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  • Mid
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    It's not useless, it prevents him breathing his germs into the mic.
    it would IF it didn't have the exhaust port .

    it's totally useless for the purpose he's attempting to use it for .

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  • serrollt
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    It's not useless, it prevents him breathing his germs into the mic.
    Which is the masks' main function: prevent particles spreading through coughing, sneezing and breathing.

    Facemasks explained for dummies:
    If someone pisses on you, you get soaked in urin.
    If you wear pants, most of it hits your pants.
    If the pisser wears pants too, you don't get wet at all.

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  • Mid
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    who can tell me why the mask he's wearing is totally useless ?

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  • S Landreth
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    • Prayut says kids must study online until pandemic eases


    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has emphasised that students must study online until the Covid-19 situation improves and schools can reopen, government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Monday (May 18).

    She added the government was trying to address problems of accessibility and affordability of teaching materials, parental care, and responsibility of learners.

    “Initially, we will focus on reducing study time in the classroom, parents’ readiness, and relieving the burden of sending children to school, which will also help to reduce traffic congestion,” she said.

    “Meanwhile, we urge education-related authorities to secure people’s cooperation until the Covid-19 outbreak is resolved.”: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral
    • Cabinet sends THAI to Bankruptcy Court

    The cabinet on Tuesday resolved that cash-strapped Thai Airways International (THAI) would file for bankruptcy at the Central Bankruptcy Court in order to work out its rehabilitation plan.

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said it was the best course to help the troubled airline back onto its feet. Under the rehabilitation plan, THAI would not receive financial assistance from the government and its 20,000-member staff would not be laid off.

    "It is a difficult decision but it is in the national and public interest," he said.

    The other two options -- that the government decided against -- were to find money for the airline and to let it go bankrupt on its own, he said.

    The prime minister also said that it had been difficult to rehabilitate THAI because there were legal restrictions under labour and state enterprise laws.

    To send the airline to the Central Bankruptcy Court was the best choice and there would be many subsequent procedures to solve the internal problems at the enterprise, Gen Prayut said.

    "Today it is time to show the courage to undergo the rehabilitation process at the court. Today Thailand and countries worldwide face a crisis. Thailand must spend money to help people, farmers, SMEs, wage earners, self-employed people and those who work hard for their families," he said.

    "The Covid problem is not yet over. The most serious issue is the survival of the people of Thailand. I do not know when they can return to normal work. This is a crisis that will continue in the future."

    Gen Prayut said that THAI would continue operating.

    "With professional management, it will regain its strength. Its staff will keep their jobs and it will be restructured. The court will decide the details," he said.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...nkruptcy-court

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  • S Landreth
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    Prayut lashes out at pantry raiders for abusing goodwill

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has condemned those who emptied "pantries of sharing" and abused the public's goodwill, saying it must not be allowed to happen again.


    People look at donations hung inside unused telephone booths which have been converted into 'pantries of sharing', where basic items are placed for the poor and needy to collect.

    "There should not be a repeat of the incidents. We must have think about others. If you continue such abuse, no one will want to donate," the prime minister said on Tuesday.

    Gen Prayut said he could not accept the blatant hoarding of mostly consumer goods placed in the pantries by donors. Video clips were shared online showing people arriving in cars and on motorcycles to take away items by the bagful.

    The prime minister said other recipients should look out for and protest against hoarders when they come across them.

    Gen Prayut added people should learn to share and have compassion for others.

    Many pantries have sprung up across the country to help the poor and the needy whose livelihoods are being severely affected by the pandemic. There are now 249 pantries in 51 provinces, said Suppakrit Kullachartwijit, a businessman who introduced the pantry scheme to Thailand from a concept he borrowed from abroad.

    The pantries are replenished by benefactors after items, including drinking water, uncooked rice, instant noodles, canned sardines and face masks are donated by the public.

    One benefactor, an airline stewardess, was reportedly bullied by people who were impatient she was unable to replenish a pantry she set up quickly enough.

    Chatrudee Kopit told Channel One 31 that she set up a pantry outside her home in Bangkok and stocked up on items which were taken in short order. But those who failed to get anything rang her doorbell, demanding that she keep the pantry filled at all times.

