Advance Blog

July 7, 2020
Australian Embassy

Headlines summary as of 7 July 2020

News  

  • Updates related to COVID-19:
    • Today Thailand reports no newly confirmed cases, a total of 3,195 cases. Out of the total number, 3,072 have been discharged from hospital; 65 are being hospitalised. The death toll is at 58. This is the 44th consecutive day that there is no local transmission in Thailand.
    • Following the leak over the weekend about the visit by the US Army Chief to Thailand, public sentiment and media has turned against the ‘not-so-strict’ COVID-19 countermeasures against the first ever official guests since the pandemic starts. CCSA dismissed the news by saying yesterday that the delegation won’t be quarantined at state facilities, but they will be required to wear face masks during their talks with the prime minister. The delegation will need to be vetted for COVID-19 prior to boarding and after arrival to Thailand. Gen James McConville is scheduled to meet the Army Chief Apirat and PM Prayuth.—all media outlet
    • The Royal Thai Police is forming a special task force to track down tourists infected with Covid-19 as Thailand prepares to reopen its airspace to travellers. Though remains unclear on to what extent the police will monitor tourists. The Tourist Police also propose the creation of an online application (additional) to track tourist movement.
    • Tanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department posted on his Facebook expressing his discomfort about Thai people is getting more careless and that the second wave of the pandemic could be imminent. He said that some stores are focusing more on the short-term economic gains than public health concerns, allowing people to sit-in without social-distancing or allow people without a face mask to enter the store.—Than Settakij
    • 52 Chinese business persons is scheduled to arrive Thailand today and will need to be in state quarantine for 14 days.—Khao Sod
  • Last evening, their Majesties have returned to Thailand to change the robes of the Emerald Buddha to mark the beginning of rainy season. In the morning, their majesties allowed the audience of Deputy PM and Minister of Public Health Anutin to brief on COVID-19 situation. HM the King also donated 13 COVID-19 mobile testing vans. —all media outlet
  • Water level of Thailand’s biggest land dam naming after the Queen Mother Sirikit is at a low level (at 7 percent) due to the drought and intermittent rains. The authority believes that in August-October when rains are expected, the situation of the dam will be better.—Krungthep Turakij

Politics

  • Media report on the rumour that the Army Chief Apirat will not go to retirement from the army this September as expected, but will extend his term as the chief of the most influential force in Thailand. The report traces and wrote that  General Chaloemchai Srisawat might like to compete for the next Army Chief as General Nattaphon Narkphanit who is working closely with the PM during COVID pandemic will be nominated for Chief of the Defence Force, the position General Chaloemchai has been eyeing for.—Than Settakij
  • The main opposition Pheu Thai Party is set to hold a general assembly at 10.00 hrs on July 10. Media speculates whether the party will make any adjustment to its executive board or not, as the internal rifts within the party have been imminent.
  • Super Poll released the result of its latest survey asking should there is an election today, MPs from which party that they will vote for. The result shows that 16.7% will vote for Move Forward; 15.7% will vote for Pheu Thai; 8.7 will vote for Democrat; 8.3% will vote for the main ruling Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP); 6.0% will vote for Bhumjaithai.–Matichon

Business (kindly supplied by Khun Duangporn)

Coconut Export Ban

  • The Coconut Grower Network of Prachuab Kirikan province said the UK’s banning of Thailand’s coconut products is a trade barrier imposed as a pretext to condemn Thailand’s undemocratic political system.  The price of coconut is feeling the repercussion and has dropped from 20 Baht to 16 Baht.  Source:  https://www.thansettakij.com/content_Macro_econ/441003

Government’s Stimulus, Monetary and Fiscal Packages

Others

ASEAN/World

Australia

  • Prof Dr Pasuk Phongpaichit, an alumni for Bachelor and Master Degree at Australian Monash University, has been appointed as a member of the Royal Society of Thailand on Economics.—Khao Sod
  • The Thai outlet of China Radio International published its opinion piece criticising the stern Chinese stance of Australian politicians. The article wrote that “some Australian politicians should know that they should adjust their stances on China for the sake of Australians’ interests.”—CRI Online Thai
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