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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday approved measures to regulate food and online delivery services after customer complaints during the country's coronavirus lockdown, a senior government official said.

Food deliveries surged during the lockdown and in April Thailand's Trade Competition Commission warned that if food delivery platforms increased prices unfairly they could be fined.

"The COVID-19 outbreak has changed consumer behavior and more consumers are using these online services and there were complaints so control (of) prices is necessary," deputy government spokeswoman Ratchada Dhnadirek told reporters.

"There were complaints from consumers of online services about the price of food delivery," she said.

In April, the Office of Trade and Competition Commission secretary-general Somsak Kiatchailak said there had been complaints that food delivery platforms had increased their service fees for restaurants from 20% to rates of up to 40%. He did not name any companies. [nL4N2BP3IB]

The price control comes into force on July 4 and will be reviewed again in one year. The control list aims to prevent operators from setting unfair prices and other conditions.

Ratchada said, for example, that services like those provided by Grab and Kerry would be included on the price control list.

The companies did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated the NHS's 72nd birthday and thanked health care workers for their support in the national response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The royals, both 38, visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn on Sunday and joined employees for afternoon tea to celebrate the occasion, which also falls ahead of the hospital’s 40th anniversary on July 22.

During their visit, the couple spoke to staff and volunteers who have worked to ensure that the hospital was able to cope with the pandemic, including medical staff, catering and operational staff, and those who have returned to work from retirement to support the COVID-19 effort.

One of the guests was medic Suzie Vaughan, who spent nine weeks apart from her daughters while working on the frontlines. Her reunion with her kids went viral in June.

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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been caring for patients since 1980 and currently serves a population of around 331,000 people from across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, and Lincolnshire.

The hospital has provided care to 450 coronavirus patients and has now recruited 46 patients to the COVID-19 Recovery Trial, with more than 500 enrolled in their other coronavirus research studies.

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