BANGKOK (Aug 3): With daily high Covid-19 numbers, Thailand has imposed tougher restrictions in Bangkok and 28 provinces starting today, including closing some of its economic sectors to curb the spread of the virus infection in the kingdom.
In helping businesses and employees hit by the Covid-19 restrictions in the 16 provinces recently added under the ‘dark red zones’, the Thai cabinet today approved an additional 30 billion baht in relief measures.
Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said overall a total of 60 billion baht allocated to 29 maximum and strict controlled areas.
He said the cabinet also instructed the Ministry of Labour to develop programmes to assist taxi and motorcycle taxi drivers aged 65 years and above.
Under the restrictions rolled out today, all shopping malls, massage parlours, beauty centres and sports venues will be closed with supermarkets and pharmacies open till 8pm, while restaurants only entertain takeaway orders.
Also, there is a night curfew and ban on public gatherings of more than five people in maximum and strictly controlled areas or “dark red zones” until Aug 18.
Meanwhile, Thailand recorded 18,901 new Covid-19 cases and 147 fatalities over the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of infections in the kingdom to 652,185 and 5,315 deaths to date.
In a statement, Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said the new cases include 743 prisoners and seven imported cases.
“A total of 18,590 patients have been discharged from hospitals, over the last 24 hours.
“To date, a total of 209,039 patients remain hospitalized including in field hospitals nationwide with 4,893 in critical condition and 1,046 depending on ventilators” it said.
CCSA said the new fatalities involve 84 men and 63 women aged between 34 and 99 years old including seven Myanmar nationals.