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Thai minister proposes ‘golf quarantine’ to spice up tourism | Asia Information – NEWPAPER24




Thai minister proposes ‘golf quarantine’ to spice up tourism | Asia Information

2021-01-18 18:01:00


Medical employees carrying private protecting tools (PPE) accumulate PCR COVID-19 coronavirus check samples on the City Institute for Illness Prevention and Management in Bangkok on Jan 11, 2021. (JACK TAYLOR / Newpaper24)

GAZA / JERUSALEM / AMMAN / BAGHDAD / YANGON / BANGKOK / TEHRAN / KABUL / HANOI / SINGAPORE – Thailand’s Tourism Minister mentioned on Monday he had proposed a plan to permit foreigners to quarantine in a few of the nation’s many golf resorts to spice up the ailing tourism sector through the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re discussing with the Public Well being Ministry and the nation’s coronavirus taskforce to supply resort and golf quarantine for vacationers with medical certificates,” Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn instructed reporters.

International vacationers would be capable to spend the two-week quarantine interval at a specified resort and transfer round within the resort space and likewise play golf, he mentioned, fairly than simply isolating of their rooms.

The plan, which is topic to the approval of the cupboard, comes because the Southeast Asian nation grapples with a second wave of coronavirus infections after managing to largely comprise neighborhood unfold for months.

Thailand has reported a comparatively low 10,547 COVID-19 infections and 67 deaths, although since a number of clusters emerged in December the nation has been recording a number of hundred new circumstances a day.


The Japanese authorities has began preparations to increase a state of emergency to the western Japanese prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, Jiji information company reported on Monday.

The three prefectures on Saturday requested the federal government for enlargement of the state of emergency, already in place for Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures, to incorporate their area in an effort to comprise the newest COVID-19 outbreak.

The Japanese authorities will begin large-scale PCR testing for the coronavirus in large cities as early as March, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday.

The check will likely be given without cost at locations resembling school campuses, airports and accommodations in Tokyo, Osaka and different main cities, the paper mentioned with out specifying the place it bought the knowledge. By increasing testing, the federal government goals to realize a greater grasp of general infections together with asymptomatic circumstances, based on the newspaper.

Japan’s Nationwide Institute of Infectious Illnesses mentioned authorities have discovered a brand new pressure of the coronavirus in 4 passengers arriving from Brazil.

The brand new variant is analogous to these discovered within the UK and South Africa, the NIID mentioned in an announcement Sunday. The details about the brand new pressure is proscribed to its genetic make-up, and it’s tough to find out for the time being how infectious it’s, the institute mentioned.

Tokyo discovered 1,219 new coronavirus circumstances on Monday, the native authorities mentioned, marking a seventh straight day of greater than 1,000 every day infections.


Afghanistan reported 46 new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances on Monday, elevating its nationwide tally to 53,584, together with 8,588 energetic circumstances, the nation’s Ministry of Public Well being mentioned.

“Laboratories carried out 1,886 checks through the previous 24 hours, out of the entire checks 46 had been optimistic COVID-19 circumstances in 13 provinces of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement.

Laboratories throughout Afghanistan have accomplished 216,550 checks for the reason that outbreak of the pandemic in February.


A 3-day lockdown of Australia’s third largest metropolis of Brisbane will likely be lifted after no new domestically acquired circumstances of COVID-19 had been recorded over the weekend, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed Monday.

The lockdown was launched in response to a resort quarantine employee testing optimistic for a brand new extra contagious pressure of COVID-19 being reported in Britain.

Whereas the blanket lockdown was scheduled to finish at 6 p.m. native time on Monday, Palaszczuk mentioned that further restrictions would stay in place for the following 10 days to make sure the pressure doesn’t re-emerge in the neighborhood. Measures included mandating face masks for indoor public areas and lowering patron limits on bars, eating places and different venues.

“We wish to make it possible for that incubation interval, that 14 days, has completely lapsed earlier than we return again to regular,” Palaszczuk mentioned.

In the meantime, Sydney formally recorded three new domestically acquired circumstances of COVID-19 on Monday, all of which had been linked to a recognized cluster which totalled 26 circumstances.

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The Palestinian Authority mentioned on Sunday it expects to obtain its first COVID-19 vaccine doses in March underneath a cope with drugmaker AstraZeneca, and accused Israel of shirking an obligation to make sure vaccines can be found in occupied territory.

Whereas Israel has already develop into the world chief in vaccinations per capita, Palestinians within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip have but to safe their first provides.

Yasser Bozyeh, the Palestinian common director of public well being, instructed Newpaper24 that along with reaching an settlement in precept with AstraZeneca, the Palestinians had additionally sought provides from Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Russia, which has developed the Sputnik V vaccine.

Provides would additionally come by way of a World Well being Group vaccine programme for poor and center revenue international locations.


