Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (24 June 2022)
Citywide, in Pattaya, storms began before dawn, seeing the railway road very very quickly becoming a canal in some places and deep waters on the Sukhumvit. In addition, the usual areas to avoid during heavy storms, the motorway heading into the city has seen aqua planing and 2 of the 4 inbound lanes are closed due to roadworks just inside the toll booth area. This rain front heading here from the capital is expected to continue throughout today, Friday.
According to Thai media in the capital, the wearing of masks is no longer a legal requirement in Thailand. Whilst it’s likely that many businesses will still ask visitors to wear them, the announcement becomes law as it was posted in the Royal Gazette. The edict refers to the consistent low numbers here for the virus and as a result the CCSA which has overseen the management of virus control will also be disbanded effective today, mask wearing becomes a voluntary issue and visiting Thailand now becomes as easy as before the epidemic. The Ministry of Public Health, though, states that those over 60, pregnant or with breathing difficulties SHOULD, not MUST, continue to wear masks and avoid areas where large groups gather.
The Department of Medical Science has developed a testing kit for marijauana products that will measure the THC content within 15 minutes onsite. With the continued advisory that the new laws ONLY approve use of low THC products for MEDICAL use and not recreational use, it is expected that these kits will be produced in large numbers and issued to authorities who, then, will be able to visit retailers and test. The size of a credit card reader, testing is done by dropping a sample of fluid onto a strip, then feeding that into the machine. These machines, already in use globally for other testing, are reported as being very exact in their results. The current legal limit is 0.2% THC but many are advertising their wares with up to 20%, so 100 times the legal amount. For the bar business nationwide the ganga epidemic is seen as a challenge AS those who smoke are less likely to consume drinks, and could see a drop in sales within the entertainment industry especially in nightclubs.
In Pathumthani a 27 yr old has been arrested on charges of luring youngsters into sending photos of themselves, unclad, in return for the promise of cash. His arrest followed a complaint filed by a local policeman who’s 14 yr old daughter fell for the scam, that saw her later blackmailed into making videos. Using a fake online personality, the MAN? Stored video clips on his work and home computers. This type of crime has become huge globally, following the popularity of mobile phones with teenagers and parents are warned to check their childrens phones regularly. A similar case in Korea some while back resulted in a nationwide network of perverts being arrested.
Monkeypox is NOT an issue for Thailand as of current reports that show that despite 10 suspected cases in arrivals here, each turned out to be a form of herpes. To date, as many countries are seeing the virus spread, NO cases have been reported here.
In Surin, when a 26 year old went to a local school, it wasn’t for a lesson. Staff discovered his ex wife dead on a classroom floor and it is assumed he killed her during a class break, when the room was otherwise unoccupied. In an attempt to flee, the errant husband jumped from the second floor classroom window, breaking both legs. He, then, was quickly held and taken for medical treatment under the custody of two police officers.
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