Man dies after being shot by Sinopharm
vaccines: A 53-year-old man in Pathum Thani died on Friday after receiving a second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine.
Somchai Pramuansab was found dead in a house at Soi Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok 13 in Tambon Prachathipat of Thanyaburi district at 8 p.m., said Capt Pol Praphan Ruangsuwan, deputy police inspector of Pratunam Chulalongkorn.
Blood was stained around his nose and mouth.
However, no physical injuries were observed and his property was intact, suggesting no signs of foul play.
Mr. Chaliao, the 70-year-old uncle of the deceased man, told reporters that his nephew worked in a factory in Rangsit region and was in good health except for the arterial hypertension.
Somchai received his second dose of the vaccine on Tuesday and then complained of pain in one of his legs, heart palpitations and fatigue before being found dead, he said.
The body was sent to Thammasat University Hospital for an autopsy.
Island bookings are increasing
Commerce: Koh Samui and other islands neighboring Surat Thani are reaping the benefits of the tourism reopening plan slated for November 1, as hotel bookings increase.
More than 1,000 new hotel reservations have been made since Thursday, when the government confirmed its intention to reopen the country to tourists on November 1.
Supharoek Thongsuk, chairman of the Surat Thani Tourism Industry Council, said the sudden surge in bookings was welcome.
Since Surat Thani started implementing its Samui Plus model on July 15, more than 1,300 tourists have come from Germany, France, Great Britain, United States, Netherlands, Switzerland, from Italy, Poland, Hong Kong and Japan, he said.
This brought in over 85.8 million baht in tourism revenue.
Loei also ready to reopen
tourism: Loei province plans to launch its own reopening, using the Phuket model, to boost business activity, while talks have started on reopening the Chiang Khan border post with Laos, following the policy of reopening of the country.
Deputy Commerce Minister Sinit Lertkrai said yesterday that tourism agencies are encouraging Chiang Khan’s move.
Commercial operators have been tasked with maintaining hygiene, as well as researching new technologies to help them catch up with competition in the global market.
Besides the reopening, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Jurin Laksanawisit issued a policy to speed up the reopening of Thailand’s borders in order to resume business activities as soon as possible.
Surveillance measures on goods will be imposed at the border, while Laos has also informed Thai agencies to closely exchange information for a resumption of trade activities.
The province’s products will be advertised internationally after the country fully reopens, with the aim of boosting exports, Sinit said.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the value of trade at the border was 532.8 million baht. Most of the trade includes air conditioners, plastic pellets, and diesel engines.
Late jabs blamed on confusion
education: The Department of Disease Control clarified yesterday why Pfizer’s jabs for students at 13 schools in Bangkok were delayed, saying it was due to a communication problem.
Director-General Opas Karnkawinpong said their late arrival was not due to a shortage of supplies, but a lack of coordination in terms of programming.
He was responding to reports that the town hall had not delivered the jabs on time.
The DDC chief said vaccines would not be ready for distribution until Monday due to a communication problem, but assured that there were now enough Pfizer vaccines for all students aged 12 to 17 .