23 May 2024

All schools, kindergartens and child development centres in Thailand’s northeastern province of Khon Kaen have been ordered to close until July 16th amid an ongoing surge of COVID-19 infections in the province and elsewhere.

Boarding education institutes, including those teaching children with special needs, have been sealed, with children remaining in the compounds and parental visits barred until July 16th, according to yesterday’s announcement, citing concerns over the current rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Khon Kaen ranks 34th out of the country’s 77 provinces with the most COVID-19 infections in the current wave, with 667 reported between April 1st and July 1st. 

Thailand recorded another daily COVID-19 death toll high of 61 today, up from yesterday’s high of 57, while logging 6,087 new cases, 207 of whom are in prisons.

Numerous schools across Thailand have been ordered to close temporarily, soon after their reopening on June 14th, due to COVID-19 concerns following interprovincial movements during the school holidays.