Israel’s ministry of Well being reported 5,912 new COVID-19 circumstances on Sunday, bringing the entire quantity within the nation to 489,995.

The demise toll from COVID-19 in Israel reached 3,663 with 30 new fatalities, whereas the variety of  sufferers in critical situation elevated from 964 to 1,056, out of 1,693 hospitalized sufferers.

Israel has began COVID-19 vaccination for all lecturers and different academic employees, the Ministry of Training mentioned Sunday.

The Israeli schooling system has greater than 203,000 workers, who’ve every day contact with greater than 2.4 million pupils when there isn’t any lockdown.


Jordan will begin a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination marketing campaign from Jan 13, Well being Minister Nathir Obeidat mentioned Sunday.

Throughout a press convention within the capital Amman, Obeidat mentioned the amount of COVID-19 vaccines is sufficient for 20 % of Jordan’s inhabitants, calling on the general public to not imagine and unfold rumors concerning the vaccine.


Iran’s well being ministry reported 6,208 every day COVID-19 circumstances on Monday, elevating the entire nationwide infections to 1,292,614.

The pandemic has thus far claimed 56,262 lives in Iran, up by 91 prior to now 24 hours, mentioned Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iranian Ministry of Well being and Medical Training, throughout her every day briefing.

Of the newly contaminated, 642 had been hospitalized, mentioned Lari.


The Iraqi Ministry of Well being reported on Sunday 607 new COVID-19 circumstances, bringing the entire nationwide infections to 602,938.

The Ministry additionally reported 14 new deaths, elevating the demise toll from the infectious virus to 12,895, and 1,752 extra recovered circumstances, bringing the entire recoveries to 556,742.

A complete of 4,867,637 checks have been carried out throughout the nation for the reason that outbreak of the illness in February 2020, with 30,794 finished through the day, based on the assertion.

READ MORE: NHK: Japan mulls approving Pfizer vaccine for ages 16 and up

A photograph taken on Jan 10, 2021 exhibits a lady and youngster standing earlier than the frozen Han river and Seoul metropolis skyline. (ED JONES / Newpaper24)

South Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to supply COVID-19 vaccines to the entire nation’s inhabitants freed from cost based on priorities, saying the vaccination marketing campaign can begin subsequent month. He mentioned his authorities will proceed to spur a homegrown vaccine improvement whereas holding an examination on the indigenous COVID-19 therapy at the moment underneath manner.

The federal government introduced that it had secured COVID-19 vaccine doses for 56 million folks, together with doses for 10 million every from AstraZeneca and Pfizer, 20 million from Moderna, 6 million from Janssen and 10 million from the COVAX facility.

Within the newest tally, South Korea reported a complete of 69,114 COVID-19 circumstances and 1,140 deaths overseas’s 52 million inhabitants. The every day caseload fell beneath 500 in 41 days after hovering round 1,000 in December.

The native virus unfold confirmed indicators of moderating this 12 months as the federal government’s five-tier social-distancing guideline was raised to the second-highest stage that’s scheduled to be saved in place for six weeks by way of Jan 17.

Moon mentioned the federal government started Monday to distribute its third spherical of aid checks to 2.8 million small-business house owners and the self-employed in addition to 870,000 folks weak to job losses.

Below the tightened distancing rule, high-risk services resembling karaoke bars, indoor sports activities services, night time golf equipment and personal cram faculties had been pressured to cease operation, whereas such brick-and-mortar companies as espresso retailers, cafes, eating places, web cafes and sweetness salons had been allowed to open with restrictions.

The micro-business house owners will likely be given aid grants of between 1 million gained (US$910) and three million gained (US$2,730), lower than a month-to-month hire for mom-and-pop shops particularly within the Seoul metropolitan space.

Moon admitted that the aid cost wouldn’t be sufficient to cowl their losses, however he hoped that it may be the priming water to jump-start the restoration of the home economic system. 


The variety of COVID-19 circumstances in Myanmar has elevated to 131,186 as of Monday as 582 new circumstances had been reported, based on a launch from the Ministry of Well being and Sports activities.

The demise toll of COVID-19 reached 2,858 with 12 newly reported on Monday within the nation, the discharge mentioned.


The Qatari well being ministry on Monday introduced 203 new COVID-19 infections, elevating the entire variety of confirmed circumstances within the Gulf state to 146,068, the official Qatar Information Company (QNA) reported.


Mongolia’s Nationwide Heart for Communicable Illnesses (NCCD) confirmed 13 new COVID-19 circumstances on Monday, bringing the nationwide tally to 1,442.

“A complete of 14,216 checks for COVID-19 had been carried out at seven laboratories throughout the nation within the final 24 hours and 13 of them examined optimistic,” Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD’s Surveillance Division, mentioned at a press convention.

