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Trucks barred from entering Bangkok while border crossings reopen tomorrow


NATIONAL police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda signed a regulation published by the Royal Thai Government Gazette website this morning (17.4.2020) forbidding all types of trucks from coming into Bangkok during April 18 to 30 to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic, according to Sanook.com.

All types of trucks, four, six and 10 or more wheels, are barred from entering the capital city during this period.

Meanwhile the Interior Ministry has alerted all provincial governors that 23 border checkpoints in 21 provinces will be reopened tomorrow, Saturday April 18, including the five Thai-Malaysian border crossings to allow Thais to return home, Thai News Agency reported.

Many government units are preparing for this reopening to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.

Meanwhile Sanook.com had earlier reported that Interior Minister Permanent Secretary Chatchai Phromlert has signed a urgent order on April 10 to all provincial governors on how to handle the return of Thais from neighboring countries.

They had been instructed to allow not more than 100 Thais to cross back to their country at each checkpoint a day.

Regarding the five southern checkpoints on the Thai-Malaysia border at total of 350 Thais will be allowed to return each day. A hundred each will be allowed back at Sadao crossing, Songkhla province, and Su-ngai Kolok checkpoint, Narathiwat Province while 50 each via Betong district crossing, Yala province, and Mueang Satun and Khuan Don district crossings in Satun province.


A container truck being loaded somewhere in Thailand. Photo: B Balaji (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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