Wissanu denies government ‘begging’ for money by reaching out to tycoons

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on Saturday clarified that the open letters the government would write to 20 of the richest Thais was not an exercise in begging for money.

His reaction came in response to criticism of some netizens, who called the administration a “beggar government”.

On Friday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had said that he would next week write an open letter to the 20 tycoons, asking for help in efforts to tackle the pandemic.

Wissanu added that things will get clearer next week and it is the premier who is taking care of all the details.


Krabi confirms two new Covid-19 cases

Krabi has two additional cases of Covid-19 infections — an American tourist, aged 49, and his Thai wife, aged 33, provincial governor Lt-Colonel ML Kitibadee Prawit said on Saturday (April 18).

Authorities are investigating the timeline of the couple’s travel.

The province currently has 18 confirmed cases, of which 10 have recovered, and the rest are undergoing treatment in hospitals.

He added that he had ordered the local officials to stringently continue the preventive measures.

Thailand’s total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,733 with 33 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period, and no deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Saturday.