Lockdown of some areas, including Bangkok, looms


THE National Security Council Secretary-General Gen Natthapon Nakpanich, as director of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, said this afternoon (April 14) that a lockdown of some areas, such as Bangkok and its vicinity, to control the current spike in the number of cases is possible, TV Channel 7 said.

He added that he held a discussion with the Public Health Ministry and any decision on a lockdown would be primarily based on additional feedback from this ministry.

Aside from Bangkok and its vicinity, other areas that could be locked down include Chiang Mai,Prachuab Khiri Khan and some eastern provinces.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday ordered CCSA to get ready to tighten Covid measures, and preparations have already been made, such as halting the relaxation of Covid measures in some areas and moving them into the red zone.

The same action will not be taken nationwide as the general public would be affected with some areas possibly being locked down but this depends on additional information from the Public Health Ministry.

“The lockdown measures that are being discussed entail prohibiting entry-exit in the controlled provinces, or the  dark red zone. According to the current assessment, this outbreak can be controlled by focusing on areas and being careful about highly infectious people as well as the risky businesses and activities,” he said.

Tomorrow the Public Health Ministry will suggest which areas are to be upgraded to the CCSA small panel to consider. 

The centre is concerned about people going to risky areas and infected people going to public places and is therefore asking for the cooperation of the people exposed to infection to be quarantined in order to prevent new clusters from forming.


Top: Satorn road during coronavirus curfew last year. Photo: Maythee Anegboonlap (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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