Phuket imposes night curfew from May 4

An empty hotel and beach which have opened for visitors is seen in Karon, Phuket Island, Thailand March 31, 2021. Picture taken March 31, 2021. Phuket province has requested cooperation from residents to refrain from leaving their homes or their residential areas from 10pm to 4am from May 4.- Reuters

BANGKOK, May 4 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Phuket province has requested cooperation from residents to refrain from leaving their homes or their residential areas from 10pm to 4am from May 4.

The order, approved by yhe Phuket Communicable Disease Committee, comes into effect from Tuesday until further changes.

There will be checkpoints to advise and warn those who violate and do not cooperate in helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

As the number of Covid-19 cases is currently going up in Phuket, the situation has become worrisome. Phuket added 25 new patients on Monday (May 3), taking the cumulative total to 463 of whom 246 have already recovered.

Thailand on Monday reported a new daily record of 31 coronavirus deaths, the health ministry said, as the Southeast Asian country grapples with a third wave of infections.

After managing to largely control the virus for around a year through shutdowns and strict border controls, Thailand has faced a spike in cases since early April that is proving harder to control and putting pressure on parts of the medical system.

The ministry recorded 2,041 new Covid-19 cases, taking the country's total number to 71,025 since the pandemic began last year. The total number of fatalities now stands at 276.

The new outbreak, which includes the highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant first detected in Britain, has accounted for more than half of total cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic leaving Thais worried about when it might end, reported Reuters.

Authorities say the situation should ease in coming weeks as a result of restrictions including shutting bars and public venues in Bangkok. Thailand aims to have 70% of the population vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of the year, though the rollout has been slower compared with some neighbouring countries.

Registration for vaccinating the general public began on Saturday, with about 16 million people aged over 60 or those with pre-existing medical conditions getting priority.

Mass inoculations are set to begin in June, when the first batch of what is targetted to reach 61 million locally manufactured AstraZeneca doses becomes available.

Thailand's Food and Drug Administration has approved the AstraZeneca, Sinovac Biotech, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for use so far.

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