BANGKOK: Thailand's public health ministry released detailed measures for travellers visiting the country as it intensified efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced on Saturday (Mar 14). Travellers arriving in Thailand will be categorised into three groups for different levels of surveillance, TAT reported. TRAVELLERS FROM THE DISEASE INFECTED ZONES Travellers from the Disease Infected Zones, namely China – including Hong Kong and Macau – Italy, Iran and South Korea, are now required to apply for a visa before entering Thailand and to quarantine themselves upon arrival in the country. Travellers in this group must also present a health certificate to prove they have no risk of the potentially deadly COVID-19 before they can be issued a boarding pass. "If any passenger is unable to present such certificate, boarding shall be denied and the boarding pass shall not be issued," TAT said in its statement. "During transit, … [Read more...] about Thailand releases detailed COVID-19 control measures for travellers
TOKYO: The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Japan reached the 1,000 mark on Wednesday (Mar 4), including passengers and crew members who disembarked from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, officials and media said. The latest infection was confirmed in a man in his 40s in Yamaguchi, the prefecture's governor, Tsugumasa Muraoka, told a news conference. Cases in Japan have now hit the 1,000 mark, public broadcaster NHK said. Of those, 706 are from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, while 12 have died, the health ministry said. It was the first confirmed case in the western Japan prefecture of Yamaguchi, highlighting the virus' presence throughout the country which is scrambling to stem its spread with all eyes on the upcoming Summer Olympics. READ: Tokyo has no 'Plan B' for Games despite COVID-19 "Given how the coronavirus was spreading throughout the country, I thought it would only be a matter of time before a case was confirmed in Yamaguchi," Muraoka … [Read more...] about Japanese coronavirus infections reach 1,000, including cruise ship cases
BOSTON — Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy said Tuesday. “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families," it said. The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.” The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP. “Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and … [Read more...] about Six Dr. Seuss books won’t be published anymore. Here’s why.
BANGKOK: Thailand reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (Mar 11), including a Singaporean man who owns a restaurant in Bangkok’s business district. The new patients bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand to 59. The 36-year-old Singaporean man fell ill on Monday and went to a private hospital in the Thai capital, where he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, said Dr Sopon Iamsirithaworn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division at the Ministry of Public Health. “I did not have any symptoms until Sunday early morning. Even on Sunday, all I had was some chills and a body ache but I did not have a fever," the patient wrote on his restaurant’s Facebook page on Wednesday, adding that he wanted to provide an "honest and open" update. "No runny nose, no cough, no fever, no headache. I tested myself the entire Sunday with two thermometers and it didn’t register a fever.” He said he had mainly stayed at home on Sunday with "light symptoms" and went … [Read more...] about Singaporean restaurant owner tests positive for COVID-19 in Thailand