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Thailand warms up, causing temperature checks to plummet


According to Rungruang Kitphati, the Head of the Ministry of Public Health’s Health Technical Office, temperature checks were one of the first Covid screening techniques because the most common symptom of most patients was a high fever. The Ministry of Public Health will recommend to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration that temperature measurement equipment and checkpoints are removed from all Thai airports and other sites since there is no proof that they reduce the transmission of coronavirus. As a result, temperature measurement devices and temperature checkpoints were installed across the country.

Last year, Singapore discontinued temperature inspections, and the US and Canada did not even promote them, so Rungruang believes it is time for Thailand to follow suit. The administration will propose eliminating the temperature checkpoints at the next CCSA conference, according to Rungruang. He went on to stress that the ministry would continue to advocate booster doses, wearing a face mask in busy situations, handwashing all day, and keeping a social distance.

He states that the Ministry of Public Health has looked into the temperature-measuring system and now agrees that the government should scrap it now that Thailand’s pandemic situation has improved. He went on to claim that there was no evidence that airport infrared temperature screening devices were effective in blocking Covid.

The Mae Sot district has been recommended as the location for Thailand’s first official casino


Apart from infrastructure, Thepthai stated that lawful entertainment complexes would be welcomed by communities. Residents want the area to flourish at the same rate as Myawaddy, Myanmar, where many Chinese investors run casinos, according to him. Land is rare in this area, and land is expensive. According to Thepthai, the entertainment complex would require 1,000 to 2,000 acres, and because the vast majority of the land is owned by the Treasury Department, it is unlikely to be sold to a private company. Additionally, because many of the workers in the Mae Sot district are from neighboring nations, the area would require skill development institutes to train Thai personnel in casino service in order for the business to succeed. The findings of the report, on the other hand, were not entirely positive. Mae Sot is said to have three major issues, according to Thepthai.

The government’s tax collection is also a source of concern. According to Thepthai, the government would have to provide tax benefits to local businesses in order for the entertainment complex and casino to operate. A cross-border logistic crossing, immigration checkpoint, airport, transportation infrastructure, and the proposed double-track railway from Tak in the north to Nakhon Pathom province in central Thailand, according to the former Democrat MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat. One of the committee members, Thepthai Saenpong, stated that he had received reports from the government of Chiang Rai, business associations, and the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and that Mae Sot was better prepared than other provinces.

Last weekend, members of the Entertainment Complex Committee met with local officials in Mae Sot, a district near the Thai-Myanmar border, to discuss economic development potential. Mae Sot district in Tak’s northern province has been nominated by the government’s Entertainment Complex Committee as a viable location for Thailand’s first legal entertainment complex, which would include a casino. The committee claims to have gathered all of the survey’s positive and negative data and is ready to present its results to Thailand’s cabinet. The committee also talked about the challenges of investing in a legal entertainment complex, as well as how to prevent illegal gambling and collect taxes from casino owners.

Thailand’s Digital Economy Minister ‘clarifies’ the issue of crime pictures and videos being published on the web.


Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) went into effect on June 1st. Then, two weeks ago, there was a story about a woman who avoided photographing burglars because she was afraid of being sued by the thieves for “sharing their personal information” under the PDPA. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Thailand’s Minister of Digital Economy and Society, is advising crime witnesses that sharing images or videos of the occurrences via online channels ‘may’ violate the country’s new Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). As a result, Chaiwut clarified the legislation and stated that this instance did not fit under its purview. He argued that there was no need to be concerned because the act was introduced to protect people and their personal information. He also stated that posting photographs or films that inadvertently contain others was not prohibited as long as the users did not intend to disparage those individuals. According to the minister, handing over evidence to police officers is a safer method to assist victims.

After a flight between a popular male Thai celebrity and his girlfriend, the PDPA became a major issue. The star, Atikhun “Kenly” Chottanatpiti, alias Kenly Take Me Out, was said to have assaulted his fiancée in a public location at a condominium in Bangkok on June 9. One woman was present throughout the incident and attempted to assist the female victim. She also videotaped the encounter and shared it on social media to reveal the male celebrity’s identity.

Chaiwut was forced to explain the legislation once more last Sunday. According to him, while sharing photographs or films that include others via internet channels may infringe regulations, it may not violate the PDPA in every circumstance. PDPA’s key topics, according to Chaiwut, were not uploading photographs or videos online or distributing news online. The act was designed to protect residents’ personal information that was gathered and retained by government agencies or third parties. The people in the photos or videos, he said, could file complaints against the posters. Witnesses should not keep the images or videos, according to Chaiwut, but should instead pass them over to the police or other appropriate authority.

Kenly reportedly urged the woman to remove the footage, but she refused. Many Thai internet users believed that the woman was a wonderful person who sought to help others and that she should not be prosecuted. People claimed that ‘weaponizing’ the new act in this way would be unfair in this circumstance. As a result, Kenly stated that he will file a police report alleging that the woman violated the PDPA by sharing his film without his permission.