Thailand imposes nighttime curfew on Bangkok amid virus surge, World News



Amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the country, Thai authorities imposed on Thursday night curfew in Bangkok in particular in ten provinces to fight against the spread of the virus.

The country reported 9,276 on Thursday, with 72 deaths as authorities decided to stop non-essential trips and ordered people not to leave their homes after 9 p.m. until 4 a.m.

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Bangkok has witnessed an increase in cases as authorities ordered the closure of beauty salons, shopping malls, including spas and popular massage stores from Monday.

Authorities reimposed restrictions on Bangkok last month, halting work on construction sites and ordering Restaurants close in order to contain a wave of coronavirus cases.

Authorities had detected a cluster of coronavirus in high-end clubs in Bangkok, including overcrowded prisons as it opened checkpoints in southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla.

The government coronavirus task force ordered to work from home with residents banned from meeting in groups of more than five people.

However, the authorities allowed supermarkets, banks and pharmacies will remain open during the closure of public transport from 9 p.m.

The disruption of the virus hit the tourism hard sector that generates at least 20 percent of the country’s national income.

Authorities had tried to revive travel to the popular holiday island of Phuket allowing a quarantine-free vacation to vaccinated travelers, however, few travelers have signed up so far even though the government has announced plans to allow travelers who have been fully vaccinated from October.

Phuket had closed most of its hotels for over a year, however, reports indicate that two-thirds of Phuket’s population have been vaccinated.

However, the authorities had put other restrictions with travelers urged to stay at the vacation destination for at least 14 days if they wish to travel across the country and take three coronavirus tests.

(With contributions from the Agencies)


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