In order to prevent and control the second wave of COVID-19, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, will close bars and nightclubs from the 2nd. The Thai government plans to implement stricter epidemic prevention measures in more parts of the country from the 4th.
According to the announcement issued by the mayor of Bangkok, from the 2nd, bars, nightclubs, amusement parks, public bathrooms, boxing arenas, cockfighting arenas, etc.
will be closed. In addition, primary and secondary schools, kindergartens, early childhood care centers and elderly care centers in Bangkok will be closed from 4 to 17.
Thailand reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in January 2020. Due to the timely epidemic prevention and control measures, as of November 2020, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in Thailand was less than 4,000, and the number of new cases in a single day remained in single digits for several consecutive months.
However, in late December 2020, there were cluster infections at the Shamunakom Seafood Market and Luoyongfu Casino respectively. After the epidemic spread rapidly.
Thailand reported 216 new confirmed cases and 1 death in a single day on the 2nd, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases rose to 7,39 and 64 deaths.
Bangkok has more than 2,600 confirmed cases, and 53 of the 77 provinces across the country have recently reported confirmed cases.
A spokesman for Thailand’s epidemic management center said that stricter epidemic prevention measures are planned to be implemented in many parts of the country from 4th of this month to 1 next month.
The spokesman said that the government did not want “lockdowns” and curfews, but stricter measures were needed to curb the spread of the new wave of the epidemic.
According to the media, Thailand’s Ministry of Health plans to implement stricter epidemic prevention measures in 28 provinces, including Bangkok, including suspending some commercial and intensive activities, restaurants only providing delivery services, changing schools to online teaching, and recommending people to work from home and avoid unnecessary travel.
The plan of the Ministry of Health needs the approval of the Prime Minister Prayut to take effect.