Emergency decree may be enacted as new 89 cases reported


BANGKOK — In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus, the government is considering to enact soon an emergency decree, which imposes a lockdown of Bangkok, said a government source on Friday.

The measure is being discussed just as health officials on Saturday confirmed 89 new cases of Covid-19 infection were found, a sharp rise from daily tally in recent days.

If the situation continues to worsen, the 2005 Royal Decree of Emergency Situation will be invoked, and armed forces may be mobilized to impose travel restrictions in the capital city, sources say.

The decree empowers authorities to ban travels and close down buildings without warrants.

The government on Saturday also ordered shopping malls to close for two weeks, except food courts, supermarkets, and pharmacies inside.

Restaurants are also instructed to drop dine-in services, though takeaway and delivery operations will be allowed.

Source: Khaosod English

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