition. The political reporters listed strengths and weaknesses of each coalition parties.—Krungthep Turakij
PartiesStrengthsWeaknesses
BhumjaithaiGet comparative advantage from the current electoral system; lucrative; have local public health volunteer network under controlMismanagement of the pandemic; Party Secretary-general (Saksayam) believed to be involved in the third wave
Palang Pacharat PartyHave Interior Ministry network under control; lucrative; Get comparative advantage from the current electoral systemPM Prayut popularity dwindled; COVID mismanagement; intra-party conflicts
DemocratNot involved in pandemic management; well-prepared MP candidate; lucrativeLow party popularity; unpopular party leader; doesn’t get advantage from current electoral system
Chatthai PattanaNot involved in pandemic management; Get comparative advantage from the current electoral systemLow party popularity; Not so lucrative
Local Power PartyNot involved in pandemic management; Get comparative advantage from the current electoral systemCannot pursue policies, even being part of the government; low party popularity
10 minor partiesNot involved in pandemic management; Get comparative advantage from the current electoral systemMight not get any MP in the future
The Australian Embassy Bangkok
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