Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is due to consider proposals for a new lockdown in high-risk areas due to concerning increases in Covid-19 cases.
Main picture Wat Arun, Bangkok at night credit Minseok Kwak on Unsplash
Thailand has reported a record 75 Covid-19 fatalities and 7,058 new cases over the past 24 hours.
Prayuth Chan-ocha recently announced a 120 day schedule for the reopening of Thailand to foreign tourists. The first step was the reopening of Phuket last week through the Phuket Sandbox, The Samui Plus reopening is scheduled for 15th July.
Today however the Thailand health ministry has said that it had proposed new travel curbs and tighter restrictions to contain COVID-19 cases in high-risk areas.
“The health ministry will propose measures first to limit travel and so that people do not leave their homes unless necessary.”
“This (the current outbreak) has similar intensity as April 2020.”Kiatiphum Wongrajit, Permanent Secretary Health Ministry – Reuters
The proposals would include closing down non-essential venues and areas that attract crowds and would be in place for 14 days. They would include the Bangkok metropolitan area and “buffer zones”.
On 28th June the “dark-red zones”, or high-risk areas, were expanded to include On 28th June the “dark-red zones”, or high-risk areas, were expanded to include Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakhon on top of Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan.
Bangkok is the epi-centre of the current outbreak and is key for the onward travel of many tourists as well as being one of the most visited cities in the region. Bangkok is not currently due to reopen as part of the schedule until October.
The third wave in Thailand began on 1st April and has seen 279,367 cases out of the 308,230 for the whole pandemic. The highly infectious Delta variant has fueled the increase in cases in the country.
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