Pattani, Yala issue orders to help contain Covid-19 as Thai cases rise


  • Thailand
  • Saturday, 28 Mar 2020

A motorist travelling from Tak Bai-Sungai Kolok district gets his temperature taken at the Rimnam checkpoint, set up as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on March 27, 2020. - AFP

BANGKOK (Agencies): The deep South provinces of Pattani and Yala have issued strict orders to deal with Covid-19 and prevent local people from getting infected.

Pattani Governor Kraisorn Wisitwong signed an order on Friday (March 27) after the province was classified as a high-risk area by the communicable disease control committee on Wednesday (March 26).

The order prohibits people from crossing into or leaving Pattani province, except for medical treatment, sterilisation, or transporting necessary products starting from Saturday (March 28).

Only government vehicles, ambulances, rescue cars or vehicles permitted by relevant officials will be allowed to cross the province.

The order comes as the government on Friday ordered the closing down of more public facilities and businesses in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, and extended existing closures until the end of April.

Thailand reported 91 new coronavirus cases and one fatality on Friday, bringing the total to 1,136 cases and five deaths, a health official said. So far, 97 patients have recovered and gone home.

The latest death is of a 50-year-old man in Narathiwat province, bordering Malaysia, who apparently contracted the disease from attending a religious gathering at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur last month, a Thai health official said. - The Nation/Asia News Network/Reuters

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