Samut Songkram and Song Pee Nong district of Suphan Buri being put under lockdown until New Year due to rising Covid-19 cases

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Samut Songkram and the Song Pee Nong district of Suphan Buri province have been put under lockdown from today, December 23rd, until over the New Year after almost 10 local cases of Covid-19 have been discovered, connected to the central shrimp market in Samut Sakhon that has been the epicenter of a recent large Covid-19 cluster.

Charas Boonnasa, Samut Songkhram Provincial Governor, has issued an ‘urgent’ letter to related agencies, ordering the closure of places at risk for the spread of dangerous communicable diseases for 14 days, from the 23rd of December 2020 to the 4th of January 2021.

PHOTO: Prachachat

Cinemas, game centers and/or internet cafes, Karaoke restaurants, snooker clubs, educational institutions, bars, nightclubs, fitness centers, sports fields, swimming pools, massage and/or spas, and beauty institutions are ordered a closure from today while hair salons are able to open for service as usual with Covid19 safety measures.

As for department stores, only supermarkets, drug departments, groceries, and other shops that are essential for living, including banking and communication services, are allowed to be opened.

Flea markets and restaurants are only available for cooked food for takeaway only. Only restaurants in hospitals and hotels are allowed for dining in.

As of this morning, six local cases of Covid-19 were confirmed and two others are awaiting likely confirmation, resulting in a total of eight cases of new Covid-19 cases in Samut Songkram.

Meanwhile in Supan Buri, governor Natthaphat Suwanpratheep has ordered a lockdown measure in Song Pee Nong district from today until the 3rd of January 2021 after the number of locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 has reached seven cases.

Similar to Samut Songkram, all public places are ordered to close and local people are highly encouraged to stay home and limit their travel. Traveling across districts is initially not allowed during the lockdown state. People are required to wear face masks at all times once they leave the residences.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.