Thai PM visits Tham Luang cave as eighth boy is rescued

admin   •   July 10, 2018   •   2879

Boys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets react to the camera in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from July 3, 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal. Thai Navy Seal/Handout via REUTERS TV

 

Eight of the 12 boys trapped with their soccer coach in a labyrinthine flooded cave complex in northern Thailand had been freed, authorities said on Monday (July 9), adding that the time for rescuing the others would depend on the weather.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the cave to inspect the rescue operation, with navy rescuers giving him a rousing cheer.

Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters that the four boys rescued on Monday had arrived at hospital and were safe. The operation on Monday went more smoothly than on Sunday (July 8) and took two hours less as the practice became more refined, he said.

The mission to save all the trapped is a race against the clock, with heavy rain expected this week which would again flood the tunnels with fast-flowing, rising water. —Reuters

Philippines to lift travel ban on 10 countries starting September 6

UNTV News   •   September 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to lift the current travel restrictions on travelers from 10 countries starting September 6, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced in a statement on Saturday.

These countries are namely:  India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Nonetheless, international travelers coming from the said countries shall comply with the appropriate entry, testing and quarantine protocols, depending on the country’s approved “listing,” Roque said.

He added that the IATF has adopted the “Yellow” and “Red” classifications, in addition to the “Green List” countries/jurisdictions/territories.

Roque said this is based on the countries’ respective incidence rates and case counts as primary criteria, and testing data as secondary criteria.  The incidence rate is the cumulative new cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population while case counts are cumulative new cases over the past 28 days.

The government first imposed the travel restrictions on India in April then later expanded to include more countries to stem the spread of Delta variant, the highly transmissible strain of COVID-19.

 

PH Embassy, ready to assist in repatriation of Filipinos amid Delta variant surge in Thailand

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Ambassador Millicent Cruz-Paredes assured that Filipinos in Thailand are coping with the fresh surge of COVID-19 cases there.

During the Laging Handa Press Briefing on Friday (July 16), Paredes said the Embassy is ready to assist Filipinos in returning to the Philippines in case a travel ban is imposed against their host country.

“Nakahanda na po kami kung anoman ang magiging challenges and again ang magiging resulta nito. Alam na po ng ating Filipino community dito, gayundin ng mga airlines [dahil’ sila din ang nagmomonitor ng flow of passengers,” she said.

Meanwhile, Paredes said there were 30 Filipinos who have contracted COVID-19 in Thailand.

Of the said number, 27 already recovered, two were active cases and one succumbed to the disease just this month.

The envoy said the Embassy is already coordinating with the victim’s family.

Paredes explained that, at present, the country specifically its capital Bangkok is experiencing a third wave of infection.

“Ang pangatlong wave, it happened around March this year. Iyon po ay nakitaan ng pagpasok na ng mga variants. Nagsimula po ‘yan sa 2 high-end bars dito sa Bangkok,” she said.

“Dito po sa Bangkok, nakikitaan nila na ang around 69% [ng cases] ay Delta variant na,” she added.

Currently, Paredes said the Thai government is looking into possible cross-vaccination using available brands like AstraZeneca and Pfizer.

“Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha already said na hindi siya hahadlang at mag-o-object sa mga proposals na magkaroon ng cross vaccination that would involve AstraZeneca, Pfizer,” Paredes said.

Thailand’s Pattaya plans to reopen to tourists, no quarantine requirements

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — One of Thailand’s favorite vacation hotspots is planning to reopen to tourists in the last quarter of the year, without requiring visitors to undergo mandatory quarantine.

In a Facebook post by the National News Bureau of Thailand, Pattaya Mayor Sontaya Kunplome said the decision is part of the “Pattaya, Move on” project

It is also working on having more COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate at least 70% of local residents.

The mayor said foreign tourists who have received two vaccine doses will be allowed to enter Pattaya without the need to quarantine for 14 days.

However, they must stay in Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts for seven days before traveling elsewhere in the province.

He added that only tourists from countries considered low risk of COVID-19 infection declared by the Public Health Ministry will be allowed.

They must receive vaccines and endorsed by their countries by no longer than one year before travel to Pattaya.

The mayor said the project will be implemented under standard operating procedures for international arrivals which include COVID-19 testing and guidelines for sealed routes.

Proposals for the reopening of the province to tourists will be presented to the Public Health Ministry and then endorsed next month to Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration for approval.

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