PM moves to ease restaurant dine-in regulation tomorrow


PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in a message posted on his Facebook page today (Feb. 22) that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) big committee will  consider relaxing a regulation on people eating and drinking in restaurants and pubs at its meeting tomorrow, Siam Rath newspaper said.

On January 4 the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration had regulated that restaurants would be barred from offering dine-in services from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. but Gen Prayut later that day stepped in and allowed them to serve guests till 9 p.m.

The Prime Minister said in his message that the meeting would have to carefully consider this step because many restaurants, small businesses and entrepreneurs had been affected by the coronavirus curb.

Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that the first lot of coronavirus vaccine, totalling 200,000 doses, will be arriving on Wednesday Feb. 24 with China’s Sinovac Biotech Co., Ltd. having confirmed the shipment.

Thai Airways international’s (THAI’s) cargo flight number TG 675 will be flying the vaccines from Beijing to Bangkok on  an Airbus A350-900 aircraft which will be departing Beijing at 6 a.m. (local time) and arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 10 a.m.

Later at 11.30 a.m. this morning CCSA’s assistant spokeswoman Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan said there were 89 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours with this being the third day in a row that the tally is below a hundred.

Of these 89 cases, 73 were domestic while 16 foreign travellers have been quarantined. There were no additional fatalities with the toll remaining at 83.

This takes the cumulative confirmed cases to 25,504 with 76 more cured, raising this total to 24,361, while 1,060 are still hospitalized.

Today’s 73 domestic cases were divided into two groups with 59 patients emerging through surveillance and service systems and 14 found through proactive search in communities.

In the current wave of outbreak, from December 15, 2020 till today there have been 21,267 cumulative confirmed cases with 20,184 patients having recovered while 1,060 are still undergoing treatment and the death toll 23.


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