    Ms Chatrudee said she felt unsafe and decided to remove the pantry from outside her home. Instead, she has resorted to donating items at other pantries in the neighbourhood.

    A Facebook user named "Rainbow Six" said scenes of people with sacks and bags in hand raiding pantries showed that those looking to take advantage of the goodwill of others outnumbered the poor and the needy.

    Another Facebook user by the name of "Red Skull" said the pantries showed how selfish some people were, and worked better in theory than in practice.

    But Anurak Ekkasinchol, the kamnan of Nong Sanoh in Trat and a pantries for sharing pioneer, said despite the abuses being committed by some people, he continues to supply them to help those who really are needy. He said a sense of giving should not be diminished just because there are inconsiderate people in the world.

    "We should overlook those who are selfish. If we can help even one poor person, our mission is accomplished," the kamnan said.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...using-goodwill


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  • S Landreth
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    • PM says THAI plan not yet on cabinet agenda

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says the rehabilitation plan of the loss-ridden Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) has yet to be completed and forwarded to the cabinet.

    The future of THAI is widely watched after reports the flagship carrier would need as much as 134 billion baht from the government to stay afloat.

    Gen Prayut's comments came after some news outlets reported on Tuesday the cabinet had discussed THAI's future at the meeting and all but two cabinet ministers were of the opinion it should be allowed to go under. The pair who believed it should be bailed out were Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana.

    Gen Prayut did not comment on the news but said concerned agencies should not talk too much to reporters about the issue.

    He added the national carrier must have an effective rehabilitation plan, which involved several laws.



    He added he did not want to see the airline end up like this so cooperation from all sides was needed.

    The State Enterprise Policy Committee has already submitted the restructuring proposal which would be forwarded to the Transport Ministry for consideration. However, it will have to be scrunitised more before being forwarded to the cabinet for approval, said the prime minister.



    Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said THAI must submit a rehabilitation plan by the end of May if it wants the government to consider a rescue package.



    The airline, which booked losses of 12.04 billion baht in 2019, last week asked the Stock Exchange of Thailand to allow it to delay submission of its January-March financial statements until August, citing difficulty in gathering information due to the pandemic.







    The Public Debt Management Office is poised to guarantee a 54-billion-baht short-term loan for THAI for use as working capital if the cabinet approves its rehab plan.

    THAI is buckling under 240 billion baht in debt. The 54-billion-baht liquidity boost it is seeking will be enough to keep it afloat for only five months. An 80-billion-baht capital increase is also needed after that.

    Its main creditors, however, are state-owned Krungthai Bank and Government Savings Bank. Its debt is also held by dozens of savings cooperatives.

    Some experts and politicians, including Korn Chatikavanij, leader of Kla Party, advocated the idea of allowing the airline to file for bankruptcy so creditors, shareholders and management must first take responsibility in line with common debt restructuring practices before taxpayers' money is injected into it.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...cabinet-agenda

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  • S Landreth
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    • China, South Korea to be removed from Thai list of Covid hotspots







    Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoen, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said it was right to reduce the coronavirus threat level of China and South Korea as the contagion had slowed there to just a few new cases per day. But removing China and South Korea from the list did not mean their nationals would immediately be allowed to enter Thailand, since the kingdom was still under emergency decree.

    He added that other countries on the at-risk list were not discussed at the meeting since they are still deemed potential Covid-19 hotspots.



    "This proactive surveillance testing is being conducted to detect asymptomatic Covid-19 cases, said Dr Suwannachai.



    And because of the failure the US has at the helm the US will be the last to be removed from the Covid hotspots: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral

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  • S Landreth
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    Last chance for Thai Airways, says PM

    The government is ready to back a rescue package for Thai Airways International Plc, but it will entail a full restructuring and there will be no second chances, the prime minister said.



    Seeking union support for the plan, drafted amid a global travel slump caused by the coronavirus outbreak, Prayut Chan-o-cha said adjusting the airline's organisational structure and headcount would be challenging.

    "This is an enterprise that we have to rehabilitate and this is the last chance we have to manage the issue so it does not get worse," he told a news briefing.

    The package, details of which have not been confirmed, has not yet been submitted to cabinet, he said.

