PM refuses to confirm lockdown during visit to Chonburi

DURING a visit to assess the Covid-19 outbreak in Chonburi province this afternoon (Dec. 30) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha refused to say whether he will announce a lockdown in seven days’ time pointing out that the country had not got there yet, Siam Rath newspaper reported.

Currently each province has already assessed their situation and should take the responsibility for handling it, he said.

The Prime Minister added that people know themselves if they are at risk or not, particularly those who are asymptomatic, and if they suspect that they could be infected they should get a test, with this including reporters who regularly meet a lot of people.

Those who had been to risky areas were urged to not spread the disease in their home and neighbourhood

Public health data indicated that the deadly disease is now spreading more easily and for this reason it is very important to wear a face mask, maintain social distance and wash hands frequently, he said

During the visit to this province next door to Bangkok the Prime Minister, who was accompanied by Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda and other officials, checked the quarantine facilities at Grand Bella Hotel.

He mentioned that the total number of coronavirus cases has risen in this province because more screening is currently underway.

He also said that the government is monitoring the outbreak 24 hours a day and it is unfortunate that this has occurred during the New Year festivities.

People were urged to unite together with love in filling all the loopholes with those who have suffered during this outbreak to be compensated with holidays in the New Year.


Prime Minister Prayut in Chonburi today. Photos: Siam Rath


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