Thailand faces nationwide lockdown if outbreak cannot be contained, PM


Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said that Thailand could possibly go into nationwide lockdown if the current outbreak in Samut Sakhon cannot be contained.

On December 20, a spike of new cases in Samut Sakhon has been recorded among migrant workers.

The extent of the lockdown will be determined by how the situation will be handled from now.

Currently, Samut Sakhon is in lockdown, and its neighboring provinces are on high alert. ” But cases have been reported further afield and the whole country is considering their stance with provincial governors who wield much power once again at the center of local decision making,” Thaivisa reported.

According to Taweesilp Visanuyothin, Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Prayuth instructed the health ministry to come up with proposals as a matter of urgency.

“Whether children can continue to go to school and what large events, if any, can go ahead as part of New Year celebrations are now matters that the authorities are discussing. Road cargo transport from Samut Sakhon is also facing restrictions,” Thaivisa added.

Decision-making has been delegated at the moment. However, if the situation spirals out of control, Thailand could face a second nationwide lockdown.

Sources: Thaivisa | Daily News

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