6 June 2024

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will be asked to impose lockdowns in the six Deep Red zone provinces, where the rates of new infections are not slowing.

General Nataphol Narkpanich, secretary-general of the National Security Council and head of the CCSA subcommittee, said today (Wednesday) that the proposed lockdowns are part of the panel’s proposals, to be considered by the CCSA, which change the classifications of Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Chiang Mai and Chon Buri to Deep Red, due to their high infection rates.

The fact that more than 2,000 new infections have been recorded every day since April 23rd is a clear indication that the existing measures are insufficient to contain the disease, said the general.

Besides the six Deep Red provinces, 55 others will be classified as Red zones and the remaining 16 as Orange zones. There are no more Yellow and Green zones.

General Nataphol said that the CCSA subcommittee willpropose that eateries in the Deep Red and Red zones will only be allowed to accept take-home or delivery orders.

The Red Zone provinces are:  Krabi, Kanchanaburi, Kalasin, Kamphaeng Phet, Khon Kaen, Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Chaiyaphum, Chumpon, Chiang Rai, Trang, Uttradit, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Roi-et, Sakhon Nakhon, Surin, Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Sawan, Maha Sarakham, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Narathiwat, Pattani, Ayutthaya, Phatthalung, Phichit, Phitsanuloke, Phetchaburi, Phetchabun, Phuket, Yala, Ranong, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Lop Buri, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Si Sa Ket, Sakhon Nakhon, Songkhla, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Saraburi, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri and Surat Thani.