Thai economic stimulus package benefits people, businesses, says PM; only 64 cases found on Saturday (March 6)


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BANGKOK, March 6 (Xinhua): An estimated 14.7 million Thais and more than 1.5 million grocery stores, food stalls, restaurants and service shops throughout Thailand have benefited from the government's economic stimulus campaigns since last year, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (pic) said on Saturday.

In a podcast on the Thai government's Facebook page, the prime minister said some 14.7 million Thais have so far become eligible recipients to the economic stimulus campaigns while over 1.5 million grocery stores, food stalls, restaurants and service shops nationwide have joined in the campaigns, which have seen both sides benefit from them.

Prayut noted that the number of stores, food stalls, restaurants and service shops to join in the government's campaigns may increase to about two millions in the foreseeable future.

Those economic stimulus campaigns have so far generated about 92.41 billion baht (US$3.02 billion) in purchases of goods and services nationwide since last year, he said.

In a co-payment campaign, the government provides one half of the price of a product or service bought by an eligible recipient, who pays the other half of the price at a designated store, food stall, restaurant or service shop.

Thailand on Saturday (March 6) also confirmed 64 new Covid-19 cases, mostly domestic, according to a report of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of Saturday's new cases, 54 were domestic infections while 10 others referred to imported cases, the CCSA report says.

Thailand has so far confirmed 26,305 cases, 23,472 of which were domestic cases while 2,833 others referred to imported cases.

So far, 25,686 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 534 others are currently hospitalized and 85 fatalities have been reported. - Xinhua
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