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October 7, 2021
Australian Embassy

Headlines summary as of 5 October 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)
9,869 (273 from prisons); (excluding ATK 3,495)1,657,231 (last seven days: 75,816)3,013/ 7011,531,655 (+11,152)1,628,36833,243,525  (+255,607) BKK: 8,094,566 (+10,933)1,515,667 (+49,880) BKK: 351,548 (+4,658)
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 (last seven days)
9,579 [8,715 (get tested in hospital) + 864 (active case finding)]17 (in SQ)108,373 [71,724 in field hospital]372,859 (+1,224)14,203 (+92) (last seven days: 705)55,921,443 (+770,947) BKK: 12,650,674 (+63,393)21,162,251 (+465,460) BKK: 4,204,560 (+47,802)13.16%
  • In yet the other round of global shocking ‘Pandora Papers’ by ICIJ, top six richest families in Thailand are on the list. They are
    • Jutinan Bhirombhakdi—Singha
    • Chalerm Yoovidhya—Red Bull
    • Supachai Chearavanont—CP
    • Tos Chirathivat—Central
    • Sarath Ratanavadi—Gulf Energy
    • Petch Osathanugrah—Osotspa—Isra News
  • Thailand began to roll out COVID-19 vaccines to high school students on Monday, in a bid to boost its immunisation rate ahead of a planned school reopening next month. The authority has given Pfizer vaccines to the young. The Bangkok Governor has expected that the two doses vaccination can be completed by October.–Reuters
  • The National Water Command Centre has issued flood warnings in Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and riverside areas of Bangkok. The warning stated that the water level will rise to that of 30 to 50 centimetres.—Khao Sod
  • The German ambassador met the PM to hand over 2,000 units of Covid treatment medicines (Casirivimab/Imdevimab) to the Kingdom and announced that the 346,100 AZ doses pledge will arrive in mid-October.—Thai Rath
  • The PM has ordered Crime Suppression Police to tackle the arms-dealers who have connections to many sectors, including the bureaucrats in Greater Bangkok.—Krungthep Turakij

Politics

  • For fear that the Democrat will leave the coalition, the PM just issued an order to revoke his earlier order which had authorised Deputy PM Prawit to look after four departments under fired Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat.—Krungthep Turakij
    • The Deputy PM and Democrat leader Jurin said that he had talked the issue with the PM and he believed the PM will resolve this by placing the coalition unity as the priority.–Matichon
    • The PM order to strip Deputy Minister Thammanat out of portfolio should leave the four departments under the Democrat control as its secretary-general Chalermchai is the Agriculture Minister. The order to give the departments to be in Deputy PM control was seen as a over-stepping for the Democrats.—Nation TV
  • The head of reconciliation committee in the House has suggested two means to end the protracted political conflicts and will submit the full report to the House Speaker in November. The two suggestions are first, to hold a meeting between the government and conflicting parties and second, to hold an arbitrary process before prosecution.—Krungthep Turakij
  • A senior PPRP adviser told Thai Enquirer on anonymity that “many inside the party are now confident that a dissolution will happen, maybe as early as November” and the PM continual denial of house dissolution is just for show. The source said as the House will reconvene in November and learn the inconvenient truth that he cannot pass a bill, let alone govern, the PM will strike first by dissolve the House to save himself from embarrassment.—Thai Enquirer

Economic

  • Tourism operators are concerned about the 500 Baht fee collection from tourists next year as it might impede the sector’s recovery.  This is because the cost is considerably high compared with the average expenditure of travelling in Thailand, while the mechanism of this policy still requires elaborate planning to ensure its feasibility.  Source:  Bangkok Post
  • The government has revised investment plans under the Eastern Economic Corridor, which is expected to drive the economy to grow by 4.5-5 percent annually between 2022 and 2016.  Much hope is pinned on the EEC to attract investments worth 1.1 trillion Baht from infrastructure projects and investment in targeted industries.  The plans are approved by the EEC Policy Committee chaired by PM Prayut.  For this year, investment in the EEC is anticipated at 1.7 trillion Baht.  Source:  Bangkok Post
  • The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand expects to open Smart Park in Rayong province to serve S-Curve industries in the EEC in 2024  The IEAT has hired a Thai firm to supervise the construction of the 12-billion Baht industrial estate, which is expected to drive development of robotics, medical equipment, aviation and aerospace industries.  Source:  Bangkok Post
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