Thailand week in review: BCG model introduced in APEC, Protesters clash with Riot Police, Covid-19 cases rise, and more

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, Monday November 14th to Sunday November 20th. They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

Let’s get started and see what the top stories were!

  1. Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Thailand have increased by 12.8 percent, say Thai Public Health officials.                                                                                                    Most cases are found in Bangkok and nearby provinces as well as tourism provinces, especially in the eastern and southern parts of Thailand. 
  2. A proposal to extend the legal closing hours for nightlife venues in tourist areas from 2 AM to 4 AM has been rescheduled for consideration by the Cabinet, as more areas have requested the extension, according to Minister of Tourism and Sports Pipat Ratchakitprakarn.

The eight original pilot areas include Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Samui, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok. Minister Pipat stated he needs to consider the areas that requested the extension later too.

3. The youth-led, anti-government group, Ratsadon, announced on Wednesday that they would march from Bangkok’s City Hall to the APEC summit venue on the morning of November 18th to protest the meeting.

Thai Riot Police fired rubber bullets at protesters after they were trying to break their lines at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok earlier on Friday.

Thai Police released 25 Stop-APEC protestors after violent clashes on Bangkok’s Din Sor Road over the weekend. One of them had to go through surgery after reportedly getting shot in the eye.

4. Thailand introduced the Bio-Circular-Green Economy Model at the APEC summit this morning (November 18th).

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has introduced Balanced, Inclusive, and Sustainable Growth under the BCG Model (Bio-Circular-Green Economy Model). The model is targeting to push the BCG to be globalized. 

5. Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, will meet in Bangkok on Tuesday, November 22nd, to discuss proposals made by cannabis legalization opponents to make the plant an illegal narcotic once again under category 5.

TPN media notes that analysts widely expect the board to not make a decision on the plant and defer to the Ministry of Public Health, in which the next step and battle over cannabis would be the bill at Parliament in December.

And, that is all for this week. Thank you as always for reading the Pattaya News/TPN News!


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News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with the TPN Media for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya and Chonburi with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.