Thailand says no nationwide lockdown yet
Thailand’s government said on Thursday that it had discovered 67 new coronavirus cases outside of migrant dormitories with 58 local infections and 8 cases inside state quarantine.
The government said that the number of cases inside migrant dormitories had risen to 1,273 cases.
Despite the increasing number of cases, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha told the nation that the government was still not ordering a nationwide lockdown and was instead dividing the nation into administrative zones.
Prayut said that the Ministry of Public Health reaffirmed to him that it can still control the situation but added that the government needed the public’s cooperation.
The public must be responsible to keep the numbers down, Prayut said.
The government, according to spokesman Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin, said that they would be dividing the country into four types of zones and the public response measures will depend on which zones the provinces are located in.
The four areas are, in descending order of severity, as follows :
- Highly controlled area (many cases in multiple areas)
- controlled area (over ten cases with the likelihood to increase)
- the highly monitored area (less than ten cases)
- monitored area (no cases)
The government said that it would keep factories and agricultural industries running as long as possible to minimize the second wave’s impact on the economy. However, this was subject to change depending on the situation.
The government also said that all information would be centralized under the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration as the press have been reporting unverified facts and spreading panic.
For new years’ celebration, all celebrations are canceled in highly controlled areas except for online celebrations.
Controlled areas can have limited private celebrations with limited participants.
Highly monitored areas and monitored areas can have celebrations but parties must be smaller than normal and observer social distancing.
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