Bangkok (AP) —Thailand has a record number of deaths on Saturday with more than 10,000 cases per day, despite curfew in Bangkok and several other states. As we have reached, we have tightened the restrictions on coronavirus.
The surge since April has overwhelmed hospitals, squeezed the economy and made tourism recovery plans questionable. Vaccine deployment, hampered by supply problems, is that about 5% of the population is fully vaccinated and 15% is only partially vaccinated.
Cases are increasing, especially in Bangkok and the surrounding states. The government has imposed additional measures overnight, including a ban on activities and rallies that could spread the virus, including an anti-government rally that criticized Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha’s response to the pandemic.
Violators will be punished with imprisonment for up to 2 years and / or a fine of up to 40,000 baht ($ 1,220).
Thai health officials said Wednesday that the country would not fully meet its needs and would impose restrictions on the export of locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine. Production of AstraZeneca jab at its Thai plant is below target and could delay the government’s plan to obtain a total of 61 million doses by May next year.
Prayut previously announced plans to allow vaccinated travelers to enter the country from mid-October without the need for quarantine upon arrival. Since July 1, the government has reopened the tourist island of Phuket and has fully vaccinated tourists in poor health, including staying on the island for 14 days during the COVID-19 test. It had previously vaccinated most Phuket residents.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Thailand has reported 391,989 confirmed cases and 3,240 deaths.