The nationwide Emergency Decree in Thailand, which had been due to end on 15th January, has been extended until 28th February.
The decree gives the Thai government the ability to set policies and procedures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 such as restricting travel and setting up road checkpoints.
Meanwhile five provinces, including tourist centre Pattaya, have been placed into the “highest and strictest controlled areas” as cases continue to rise following the recent outbreak centred on Samut Sakthon.
The five provinces; Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Rayong, Samut Sakhon and Trat have set up roadside checkpoints and are screening the health of travellers entering the area.
Thailand has so far recorded 8,966 cases of Covid-19 including a further 527 in the last 24 hours. There have been 65 fatalities.
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