The death toll in Saturday’s clashes between government troops and anti-government protesters officially reached 19 on Sunday, with some 825 persons listed as injured, according to the Bangkok
The 19 deaths include 14 civilians, four soldiers and one unidentified victim. Among the dead is Hiroyuki Muramoto, a Japanese cameraman working for Thomson Reuters news agency.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva expressed deep sorrow to the families of victims of the clashes Saturday night, saying autopsies and investigations will be conducted to confirm the causes of death.
In an address to the nation broadcast live on a national television shortly before midnight, the prime minister vowed to stay on to restore order.
“The government and I are still responsible for easing the situation and trying to bring peace and order to the country”
Mr Abhisit affirmed.
Many losses of life occurred at Khok Wua intersection on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, site of the nation's Democracy Monument, and some soldiers were killed as M-79 grenades were used during the clash, he said.
ASEAN economies poised for robust recovery with 6% real GDP growth in 2021
The six largest ASEAN nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) are expected to witness positive real GDP growth rates in 2021 according to Global Data
Receding daily COVID-19 cases, rollout of vaccines, increased spending by the governments along with easing of monetary restrictions will help revive the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN*) economies in 2021 with their real GDP forecasted to rise by 6%, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Thailand new coronavirus cases -59- down to two digits
Of the new cases, 28 were exposed to the virus while visiting high-risk areas. The province with the highest number of infections is Bangkok (10), followed by Samut Sakhon (7).
Thailand confirmed 59 new coronavirus cases and one additional death on Wednesday, taking its total infections to 12,653 and fatalities to 71, the first day Covid infections are down to two digits since the beginning of the second Covid-19 outbreak in the country in December.
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