Tougher measures ahead for Bangkok and 5 other provinces as 2,048 new COVID-19 cases are recorded today

The Thai Ministry of Public Health will propose to the CCSA subcommittee, today or tomorrow, that they increase restrictions in six Red Zone provinces, including Bangkok, where cumulative COVID-19 infections since April 1st exceed 500 cases.

To make sure that new virus variants, carried by people arriving from abroad, do not spread out of quarantine facilities, Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong, director-general of Disease Control Department, said that the Public Health Ministry will propose that the CCSA subcommittee extend the quarantine period from 10 to 14 days and require all those under quarantine to remain in their rooms during their entire isolation period.

Dr. Opart also said today (Monday) that the more than 2,000 infections per day for the past several days is a matter of serious concern and the Ministry of Public Health finds it necessary to tighten preventive measures in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

In Bangkok, additional restrictions become effective today and will remain for the next 14 days.

Dr. Opart also said that the ministry is closely monitoring the situation in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima and in Nakhon Si Thammarat in the South.

The CCSA, meanwhile, reported 2,048 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, and 8 more deaths.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, since early last year, are 57,508, with 148 deaths. 25,767 are still being treated, with 20,461 in general hospitals and 5,306 in field hospitals. There are, currently, 563 severe cases, with 150 of them on ventilators.

Of the new infections today, 1,991 cases are among those under observation in hospitals and 47 were found during active screening.

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