People in 13 provinces will be asked to stay in their residence “as much as possible” and will only be able to travel between provinces with a permit, once extra Covid restriction measures come into effect this week, the government said on Monday.
“Other countries are also using lockdown and it had become an international standard practice already,” said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
The measures come into effect on Tuesday, until August 2. Domestic passenger flights will also be banned in these provinces, starting Wednesday.
The affected provinces consist of Bangkok and Metropolitan Region (Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon), the four provinces in the South (Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala) and the three additional provinces of Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao and Chonburi.
Taweesin said people can travel within their province for the necessary reasons of securing food or medicines, seeking healthcare, getting vaccinated and working.
Checkpoints will be set up along the borders of these provinces. Travelers who want to cross must have all of the following:
- A permit from local authorities such as the village headman, the subdistrict headman, the district chief or the district police chief.
- Online registration with the website covid-19.in.th to get a QR code.
- The Thai Chana application downloaded on their smartphones.
“People who are trying to leave will be blocked” unless they have a permit, Taweesin said.
“People who want to travel into these provinces will be allowed but it must be very necessary,” he added.
The lockdown will include a curfew between 21:00 and 04:00. Other measures can be found here.
Taweesin also asked for people in locked-down provinces to wait for specific measures from their governor if they have more questions about which businesses and venues, such as public parks, will be open or closed during the two-week period.
Thailand has been reporting more than 9,000 Covid cases per day since July 14.
The third wave, which started in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, has led to 386,307 cases and 3,328 deaths since April 1. Of the 384,342 locally transmitted cases (excluding imported cases), 201,241 cases or 52 per cent were found in the Bangkok and Metropolitan Region.
A total of 11,674 new local cases were reported in the past 24 hours with the highest in Bangkok at 2,134 cases followed by 765 in Samut Sakhon, 615 in Chonburi, 494 in Saraburi, 485 in Pathum Thani, 484 in Ayutthaya and 483 in Samut Prakan.
There are 122,097 Covid patients being treated in hospitals. Of those, 3,595 are in critical condition including 856 on ventilators.