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Govt mulls allowing provinces to impose curfews


The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will discuss this evening (Friday) whether to give provincial governors the power to impose local curfews to combat the spread of Covid-19, said Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

The meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“The by-province curfew measure was used in Samut Sakhon during the second-wave outbreak, when the governor imposed an 11pm-5am curfew throughout the province,” said Anutin. “We will let the governors decide the suitable period of curfew, as they are the ones who understand the situation in their areas,” he added.

Meanwhile, the National Communicable Disease Committee has also proposed extending the red zone of highest controls to 18 provinces, and the orange zone (high controls) to 56 provinces, said Anutin.

He added that interprovincial travel is still permitted unless a governor orders a travel ban to contain the outbreak.

Thailand registered the fourth day in a row of record new Covid-19 cases on Friday, with 1,582 fresh infections recorded over the previous 24 hours.

Published : April 16, 2021

By : THE NATION