Thai authorities propose tighter restrictions as COVID-19 deaths rise

A health worker receives vaccine against Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Samut Sakhon hospital in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand on February 28, 2021. REUTERS / Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, July 8 (Reuters) – Thailand’s health ministry said on Thursday it had proposed new travel restrictions and stricter restrictions in high-risk areas to contain cases of COVID-19, the country making state of a daily record of 75 deaths from the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is due to consider the new restrictions at a meeting on Friday.

“The health ministry will first propose measures to limit movement and so that people do not leave their homes unless necessary,” permanent secretary of the ministry Kiatiphum Wongrajit told reporters, noting that a stop interprovincial travel was also offered.

Other proposed measures include closing non-essential sites and areas that draw crowds, Kiatiphum said.

The rules would be in place for 14 days and would cover the Bangkok metropolitan area and “buffer zones,” Kiatiphum said, without further details.

“It has a similar intensity to April 2020,” he said, referring to last year’s lockdown measures which included a nationwide curfew.

Currently, Thailand has measures in “high risk areas”, including Bangkok and surrounding provinces, to close shopping malls early and ban dining in restaurants, but they have not been able to. to stop an acceleration of infections over the past month.

Thailand’s COVID-19 task force reported 7,058 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the country’s total number to 308,230. The country has recorded 2,462 deaths since the pandemic began last year.

Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng Editing by Ed Davies

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