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A file photo of a nearly empty BTS carriage.

Public Transport, Food Delivery Adjust Service Hours For Curfew

BANGKOK — Public transport services, as well as food delivery services, announced their new service hours in the wake of an overnight curfew set to begin tonight.

POLITICS

A deserted market in Bangkok during the second night of City Hall's shop closure order on April 2, 2020.

Gov’t Bans Media From Field Report During Virus Curfew

BANGKOK — Reporters are asked not to report in the field during the overnight curfew that will come into effect tonight, deputy prime minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said Friday.

Prayut Says 24-Hour Curfew May Follow as 4 New Virus Deaths Reported

BANGKOK — The Prime Minister may impose a total lockdown order if the number of those infected and killed by the coronavirus do not drop within a week, a government spokeswoman said, even as four more people died of the virus.

CRIME & CALAMITY

A jail inside Bang Khen Police Station being disinfected on March 30, 2020.

Police Will Seek Max Punishment for Decree Violators

BANGKOK — Police on Friday said they will seek maximum jail term from the court for those caught defying emergency decree measures, which includes a nighttime curfew set to come into effect tonight.

Tourist-Fed Elephants Low on Food As Pandemic Closes Site

BANGKOK — Over 70 elephants at a tourist attraction in Ayutthaya province are at the risk of starvation after the venue is forced to close down during the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Thursday.
Thai workers returning from Malaysia stand by a tent at a quarantine facility in Trang’s Kantang district on April 2, 2020.

Thai Workers are Forced to Quarantine in Roadside Tents

TRANG — Thai fishery workers who returned from Malaysia were surprised to find that the coronavirus “quarantine facility” they had to stay in the next 14 days turned out to be nothing more than tents pitched on the side of a road.

Train Passengers, Employees Quarantined After Man Aboard Dies of COVID-19

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Dozens of train passengers and employees are currently being quarantined for fear of the COVID-19 pandemic after an elderly male was found dead due to the highly infectious disease on board a train, Thai railway officials said.

Don’t Come Home Right Now, Gov’t Tells Thais Marooned Overseas

BANGKOK — The government will impose further restrictions on inbound flights into the country to limit the number of coronavirus infections, a spokesman said Thursday.
A sign posted at the Immigration Bureau’s main office inside the Government Complex in Chaengwattana telling visitors to be patient. Photo: @CKucway / Twitter

More Papers Required for Visa Extensions Due to ‘National Security’

BANGKOK — Nine separate documents are now required for foreigners stranded in Thailand to extend their stay for up to 30 days, the immigration said Thursday.

ASEAN & WORLD

Trump Welcomes China’s Global Aid to Fight Against COVID-19

WASHINGTON (Xinhua) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he welcomes China's efforts to provide personal protective equipment to countries and regions combating COVID-19.

Trump Admin Moves Toward Promoting Broader Use of Face Masks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, as the president is aggressively defending his response to the public health crisis.

Japan Renews Stay for Foreigners Due to Coronavirus Disruption

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Immigration Services Agency of Japan said Friday it will extend for three months the deadline for foreigners to renew their period of stay in a bid to alleviate congestion at immigration counters amid the coronavirus outbreak.

US Navy Fires Captain Who Sought Help for Virus-Stricken Ship

WASHINGTON (AP) — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.

Tokyo Games Dates Set, but Organizers Still Face Tests

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Now that the schedule of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is decided, local organizers have finally started rearranging their preparations at full speed following the games' postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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