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Indian Virus Variant Found in Travelers From Pakistan

BANGKOK (AP) — Health authorities in Thailand said Monday they have confirmed the country’s first cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, in a Thai woman and her 4-year-old son who have been in state quarantine since arriving from Pakistan.

Gov’t Wants To Buy More Vaccines as Surge Worsens

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister said he wants to secure more vaccines for his country and give as many first doses as possible, as it battles a surge of the pandemic with Bangkok reporting a record number of cases.

US Citizen Charged With Murdering Thai Wife

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Friday they have charged a U.S. citizen from the state of Colorado with murdering his pregnant Thai wife.
Monarchy reform activist Panusaya "Rung" Sithijirawattanakul wais after her release from the Central Women's Correctional Institution on May 6, 2021.

Court Grants Bail To Pro-Democracy Protest Leader

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Thursday allowed the release on bail of one of the top leaders of the country’s pro-democracy movement who is awaiting trial on charges of defaming the monarchy.
Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul holds a syringe prop during a press conference at the Ministry of Public Health on Feb. 25, 2021.

Officials Say Foreigners in Thailand Will Get Vaccine Jabs…Someday

BANGKOK — Foreigners living on Thai soil will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, a health official said Thursday, though details of which are yet to be revealed.

Court Says Thammanat Can Stay Despite Drug Case

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A Thai court ruled on Wednesday that an influential politician and deputy agriculture minister could keep his job and continue as a lawmaker, even though he was convicted and jailed in Australia in 1994 for smuggling heroin.
In this Tuesday, May 4, 2021, photo, a health worker administers a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to residents of the Klong Toey area, a neighborhood currently having a spike in coronavirus cases, in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Anuthep Cheysakron / AP

Thailand Fights To Contain COVID-19 Surge in Bangkok

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials rushed to vaccinate thousands of people in Bangkok's biggest slum on Wednesday as new COVID-19 cases spread through densely populated low-income areas in the capital's central business district.

Gov’t Says COVID-19 Has Peaked, but Adds Restrictions

BANGKOK (AP) — Health authorities said Thailand's recent COVID-19 wave has peaked after setting record daily highs of new cases and deaths, but they are still implementing new restrictions starting Saturday to curb the spread of the virus.
A worker disinfects cinema seats in Bangkok.

Spas, Gyms, Cinemas Among Venues To Be Shut in Bangkok

BANGKOK — The City Hall on Saturday night ordered a closure of certain establishments including fitness centers and spas in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the capital.
People line up to take a coronavirus test at Bangkok Youth Center on Apr. 17, 2021.

A Curfew by Any Other Name? Nonthaburi ‘Asks’ Residents to Stay Home at Night

NONTHABURI — The governor of a province northwest of Bangkok on Saturday issued an order asking residents to stay indoors during nighttime in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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