Greater Bangkok Is Essentially Going Into Lockdown After July 12th, Will Even Have Curfews

Bangkok and its five adjacent provinces will be under a curfew for at least 14 days starting July 12th to curb the rapid increase in Covid-19 transmissions.
When the kingdom recorded 9,276 new cases of Covid-19 and 72 deaths recently, the decision was made. The new measures aim to curb the rise in cases within two to four weeks.
Greater Bangkok, which includes the capital and the provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon, will be under a curfew from 9pm-4am.
According to the announcement by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the same curfew hours will be implemented in the four southern border provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and Yala.
During the curfew, people seeking medical attention at hospitals, medical personnel, and utility workers are allowed to travel.
The CCSA agreed that the measures, effective Monday, would last for at least 14 days or until the situation eased.
Additionally, interprovincial travel will be restricted to Greater Bangkok and the four southern provinces. On Saturday, checkpoints will be set up to discourage movement. At the checkpoints, people must explain their reasons for traveling.
The Greater Bangkok Area will also see the closure of department stores and shopping malls. The supermarkets will be allowed to operate until 8 p.m.
Malls and department stores will allow banks, pharmacies, shops selling communication devices, and vaccination centers to stay open until 8 p.m.
All restaurants in Greater Bangkok close at 8 p.m. Businesses are encouraged to enforce work-from-home policies, and public transportation services will cease between 9pm and 3am.
Parks will close at 8 p.m. Businesses considered to be at risk of spreading infections, including salons, spas, and traditional massage parlors, will be closed. Gatherings of more than five people will not be permitted, except for religious events. Lessons are only to be conducted online in schools. From 8 pm to 4 am, convenience stores and night markets will close.
Three virus outbreaks began in Greater Bangkok in early April, triggered by the arrival of the Delta strain. Thailand’s health officials predict it will soon dominate the country.
There has been no let-up in the number of transmissions, despite the fact that all construction worker camps have been closed and eating in eateries has been banned since Monday.
With more patients staying longer in hospitals and the rate of discharge slowing, there is also a severe bed shortage.
Sanan Angubolkul, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber supported the new measures placed on the provinces.
The measures are necessary to stop the rapid spread of Covid-19, he said, noting that the private sector is willing to comply.
Nonetheless, he said that the measures would cause economic damage of 50–100 billion baht, or about 3–5 billion baht each day.
As a result, the government may have to inject more cash into the economy to compensate for the damage, he said, adding that it is important to control the outbreak quickly in order to limit the damage.
He said the government must take remedial measures to help businesses affected by the measures by leveraging the 500 billion-baht loan.
Sanan said the government should do everything possible to procure more vaccines for people as a result of the tough measures to slow transmission rates.
8,975 of the newly recorded cases involved local infections, 23 were imported, and 278 were found in prisons.
Thailand’s capital recorded 3,116 cases; Samut Prakan had 437, Lop Buri had 341, Chon Buri had 317, Ayutthaya had 265, Chachoengsao had 243. Nonthaburi had 236.

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