Thai PM Sprays Sanitiser On Reporters

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has left reporters stunned by interrupting his own media conference to spray them with hand sanitiser in a bid to dodge some tough questions.

Mr Prayuth became frustrated on Tuesday when asked about a list of potential candidates for vacant cabinet posts.

It follows last week’s jailing of three of his ministers for insurrection during protests seven years ago.

“Is there anything else to ask?,” he said, standing at a podium.

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“I don’t know, I haven’t seen it. Isn’t it something the Prime Minister should know first?”

Mr Prayuth then left the podium to grab a small bottle of sanitiser.

He casually walked over to the journalists and sprayed each of them while holding a surgical mask in front of his face.

Mr Prayuth, a former military coup leader, is known for his comical remarks to media but he also sometimes lashes out at reporters.

He was later filmed speaking with the same group of journalists.

He looked looking increasingly annoyed before spraying them again with broad sweeps of his hand and then walking off.

On Monday, Thailand announced it would reduce its mandatory quarantine period from 14 to seven days for vaccinated foreigners arriving in the country, starting next month, in a bid to boost its struggling tourism industry.

Vaccinations must be administered within three months of the travel period, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirankul said.

Visitors would still be required to show negative COVID-19 test results within three days of their departure.

Those not yet immunised but with coronavirus-free certificates would be quarantined for 10 days, he said.

“Foreigners travelling to Thailand with vaccination certificates, in accordance with the requirements of each brand, will need to quarantine for only seven days,” Mr Anutin said, referring to the doses needed to be effective.

The Asian nation, with a population of almost 70 million, has been largely effective in dealing with the pandemic.

Only 85 people have died from coronavirus from 26,441 infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

But the nation did observe a spike in cases last December, triggering some partial lockdowns.
The Asian nation, with a population of almost 70 million, has been largely effective in dealing with the pandemic.

Only 85 people have died from coronavirus from 26,441 infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

But the nation did observe a spike in cases last December, triggering some partial lockdowns.

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