    The majority state-owned airline is seeking a loan of 58.1 billion baht guaranteed by the Ministry of Finance to stop it from running out of money, according to a draft of the plan seen by Reuters last week.

    The flagship carrier, in which the ministry holds a 51% stake, was in financial difficulties before the coronavirus outbreak, having reported losses since 2017.

    In March it suspended flights as travel demand slumped, and its president resigned after less than two years in the job.

    The Thai Airways Union said it would cooperate with a "clear plan" that succeeded in rehabilitating the carrier. But it was concerned about the risk of interference from outside interests.

    Because the airline is a state enterprise, major investment decisions such as aircraft procurement require approval from multiple government agencies, potentially exposing it to influence from third parties.

    "The union ... will be against any policy with a hidden agenda that damages the airline and benefits certain groups," its President, Nares Peung-yaem, told Reuters.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...ys-pm#cxrecs_s

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  • S Landreth
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    Thai tycoons loosen purse strings to help mitigate impact of Covid-19



    Nine of the country's richest business magnates have pledged projects worth billions of baht in response to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's plea to them for contributions to rebuild the economy following the Covid-19 crisis.

    Dhanin Chearavanont, founder of CP Group, has donated Bt700 million to the government while Chalerm Yoovidhya of Red Bull has donated Bt300 million to the organisation established to help the public.

    Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, the CEO of Bangkok Airways, has offered Bt100 million to the Public Health Ministry.

    Others have chosen different approaches to help the government. For example, Prayudh Mahagitsiri chairman of the PM Group, will purchase agricultural products from Lamphun province for six months, and Petch Osathanugrah, the CEO of Osotspa, will provide Bt100 million to launch a project helping people affected by Covid-19.

    Chuchat Petaumpai, the chairman of Muangthai Capital Pcl, is in discussions on providing assistance, Keeree Kanjanapas, the chairman of BTS Group Holdings Pcl, is preparing an aid project, and Chatchai Kaewbootta, CEO at Srisawad Corp Pcl, will help solve loan shark problems.

    Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the CEO and chairman of King Power, is planning to launch a project with a budget of Bt1.5 billion to support medical, social, juvenile and tourism areas.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral

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  • S Landreth
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    Association seeks compensation package for tour operators


    Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha met with the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) on Thursday (April 30) to discuss measures to help operators and employees in the tourism industry, ATTA president Wichit Prakorbkosol said on Friday (May 1).



    ? Consider paying compensation to employees of tourism businesses that had to close due to Covid-19 for more than three months, as it is not clear when the industry will recover. Currently the Social Security Office provides a compensation of 62 per cent of daily wages (based on a maximum Bt15,000 salary) for 90 days to employees who had to temporarily stop working.

    ? Provide additional low interest loans of Bt10 billion to tourism operators, as the Bt10 billion previously granted by the government was inadequate for affected operators nationwide.

    ? When the situation improves, domestic travel will be able to recover first, but most customers will still be affected by the economic impact. Therefore, the government should have state agencies, state enterprises and local administration offices organise meetings, seminars and similar activities through members of ATTA to promote domestic tourism and provide business to the operators.

    ? Consider lowering or waiving 7 per cent VAT for inbound and outbound tour operators.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral


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  • S Landreth
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    PM issues plea for 'patience'/Emergency 'needed to flatten virus curve'

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged people and business operators to be patient for a little longer as the government has decided to extend the state of emergency for another month in its continued efforts to flatten the Covid-19 infection curve.

    "I realise that everyone, including low-income earners, farmers and those with independent careers, is experiencing hard times. The government will take good care of you with existing budgets and an executive decree on borrowing, the details of which will come out later."

    "I would like business operators to be patient a little bit longer. I also share your pain," the prime minister said after a cabinet meeting which approved the extension on Tuesday.

    Gen Prayut, who is also chief of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), gave assurances that the government will take great care of people affected by the economic slowdown caused by Covid-19.

    "When it is time to lift the lockdown, I will let you know. Don't make too many demands... We still have to watch out for a resurgence in infections," Gen Prayut said.

    The cabinet on Tuesday officially extended the state of emergency to control the coronavirus for another month to May 31, maintained the curfew and set guidelines for easing the lockdown of businesses.

