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Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Jane, Noon, Bow: The Tiktok Meme Cheering Up Thais in Quarantine

BANGKOK — A random 2010s luk thung song somehow went viral on Thai internet over the weekend, bringing a much needed distraction from the crushing boredom during coronavirus quarantine.

POLITICS

Workers disinfect Hua Hin Railway Station on April 1, 2020.

Prachuap Officials Donate Full Salaries to COVID-19 Rescue Workers

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN — Local administrative officials in Prachuap Khiri Khan on Wednesday agreed to forego their salaries and donate them to support the ongoing effort to fight the coronavirus epidemic in the province.
A file photo of a Senate meeting.

Senators Protest Plan to Slash Their Salaries for COVID-19 Funds

BANGKOK — The Senate on Wednesday reversed a plan to slash part of the lawmakers’ salaries as a contribution to a government’s coronavirus response fund following a protest from some of its members.

CRIME & CALAMITY

A group of Thai returnees sleep on seats at Haneda Airport on April 7, 2020. Photo: Natcha Lapaaneknan / Facebook

Gov’t Tells 10,000+ Thais Marooned Overseas to Stay Abroad

BANGKOK — The government on Thursday said more than 10,000 Thais stranded abroad should only come home if it is absolutely necessary.

Bangkok To Ban Sale of Booze for 10 Days Starting Friday

BANGKOK — Bangkok City Hall is preparing to impose a ban on the sale of alcohol starting Friday with a stated aim to curb gatherings and coronavirus infection.

Five Out of 122 Arrested Gamblers Suspected of Having Coronavirus

NONTHABURI — Over 120 people were arrested for gambling and flouting social distancing measures in Nonthaburi province on Wednesday, while five of them are suspected of having the coronavirus.

Pattaya Announces Coronavirus Lockdown, Keeps Out All Visitors

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Thailand's eastern seaside tourist city Pattaya is imposing a temporary lockdown to keep out all visitors in sustained effort to stem the COVID-19 pandemic.

Horse Movement Banned for 90 Days to Contain AHS Outbreak

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday issued an order to ban the movement of all horses for 90 days in a bid to contain the African Horse Sickness (AHS) outbreak.

Surge in COVID-19 Infections Linked to Southern Muslim Pilgrimage

BANGKOK — A recent religious pilgrimage to Indonesia emerges as a new cluster of coronavirus infections after a group of southern Muslims defied health advisories and took part in the trip amid the outbreak.

ASEAN & WORLD

WHO, UN Hit Back at Trump’s Threat of Defunding

GENEVA/UNITED NATIONS, April 9 (Xinhua) — "Please quarantine politicizing COVID. If we want to win, we shouldn't waste time pointing fingers...Unity is...

U.S. Says Federal Stocks of Protective Equipment Nearly Depleted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients.
People with protective masks cross a pedestrian walkway Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency last Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Eugene Hoshiko / AP

As Outbreaks Flatten in Places, Japan, India See More Cases

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus infections are spiking in Japan and creating hot spots in India’s congested cities just as the U.S. and some of the hardest-hit European countries are considering when to start easing restrictions that have helped curb their outbreaks of the disease.

Biden vs. Trump: General Election Battle Is Now Set

The stage is set for November.

Navy Boss Resigns Amid Uproar Over Firing of Virus Whistleblower

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, bringing to a climax an extraordinary drama that he advanced by delivering a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt.

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