Anutin Charnvirakul, man in firing line for Thailand’s COVID crisis

Tycoon-turned-politician Anutin Charnvirakul may arguably be Thailand’s most-hated public health minister by now. But to be fair, his predecessors never had to tackle the world’s worst virus crisis in more than a century. Heading Bhumjaithai Party whose key election pledge was to legalise medical marijuana, Anutin took up the health portfolio in July 2019. But […]

CAAT Tightens Measures against COVID-19 for Air Travel

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), in its strict measures against COVID-19, has announced operational guidance for airport service providers and airlines on domestic routes.   The announcement came after the Phuket COVID-19 Information Center had stated that passengers on seven flights from three airlines traveling to Phuket from 15 April 2021 must get […]

Dancing out of COVID and into debt

Movement restrictions and social distancing are causing stress for many people, not just psychologically, but also financially. Anything that might help lift the mood at the moment, during the third wave of COVID-19 outbreak, would be very welcome. So, along comes a TikTok user named “Kom Kon Sea Sen,” and one of his recent posts, […]

Cambodia Breaks New COVID-19 Record While Laos Struggles With Coronavirus Unemployment

Cambodia smashed its record of COVID-19 cases Thursday, with nearly 900 people infected from the disease caused by the coronavirus, while the country’s death toll rose to 91 and its total caseload increased to more than 12,000. Neighboring Laos also recorded new highs with more than five dozen new infections, bringing the country’s total caseload […]

Has Anutin become a pawn in Prayut’s COVID blame game?

As Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul is being blamed for perceived failures in handling Thailand’s latest and worst wave of COVID-19, whose tide of infections and deaths has triggered partial lockdowns in red zones including Bangkok. The latest outbreak saw Thailand hit a record high of 15 COVID-related deaths on two consecutive days, April 27 […]