THAILAND: Shares rebound on glimmers of progress in battling virus

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares and U.S. futures rebounded on Monday as investors grasped at threads of hope that the battle against the coronavirus pandemic may be making some progress in some hard-hit areas.

Markets in Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney gained more than 2% in early trading and Hong Kong was up nearly 1%. New York futures were about 3% higher.

Masks, Personal Protective Equipment Suits From China To Arrive In Thailand

BANGKOK, Apr 4 (NNN-TNA) – Thailand’s state pharmaceutical enterprise told the media that, it is expecting 400,000 sets of N95 masks and 400,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) suits, to arrive from China next week, to assist Thai medical workers in fighting the COVID-19.

“These products are urgent and we will have an airline to fly to China to pick them up,” said Dr. Withoon Danwiboon, managing director of the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO).

Thailand to sanitize coins, banknotes, to issue new cash to stem virus

BANGKOK, April 1 (NNN-XINHUA) — Thailand’s Ministry of Finance on Wednesday said the Treasury Department will release new coins and collect old ones for a thorough cleanup to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

“In Thailand, cash is the main source of transactions. People still carry cash with them to buy food and items,” said Yuttana Yimgarund, director-general of the department.

Thai PM Warns Emergency Decree To Extend, If COVID-19 Situation Does Not Ease

BANGKOK, Apr 1 (NNN-TNA) – Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, told media, after the Cabinet meeting, that, he may extend the state of emergency decree for another month or two, should Thailand’s COVID-19 situation does not ease.

“The government is constantly reviewing the situation,” said Prayut, “Looking at the present situation, the government is unlikely to lift the state of emergency soon.”

Prayut announced the state of emergency, which took effect from Mar 26 and goes on until Apr 30.

Three Russian tourists diagnosed with coronavirus in Thailand

BANGKOK, March 31. /TASS/: Three Russian nationals with confirmed coronavirus are undergoing treatment in hospitals in Thailand’s Chonburi province, Vladimir Pronin, head of the Russian embassy’s consular department, told TASS on Tuesday.

According to Pronin, three Russian nationals have tested positive for COVID-2019. "They are a man and a woman with her daughter from Siberia," he said. "They are currently undergoing treatment at two hospitals in Pattaya."

"All the three were diagnosed with coronavirus last weekend," he added.

Hungry and in chains, Thailand's tourist elephants face crisis

31 March 2020; AFP: Underfed and chained up for endless hours, campaigners warn many elephants working in Thailand's tourism sector may starve, be sold to zoos or shifted into the illegal logging trade as the coronavirus decimates visitor numbers.

Before the virus, life for the kingdom's estimated 2,000 elephants working in tourism was already stressful, with abusive methods often used to 'break them' into giving rides and performing tricks at money-spinning animal shows.

Asian shares extend losses as toll from pandemic surges

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares started the week with fresh losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts of the world.

Japan’s benchmark dropped almost 4% and other regional markets were mostly lower. Shares in Australia rose after the government promised more recession-fighting stimulus.

U.S. futures fell slightly more than 1% and oil prices also were lower.

Asian shares jump after Dow sees biggest gain since 1933

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced in Asia on Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to its best day since 1933 as Congress and the White House neared a deal on injecting nearly $2 trillion of aid into an economy ravaged by the coronavirus.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 5.3%, while Hong Kong added 3% and Sydney climbed 3.6%. Markets across Asia were all up more than 2%.

Thailand to declare one-month emergency on March 26: prime minister

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will be in an emergency mode from March 26 for a month to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told a news conference on Tuesday.

The emergency decree will mean the prime minister will have the executive power to declare further measures to contain the virus, including giving extra authority to officials and allowing the setting up of checkpoints to reduce people movements, Prayuth said.

He said details of the measures will be announced later.

Weeks after Thai soldier kills 29, Amnesty report describes conscript abuses

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai military conscripts face widespread violence and sexual assaults, Amnesty International said in a report on Monday, calling the abuse institutionalized and systematically hushed up by the hierarchy.

A culture of power abuse and impunity within the military came under the spotlight last month when a Thai soldier went on a shooting rampage killing 29 people, triggered by a dispute over a housing deal involving his superior officer.

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