THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Nov. 12) postponed the reopening of entertainment venues such as pubs, bars and karaoke lounges from Dec. 1, 2021 to Jan. 15, 2022, Amarin TV said.
It had been expected that these entertainment venues would be allowed to reopen on Dec. 1, 2021 after the country opened the door to tourists from 63 countries who are exempted from Covid quarantine.
However CCSA said more time was needed to assess the Covid pandemic and vaccination coverage in the country.
In addition, the provinces in the highest and strict control zone (dark red) were reduced from seven to six, with these being Tak, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla. Chanthaburi was moved to the highest control zone (red) with this now totalling 39 provinces.
No change was made to the control zone (orange) which continues to comprise 23 provinces while the high surveillance zone (yellow) also continues to cover five provinces.
Remaining unchanged as well was the new blue tourism pilot scheme zone with the same four provinces, Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket, staying under this category.
It was also decided to continue the 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. curfew in the six provinces remaining in the dark red zone till Nov. 30, 2021.
CCSA also revealed that there were 7,305 coronavirus cases and 51 deaths over the 24 hours to this morning (Nov. 12) with 6,985 being among the general public while 320 fell sick in prisons and detention centres and 11 foreign arrivals tested positive for this infection.
This takes the cumulative confirmed total since April 1 to 1,975,411.
Another 7,900 patients were cured taking total recoveries since April to 1,861,110 while 95,804 are still undergoing treatment.
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