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25 Centara Hotels to Close for One Month, Cut Staff Pay

BANGKOK — Starting Wednesday, 25 hotels belonging to one of the country’s largest hotel chains will be closed for a month as a result of impacts from coronavirus.

19 Million Ppl Apply for COVID-19 Cash Relief, Way Over Projected 3 Million

BANGKOK — Government officials say more than 19 million people have applied for cash relief from the government since the scheme was introduced online on Saturday evening.

Gov’t Greenlights Bailout for Virus-Stricken Thai Airways

BANGKOK — The Minister of Finance said on Thursday that the government will inject a new round of cash bailout for Thai Airways, whose operations have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Buriram Recruits Grab to Deliver Food From Markets During Shutdown

BURIRAM — Local authorities in Buriram province on Monday enlisted help from a major online-based delivery service to send food from markets and restaurants to residents amid a ban on dine-in operation.

Finance Ministry Says Covid-19 Treatment for Foreigners is Free

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Thailand's Ministry of Finance on Thursday has confirmed that foreign visitors who were treated for COVID-19 in the country will be able to claim back medical expenses from Thai hospitals.
A file photo of Khaosan Road.

As Bangkok Nightlife Shuts Down, Business Guilds Plead Gov’t for Help

BANGKOK — Business associations on Wednesday urged the government to compensate those affected by a recent order to shut down bars and other nightlife establishments for two weeks.

Govt OKs Free Covid-19 Treatment for Foreigners – But the Money Never Arrived

BANGKOK — Foreigners suspected of having the coronavirus or diagnosed with it are supposed to be eligible for free treatment. But no one knows what happened to the funds.

Gov’t Approves Aids for Airlines Suffering From Coronavirus

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — The government of Thailand on Tuesday approved relief packages for airlines suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distilleries Using High-Proof Alcohol to Make Hand Sanitizer

NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania distillery owner who grew increasingly angry as he saw the skyrocketing price of hand sanitizer has decided to do something about it: He’s temporarily converting his operation into a production line for the suddenly hard-to-find, gooey, alcohol-based disinfectant.

Thai Rice Exports Get Boost From Global Virus Fear

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — The global COVID-19 scare has unexpectedly boosted Thai rice exports, said Chookiat Ophaswongse, president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association.

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