Thailand to impose curfew to curb coronavirus outbreak

  • Thailand
  • Friday, 03 Apr 2020

Passengers sitting in a bus wearing protective face masks in hopes of curbing the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, On Friday (April 3). Thailand's prime minister announced a nationwide 10pm-to-4am curfew starting on Friday to combat the spread of the coronavirus. - AP

BANGKOK: Thailand has imposes a nationwide daily curfew between 10pm and 4am (1500 to 2100 GMT) starting on Friday (Apr 3), its latest effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the prime minister said in a live telivised address.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that some exemptions to the curfew would be made - such as for medical personnel, the banking sector, delivery of medical supplies or fuel, transporting patients, those travelling to airports, or others working at night.

"Please don't panic and hoard products, because you can still buy them during the day," Prayut said. "But please also keep social-distancing in mind."

The government declared a state of emergency last week that is effective until at least April 30.

It gives the prime minister sweeping powers to introduce and enforce regulations.

Violations to orders issued under the emergency decree, such as the curfew, are punishable by up to two years in prison or an up-to-40,000-baht (US$1,210) fine.

Major provinces including Bangkok have closed most places where people meet, such as malls, schools, sports clubs, and bars.

Only supermarkets and convenience stores remain open, while restaurants are only allowed to offer takeout and deliveries.

The South-East Asian country, famed for its tourism, is also barring entry to most visitors. - dpa/Asian News Network
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