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Thai protest leader renews calls for reform of monarchy

Aug. 03, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai protest leader on Tuesday renewed calls for the reform of the country’s monarchy and suggested that time was running out for the powerful institution to respond. “This year shall be the last year that we will discuss monarchy reform. After...

Thailand builds another field hospital for virus-hit Bangkok

Jul. 29, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Health authorities in Thailand raced to set up a large field hospital in a cargo building at one of Bangkok's airports on Thursday as the country reported record numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. Other field hospitals are already in use...

Asia Today: Sydney lockdown extended, record cases in SKorea

Jul. 28, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s largest city Sydney will remain in lockdown for another month. The New South Wales state government announced that the lockdown of the city of 5 million would last at least until Aug. 28, after reporting on Wednesday 177 new infections in...

Thailand sends COVID-19 patients to hometowns by train

Jul. 27, 2021 06:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand began transporting some people who tested positive for the coronavirus from Bangkok to their hometowns on Tuesday for isolation and treatment to alleviate the burden on the capital’s overwhelmed medical system. A train carrying...

AP PHOTOS: Volunteers aid COVID ill in stressed Thai capital

Jul. 27, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — They travel to the forgotten around the capital's outlying neighborhoods, taking care of desperate people who can't find a place in Thailand's overburdened health care system or who are living in the streets. They are ordinary Thais like Ekapob...

Thai volunteers aid COVID patients in need of care, testing

Jul. 25, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — As Thailand‘s medical system struggles beneath a surge of coronavirus cases, ordinary people are helping to plug the gaps, risking their own health to bring care and supplies to often terrified, exhausted patients who’ve fallen through the cracks. ...

Bangkok closes public spaces as virus surges in Thailand

Jul. 23, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s already locked down capital shut parks and the few remaining public places available to residents Friday, as the country registered a new high of coronavirus infections. The near-total restriction on movements in the capital came as the...

Asian markets mixed after modest gains on Wall St

Jul. 23, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Friday after major indexes edged higher on Wall Street, preserving their gains for the week. Hong Kong and Shanghai fell while Sydney and Seoul advanced. Tokyo was closed for a holiday. Surges in...

Death rates soar in Southeast Asia as virus wave spreads

Jul. 22, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Indonesia has converted nearly its entire oxygen production to medical use just to meet the demand from COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe. Overflowing hospitals in Malaysia had to resort to treating patients on the floor. And in Myanmar’s largest city,...

Thailand's capital tightens restrictions to fight COVID-19

Jul. 19, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials in Thailand further tightened coronavirus restrictions on Monday in response to an alarming rise in cases and deaths that is stressing the country’s health care system. City officials in Bangkok, the capital, ordered a range of establishments...