lørdag 17. juli 2021

Thailand bans public gatherings as Covid cases hit record high

Thailand has imposed a nationwide ban on public gatherings and was considering more restrictions on movement as authorities reported record numbers of new cases and deaths on Saturday. Despite partial lockdowns in Bangkok and nine other provinces this week, the country’s Covid-19 task force reported 10,082 new coronavirus cases and 141 new deaths, bringing the total number of infections to 391,989 cases and 3,240 fatalities since the pandemic started. A ban on public gatherings has been imposed, with a maximum penalty of a two-year jail term or a fine of up to 40,000 baht ($1,220) or both, an announcement on the official Royal Gazette published late on Friday showed.

The prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said that the government was considering more restrictions as the country battled its worst coronavirus outbreak yet, fueled by the highly transmissible Alpha and Delta Covid-19 variants.