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Thai provinces implement strict measures to prevent Covid-19 outbreak

Thai provinces have implemented measures to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak spreading, closing places where people gather like hotels and beaches.

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The provinces have implemented intensive measures to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak spreading. They include spraying disinfectant, closing places where people gather and refraining from organizing events.

Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Jangtrakul has ordered everyone to wear a face mask while they are outside. Convenience stores have been ordered to comply with the curfew announcement. Meanwhile, more than 400 hotel operators in the province have suggested closing all hotels.

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Koh Samui will impose a ban on people entering the resort island from Tuesday until the end of the month

Hotel operators say they are ready to control the disease and will request inspection by the district office of public health on a case-by-case basis. The order will come into effect on April 7. There is also an order to cancel all types of traditional events.

In Phang Nga, the authorities have sprayed highly efficient disinfectant at the Tha Nun Village Checkpoint, Khok Kloi subdistrict, Takua Thung district, because there are more than a thousand people from Phuket in Phang Nga, and germs may have accumulated at various points.

Disinfectant has also been sprayed at the dormitory of the Sports School, the Provincial Administrative Organization Office, fitness centers and various public service points. Mr Bamrung Piyanamwanit, President of Phang Nga Provincial Administrative Organization, said today that he was ready to dispatch authorities to spray disinfectants at all agencies at their request.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Chonburi received 10,000 face masks from a group of Taiwanese business operators and 1,400 face masks, 500 face shields and 20 aerosol boxes from Chonburi Technical College. They will be given to medical personnel and hospitals during equipment shortages.

There are currently more than 60 Covid-19 patients in Chonburi.

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AstraZeneca Approves Thailand’s Vaccine Factory

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BANGKOK (NNT) – AstraZeneca has approved safety standards at Thailand’s vaccine factory and will send the first batch of raw materials for vaccine production in June.

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Skin-lightening products market to reach US$31 billion by 2024

In emerging Asian and African economies, the natural aspiration to enhance one’s circumstances has led to rapid growth in the market for skin-lightening products, which is projected to reach US$31 billion by 2024.

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Recent years have seen evolving awareness of systemic inequities including racism, sexism and pro-Western chauvinism.

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Has Covid-19 prompted the Belt and Road Initiative to go green?

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Has Covid-19 prompted the Belt and Road Initiative to go green?
– Covid-19 led to a slowdown in BRI projects
– Chinese overseas investment dropped off in 2020
– Government remains committed to the wide-ranging infrastructure programme
– Sustainability, health and digital to be the new cornerstones of the initiative 

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Following a year of coronavirus-related disruptions, China appears to be placing a greater focus on sustainable, digital and health-related projects in its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

As OBG outlined in April last year, the onset of Covid-19 prompted questions about the future direction of the BRI.

Launched in 2013, the BRI is an ambitious international initiative that aims to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes through large-scale infrastructure development.

By the start of 2020 some 2951 BRI-linked projects – valued at a total of $3.9trn – were planned or under way across the world.

However, as borders closed and lockdowns were imposed, progress stalled on a number of major BRI infrastructure developments.

In June China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 30-40% of BRI projects had been affected by the virus, while a further 20% had been “seriously affected”. Restrictions on the flow of Chinese workers and construction supplies were cited as factors behind project suspensions or slowdowns in Pakistan, Cambodia and Indonesia, among other countries.

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