    Issued on March 26, the decree which led to the lockdown, curfew and other restrictions will expire tomorrow.

    Government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said the cabinet agreed with the proposal from the National Security Council that the state of emergency be extended from May 1 to 31.

    The cabinet also decided to maintain disease control measures. Inbound traffic by land, water and air into Thailand will remain heavily restricted. Inbound flights will be banned for another month from May 1 to 31.

    The curfew will remain in place from 10pm to 4am. Unnecessary inter-provincial travel must be cancelled or postponed.

    People will be prohibited from entering crowded areas for activities that facilitate the spread of the virus. Provincial governors will set their own restrictions accordingly.

    The cabinet also ordered the Foreign Affairs Ministry to quickly determine the exact number of Thais stranded in other countries who want to return home, and coordinate with the CCSA to prepare to handle them and place them in quarantine.

    Regarding the relaxation of restrictions, the cabinet resolved that public health be the main determining factor.

    Control measures can be eased for activities that are necessary to support life, but disease prevention protocols must be implemented strictly, according to the cabinet.

    If disease control measures are effective, there will be further relaxation, but if they are violated or the spread of Covid-19 worsens, the easing of restrictions will be terminated right away, Ms Narumon said.

    As measures are relaxed, Covid-19 testing will be accelerated, especially among at-risk groups of people including service providers and migrant workers.

    Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration plans to reopen restaurants, markets, exercise venues, parks, hairdressers, clinics, animal hospitals and grooming parlours, golf courses and driving ranges.

    Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Tuesday the city's current lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 was set to expire at midnight on Friday.

    The BMA had informed the government of its plan to reopen venues in eight categories, with strict conditions.

    Among the venues that would be allowed to reopened are restaurants which would have to seat customers 1.5 metres apart, comply with opening hours as restricted by the emergency decree, and not sell alcoholic beverages, Pol Gen Aswin said.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...a-for-patienc

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  • S Landreth
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    PM wary of virus rebound


    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday said that public health considerations will take priority when the government makes a decision over whether to ease the coronavirus lockdown.

    Speaking to the media at Government House, Gen Prayut said that although Thailand has, so far, managed to flatten the infection curve, the nation cannot afford to lower its guard.

    "What we are concerned about most is people's health. This will determine what can and cannot be done," the prime minister noted.

    If the current restrictions imposed to control the Covid-19 pandemic are to be safely eased, there must still be some measures in place to prevent a resurgence in infections, he said.

    The government is nevertheless concerned about people's livelihoods, their incomes and other daily activities, Gen Prayut said.

    "The government has always had two things in mind. Keeping people healthy is the primary concern, and the secondary concern is to keep the economy running. The government must come up with measures to address these two issues, though it has to spend the money carefully so that it will not be in trouble in the future," Gen Prayut said.

    He said that while the government will do everything in its power to solve the problem, it is also ready to listen to the opinions of those outside the administration.

    The prime minister said that even though the number of new daily cases has fallen and remains low, this does not mean the country is now safe as the virus has struck more than 200 countries and there will remain a risk of new infections coming from overseas.

    The most important thing is to prevent transmission from abroad and ensure Thais comply with disease control measures, including social distancing, Gen Prayut said.

    The prime minister again defended the letters he sent to business leaders asking them to help people affected by the pandemic through assistance projects.

    He reiterated that he wanted to find out how they have helped their employees and ask for suggestions on how to tackle the economic slowdown caused by the crisis.

    He insisted that the government is responsible for sorting out the problem transparently and efficiently.

    Also on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that his ministry has forwarded to the prime minister proposed guidelines on how to proceed after the enforcement of the emergency decree expires on April 30.

    The proposals came from medical experts and epidemiologists, Mr Anutin said while stressing that it is important to pursue a gradual return to normality.

    The prime minister will make a decision on whether to maintain the state of emergency by taking into account all aspects covering public health and security, Mr Anutin said.

    He added that the public cannot yet return to their normal lives because there is still no vaccine against the virus, and they still need to maintain social distancing, continue to work from home and wear face masks.

