Thailand confirmed 120 new coronavirus patients on Wednesday bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,771 confirmed.
The government said that there were two additional fatalities bringing the death toll to 12.
Of the 1771 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 342 patients have recovered and been discharged.
Bangkok and Nonthaburi still have the highest concentration of cases with 850 and 122, respectively. 43 new cases were discovered in Bangkok in the last 24 hours.
Due to the rising numbers, the governor of Nonthaburi ordered a mandatory curfew starting on Tuesday between 11 pm to 5 am. The curfew will continue until the end of April.
“While we’re seeing lower increases in Bangkok and the surrounding areas, those areas are still dangerous areas so people must practice caution and self-isolation,” said government spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin.
New regulations in Bangkok
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Wednesday said that it would enact new legislation to help curtail the outbreak further. All parks will be shuttered until April 30 and restaurants and convenience stores will be closed between midnight-5am, starting on midnight April 2.
All restaurants including food stalls/stands, food trollies will have to abide by the new regulations as well as convenience stores such as supermarkets, 7-11, and similar stores.
Prime Minister satisfied
The government said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha expressed his satisfaction after Tuesday’s cabinet meeting that the numbers were not increasing exponentially.
“The prime minister says we must remain vigilant and continue the lockdown until the situation,” said Dr Taweesin.
The number of coronavirus cases around the world shot up to 859,000 by Wednesday morning and is expected to break a million confirmed cases before the end of the week.
The United States is now the site of the largest outbreak with over 188,000 cases. The number of fatalities in the US has also surpassed China’s official death toll with 4,054 to 3,305.[Additional Reporting by James Wilson]