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Anti-Government Protestors In Many Provinces Protested The Thai PM’s COVID-19 Policy

August 2, 2021

On August 1st, 2021, anti-government protesters took to the streets in Bangkok and other provinces, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for his handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
From Democracy Monument in the center of Bangkok to Don Mueang airport, drivers honked horns and motorcyclists raised their three fingers in a gesture of resistance inspired by “The Hunger Games” movie.
A 47-year-old protester speaking from his car revealed only his first name “Chai” for fear of government reprisals: “We can barely make a living now, all of my family members have been affected.”
“The government failed to provide vaccines on time, and many of us have not received any vaccine,” he said, “The government will ignore us if we don’t come out to make our calls.”
There were also protests in Tak, Khon Kaen, Kanchanaburi, Surat Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Phetchabun, and Nakhon Ratchasima.
An organizer from Nakhon Sawan seeking anonymity said, “We cannot accept the mismanagement of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on the Covid issue.”
In Kanchanaburi, Jessica Iem-un, a rally coordinator, expressed the same level of frustration, saying that the government should step down because it failed to handle the pandemic.
By the end of 2021, the government intends to inoculate 50 million people, but only 5.8% of the population is fully vaccinated, while 21% have received at least one dose.
Thailand reported 18,027 new cases and 133 more deaths from Covid-19 on August 2, bringing the total number of accumulated cases to 615,314 and the number of fatalities to 4,990.

Personal Note: There was indeed a protest in Ubon Ratchathani on August 21, 2021, in the afternoon. I could hear it from my house.

I could hear it, but I could not see it. A foreign friend told me today that there was a protest at the Rajabaht Univesity in Ubon. It is very close to my home.

I wish that I could have seen it and taken photos.


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Thai PM Wants To Re-Open Country To Tourists In 120 Days, Thai Poll Disagrees

June 28, 2021

Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, has conducted an opinion survey that shows the majority of people believe reopening the country in 120 days is not feasible due to the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The online poll was conducted between June 21-24, 2021, on 3,320 people across the country to compile their opinions on the Thai PM’s announcement that the country would be reopened in 120 days amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

When asked if it would be possible to reopen the country within 120 days, 39.88% said this was unlikely, and 21.64% said it was impossible. In contrast, 30.26% thought it might be possible, and 8.22% were confident it could happen.

58.22% of respondents disagreed with the announcement, 25.90% agreed, and 15.88% were uncertain.

Asked whether they would accept a higher risk of Covid-19 reopening the country in 120 days, 51.05% said “no”; 26.93% said “yes”; and 22.02% were uncertain.

Asked what concerns them about the pledge to reopen the country in 120 days, respondents were allowed to select more than one concern:

-78.07% expressed concern about new variants of the Covid-19;

  • 71.18% expected more clusters of infections; and
  • 68.41% expected a new wave of the pandemic.

When asked what should be done to be able to reopen the country in 120 days, respondents said:

  • 85.12% said vaccinations must be accelerated;
  • 77.06% quarantine and suppression of illegal border crossers must be tightened;
  • 76.53% Increase the number of vaccine brands imported to adjust vaccination administration;
  • 71.78% vaccine distribution must be expedited; and
  • 54.75% case-finding needs to be stepped up to prevent Covid-19 from spreading.

If asked what benefits reopening would have, regardless of whether they agreed with the 120-day schedule, the answers were:

  • 84.04% believe it could boost the economy;
  • 61.73% believed it could accelerate vaccinations; and
  • 50.10% believed it could draw tourists from abroad.

