Thailand is experiencing a perfect demographic storm after two years of very rapid change in the local job market. While people scrambled to find new jobs at first and are now paid self-employed, employers are complaining of severe labor shortages. This problem has been exacerbated by border closures which have halted the flow of migrant labour, mainly from Cambodia and Myanmar. , flowing in the country. They all returned to their countries in the first months of the pandemic. The problem is also fueled by a declining birth rate in Thailand and an aging population. Manufacturers complain about trying to get their factories back up and running. again, but they just can’t find people to fill the positions. She complained that a shortage of good candidates is driving up salaries as the industry fights for the few quality candidates. Prices for meat and agricultural products have skyrocketed and are now impacting the cost of living for everyone in the country. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha calls on the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Energy to hold urgent discussions with food producers and the essentials on price freezes or other tools to control the price increase. Prices for noodles, chicken, eggs, petrol and LPG, boat charges, even toll charges are also rising and but Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow is now asking Thais to ‘stay positive’ amid price hikes and says ‘it’s temporary.’ Last week it was revealed that crocodile farms were offering meat from their reptiles at 70 baht per kilogram. 200 baht per kilogram, people are rushing to get a taste for the cheaper crocodile meat A public health ministry official says Thailand has reported its first death from the Omicron variant of Covid -19. The death recorded in Songkhla province in southern Thailand was an 86-year-old woman from Hat Yai. She also had Alzheimer’s disease. The woman contracted the Omicron infection from her grandson. who had traveled from Phuk and. The Omicron variant has spread rapidly through Thailand as it is much more contagious than other strains, but is believed to be less deadly than Delta. variant which it has largely replaced. Following Omicron’s first local transmission, officials decided to shut down enrollment in the Test & Go program which allowed international travelers to enter without quarantine, putting the brakes on Thailand’s attempt to resume tourism, despite continued four Sandbox options for tourists. kingdom has confirmed more than 10,000 variants of Omicron infections, with many patients reporting mild or no symptoms. Today the government recorded a minimum of just 9 Covid deaths. Of the approximately 72 million people currently living in Thailand, around two-thirds have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, but only around 15% have received a booster shot. And while the government suspended new Test & Go applications from December 22 last year, those already approved are still pouring in and others are still arriving through Sandbox programs in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Samui. But despite limiting the influx of international travellers, the number of Covid infections imported from abroad has steadily increased and the infection rate among those arriving has risen sharply, with Russia leading the way. of the peloton. In November, when the government reopened borders through Thailand to international travellers, the infection rate was 0.13%. In December, as more people began to arrive, that infection rate tripled to 0.45%. Now, in the first half of January, infection rates have skyrocketed to nearly 8 times as infections have been found in the estimated 116,000 people who have arrived this year…. rate of 3.42%. Travelers from Russia were the largest demographic, with the second highest number of infections from the United States… half of which were returning Thai nationals. Germany and Sweden were the third and fourth sources of imported Covid infections. In a new NIDA poll, questions about a controversial bill to regulate NGOs operating in Thailand showed that people generally support regulation. The survey asked people a variety of questions about how non-governmental organizations operate in Thailand. and prevent foreign interference in elections and the functioning of government. When asked if NGOs should be required to disclose the sources of their funding, 52.4% strongly agreed and 27.8% said they somewhat agreed. and the purpose of the funds, 58.1% said they strongly agreed. When respondents were asked “Will the NGO Regulation Bill restrict the right to assembly or demonstration?”, 31.3% said freedom would be somewhat affected, while 22 .8% thought freedoms would not be. affected at all. Full results and analysis of this poll on thethaiger.com. as they are slapped with an additional load. They have already been charged with 10 different poaching-related offences, including violating the Forest Reserves Act, the National Parks Act and the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act. The men claim they are not hunters, just cattle herders and that they killed the tigers after the felines killed around 20 cows from their farm and neighboring farms. But authorities doubt their story, saying a breeder would not hunt tigers so skillfully with precise headshots that caused minimal damage to the skins which were then meticulously and professionally removed with great skill. Also, Section 21 of the National Parks Act prohibits raising livestock or livestock in a national park, the areas they claimed to raise livestock. Police are still collecting evidence in the alleged poaching case. As other parts of the world struggle to open up, despite pushes from the Omicron variant, most of Asia is heading in the opposite direction, adding new restrictions on movement in the region. Japan has announced new restrictions for travelers from Thailand entering the country, who must now undergo a full 13-day quarantine upon arrival. The new restriction will come into effect today and will affect travelers from Thailand and 4 other countries. one day quarantine. But now travelers from India, the Maldives, Mexico, Nepal and Thailand must self-isolate for a period of 13 days, after being added to Japan’s list of countries they consider to be experiencing an outbreak. important part of the Omicron variant.