Bangkok lockdown decision on Wednesday

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2021

National Security Council (NSC) chief Gen Natthapon Nakpanich said the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will decide on Wednesday whether to impose a lockdown in Bangkok.

The proposal to lock down the capital follows successive days of record rises in Covid-19 cases, with another 901 infections and four deaths recorded in Bangkok on Monday.

Natthapon said the CCSA subcommittee would review options for the capital on Monday before forwarding its recommendations to the full committee chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday.

However, the CCSA would wait to hear from the Public Health Ministry whether the situation has evolved into a crisis that requires further restrictions, said the NSC chief.

Bangkok went into partial lockdown on Monday, with mask-wearing mandatory in public and 31 types of businesses closed for two weeks.

Natthapon said the NSC and CCSA would also discuss the proposed 21-day quarantine for those travelling from Covid-19 hotspots abroad, especially India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.