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A man gets his temperature checked at a checkpoint in Bangkok on March 26, 2020.

A Mega-List for Travel Disruptions During State of Emergency

BANGKOK — Thailand woke up to the first day of a state of emergency on Thursday, with several travel restrictions in place to make journeys more difficult in an effort to stem further spread of coronavirus in the country.

POLITICS

Government Sued for Barring Thai Citizens From Flying Home

BANGKOK — An activist on Thursday filed a petition to the court demanding legal action against the Thai government for imposing a new border rule that effectively stranded many Thai citizens overseas.
Anutin Charnvirakul in a video clip posted on March 26, 2020.

Anutin Sorry for Threatening to ‘Whip’ Doctors Who Caught Virus

BANGKOK — The health minister apologized on Thursday night for calling medical personnel infected with coronavirus “careless” and threatening to “whip” them as punishment.

CRIME & CALAMITY

Thailand’s Virus Death Toll Rises to 6; 109 New Cases Reported

BANGKOK — Government officials said on Saturday one more patient died of coronavirus infection, raising the total death toll to 6 in Thailand.

Separatists Express Concerns Over Virus Uptick in Deep South

BANGKOK — An armed militant group active in the southern border provinces of Thailand on Friday advise the public to take care of themselves amid a growing spread of coronavirus there.
Health officials in Phuket use a thermometer to check the body temperature of Chinese tourists who fled their quarantine on March 26, 2020. Photo: Phuketandamannews

Four Chinese Tourists Arrested for Breaking Quarantine

PHUKET — Four Chinese nationals had to spend a night at the police station on Phuket island after they defied coronavirus quarantine rules, police said Friday.

Thai Chef Dies of Coronavirus in New York City: Reports

BANGKOK — A Thai cook in New York City died after being infected with the novel strain of coronavirus, according to online accounts.
A military police officer stands guard at a coronavirus checkpoint on Chaengwattana Road.

Thailand Reports New Virus Fatality, Raising the Death Toll to 5

BANGKOK — The Ministry of Public Health on Friday said one more person died from the coronavirus infection, raising the country’s total death toll to five.

Armed Forces Chief Urges Thais to Observe Social Distancing

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Chief of Defence Forces of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri on Thursday issued a stern warning to all Thai people, appealing to them to stay home and observe strict social distancing or risk facing a full lockdown of the country.

ASEAN & WORLD

1st Rail Track Laid in China-Laos Railway

VIENTIANE (Xinhua) — With its first 500-meter-long rail steadily laid on the subgrade, the China-Laos railway kicked off its track laying on Friday in the Lao capital Vientiane.

British PM Boris Johnson Tests Positive for Coronavirus

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, but remains in charge of the U.K.'s response to the outbreak.

Xi Tells Trump China Ready to Assist US Fight Against Virus

BEIJING (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that China hopes for the U.S. side to take practical and effective measures to safeguard the safety and health of Chinese citizens in the United States.

Flatter or Fight? Governors Seeking Help Must Navigate Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At first, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to play nice. He limited criticisms of the federal government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and asked for medical supplies through official channels.

Stockpiling Spread as Tokyo Tightens Grip Over Coronavirus

TOKYO (Kyodo) — More office workers in Tokyo shifted to teleworking while many people stocked up on daily necessities Thursday after Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike requested the capital's residents to avoid nonessential outings in the wake of a spike in the number of new coronavirus infections.

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