The Thai government experienced the first night for the more than ten million residents of the capital Bangkok yesterday. Thailand is struggling with the largest corona wave since the start of the pandemic.
So far, Thailand officially has 345,027 Covid infections and 2,791 deaths. Most of these can be traced back to the current wave, which has been rising since April, as a result of the alpha and delta variants.
The variants first appeared in an upscale area of Bangkok, but they quickly spread. The slow vaccination campaign and limited testing capacity contributed to this spread. “The situation is worrying,” said health minister Anutin Charnvirakul. “The delta variant has spread in several provinces.” The government is also investigating cases of double infections with the alpha and delta variants.
On Sunday night, police installed blockades in Bangkok to enforce the curfew. Residents are not allowed on the streets between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. In addition, gatherings of more than five people are prohibited and teleworking is encouraged. Public transport stops at 9 pm and shopping centres close at 8 pm.
Thailand’s vaccination strategy also adjusted its VACCINATION STRATEGY on Monday. It will combine the Chinese vaccine Sinovac with the English AstraZeneca, in an effort to curb the spread of the alpha and delta variants.
Thailand had just reopened its borders to international travellers on July 1. Tourism accounts for a fifth of Thailand’s economy. The Thai government announced last month that it plans to reopen the entire country in October to those who have been fully vaccinated.
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