Tougher travel curbs in Thailand amidst rising in covid cases


As the country grapples with an increasing number of illnesses, travel between Thai areas with a higher risk of Covid-19 infections will be restricted.
People in Bangkok and 12 other dark red zones will need to apply for a permit to travel across provinces starting Tuesday (July 20).
Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Monday that registration might be done online and clearance will be provided through a QR code, even as it encouraged people to reconsider such travels.
More “targeted” restrictions for these dark red zones were announced by authorities on Tuesday, including the closure of more stores, banks in malls and public transportation operating at half capacity. The CCSA also reaffirmed its appeal that residents in the impacted provinces stay at home unless for medical care, vaccination appointments, or occupations that cannot be completed remotely.
The news came only hours after the country saw 11,784 new cases for the fourth day in a row, setting a new record. The CCSA painted a bleak picture of how the coronavirus situation may worsen, predicting 30,000 new cases each day and urging locals to collaborate with the government to avert this “worst-case scenario.”
The limitations will be in place until August 2, when they will be evaluated again, according to the CCSA.
Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority has also announced that most domestic flights from these high-risk areas would be suspended beginning Wednesday (July 21).


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