The hottest stories in Thailand news from the last week: Thailand to scrap “Test&Go” schemes in May, Civil Partnership Draft Bill to be reconsidered, and more

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Here is a look at the top NATIONAL stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, April 18th to the 24th, with some commentary. They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

1. Thailand’s Ministry of the Interior sums up total road accidents during the “Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran” campaign

The Songkran holiday ended with 1,917 accidents with 1,869 injuries but the Interior Ministry said that they were decreased from last year which was higher than 2,000 in both accidents and injuries. However, the major cause of road accidents is still drunk driving. For the drunk driving cases alone, the numbers have increased by 1,080 cases, from 6,061 cases in 2021 to 7,141 cases in 2022.

Thailand’s Ministry of the Interior sums up total road accidents during “Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran” campaign

2. Thailand’s Ministry of Justice to resubmit Civil Partnership Draft Bill for Cabinet consideration after it did not contradict any religious norms

Another hope for the LGBTQ community in Thailand shines after the Ministry of Justice has consulted with related academic institutions as well as LGBTQ groups and religious groups, following the cabinet’s order. Although the term same-sex marriage may go against some religious beliefs and their norms, the term ‘civil partnership’ was encouraged to be used in the draft bill instead. After the study concluded, the results and the redraft would be forwarded to the Cabinet for further consideration.

Thailand’s Ministry of Justice to resubmit Civil Partnership Draft Bill for Cabinet consideration after it did not contradict any religious norms, according to several studies

3. Thai government cancels Test and Go, eases legal drinking hours

Following several private tourism sectors’ and entrepreneurs’ outcry, the PCR testing for vaccinated travelers under the Test & Go requirements has eventually been canceled upon arrival in the Kingdom, starting May 1st, but they must go through the Thailand Pass registration before arriving and present vaccination document to the authorities at the airport. Quarantine for a short period of time for non-vaccinated tourists is still mandatory. Apart from that, other measures remained the same. Qualified restaurants and entertainment venues that are “modified” to restaurants in the tourist pilot areas could continue to serve alcoholic beverages until midnight.

Thai government cancels Test and Go, eases legal drinking hours, and more-Covid meeting recap

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.