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Well there's just to many knock on effects spiralling out from the coronavirus, here's just a few from twitter (bkkpost)

Tokyo Disneyland will be closed starting from Saturday through to March 15 amid an outbreak of coronavirus infections in Japan, operator Oriental Land Co Ltd said on Friday.

Thai shares fell almost 4% on Friday morning, tracking the biggest single-day point drop in Dow Jones Industrial Average history overnight on mounting concerns over the economic impact of the spread of Covid-19 disease.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index went down 46.77 points, or 3.35%, to close at 1,348.31 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 41.20 billion baht, with 11.13 billion shares traded.

Nigeria's economic hub Lagos confirmed a case of new coronavirus on Friday, stirring memories of the fears sparked six years ago when West Africa's Ebola epidemic hit the chaotic megacity of 20 million

Bangkok Airways is cutting executive salaries, sending staff on unpaid leave and reducing the number of flights to cope with the downturn in business because of the spread of coronavirus disease

K-pop megastars BTS on Friday cancelled four Seoul concerts due in April as the number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea passed 2,000.
so whos the BTS
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more knock on effects ???

The Grand Palace in Bangkok used to have 25,000-30,000 tourists visiting every day, now only 5,000

The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Chanthaburi, closed 1st March onwards due to the present situation

Legend Siam to shut down next week   (bkkpost)

SET-listed Asset World Corp Plc (AWC) has cut rental rates at Asiatique, where the number of visitors dropped  (bkkpost)

SO who is the BTS
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Thailand cancels Buri Ram MotoGP amid Covid-19 threat

Thailand has cancelled the MotoGP in Buri Ram province next month due to fears of the Covid-19 crisis spreading, Public Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Monday (March 2).

The announcement came just hours after the MotoGP Class in Doha, the season opener of the world’s biggest motorcycle competition, was abandoned due to similar reasons.

“This decision will prove that Thailand is taking serious measures against the spread of the disease among Thais and foreigners coming to the event,” said Anutin

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I wonder if Songran will go ahead ::)

Tourist arrivals may drop 6 million this year due to virus: TAT
The number of foreign tourists in Thailand may fall by 6 million this year to 33.8 million, the lowest in four years, due to growing fears over the coronavirus outbreak, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said on Monday.
bangkokpost.com

Virus covered by universal health care
Coronavirus will be officially covered under the universal healthcare programme while authorities are rushing to ease protective mask shortages as Thailand takes action to contain a possible spread of the disease.
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Cathay Pacific parks half its fleet, slashes March flights
Cathay Pacific Group has 120 planes sitting on the tarmac at any given time, accounting for about half of its fleet, and has scrapped more than three-quarters of its weekly flights in March
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Handshake? No thanks: coronavirus changes global habits  thaipbsworld.com

Say no to a handshake, refuse every peck on the cheek and definitely avoid hugging. Instead, try a direct gaze, or maybe a hand gesture.
Around the world people are changing their habits at work, home and in worship to reduce the risk of contracting the new coronavirus and prevent it from spreading any further.

CHINA
In Beijing, the capital of the country where the outbreak began, red hoardings tell people not to shake hands but to join their own hands together in a sign of greeting. Loudspeakers tell people to make the traditional gong shou gesture — a fist in the opposite palm — to say hello.

FRANCE
the cheek, simply looking into a person’s eyes can suffice as a greeting Newspapers have been filled with advice on how to replace kissing on the cheek — an everyday greeting in France, even between people who have only just met — and handshaking, a common formality at work.

Etiquette expert Philippe Lichtfus, who has been widely cited in the media, says handshakes are a relatively recent development that began in the Middle Ages. He says simply looking into a person’s eyes can suffice as a greeting.

BRAZIL
Brazil’s health ministry has recommended that citizens not share metal straws used to consume the caffeine-rich South American drink mate, also known as chimarrao. Meanwhile a kiss — even if not on the mouth — is totally advised against as a greeting.

