Thailand's 28 provinces face maximum control against Covid-19; schools in Bangkok and many venues closed

A child climbs on a tuk-tuk parked in an alley between houses in Bangkok on Saturday (Jan 2, 2021). - AFP

BANGKOK, Jan 2 (The Nation Thailand/ANN/Bernama): Twenty eight provinces of Thailand will be put under maximum control as Covid-19 cases continue to rise, health officials announced on Saturday, it has been reported by local and international media.

The Centre for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) declared 28 provinces, including the capital Bangkok and surrounding provinces, as areas under maximum control from Jan 4 to Feb 1, to stem a further spread of the virus.

During the daily briefing, CCSA's spokesperson Taweesin Visanuyothin also reported 216 new cases of infection, of which 214 are domestic ones and two others from quarantine facilities.

The spokesperson said there was one new death, bring the total death toll in the country to 64.

Capital Bangkok on Friday ordered temporary closure of the city's venues including schools, stadiums and amusement parks for at least two weeks.

The total number of confirmed infections in Thailand stands at 7,379 currently, with 4,299 recoveries. A total of 3,016 patents are being treated in hospitals.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang has alsp ordered the temporary closure of 25 types of venues in the province to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

The order, which was approved by the provincial communicable disease prevention committee, takes effect on Saturday until further notice, except for educational institutions, which were ordered to close until Jan 17.

The 25 places are: 1. Entertainment venues such as pubs, bars, 2. Theme parks, water parks, 3. Children’s playgrounds, 4. Snooker halls, 5. Game kiosks, 6. Internet cafes, 7. Cockfighting rings, 8. Nurseries and nursing homes for elders, 9. Boxing rings, 10. Martial art schools, 11. Horse racetracks, 12. Public shower rooms, 13. Massage parlours, 14. All types of sport stadiums, 15. Banquet rooms, 16. Bullfighting and fish fighting rings, 17. Amulet centres, 18. Pre-school children development centres, 19. Beauty parlours and tattoo shops, 20. Fitness centres, 21. Boxing gyms, 22. Spa, traditional Thai massage centres, 23. Bowling lanes, skating and rollerblade rinks, 24. Dancing schools, 25. Tutorial centres and all types of educational institutions.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration also urged people to wear face masks when leaving their residence and check in and out of places they visit using the government’s tracing.

Bangkok also has gone a step further on Friday (Jan 1) when the city council annpunced that all schools in the city and surrounding are will be closed.

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