Confirmed – 3,310 (+6) Deaths – 58 Hospitalized – 127 Recovered – 3,125 (+14)
Thailand today recorded six new COVID-19 cases today, all in state quarantine, as the CCSA repeated its appeal to the Thai public to keep their guard up, citing Vietnam and China, both of which are facing second outbreaks of the disease.
Of the six new infections, five are Thais, including four students, who have returned from Egypt, and the sixth is a 52-year old Thai chief working on a cruise ship in the Netherlands.
The four students, all asymptomatic, tested positive for COVID-19 on July 29th, while they were in state quarantine in Chon Buri province. The fifth tested positive for the infection on July 30th.
Dr. Taweesin told a news briefing today (Friday) that the global COVID-19 situation remains a matter of serious concern as, worldwide, new infections are increasing unabated, with more than 200,000 cases being recorded on daily basis for several consecutive days. He warned that, if daily infections exceed 250,000, there could be a million new cases every four days.
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Visa cooperates with TAT to expand digital payments
Bangkok, 31 July, 2020 – Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, today announced its cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to expand the acceptance of digital payment locations in Bangkok and five major tourist cities across the nation. This collaboration is an effort to support the country’s economic recovery, especially with the domestic tourism industry while ensuring the safety and well-being of consumers and businesses.
Under the cooperation, Visa will be working with financial institutions to support businesses partners in upgrading their payment acceptance service to card payments. For businesses that are already accepting card payments, they can also upgrade their EDC terminal to accept contactless payments, including contactless card, smartphone and wearables. Visa will also be working with banks to provide training for cashiers to ensure the payment acceptance procedure is compliant with the Safety and Health Administration (SHA) standards.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “We have created the Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certification program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Ministry of Public Health, Board of Trade of Thailand, and Thai tourism operators to regain tourist confidence and position Thailand as a preferred global tourism destination. Under the ‘new normal’, Thailand’s tourism industry will experience many changes that will be introduced, including cashless payments for products and services.”
Full Story: TATNews