Thailand imposes new restrictions, curfews, to curb the spread of virus

Thailand imposes new restrictions, curfews, to curb the spread of virus

Thailand is going through yet another bout of lockdown and restrictions, as authorities announced a seven-hour night curfew in Bangkok. Nine more provinces have been included where restrictions will be imposed in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The country is currently in the midst of a third wave of coronavirus, and has reported 9276 new infections daily, and 72 deaths. After hours of high level meetings, a government official announced the new restrictions. According to which, people are expected to work from home and a curfew from 9 pm to 4 am will be in place from Monday. The statement by Apisamai Srirangson, Assistant Spokeswoman of the taskforce said, “We apologise for difficulties of people living in areas with maximum restrictions, but this will support disease control efficiently. Thailand will be victorious.”

It is important to note here that Thai authorities have also mentioned that unnecessary travel will also be prohibited.

The government in Thailand is already facing criticism for going slow on vaccine roll-outs, and a low number of tests. The country’s economy is suffering to a great degree, one of the worst since the 1997 Asian economic crisis.

The new restrictions have been placed at a time the country is looking to reopen for tourism, which makes up almost 20 percent of its national income. Certainly, as you can imagine, the country’s tourism industry has been severely affected by the pandemic. Phuket did however reopen for vaccinated travellers as reported here last week.

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