Folks practice social distancing because of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, as they queue at the immigration heart in Bangkok, Thailand, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa
BANGKOK (Reuters) – The Thai government banned entry for all non-resident foreigners on Wednesday but held off on restricting of us’s stir all around the nation because the federal government ready to roll out emergency measures to hang the unfold of the coronavirus.
A converse of emergency will exhaust sort from midnight native time (1700 GMT) unless April 30, giving High Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sweeping powers to combat the surge of coronavirus an infection.
The Southeast Asian nation recorded 107 novel coronavirus conditions on Wednesday, bringing the identified whole to 934. Four of us bear died for the explanation that outbreak began, 860 are hospitalised whereas 70 sufferers bear recovered and long past house.
Unique restrictions taking sort at nighttime consist of the closing of all border crossings excluding for Thai nationals, diplomats and their households, and foreigners with work permits or other legit documents permitting them to work in Thailand.
“We’re no longer closing the nation, we’re peaceable permitting Thai of us to return but for foreigners the nation is closed,” Deputy High Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam suggested a news convention. He added that airports will remain open to flights from out of the country.
Wissanu said the federal government had no quick plans to impose curfews or walk restrictions all around the nation. Nonetheless he said checkpoints could be converse as much as show cloak inter-provincial travellers and an “all day curfew” could also peaceable be launched in distinct areas if coronavirus contagion worsened.
The federal government on Sunday closed down division stores, stores, dine-in restaurants, leisure venues and other public areas for loads of weeks in most most principal cities in some unspecified time in the future of the nation.
It is peaceable permitting banks, government areas of work, pharmacies and grocery stores to operate as usual but urged of us over the age of 70, kids below 5 and of us with respiratory and other well being problems to preserve house.
Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Modifying by Mark Heinrich