    Meanwhile, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Friday that even though new infections remain low, the country cannot afford to risk allowing a second wave to occur that might overburden the healthcare system.

    The government does not have enough funding and has to borrow money to handle the pandemic. If there are more patients, this will cost a lot more, he said.

    It is calculated that one patient costs about 1 million baht to treat. So far, there have been more than 2,000 cases, which has cost more than 2 billion baht in health expenses, Dr Taweesilp said, adding that even a low rate of infection can prove economically costly.

    The CCSA on Friday reported 15 new Covid-19 cases, raising the national total to 2,854. There were no new deaths.

    Dr Taweesilp said the low number of new cases each day now was the result of people cooperating with disease control measures over the past 7-14 days.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...-virus-rebound

    PM mourns the death of Suphan Buri health volunteer


    Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha posted a condolence message on his Facebook page on Saturday (April 25) on the death of Boonsong Manaowan, 72, a village health volunteer from the Dermbang Nangbuat district of Suphan Buri province.



    Boonsong lost his life in a road accident on Wednesday (April 22) while he was riding a motorcycle to distribute face masks and hand sanitisers to people in remote areas.

    https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...&utm_medium=in ternal_referral

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  • S Landreth
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    Cautious steps towards reviving the economy


    After a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (April 21), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that though there are fewer new Covid-19 infections, the authorities need to be very cautious with the steps they take. He added that he will not be pressured into anything, but will consider every fact thoroughly before making a decision otherwise all the good work done so far will be lost.

    As for the lifting of the state of emergency, he said it will be considered next Tuesday and the decision will be based on updates provided by the Public Health Ministry.





    The draft is divided into six sections, namely:
    1. Defining the responsibility of each relevant agency:
    a. The Budget Bureau tasked with allocating the loan based on the limit approved by the Cabinet and specifying the relevant rules and practices;
    b. The Comptroller General's Department accepting loans on behalf of the Finance Ministry and creating an accounting system, a loan-disbursement system, as well as setting relevant criteria or practices;

    2. Consideration and approval based on specifications of the project loans are being sought for:

    b. If the project is urgent enough and has not been allocated sufficient funds;
    c. If the project can be implemented immediately after gaining Cabinet approval;
    d. If the project is worthwhile and provides economic or social benefits in line with objectives specified in the decree;
    e. Other characteristics as specified by the board
    3. How the projects will be implemented, how funds will be allocated, supplies will be disbursed and steps that will be taken if details are transferred or changed, including operation guidelines once the project has been completed.

    5. The use of the funds will be monitored and evaluated to see if it is in line with the rules and regulations prescribed by the Finance Ministry.
    6. Funds can be reserved for projects awaiting Cabinet approval.

    https://www.nationthailand.com/news/...ernal_referral


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  • Mid
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    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will decide
    elsewhere

    the nation cabinet will consider

    Dictatorship v Democracy .

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  • S Landreth
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    • Prayut to mull lifting curbs at end of April

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will decide later this month whether to ease any of the economic restrictions in light of the decline in new coronavirus cases, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

    CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said a decision regarding the curfew and business closures will depend on the situation ahead.

    The government imposed a nationwide curfew between 10pm and 4am between April 3-30, while provincial authorities have ordered various types of businesses to close over the period to combat transmission.

    With the number of coronavirus infections having fallen since the measures were put in place, many hope the government will ease the rules at the end of the month. "As we move closer to April 30, it depends on public cooperation and compliance. Even though the number of new infections is falling, we want a much more satisfactory figure," he said.

    Responding to reports that some shopping malls are preparing to resume operations on May 1, Dr Taweesilp insisted that Gen Prayut, who chairs the CCSA, will evaluate the situation in the final week of April. The Central Department Store has informed its business partners and tenants to prepare for a May 1 reopening.

    The CCSA on Sunday announced 32 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 2,765. No new fatalities were reported on Sunday. The number of accumulated deaths is 47 and a total of 1,928 people have fully recovered and been discharged from hospital.

    According to CCSA, a total of 33 provinces have reported no new confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the past two weeks from April 5-18 while nine provinces remain completely free of Covid-19 cases. Dr Taweesilp urged the public not to let their guard down despite the fall in infections.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...t-end-of-april

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