Advance Blog

September 30, 2021
Australian Embassy

Headlines summary as of 30 September 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)3rd dose vaccine recipients (from 16 July)
11,646 (120 from prisons); (excluding ATK 3,326)1,603,475 (last seven days: 78,862)3,175/ 7171,470,673 (+10,887)1,574,61231,785,716 (+ 203,168) BKK: 8,003,734 (+8,787)1,224,257 (+ 38,189) BKK: 273,680 (+5,081)
Local transmissionFrom abroadBeing hospitalised/ in field-hospital/ quarantinedConfirmed cases in BangkokDeath tollTotal vaccination (doses)2nd dose vaccine recipients (from 28 Feb)Active detection test rates
11,508 [10,259 (get tested in hospital) + 1,249 (active case finding)]18 (in SQ)116,075 [77,953 in field hospital]366,623 (+1,841)16,272 (+107) (last seven days: 843)51,496,084 (+ 628,586) BKK: 12,168,190 (+63,235)18,486,111 (+ 387,229) BKK: 3,890,776 (+49,637)13.93%
  • The Royal Gazette has published the following Covid-related orders:
    • The extension of the Emergency Decree to be enforced until 30 November, underlining the needs to remain the lockdown measures while recovering the economy.—Thai Rath
    • The ease of lockdown measures effective from 1 October.—Ratchakitcha
    • The PM order to return the authority to other ministers whose power was stripped by the PM earlier this year to curb the latest wave of pandemic. The order has indicated that the agencies must inform the PM or related agencies should inform the PM should there is no cooperation from other agencies.—Matichon
  • And there have been various major developments on the vaccine fronts:
    • The Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin presided over the arrival ceremony of 2 million doses of Pfizer vaccines. There will be 6 more million doses of the vaccine arriving the Kingdom in October. The top health official said that by the end of this year, Thailand will receive all the procured 30 million doses of the vaccines.—Khao Sod
    • The president of AstraZeneca Thailand said that since June the company has delivered 24 million doses of AZ vaccines. The Astra Zeneca producer said that in September, the company has supplied 8 million doses which is more than agreed.—Prachachat Turakij
    • The Health Minister said that Beijing has expressed its intention to donate 1.5 more million doses of Sinovac vaccines to Thailand and has submitted its letter of intent.—Khao Sod
    • The CCSA spokesperson said in the press conference on 27 September 2021 indicating that there will be 94 million doses in the last quarter of the 2021:
      • 30 million doses in October [6 millions of Sinovac, 10 millions of AZ, 8 millions of Pfizer, 6 millions of Sinopharm].
      • 25.5 million doses in November [13 millions of AZ, 10 millions of Pfizer, 12.5 millions of Sinopharm].
      • 38.5 million doses in December [14 millions of AZ, 10 millions of Pfizer, 12.5 millions of Sinopharm, and 2 millions of Moderna].—Khao Sod

Politics

  • It is time we depart moment for the PM and main ruling party Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP) as Colonel Suchart former Southern Chief Strategist of the party and colleague of the PM announced that he and other Southern PPRP MPs will leave PPRP and join the highly expected political party to be set up by retiring Interior permanent secretary. The new party will use PM Prayut as its strength.—Thai Rath
  • Armed force owned public TV 5 has signed a yearly contract with a news agency to produce news content for the public channel. The deal will mean four of the ultraconservative anchors who left Nation TV earlier and joined right-wing Top News TV will get the airtime on one of the main channel in Thai TV industry.—Prachachat Turakij
  • The Deputy Chief of Metropolitan Police announced that they could apprehend the suspect who allegedly shot a 15-year-old protestor in front of Din Daeng Police Station. The suspect denied all allegations and is expected to commit the shooting for feeling unease with the protestors in the area.—Prachatai
  • Deputy Chief of Metropolitan Police said that the unrest at Din Daeng intersection must be ended by September and has pledged to enforce the laws to the maximum capacity.—Daily News

Analysis/ opinion

  • Thai Rath sees there is no other way out except the House Dissolution to solve the political conflicts, particularly the intra-PPRP conflicts. Thai Rath pointed out that should there is a reshuffle and the PM does not put the MPs from the Deputy PM Prawit wing in, there will be a big disturbance from the PPRP and micro-party MPs. It is possible that some of the bills that the government will propose might not pass the House approval and will end up mean the House Dissolution.—Thai Rath
  • The PM order to have the Deputy PM Prawit to look after some departments in the Agriculture Minister formerly under the fired-Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat is seen by Krungthep Turakij as a ploy to sabotage the PM. It is reported that Thammanat is pushing General Prawit to overlook the departments despite of the fact that the Democrat is in direct control of the ministry so as to pushing the PM to be in conflict with the Democrat. However, the PM has been in close contact with the Democrat executives to the point that this order will not make the D
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