Good morning and welcome to the morning brief where you can catch up with the latest developments in Thailand and around the world. It’s been a busy 24 hours so let’s jump right into it:
Visa amnesty extended
The Thai Government has officially extended the visa amnesty allowing foreigners who are trapped in Thailand to stay in the country until July 30th without needing to renew their visa at local immigration offices.
The move will come as a relief to the thousands of people who are stuck in Thailand without any way to get home and promotes social distancing by not forcing tourists to stand in long queues for visa renewals.
The rules apply to all visa types, however, people on longterm visas are advised to go to immigration as usual so as to not run into problems when the amnesty finishes.
Electricity bill relief for 22 million households
The Thai Government also passed an energy bill yesterday that will provide free or heavily subsidized electricity to more than 22 million houses across Thailand.
The move comes as floods of complaints were made by citizens who are working from home and facing enormous electricity bills that they cannot afford to pay.
Free electricity will be offered to houses with a power meter of no more than 5 amps, while households with power meters over 5 amps will receive heavily discounted bills for three months.
11 soldiers admit to torturing two brothers
The two men were taken from their homes by the Thai military and beaten in an attempt to gain a confession regarding the import and selling of drugs.
The police are currently investigating the case and expect to complete the investigation within the next week.
Food donors get charged with breaking social distancing rules
As the Thai population suffers from job losses and a lack of income, good samaritans in Bangkok decided to take it upon themselves to hand out food and other necessities.
However, as crowds gathered to receive the handouts, police broke up the donations due to a lack of social distancing. The authorities have no decided to press charges against those who were handing out the items.
Coronavirus cases drop again
The latest coronavirus figures show another decline in new cases. On Wednesday, there were only 19 new cases announced with one death. There were also 109 new recoveries.
Over the last 14 days, 36 provinces in Thailand have not reported a single new covid-19 case.