GERMANY
In a sign of the times, Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempt to shake hands with him on Monday, smiling and keeping both his hands to himself. They both laughed and Merkel threw her hand up in the air before taking a seat.

 SPAIN
The outbreak could hit one of Spain’s most cherished traditions — the kissing of sculptures of the Virgin Mary in the week leading up to Easter.
With just a month to go before the week starts, the ritual could be banned. “It is one of the measures that is on the table,” said national health official Fernando Simon. During the holy week, the faithful queue up to kiss the hands or feet of sculptures of Mary and the saints, seeking their protection.

ROMANIA
Romania’s Martisor festival marks the beginning of spring when talismanic strings and flowers are handed out, often from men to women.
But the government has passed on a message to people urging them to hand over the flowers and talismans without the accompanying kiss. “Let’s give the flowers but not the kiss,” said Nelu Tataru, state secretary at the health ministry.

POLAND
In Poland, one of Europe’s most Catholic countries, the faithful are allowed to take “spiritual communion” instead of consuming the communal bread — or it can be taken in the hands rather than the mouth. The faithful have also been asked not to dip their hands in holy water when going in and out of the church and instead make the sign of the cross.

IRAN
Is the footshake the new handshake? In Iran, where 66 people have been killed by the virus, a video has gone viral showing three friends meeting — hands in their pockets, with two of them wearing masks — tapping their feet against each other as a greeting.

NEW ZEALAND
abandoned the Maori greeting known as the hongi, which involves two people pressing their noses together Some educational institutions in New Zealand have temporarily abandoned the Maori greeting known as the hongi

AUSTRALIA
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard urged Australians to kiss with caution and suggested a pat on the back instead of a handshake.
“It’s a very Australian thing to put your hand out to shake hands, for example. I would be suggesting to the community… it’s time that Aussies actually gave each other a pat on the back for the time being

UAE
The United Arab Emirates, as well as Qatar, are advising citizens to stop the traditional “nose to nose” greeting. The UAE also said that people shouldn’t shake hands or kiss. Greet each other “by waving only”, it said.

UNITED STATES
NBA stars have been given a series of recommendations including that players interacting with fans should bump fists rather than high-five and avoid taking items such as pens, balls and jerseys to autograph, ESPN reported. Some players have already taken steps to limit their exposure to the virus. Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum said he was no longer signing autographs because of the outbreak.

“Make sure y’all washing y’all hands with soap for 20 or more seconds & covering ya mouths when you cough,”

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Many hospitals still waiting for masks
Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit wants to know why many hospitals have not yet received fresh supplies of protective facemasks.
He said on Wednesday (March 4) he’d asked the Public Health Ministry, Food and Drug Administration and Government Pharmaceutical Organisation to review distribution with the Department of Internal Trade to make sure all hospitals are adequately supplied.
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19 Thais return from S Korea with fever, not Covid-19
None of the 158 Thais who have thus far returned home from their jobs in South Korea are infected with the Covid-19 virus, Public Health Ministry spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Wednesday (March 4). Most of the first batch in what is expected to be waves of thousands of illegal labourers returning from hard-hit South Korea were cleared in airport screenings. Nineteen of the 158 arriving at three airports starting on Tuesday were found to have fever and detained for follow-up physical examinations, he said, citing an Immigration Department report. They too were subsequently declared virus-free.
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SET Index loses Tuesday’s momentum as Covid-19 continues to cast a shadow
Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Index went southward in early trade before making gains on Wednesday morning by 0.77 points, or 0.06 per cent, to 1,375.79. A stock analyst at Krungsri Securities expected the SET Index to move between 1,360 and 1,385 although the US Federal Reserve [Fed] had cut the US interest rate by half a percentage point to 1 per cent to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak. “Investors remain under pressure following the worldwide spread of Covid-19, which is currently causing an impact on the US economy,” the stock analyst said. “The oil price has rebounded due to the expectation that Opec and its partners would cut production capacity by another million barrels a day in the meeting on March 5-6.”
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Popular Erawan Shrine Struggles With Coronavirus Impact
Even the gods in Bangkok are hit hard by the coronavirus – or at least those making money out of the gods.
Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine, a site immensely popular among Thais and Chinese tourists alike, saw as much as 80 percent drop in worshipers number over the past month, according to vendors in the area. Those selling flower garlands and offering dancers to supplicate the gilt-gold four-faced statue of Brahma, known to Thais as Thao Maha Phrom, also said they want the government to help them cope with the loss of tourists.
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Thailand’s Koh Phangan full moon party cancelled
The next Full Moon Party, scheduled for March 8, has been cancelled. The memo from the Mayor of Koh Phangan says that the hugely popular monthly party has been cancelled due to fears associated with the Covid-19 virus. The memo also says that there will no further monthly parties until fears over the outbreak pass.
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Virus dries up Songkran for beach town
In a foretaste of what could become a national trend, the mayor of a popular beach town in Chonburi has curtailed next month’s Songkran festivities due to the risk of Covid-19 contagion. “We’re asking everyone not to splash water because it could spread the virus,” he wrote.
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Govt plans handout of 30 million masks in major cities
The government plans to give away 30 million reusable cloth masks to 10 million people or three per person, said Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit today (March 5) after a meeting with related parties on ways to solve the problem of supply shortage amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Songkran event on Khao Neow Road cancelled
The mayor of Khon Kaen said the big Songkran event on Khao Neow Road. An estimated 100,000 people were expected to attend, cancelled
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Big four star Bangkok hotel operating for 50 years announces closure  dailynews.co.th

