No curfew, gatherings banned for two weeks
Faculties closed as authorities attempt to subdue new Covid wave, PM outlets for US and Russian vaccines
Authorities have determined towards a curfew however faculties shall be closed whereas massive gatherings and different high-risk actions shall be suspended for 2 weeks from Sunday to regulate the fast-spreading new Covid-19 outbreak.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has additionally ordered officers to hunt extra sources of coronavirus vaccines from Russia and america. The nationwide vaccination programme continues to maneuver very slowly, with simply zero.9% of the inhabitants receiving a jab thus far.
The Centre for Covid-19 State of affairs Administration (CCSA) determined towards a curfew as a result of it could have an effect on individuals’s incomes, particularly these on the grassroots stage, stated spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin.
As a substitute, it determined to shut faculties and academic establishments, besides worldwide faculties which needed to organise examinations, he stated on Friday.
Additionally banned are any actions the place greater than 50 individuals collect, besides accepted actions together with these at quarantine venues.
Leisure and repair locations together with pubs, bars, karaoke outlets and therapeutic massage parlours shall be closed.
The CCSA declared 18 provinces purple or maximum-control zones. They’re Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phuket, Rayong, Songkhla, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Sa Kaeo, Suphan Buri and Udon Thani.
The brand new guidelines had been issued because the nation reported a record 1,582 new coronavirus cases on Friday. That introduced the five-day whole since Monday to six,400 — greater than 50% increased than the variety of infections seen nationwide within the first 9 months of the outbreak final 12 months.
Within the “purple” provinces, eating at eating places is allowed till 9pm and gross sales of takeaway meals till 11pm. “That is to maintain companies alive,” Dr Taweesilp stated. Nonetheless, consumption of alcoholic drinks is banned at eating places.
Procuring centres, department shops and neighborhood malls will shut at 9pm, an hour sooner than ordinary, and customer numbers should be restricted. They aren’t allowed to organise promotional occasions or open amusement parks and sport arcades on their premises.
Comfort shops, supermarkets, flea markets and strolling streets should shut from 11pm to 4am.
Sports activities fields, train venues, gymnasiums and health golf equipment should shut at 9pm. Sports activities competitions are permitted with restricted numbers of spectators.
The remaining 59 provinces have been designated orange or management zones, the place eating places can open for eating and takeaway gross sales till 11pm. Consumption of alcoholic drinks is banned, although.
The identical guidelines that apply to malls and department shops in purple zones apply within the orange zones, however there aren’t any restrictions at comfort shops, supermarkets, flea markets, strolling streets and venues for sports activities and train.
Provincial authorities had been additionally allowed to impose disease-control measures of their areas as they see match.
The CCSA requested individuals to delay holding events. Employers are urged to let workers work exterior places of work, to return in on alternate working days, or to implement different measures to cut back an infection danger.
The Covid job pressure additionally ordered well being, administrative and safety authorities to seek out extra areas appropriate to arrange subject hospitals and quarantine services, probably at faculties, lodges, auditoriums and personal properties, Dr Taweesilp stated.
The brand new restrictions come at a time when the nation is struggling to ramp up vaccinations towards the coronavirus. To date, fewer than 600,000 individuals, or zero.9% of the inhabitants, have acquired a minimum of one shot.
Restricted provides of vaccines have been an issue, as massive portions of the AstraZeneca vaccine that’s the cornerstone of the nationwide programme is not going to be obtainable till June.
Nonetheless, Gen Prayut stated on Friday that he had ordered officers to hunt imports of extra vaccines from Russia and america.
“I’ve advised the Authorities Prescription drugs Group and the Meals and Drug Administration to coordinate and facilitate them,” he stated, referring to Sputnik V of Russia however declining to be particular concerning the American vaccines, which may very well be from Pfizer or Moderna.