Good morning and welcome to the morning news roundup with all of the biggest stories from around Thailand over the past 24 hours. Here are some of the headlines you may have missed this Friday morning:
Chonburi Governor retracts lockdown measures starting May 1st
The Governor of Chonburi signed a new order retracting all previous announcements and restrictions in relation to the coronavirus from May 1st.
The order includes the ban on the sale of alcohol and the lockdown measures implemented in Pattaya.
In the announcement, the governor said that Chonburi’s covid-19 situation is “likely to be resolved”, citing that as the reason for his retraction of lockdown measures.
Millions of Thai citizens are becoming desperate
The coronavirus lockdown and restrictions have affected millions of Thai people who are now out of work and struggling to afford basic necessities.
The government is doing little to help, with no real clear plan as to how they will help citizens whose lives have been turned upside down by pandemic.
From breaking up charitable donation events to announcing they may or may not have enough money to pay the 5,000 baht handout, the government is quickly losing support from the struggling masses.
13 new coronavirus cases as official figures drop even further
There were 13 new covid-19 cases announced by the Thai Government’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Thursday, the lowest figure since March 14th.
There was also a single death, that of an elderly lady with previous medical conditions.
Despite the low number of cases, the Thai Government remains cautious about the situation and is yet to confirm if they will extend nationwide restrictions.
Prachuap Khiri Khan now coronavirus free
A 58-year-old Belgian man was released from Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin yesterday, meaning that the region now has no more covid-19 patients.
Having initially fallen ill on Match 28th, the man was confirmed to have coronavirus on April 1st.
He thanked the staff in the hospital for taking great care of him and was presented with a bouquet of flowers upon his release.
Free accommodation provided for stranded tourists
With more than 10,000 tourists trapped on three islands in the south of Thailand, the local authorities have stepped in to assist those who are struggling.
Tourists on Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan, and Koh Tao have been trapped since lockdown restrictions and the ban on flights came into effect.
With many of these people now struggling for money and basic necessities, some guest houses on the islands have offered to put them up for free.