Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Virus may be partially airborne and Minister right in face mask fracas according to new US research

Virus may be partially airborne and Minister right in face mask fracas according to new US research

April 5, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

World Health Organisation has consistently described reports of airborne transmission of the virus as ‘fake news’ but recent research in the US and a letter… Read More ›

Thailand faces a third shock after the virus if high debt and the informal economy are not prioritised

Thailand faces a third shock after the virus if high debt and the informal economy are not prioritised

April 3, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

BANGKOK: A World Bank report this week highlights Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, as one of the key concerns in the region as it faces… Read More ›

Emergency could be extended as more people present themselves at hospitals due to the coronavirus

Emergency could be extended as more people present themselves at hospitals due to the coronavirus

April 1, 2020

Living, Politics, Thailand:

BANGKOK: Thailand announced 2 more deaths on Wednesday bringing the total to 12 with 120 new infections. There are currently, however, 1,771 confirmed cases with… Read More ›

Fake news a low priority for the public during this unprecedented emergency says Suan Dusit poll

Fake news a low priority for the public during this unprecedented emergency says Suan Dusit poll

March 30, 2020

Economy, Living, Media, Thailand:

BANGKOK: The news comes in a week in which Thailand’s Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Buddhipongse Punnakanta, made contact with Twitter and Facebook over… Read More ›

No limit on borrowing as Somkid plots the biggest stimulus package yet to address the virus crisis

No limit on borrowing as Somkid plots the biggest stimulus package yet to address the virus crisis

March 27, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

BANGKOK: Deputy Prime Minister Somkid, however, did warn that the Thai economy needs to get back to work as soon as possible. He said the… Read More ›

Minister of Public Health Anutin in another mishap as he appeared to criticise health workers in Thailand

Minister of Public Health Anutin in another mishap as he appeared to criticise health workers in Thailand

March 27, 2020

Foreigners, Living, Media, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

BANGKOK: The 53-year-old is no stranger to politics and high office having first served as an advisor to Thailand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Prachuap Chaiyasan from… Read More ›

Emergency centre led by the Prime Minister takes power on Thursday to fight the Covid 19 virus in Thailand

Emergency centre led by the Prime Minister takes power on Thursday to fight the Covid 19 virus in Thailand

March 25, 2020

Economy, Living, Media, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

BANGKOK: There will now only be one source of information and orders coming from the government beginning on Thursday. This will be through an Emergency… Read More ›

Economist warns economy needs ‘blanket’ fiscal support and a ‘big problem’ if the virus effect persists 

Economist warns economy needs ‘blanket’ fiscal support and a ‘big problem’ if the virus effect persists 

March 22, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

BANGKOK: Bangkok Bank’s chief economist warned that ‘liquidity in the global market is like air’ as he highlighted that liquidity is tightening. He said governments,… Read More ›

UK Ambassador warns that links with home may be disrupted for many months as Thailand closes its borders

UK Ambassador warns that links with home may be disrupted for many months as Thailand closes its borders

March 21, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

BANGKOK: Suvarnabhumi Airport on Thursday saw its lowest level of passengers since it opened. There were less than 10,000 arrivals on over 190 flights, some… Read More ›

Thailand faces lockdown if Phase 3 breaks out as the numbers infected more than treble in 1 week

Thailand faces lockdown if Phase 3 breaks out as the numbers infected more than treble in 1 week

March 19, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

PHETCHABUN: A senior official at the Ministry of Public Health, while announcing the latest infections on Wednesday, warned that if the current trend continues then… Read More ›

Bomb attack on Yala government offices in retaliation for casualties inflicted by Thai forces on the BRN 

Bomb attack on Yala government offices in retaliation for casualties inflicted by Thai forces on the BRN 

March 18, 2020

Crime, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

YALA: National Police Chief General Chakthip Chaijinda travelled to Yala in response to the bombings and urged police to speed up investigations and reaction times… Read More ›

Protests rumble on with raised stakes as the virus undermines fragile public confidence even further as fears grow

Protests rumble on with raised stakes as the virus undermines fragile public confidence even further as fears grow

March 16, 2020

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

KHON KAEN: Students who turned up in large numbers at Khon Kaen University on Saturday evening heard leaders condemn the government for mishandling the coronavirus… Read More ›

Democrat Party to review government role after rumpus this week over face mask profiteering

Democrat Party to review government role after rumpus this week over face mask profiteering

March 14, 2020

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

BANGKOK: Thailand’s Prime Minister has pointed to an intensive investigation and has promised that no one will be protected as the government seeks answers. He… Read More ›

Leaders in Thailand and across the world fighting a historic threat to the public and the economy – a virus 

Leaders in Thailand and across the world fighting a historic threat to the public and the economy – a virus 

March 12, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

BANGKOK: The western media have failed to widely report the announcement on March 4th in China by its Academy Of Sciences that the Convid coronavirus… Read More ›

US election will impact investment and moves by US firms from China to Thailand says new American envoy

US election will impact investment and moves by US firms from China to Thailand says new American envoy

March 12, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

BANGKOK: Michael DeSombre appeared to express regret that Thailand has not been willing to upgrade its labour laws to strengthen the bargaining power of workers… Read More ›

Medical cert now required for flyers boarding a plane to Thailand from all high-risk countries through airlines

Medical cert now required for flyers boarding a plane to Thailand from all high-risk countries through airlines

March 10, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

BANGKOK: Thailand announced 3 more cases on Tuesday bringing the total number infected to 53. The government, unlike European ministries such as Italy, France, Germany… Read More ›

Thai government responds with targeted stimulus plans to help the economy through the virus crisis

Thai government responds with targeted stimulus plans to help the economy through the virus crisis

March 9, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

BANGKOK: The government at its cabinet meeting this week will be discussing a range of practical measures to ease the burden on low-income workers and… Read More ›

Thailand ramps up its screening, quarantine and reporting measures for high-risk country arrivals

Thailand ramps up its screening, quarantine and reporting measures for high-risk country arrivals

March 8, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

BANGKOK: Thai Deputy Minister of Public Health Satit Pitutecha said on Saturday night that between 70 and 80 out of 200 returnees from South Korea… Read More ›

More Thai people caught in a poverty trap as World Bank calls for a focus on health and education for the young

More Thai people caught in a poverty trap as World Bank calls for a focus on health and education for the young

March 8, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

BANGKOK: The poverty rate from 2014 to 2015 was cut by a massive 31.43% in one year but since then it has crept back to… Read More ›

Quarantine for high-risk country passengers still pondered with 4 new cases from Italy and Iran announced 

Quarantine for high-risk country passengers still pondered with 4 new cases from Italy and Iran announced 

March 6, 2020

Culture, Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

KOH PHANGAN: Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan has been called off for Sunday and all future parties until the coronavirus emergency is brought under… Read More ›