11 July 2024

A night-time curfew has been imposed in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, from yesterday (Wednesday) until July 29th, amid ongoing daily new infections of between 133 and 272 over the past week.

People in the province may not leave their accommodation between 10pm and 4am each night, while social gatherings are discouraged, to get the spread of the coronavirus under control, said Songkhla Governor Charuwat Kliangklao today.

Exceptions are being made for movement at night related to medical treatment, rescue, the transport of essential goods and medical equipment, banks’ cash, postal services, commutes of officials on duty, those commuting from the airport or on public transport and others with unavoidable reasons for being be out.

Over the past months, people in the province have been cooperating fully with local officials in COVID-19 measures, but the curfew is needed, Mr. Charuwat added.

Songkhla ranks ninth on the list of provinces with most infections in the current wave of COVID-19, with 4,717 cases since April 1st.