Thailand is set to impose a curfew and declare a state of emergency on Tuesday, several sources told Thai Enquirer.
It is one of the issues to be discussed at Tuesday’s weekly cabinet meeting along with the possibility of closing down borders and implementing universal basic income.
“Several members of the cabinet are petitioning the prime minister to start the curfew tonight after the cabinet meeting,” a Palang Pracharath MP told Thai Enquirer. “The prime minister might impose it later in the week so that people have time to prepare.
“They’re also likely to declare a state of emergency and possibly impose martial law before too long,” the MP said.
Thailand’s coronavirus tallies have seen a sharp rise over the past week with the Ministry of Public Health confirming 122 new cases of coronavirus on Monday. It was the second day of 100 or more confirmed cases.
There are now 721 confirmed patients in Thailand with 668 still in hospitals with 52 being released.
Concerns over nationwide pandemic
The Ministry of Public Health insists that confirmed cases have so far been predominantly in Bangkok.
However, with Bangkok shutting down to halt the outbreak, many internal-migrants have returned to their home provinces and could possibly spread the virus
The ministry has also expressed concerns over cases in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces which stem from a pilgrimage to a mosque in Malaysia.
Unconfirmed reports by local media suggest that up to 300 people are being monitored for signs of the virus in Yala province alone.