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Prime Minister of Thailand under pressure to declare a hard lockdown if infections increase


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With many more companies being urged to close their shutters in Bangkok starting at midnight, calls are now being made to just take the next step to enforce a full lockdown as infections continue to rise.

With the additional 31 types of businesses to close, the BMA has almost imposed the “L word” without actually saying it, in addition to the current restrictions in Bangkok.

In Bangkok alone, the CCSA yesterday reported 2,438 Covid infections.

In the days leading up to Songkran, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was asked whether travel during Songkran should be restricted or not due to the increasing number of cases.

‘It comes as it comes. The reason is that it is a case involving a large number of people. The government will have to do something about it later. ‘

Meanwhile, on April 16, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Kreangam rejected the possibility of curfews in the Red Zone provinces, arguing that “this would not be necessary, he then claimed that the colour-coded zones are“ efficient at this stage ”.

Even last Friday evening, Prime Minister Prayut told national television that despite the daily number of more than 4,000 cases in the past three days, the government had no plans to lock up the country.

Medics from various fields are calling on the Thai government to fully control the spread of the virus. Because the country is divided into red and orange zones, many companies have mandatory closing times.

Many argue that we already have a partial lockdown and that the government should just go the extra mile and enforce it.

Prime Minister Prayut responded to comments on his Facebook page that he had empowered provincial governors to add local curfews if they saw fit. “The provincial governors have the authority to tighten disease control measures and to close the building in addition to the measures imposed by the government.

If the pandemic worsens, the 14-day quarantine period for asymptomatic patients treated in hospitals can be reduced to 10 days, allowing them to self-quarantine with a home tracking system. “

In a conversation with the Bangkok Post, the deputy said. Health Minister, Sathit Pitutecha, said the recent wave of infections “has reached a critical point because there is not enough medical personnel available to deal with the Covid19 situation in the country.

Against this background, the ministry has asked the Prime Minister to tighten up measures to curb the spread of viruses. “

At the peak of the first wave in April 2020, Thailand registered 188 cases in one day. In the second wave, which focused on migrant workers in Samut Sakhon in December and January, the largest daily number was 959 people, now it is many times higher.

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