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Ignoring unrealistic medical advice...

Medical Council of Thailand advises Thais to avoid sexual contact with foreigners in order to contain the spread of monkeypox

Link Here3rd August 2022
People should avoid sexual contact with foreigners in order to contain the spread of monkeypox, the Medical Council of Thailand advised this week.

Amorn Leelarasamee, a member of the Medical Council of Thailand, said he was uncertain whether monkeypox would become endemic in Thailand as the disease can be transmitted from person to person and from animal to person.

Amorn asked people who develop fever, a red rash and blisters to immediately take a monkeypox test and isolate themselves for 21 days. He also advised Thais to avoid sexual contact with foreigners as most monkeypox cases worldwide have been found in gay men.



.Rap Against Dictatorship...

Thai court confirms the censorship of rap music video criticising the country's military dictatorship

Link Here9th July 2022
Full story: Lese Majeste in Thailand...Criticising the monarchy is a serious crime
A music video by Thai activist rap collective Rap Against Dictatorship has been blocked on YouTube in Thailand following an alleged legal complaint from the government.

The Patiroop (Reform) video, which was originally released in November, was filmed during the country's anti-government protests in Bangkok demanding royal reforms. The video featured the rap group walking with fellow supporters and protestors, and featured clips of the Grand Palace in the Thai capital.

On January 4 2022, Rap Against Dictatorship announced they had discovered the video's ban from YouTube in Thailand:

Our music video 'Reform' was ordered to be banned by the government, which notified YouTube to restrict access.

Since the video's release, it has garnered over 9 million views on YouTube (from outside of Thailand).

On 7 July 2022, Patiroob was again blocked on YouTube as a result of a Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) petition to the Court that it should be prohibited under the terms of the Computer Crime Act.

According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the Court agreed that the song's lyrics, which seemingly allude to both the prime minister and king, have a bearing on national security. They also ruled that the song, which promotes the idea of equality, was filled with obscene language.

According to the ruling, the music video also elicited comments from netizens about the monarchy that were likely to affect public sentiment and national security. The Court dismissed arguments that the song was in keeping with constitutional freedoms of expression and that it was a creative work of benefit to society, saying that liberty must not cause damage to others, especially figures many people respect.

After the ruling, R.A.D. posted on its Facebook page that it would remove the Patiroob music video and song from all its public platforms.




Thailand ends mandatory covid masks

Link Here26th June 2022
The Thai Governmenthas dropped a divisive mask mandate in all public areas.

The mandate previously required one to wear masks in all public places, even outdoors or alone.

The Ministry of Public Health has moved to make mask wearing a voluntary practice.

It is recommended, but not mandated, to wear one in crowded areas, in large groups of people, and in poorly ventilated places. People at high risk of Covid-19, like the elderly, with pre-existing conditions, and at-risk should wear a mask properly at all times. However, this is not mandated.

The order is effective immediately and signed by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

A quick survey suggests that Thai people are continuing to wear masks whilst farangs had generally stopped already.



Passing away...

Thailand announces the end of its Thailand Pass entry paperwork and the requirement for covid insurance

Link Here17th June 2022
Thailand's covid authority, the CCSA, has announced positive changes to Thailand's Covid restrictions. These have been confirmed after a meeting with Thailand's Prime Minister and the Ministry of Public Health.

The CCSA announced the complete cancellation of the pre-travel paperwork, called the Thailand Pass, as well as the requirement to purchase Covid insurance, effective July 1.

From July 1, travellers will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter Thailand at the entry airport. Unvaccinated travellers must provide a negative ATK test result that was conducted by a medical professional. If travellers do not have either proof of vaccination history or a negative ATK test result, they can still gain entry into Thailand but might be subject to an on-arrival ATK test. The CCSA said there will be randomised document checking at the airport, and anyone who does not have the aforementioned documents will be subject to a professional ATK test.

Thailand will also allow entertainment venues to open in all 77 provinces. Previously they were only allowed to open in tourist areas. Entertainment venues will be allowed to open until 2am, and 1am in some areas, which have not yet been specified. The CCSA said they will make a further announcement about when this change will come into effect.

The wearing of face masks seems to have been made voluntary, although wasn't fully spelled out.

Temperature measuring devices are no longer required at all venues in Thailand. They may still be used in some high risk places.

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