- As of Mar 13, Thailand has 82 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
- Facebook Page แหม่มโพธิ์ดำ (Queens of Spade) exposed an alleged surgical mask-hoarding scandal. Fingers are pointed at a businessman and a close aide to MP Captain Thamanat Prompao. However, the accused said this was all fake news and photoshop.
- Thai Pharmacies Association said the Internal Trade Department had not distributed face masks to stores. In response, the Department threatened that if they don’t apologize, the Department would withhold 15,000 face masks per day from distribution to pharmacy stores.
- Amidst rumors (#จุฬาควรหยุด) that Chulalongkorn students have come down with COVID-19. The university has assured everyone that the campus is safe and no infected has been found.
- Celebrity Matthew Deane posted on his Instagram that he’s tested positive for COVID-19. When asked if this might be a false announcement, the Ministry of Public Health said the actor could be charged with Computer Crime.
The Election Commission filed a criminal charge against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, alleging that he ran for political office illegally. The issue centers around his previous shareholdings in V Luck Media, which published a now-defunct celebrity gossip magazine. In related news, the EC was also granted a pay-raise..
The recently disbanded Future Forward Party has a new chief and a new party. Led by MP Pita Limjaroenrat, the reincarnation of Future Forward is called Move Forward Party. Last month, the Constitutional Court passed a 10-year ban verdict on Future Forward.
In October last year, a senior judge shot himself in a courtroom in Yala province. The suicide attempt was in protest against what he beleved is a broken judicial system. Justice Khanakorn Pianchana survived the incident, but on Mar 7 at his home, he succeeded in his second attempt.