Thailand News Today | Thai govt approves half Covid vaccine dose for elderly

In a bid to influence Thailand’s aged inhabitants, and those with chronic diseases, to get a Covid booster, well being officers have approved utilizing half the same old dose.
Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit says the half-dose might be an mRNA vaccine, similar to Pfizer, including that officials are acknowledging the worry of unwanted effects among the aged.
According to a Nation Thailand report, Kiattiphum says 97% of the Covid deaths reported yesterday were in individuals in high-risk groups such as the elderly, those with underlying health circumstances, and pregnant ladies. Out of the 70 deaths reported, 47 have been over the age of 70, and 52 had only received a single vaccine dose or none at all.
Kiattiphum was quoted as, saying “Studies found that 30% of the senior Covid sufferers didn’t have lung inflammation. So, if this group was given better safety, we should always be ready to reduce the number of deaths. If up to 60% of the aged population gets the third shot, deaths can be more than halved.”
The health ministry is launching 2 campaigns ahead of the Songkran vacation subsequent month. The first shall be to influence the elderly inhabitants to get vaccinated or boosted previous to receiving family members over the holiday. The second campaign is aimed toward those that plan to visit their aged relations. The campaign will encourage them to avoid mass gatherings and enormous social occasions for at least a week earlier than visiting their residence provinces and to take an antigen check before travelling.
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The Thai man who murdered a Swiss vacationer at a Phuket waterfall final 12 months has been sentenced to life in jail by the Phuket Court.
28-year-old Teerawat was initially sentenced to death, however it was then reduced to life imprisonment on condition that Teerawat confessed to investigators. The body of 57-year-old victim Nicole Sauvain Weisskopf, the deputy protocol chief of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland, was discovered at a creek near the Ao Yon waterfall in August 2021. A black sheet lined her body and she was only carrying a T-shirt and jacket. Her shorts and underwear have been found close by.
Teerawat was in the forest accumulating wild orchids and plants when he noticed the Swiss woman sitting on a rock by a stream with her toes in the water. At first, he intended to rape her. Reports say he attacked her from the again and grabbed her neck in a chokehold. She reportedly fought again and they each fell into the water.
Teerawat strangled her until she was unconscious after which took off her pants and underwear. According to stories in Thai media, Teerawat did not have sexual emotions after turning the girl round and seeing that she was useless. He then coated the physique with a black plastic sheet, took 300 baht from the body, and fled.
Yesterday, the Phuket Provincial Court introduced the judgment and invited the victim’s family in Switzerland to affix through video convention. The court docket found Teerawat responsible of murder and sentenced him to dying, however provided that Teerawat confessed to the crimes throughout the questioning, the penalty was commuted to life imprisonment.
Weisskopf had entered Thailand beneath the Phuket Sandbox reopening scheme, which had simply launched a month prior and was the first entry programme allowing an different selection to quarantine since the start of the pandemic.

Officers found a camp at a mountain within the southern province Songkhla where they believe an alleged hitman on Thailand’s most wished list was hiding.
The 45-year-old who is needed on a quantity of charges involving murder allegedly shot an M16 rifle during a police chase, killing an officer. Following the gunfire trade, the alleged hitman Jumrat, together with two other suspects, managed to flee. Officers later discovered a automobile parked by a mountain and launched a search to find the suspects.
More than one hundred police, troopers, and forest rangers searched Songkhla’s Khao Khao Mountain and found a camp arrange with a brief shelter, garments, and first assist tools. Police say they imagine the suspects fled the camp shortly before officers arrived.
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In another search…
Officers within the Isaan province Buriram are nonetheless trying to find the senior forest ranger who allegedly shot and killed his ex-wife’s son Sunday night.
The victim’s household says the ranger known as them after the taking pictures, saying he threatened to homicide the entire household. He is believed to be hiding in a forest near the Dongyai Wildlife Sanctuary.
The 45-year-old forest ranger, Pitpirun, allegedly fired photographs at his estranged wife’s house using a shotgun from the sanctuary. His ex-wife, her new associate, and her sons tried to flee the home, however the 20-year-old son was shot in the neck and killed.
The forest ranger is believed to have fled into Dong Yai forest with a shotgun and pickup truck that each belong to the Dong Yai sanctuary. The truck was found yesterday, but the gun has not been recovered. More than one hundred fifty police, along with different forest rangers and reinforcements from different police offices, were enclosing and looking out the forest to hunt for the suspect.
After the shooting, he known as back to his ex-wife, saying he would murder the entire household soon. Police officers have been on standby and are intently monitoring the entire family, each day and night time, to make sure their security till the suspect is arrested.

Travellers from Thailand and Cambodia, who’re vaccinated in opposition to Covid, can now enter Malaysia by air without undergoing a lengthy quarantine through the country’s Vaccinated Travel Lane, or VTL, scheme, which was first launched with Singapore.
Malaysian PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob lately introduced that the country will fully reopen borders to vaccinated travellers on April 1. Similar to Thailand’s Test & Go entry scheme, Malaysia’s VTL scheme requires these travelling from Thailand, Singapore, and Cambodia to self-isolate at their lodging whereas they anticipate results from an on-arrival Covid-19 check to come back again.
Under Malaysia’s so-called “test and release” coverage, travellers will undergo a Covid swab test upon arrival and will then must self-isolate at their respective accommodations whereas they await check outcomes to come back back, which may take up to a day.
Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong launched an announcement yesterday saying the arrival health protocols for Thailand, Singapore, and Cambodia will be “uniform” and all abide by the take a look at and release measures. VTL travellers from Singapore have needed to wait in the airport terminal till their on-arrival check results are back, which can take three hours, and then undergo immigration if their outcomes are adverse. Starting tomorrow, the travellers will be succesful of isolate themselves at their accommodation till their tests come back adverse.
Travellers shall be free to finish their self-isolation if the outcomes come back negative, but will be required to observe the Health Ministry’s current well being standards if the outcomes are positive.

Marine officers in Thailand are trying into constructing a cruise ship terminal on Koh Samui, a preferred Gulf of Thailand island off the Surat Thani coast.
A terminal is taken into account to be extra handy and safe for travellers as, in the intervening time, cruise ships should anchor by the island and smaller boats transfer travellers to the island and back to the ship.
A feasibility study is being launched by the Marine Department. Dollar has chosen a possible location of Leam Hin Kom in ตลิ่งงาม subdistrict which is on the southwest tip of Koh Samui, which has waters deep sufficient for the massive ships. It’s about 10 kilometres south of the ลิปะน้อย Pier which runs ferries from Surat Thani’s Don Suk Pier.
Two cruise ships shall be allowed to dock on the terminal at the same time, under the current plan. It would additionally be capable of accommodate up to eighty yachts and six ferries.
Officials are trying right into a public-private partnership model to fund the development, with the government covering costs for land expropriation and terminal construction, while a personal sector partner pays for the tools and port maintenance.
Thailand’s Transport Ministry has also been pushing for the construction of more cruise ship terminals to attract in vacationers. Koh Samui was chosen for its popularity amongst vacationers and its natural magnificence..

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