The Windsor Suites Hotel on Sukhumvit Road Soi 20 in Bangkok has announced that it is closing temporarily from the end of April - staff  made redundant.  The hotel says online that it has 347 suites and is just 350 yards from Asok BTS in the downtown area of Bangkok.

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Kasikorn Bank stops all foreign money exchanging nationwide in Thailand due to Covid19 fears

One of Thailand’s largest banks has announced they have shut all their in branch and foreign exchange booths effective immediately.

The surprise move from Kasikorn or K-Bank came in a directive issued from 5 pm yesterday and is because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

There was no timetable about the closure.

In addition all staff who had been working in their exchange booths nationwide have been put on a 14 day stay-at-home quarantine.

In a letter they said that entities such as the health ministry, bank of Thailand, airports authority and duty free giant King Power had been informed of the decision.

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Oil crashes 31% after price war erupts

Oil crashed more than 30% after the breakup of the Opec+ alliance triggered an all-out price war, with both Russia and Saudi Arabia poised to flood the market with cheap oil.

The former allies pledged swift retribution for the collapse of the cartel’s meeting last week, with the Gulf kingdom slashing its official crude prices and threatening record production, while Russia’s largest producer said it will ramp up output next month. They risk swamping the market just as the coronavirus causes the first contraction in oil demand since 2009, according to the International Energy Agency.

"The situation we are witnessing today seems to have no equal in oil market history," said IEA executive director Fatih Birol. "A combination of a massive supply overhang and a significant demand shock at the same time."

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Hollywood invests 70K in virus gun - sure that's not an exhaust pipe

 Nightclub Hollywood Pattaya has upped the ante in the fight against Covid-19. They have invested 70,000 baht in a spray gun and sprays that can kill all viruses. Everywhere that tourists might come into contact with is sprayed before the club opens. 77kaoded.com

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Prayut calls for calm amid growing virus fears   full article bangkokpost.com


People flock to a Makro branch in Bangkok's Bang Bon district to buy food and other necessities amid escalating concerns over further spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Sunday appealed for calm as escalating fears over Covid-19 are driving people to stockpile food and other daily necessities.

"We are not at a stage where we need to stockpile food," Gen Prayut said after a meeting to address the growing spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Foods such as instant noodles, sauces and canned food have disappeared from the shelves in many supermarkets as many shoppers seek to plan for shortages.