TAT Has Proposed That Expat Remote Workers in Thailand Get Special VIsa

June 8, 2021

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has proposed allowing digital nomads to legally work and stay in Thailand without a work permit.
Foreigners living and working in Thailand are to be subject to new rules, as part of Thailand’s plans to attract investment worth 1 trillion baht.
People who want to work remotely from Thailand, or digital nomads, will be able to do so if they show that they have a regular income from overseas.
Large companies can also send employees to work remotely from Thailand.
Applicants need to have a minimum income (salary, investment income, etc.) of at least $80,000 per year for the past 2 years or $40,000 per year with a master’s or higher degree as well as intellectual property ownership or to have received Series A funding.
Additionally, they must have 5 years of working experience and health insurance covering $100,000 or more in medical expenses.
Companies applying for the scheme will need to be listed on the stock exchange of their respective country or have been trading for at least 3 years and have an annual income of 50 million US dollars.
Applicants who are able to meet the requirements will be granted a 10-year stay in Thailand, as well as the right to work in Thailand without a work permit.
Their income from abroad would be exempt from income tax, and their income in Thailand would be charged at a flat rate of 17%.
Also, they would be given special rights regarding ownership and long-term leasing of land in Thailand.
Thailand does not offer any type of visa classification for location-independent remote workers, leaving the legality of digital nomads in somewhat of a grey area.
Thailand’s immigration laws and rules for foreign workers were drafted more than fifty years ago, before the concept of a ‘digital nomad’ – someone who works online from anywhere in the world using only a laptop and an internet connection – even existed.
However, under the new proposals, Thailand will follow the lead of other countries and welcome digital nomads to work remotely in the kingdom.
According to the Thai Association of Technology, welcoming digital nomads will boost Thailand’s economy and contribute to the post-pandemic recovery of the nation.
The so-called digital nomad visa is part of the proposals that Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the cabinet have already presented to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

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Walk-ins COVID-19 Vaccinations in Thailand Will Not Be Done Until June

May 14, 2021

Authorities say Covid-19 vaccinations will be available for walk-ins only starting next month.
Recentlly, the government announced walk-in services would be available to anyone who wanted them free of charge in any province.
Many people contacted hospitals to schedule their shots on May 13th,2021, and even walked into vaccination sites to request them. However, they were disappointed to learn there were no vaccines available on a walk-in basis.
The services will be ready by June 2021, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. “I told the BMA and the ministry to clarify so all misunderstandings can be averted,” he said.
PM Thaksin said he had told the Public Health Ministry and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to clarify things.
After inspecting Chulalongkorn University’s vaccination service, Gen Prayut confirmed the government plans to offer walk-in services if there are enough vaccine doses.
Each day, we will have vaccine doses in reserve. Rest assured that everyone will receive vaccine shots, the Thai PM said.
Gen Prayut said the government attached great importance to the industrial sector as it creates jobs and exports goods, key sources of income for the country.
Therefore, surveillance against transmissions in factories must be stepped up.
Additionally, he said that he was worried about every eatery and the service sector in general, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.
The PM promised that the government would take care of factory workers, public bus drivers, taxi motorcycle riders, taxi drivers, and delivery servicemen.
Thailand’s prime minister insisted that AstraZeneca’s vaccine would arrive next month as planned.
Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health confirmed there would be no delay, the PM said.
AstraZeneca’s Anutin assured that the vaccines would be delivered to the patient as promised on Thursday.
The country has also stockpiled Sinovac vaccines from China, he said.
The companies have told us that the vaccines are now in containers and awaiting shipment, Antin said.
Beginning next month, we will be able to vaccinate millions of people.
On June 7, 2021, the country planned to begin mass vaccinations, with 50 million people, or approximately 70% of the population, receiving vaccinations.
As only 10% of the 16 million targeted people – the elderly and those with seven chronic diseases – had registered for their shots, the government adjusted its plan by offering walk-in services instead.
According to Anutin, he proposed a walk-in service for those who wanted Covid-19 vaccinations after hearing the number of people registering for jabs was lower than expected.
Nevertheless, he said only 20% of vaccine doses had been set aside for walk-ins, so people should understand if they were not offered one.
Medical teams across the country are preparing walk-in services, said the minister, but he couldn’t speak for Bangkok because the capital isn’t the ministry’s responsibility

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