“In the past 24 hours, officials have reported 104 cases of public gatherings and 699 cases of people leaving their residences after the start of curfew,” Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Wednesday (May 6).
“Some 45 per cent of the violations were to drink alcohol, 20 per cent to gamble and 18 per cent for other reasons. It is obvious that the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales has caused more people to gather to drink.”
The spokesman also added that CCSA officials have performed random checks on 12,996 establishments that were allowed to open. “The majority [12,547 establishments] complied with the Ministry of Public Health’s regulations and maintained social distancing, while 449 operators failed random checks and were ordered to rectify,” he said. “Restaurants are the best at cooperating with the CCSA with 4,403 out of 4,559 passing the random checks.”
The Royal Thai Police Headquarters reported that in the past 24 hours, the provinces with the highest number of curfew violators were: Phuket (55 people), Pathum Thani (54), and Ratchaburi (31).
Published : May 07, 2020
By : THE NATION