The prime minister said additional measures are being implemented, including mobile applications created to monitor the situation. Airports of Thailand Plc has an app for arrivals to contact the government if they suspect they are infected with the virus. Innovators have created an online map to update the virus situation in the country.

Gen Prayut said he called the meeting of the centre to fight the virus on Sunday to bolster public confidence and find measures to solve problems ranging from mask shortages to monitoring systems.

Panic buying hits Bangkok stores
Fear of deadly virus prompts hoarding


Shelves at a Tesco Lotus store are left empty as consumers stock up on basic consumer goods and rice amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus. Pitsinee Jitpleecheep

Shoppers in Greater Bangkok are quickly emptying supermarket shelves of long-lasting items like instant noodles, packed rice, tissue paper, tinned fish and drinking water as fears mount over the coronavirus epidemic.

Large retail operators including Tops Supermarket, Tesco Lotus, The Mall Group and Big C Supercenter acknowledged that these items have been snapped up quickly since the weekend.

They are also in consensus that fear of the deadly virus is the primary cause for the shopping spree.

"We have never seen these kinds of purchases," said Chairat Petchdakul, vice-president for supermarket merchandising at The Mall Group Co, the operator of Gourmet Market.

"At first we thought it stemmed from the payday, but the majority of the goods the shoppers bought were long-lasting items like instant noodles, drinking water and tinned fish," he said. "We then assumed that the demand was from growing concerns about the coronavirus epidemic. However, we will closely watch shoppers' behaviour again during these weekdays."

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Seeing that shops and supermarkets will remain open and that even in a lock down people can go out for food, medicine or work, this panic buying seems pretty barking to me.


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Seeing that shops and supermarkets will remain open and that even in a lock down people can go out for food, medicine or work, this panic buying seems pretty barking to me.
Yes Hector - But you know how people panic - maybe they have some mistrust as being let down with no masks - up here in the sticks nobody is panicking YET!   they would manage, veg is homegrow by locals, they have their own eggs (chickens) pigs as well. water from the well (nam baden)  some rain would be most welcome.

they are shutting in stages being effected all the time as they go. imo shut it all down now, lets get it over with.

so what's your prediction date  ;)

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Why are people hoarding toilet paper, have they not heard of the bum gun  ::)

Australian stores have seen a mad rush for toilet paper


Around the UK, shoppers are emptying shelves as fears grow over the spread of coronavirus.Supermarkets are urging people not to buy more than they need, but can panic-buying be controlled? Items including toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and tinned foods are among the items that have been in short supply. so what's next rationing book.

A group of 12 major supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Lidl and Iceland have written a letter to their customers asking them to be "considerate in the way they shop"  it's all here

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Panic buying spreads quicker than any virus - media fuelled of course - If you run out of loo roll, dont worry, there is always the Guardian.
BUT... if you tell people to isolate for 4 months of course there gonna stock up

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What is this shit with toilet paper?

Not gonna happen here, we have bum-guns!


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i hope the internet holds up - where would we be without it - ive heard YouTube to reduce streaming quality in Europe due to coronavirus
it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avert internet gridlock - as many switch to working from home. to prevent internet overload. netflix will follow,

the internet is needed to be able to cope with crucial services such as healthcare and online learning by thousands of house-bound children during the coronavirus outbreak. where would we be without it.

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Internet shutdowns 'not justified' in coronavirus outbreak
Internet shutdowns cannot be justified at a time when access to information is critical to containing the deadly coronavirus pandemic, human rights groups have warned.

The outbreak has infected more than 245,000 people worldwide and the death toll now exceeds 10,000, according to a Reuters tally.

"Internet access is critical at a time of crisis," David Kaye, United Nations special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, said in a statement.

"Especially at a time of emergency, broad restrictions on access to the internet cannot be justified on public order or national security grounds."

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir this week extended internet restrictions first imposed after sweeping constitutional changes last year until March 26, saying these were "absolutely necessary" because of recent terror activities.

Global digital rights group Access Now this week called on the governments of Ethiopia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and India to end "all deliberate interference with the right to access and share information" about the epidemic.

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