Latest Thailand government News

Thai capital to lift more restrictions against virus spread

Jun. 12, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Some restrictions to protect against the spread of COVID-19 will be lifted in the Thai capital of Bangkok beginning early next week, the country's prime minister announced Sunday. Enterprises allowed to reopen Monday are museums and historical sites,...

Thai lawmakers approve $16B in borrowing to fight COVID-19

Jun. 10, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would allow the government to borrow up to 500 billion baht ($16 billion) to deal with the economic fallout and medical costs of the coronavirus. About 300 billion baht ($9.6 billion)...

Thais debut locally made AstraZeneca but supplies are tight

Jun. 07, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health authorities in Thailand began their much-anticipated mass rollout of locally produced AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday, but it appeared that supplies were falling short of demand from patients who had scheduled vaccinations for this week. Hospitals...

Religious artifacts returned to Thailand after decades

May. 25, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two stolen hand-carved religious artifacts, sandstone lintels dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries, were returned to the Thai government on Tuesday in a ceremony more than 50 years overdue. The 1,500-pound (680-kilogram) antiquities had been...

Thai villages isolated over variant find amid vaccine worry

May. 24, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand placed barbed wire and checkpoints in several southern villages along the Malaysian border Monday after identifying a cluster of infections with a coronavirus variant that's believed to spread faster. The lockdown came as Prime Minister Prayuth...

Thailand reports 1st cases of Indian coronavirus variant

May. 21, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand on Friday said it has detected its first locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus variant discovered in India, as it announced the formal rollout of its national vaccination plan next month. The Ministry of Public Health said 36...

China, in global campaign, vaccinates its people in Thailand

May. 20, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese citizens living in Thailand began being vaccinated on Thursday as part of China's global campaign to inoculate its nationals living and working abroad. China recently donated 500,000 vaccine doses, and Thailand agreed in turn to inoculate Chinese...

Creditors of Thai Airways approve reorganization plan

May. 19, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Creditors of Thai Airways International holding 91.56% of the airline’s debt have approved a business reorganization plan, the company announced Wednesday in a filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The plan, including three amendments added in...

Thai PM tells UN envoy he won't push back Myanmar refugees

May. 14, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha promised a United Nations special envoy on Friday that he will not force back people fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar, where the military ousted a democratically elected government in February. U.N. Special...

Thailand wants to buy more vaccines as surge worsens

May. 07, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister said he wants to secure more vaccines for his country and give as many first doses as possible, as it battles a surge of the pandemic with Bangkok reporting a record number of cases. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration...