Thailand imposes night curfew in face of worsening Covid-19 outbreak

Bangkok, Jul 9 (EFE).- Thailand announced Friday a night curfew in Bangkok and nine other provinces among other measures at its worst moment of the pandemic, which has also worsened in the rest of the region due to the Covid-19 delta variant.

The spokeswoman for the Covid-19 control center, Apisamai Srirangsan, said in a press conference that the curfew will be between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. and that restrictions will take effect Monday for the next 14 days.

The measures also include the closure of shopping centers, although restaurants, supermarkets and other establishments of basic products may open with limited hours, while travel between provinces is discouraged and teleworking is recommended.

Since April, schools have held classes online and since the end of June only restaurants and cafes are allowed to serve food and drinks, with bars or other night establishments closed.

Restrictions affect the capital and five neighboring provinces, where the delta variant is advancing rapidly, and in four provinces in the south, where the beta variant of the new coronavirus prevails.

Authorities reported 9,276 cases and 72 deaths Friday, bringing the total to 317,506 infections, including 2,534 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.

According to official data, 3.24 million people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with drugs from Chinese company Sinovac and Swedish-British company AstraZeneca, representing 4.8 percent of the population.

The pandemic has also worsened rapidly in recent weeks in other countries in the region such as Vietnam, Malaysia and, above all, Indonesia, where some hospitals have suffered from a lack of oxygen for patients. EFE


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