Fresh restrictions will be imposed on 28 “Red Zone” provinces in Thailand from today as the country recorded a record 745 new cases of Covid-19. The country has now recorded 8,439 cases and 65 deaths, over 2,700 new cases since 22nd December, an increase of 47%.
The new cases were mostly local transmissions rather than imported cases and all have their origins in the Samut Sakhon outbreak just before Christmas. The cases included 557 migrant workers and 152 Thai nationals. The majority of new cases are still in the Samut Sakhon area.
The Thai government announced new measures on Sunday which will include the closure of all schools, apart from those with less than 120 students, and the banning of meetings, banquets and food handouts unless there are strict quarantine measures in place and permitted locally.
Many entertainment venues will be closed although restaurants for food stalls may remain open but are not allowed to sell alcohol. Travel will also be restricted from “Red Zone” areas.
Many of the restrictions are dependent on local provinces and their own measures. Bangkok and provincial governors have the authority to impose additional measures including closing premises, impose restrictions in local areas, premises, or the use of vehicles and ban activities.
The restrictions have a proposed end date of 1st February. The Thai government has not ruled out extending the period for these measures ortightening measures further if required.
54 Thai provinces have now been affected by the outbreak and the following 28 have been designated as “Red Zone” or those at highest risk of further infections:
- Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri (including Pattaya), Chumphon, Kanchanaburi, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi, Prachin Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Sa Kaew, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Singburi, Suphanburi, Tak and Trat.
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