Thailand News Today | No national lockdown, Bangkok schools closed, abortion bill | Dec 24

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• Despite a record level of new Covid-19 cases, the Thai government has not imposed any national lockdowns. Provinces are now ranked on a color scale based on their current risk level.

The vast majority of cases are concentrated in Samut Sakhon around a seafood market in Mahachai. In previous reports, health officials have said that 90% of cases are currently asymptomatic. To date, more than 1,000 cases have been reported in Samut Sakhon, mostly Burmese migrants.

Red (high risk for Covid-19)

Samut Sakhon

Orange (medium risk for Covid-19)

Bangkok, Samut Songkram, Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom

Yellow (low risk for Covid-19)

Saraburi, Samut Prakan, Suphan Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Uttaradit, Chachoengsao, Kamphaeng Phet, Phetchabun, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phuket, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachinburi, Krabi, Khon Kaakuat Nichon Thanat, Thanat, Thanat, Krabidon Khon Kaakuat, and Khiri Khan, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Sawan, Ang Thong

Provinces that currently have no Covid-19 infection are rated green.

• Bangkok’s metropolitan administration closed the capital’s 437 municipal schools and 292 nurseries as a precaution. Most city officials have also been ordered to work from home, calling on private businesses and other government agencies to follow suit.

To date, 9,417 people have been tested for the virus as authorities track down and trace those at risk of infection, with 5,292 results returned. Officials are testing at least 10,300 people.

Migrant workers are currently being quarantined in the fish market where they worked, in a bid to mitigate any further spread of the Samut Sakhon cluster.

• In a landmark decision, the Thai House of Representatives passed a bill allowing abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy. Abortion is currently illegal in Thailand except in certain circumstances, for example if the abortion is necessary for health reasons or if the woman has been raped.

Under the bill, women pregnant up to 12 weeks could have an abortion by a qualified doctor. The woman would not need to give a reason for the abortion. Abortion is still reportedly illegal for women who are more than 12 weeks pregnant.

• A cosmetic surgeon is sentenced to 5 years in prison for the death of a woman who had a severe allergic reaction to general anesthesia during a facelift procedure.

The Thai criminal court sentenced the 51-year-old doctor, owner of the Bangkok clinic, to prison for recklessness causing the death of the 72-year-old patient and establishing a medical facility without permission and operating without proper permission.

After the patient experienced an adverse reaction to the anesthetic, the doctor pumped the patient’s chest, causing broken ribs, ruptured liver, and internal bleeding. leading to the death of the patient.

The patient’s daughter said the family also sought 200 million baht in damages from the civil court.

• Police arrested a man who allegedly sneaked into universities and schools, secretly recording videos of students’ skirts, then posting the footage on Facebook. The 28-year-old is said to have recorded 1,000 videos.

The man faces charges of harassing underage girls, posting obscene material, unrest and violating Thailand’s computer crime law.

Police said the man admitted to filming the videos. He reportedly told police that he had a history of mental health problems and that his actions were “the result of childhood trauma”.

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