The most recent confirmed circumstances had been domestically transmitted or reported within the capital metropolis Ulan Bator, mentioned Ambaselmaa.


India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,466,595 on Monday as 16,311 new circumstances had been registered through the previous 24 hours, mentioned the newest information from the well being ministry.

In line with the info, the demise toll mounted to 151,160 after 161 COVID-19 sufferers died since Sunday morning.

There are nonetheless 222,526 energetic circumstances within the nation, whereas 10,092,909 folks have been discharged so removed from hospitals after medical therapy.

In the meantime, the Indian authorities has ramped up COVID-19 testing services throughout the nation, as over 180 million checks have been carried out thus far.


Greater than 19,000 Fijian households most-affected by the impacts of COVID-19 will obtain 100 Fijian {dollars} a month over the following 4 months by way of digital money transfers.

In line with Fijivillage information web site, that is being finished by way of the Fiji Nationwide Philanthropic Belief Money Help Program – a partnership between Save the Kids Fiji, Fiji Council of Social Companies and Vodafone Fiji.

The primary money switch to households commenced earlier than Christmas with the ultimate cost due on the finish of March.


Indonesia accredited China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd photographs for emergency use, paving the way in which for Southeast Asia’s largest economic system to start out its inoculation program.

The COVID-19 vaccine’s efficacy fee was about 65 % throughout the latest trials in Bandung, Penny Lukito, head of the meals and drug regulator mentioned in a press briefing on Monday.

Indonesian Well being Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin mentioned the 15 million doses of the uncooked supplies from Sinovac will likely be obtained on Tuesday.

Indonesia is struggling to rein within the worst coronavirus outbreak in Southeast Asia, with its positivity fee exceeding 31 % on Monday in an indication of inadequate testing. The World Well being Group recommends holding the speed beneath 5 %.

As of Monday afternoon, there have been greater than 800,000 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 reported in Indonesia. The coronavirus epidemic has claimed greater than 24,000 lives throughout the archipelago, based on the Well being Ministry.  


Malaysia will place many of the nation underneath some type of lockdown for 2 weeks beginning Wednesday because it intensifies efforts to quell the surge in coronavirus infections.

Whereas 5 important sectors together with manufacturing, development and agriculture, will stay open, interstate journey will likely be banned all through the nation, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin mentioned in a televised tackle on Monday.

The choice got here after the federal government forecast every day circumstances might leap to eight,000 by late March or late Might, primarily based on a predictive modeling evaluation. Every day circumstances hit a record-high final week.

Malaysia has struggled to comprise a contemporary wave of infections fueled by an area election in September.


Pakistan’s hospital admissions and deaths have declined after peaking in December, Asad Umar, the planning fee minister who’s main the nation’s virus nerve middle, mentioned in a Twitter submit.

The nation introduced final week is would reopen faculties in phases from January 18. Pakistan has seen about 505,000 infections and 10,500 deaths from the virus. Deaths have declined for 3 straight weeks.

Residents carrying government-imposed face masks and face shields to guard them from COVID-19 illness arrive to hope at their relations’ graves forward of a weeklong closure of cemeteries on the annual observance of All Saints’ Day in Manila on Oct 28, 2020. (PHOTO / Newpaper24)

The Philippines

The Philippines targets to vaccinate its complete inhabitants of greater than 100 million folks by 2023, officers mentioned.

Vaccine rollout could begin as early as February, though bulk of the inoculations will start within the second half of 2021, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez mentioned at a Senate listening to Monday.

The federal government is finalizing provide offers with AstraZeneca Plc., Serum Institute of India, Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac Biotech Ltd., Moderna Inc. and Russia’s Gamaleya Nationwide Heart of Epidemiology and Microbiology, he mentioned.

Herd immunity could also be achieved this 12 months, Well being Secretary Francisco Duque mentioned on the similar listening to, as the federal government targets to purchase 148 million coronavirus vaccine doses to inoculate greater than half of the inhabitants in 2021. Some 82.5 billion pesos (US$1.7 billion) have been allotted for vaccine purchases this 12 months, bulk of that are from loans.


Vietnam recorded one new confirmed case of  COVID-19 on Monday, elevating its whole tally to 1,515 with 35 deaths, based on its Ministry of Well being.

The brand new case is a Polish professional who lately entered Vietnam from overseas and was quarantined upon arrival.

The ministry additionally reported {that a} whole of 1,361 sufferers have been given all-clear as of Monday.


Singapore’s Ministry of Well being (MOH) reported 22 new imported COVID-19 circumstances on Monday, bringing the entire confirmed circumstances within the nation to 58,929.

On Monday, 32 extra circumstances of COVID-19 an infection have been discharged from hospitals or neighborhood isolation services. In all, 58,668 have absolutely recovered from the an infection and have been discharged from hospitals or neighborhood care services, the ministry mentioned.



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