Decisions likely to come this afternoon on further restrictions around Covid-19 in Thailand


Thai government officials, led by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan O’Cha, will be meeting around 1:30 P.M. via video conferencing this afternoon to discuss further restrictions in Thailand around Covid-19 to prevent further spread of the virus.

A large cluster of cases stemming primarily from entertainment venues in Bangkok has spread across the country over the past two weeks and despite the vast majority of patients being reportedly young and asymptomatic, officials want to stop the spread before it potentially moves to older and more vulnerable patients.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, will be handling the response to the current round of infections. We reported on the proposed restrictions yesterday afternoon here.

A live national press conference is scheduled for around 4:00 P.M. this afternoon to address what decisions have been made by the Thai Government. This conference is set to be broadcast in Thai and English and we will give full updates here at The Pattaya News.

Proposals on the table-

-18 provinces, including Chonburi, set to become the highest level of control “red” zones.

-Earlier closing times for restaurants

-Alcohol banned at restaurants

-Entertainment venues closed nationwide, currently only in 41 provinces.

-Governors are encouraged to enact provincial travel restrictions, although it is unlikely to see any national-level ones.

-Ask for cooperation with people not having parties or events

-Although schools are currently out for holiday, stopping any “summer” school or in-person classroom learning.

These are only proposals at this time. Please wait for final announcements likely later today.

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