Thailand discovered 152 domestic patients among a total of 745 cases of Covid-19 Coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours with one additional death, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin announced at a press briefing this morning, January 4th.
The new death case that was reported in Bangkok was a 56-year-old man with underlying diseases of diabetes and dyslipidemia. He had a travel history of visiting Samut Prakarn and the Khong Toei district prior to his Covid-19 treatment at a local hospital on January 1st. The patient was pronounced dead on Sunday.
A total of 152 domestic cases are reported in Bangkok (25), Ang Thong (12), Pathum Thani (9), Phichit (3), Nakhon Pathom (2), Samut Songkram (2), Surat Thani (1), Ayutthaya (1), Nonthaburi (1), Phetchaburi (1), Prachuap Khiri Khan (1).
Another 92 patients in Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakarn, Rayong, Chonburi, and Chanthaburi are under disease investigation. The other group of 577 infections was found in migrant workers who were mostly connected to the cluster at Samut Sakhon shrimp center. These individuals are nearly all in “hard quarantined” dormitories and not exposed to the general public, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-O’Cha has issued Regulation No. 16, with eight measures, in the Royal Gazette yesterday in an effort to remedy the emergency situation due to the second domestic outbreak of Covid-19 Coronavirus, effective from 06:00 A.M. on the 4th of January 2021 onwards.
The descriptive regulations and measures, announced by the PR Thai Government social media page, can be seen below:
1. The use of buildings and premises of schools and all other educational institutions, situated in the maximum control zones, for teaching or any activities with many participants is prohibited, except for teaching and learning electronically or through long-distance communication and for activities of public interest, with the permission of the Bangkok Governor or Provincial Governors.
2. The organizing of activities at risk of spreading the disease in the maximum control zones is forbidden, except for the activities carried out by the authorities or those allowed by them. (Basically, mass gatherings.)
3. The Bangkok Governor or Provincial Governors are empowered to order the closure of entertainment places, pubs, bars, and karaoke venues, located in the maximum control zones.
4. The following activities in the maximum control zones can be carried out under conditions: 1) The sales of food or beverages; the use of these services must be rearranged in accordance with measures set by the Government, 2) The sales of liquor in food shops or other shops; consumption of liquor and alcoholic beverages in these shops are prohibited, and 3) Department stores, shopping centers, community malls, trade exhibition centers, convention centers, exhibition halls, convenience shops, supermarkets, or similar places can be opened as usual, with strict measures against the disease.
5. The Bangkok Governor or Provincial Governors may order the closure of venues, limit activities, or prohibit the carrying out of certain activities at risk of spreading COVID-19 in their respective areas. This includes raising the level of restrictions from what the CCSA has advised if they choose.
6. Officials have been instructed to screen inter-provincial travel, especially the travel from the maximum control zones, depending on the suitability of each area. The public is requested to suspend their inter-provincial travel; in case of necessity, they must give an explanation and show evidence to the authorities. However, this is not a “ban” on travel but rather measures to discourage travel that is not needed.
7. Entrepreneurs have been asked to give cooperation by considering the form of their operations for the time being, such as working outside their workplaces and introducing staggered shifts or hours, in order to reduce large numbers of operators and people traveling for work. This measure will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections.
8. A special committee has been told to consider relaxing measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 infections, screen these measures and submit its proposal to the Prime Minister for approval. It may also propose additional activities as appropriate for the situation. (This essentially means that as the situation approves, with proper permission, the Governor’s and authorities can seek to re-open venues.)
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