Thailand fines up to $ 640 if not wearing a mask

Bangkok (AP) — Thai officials up to $ 20,000 (640) for those who did not wear face masks in public in 48 states as the government struggled to cope with the new wave of coronavirus. I am fined (dollars). Medical system.

Bangkok, the capital with the highest number of cases, has closed more than 30 types of businesses and services, including movie theaters, parks, zoos, bars, pools and massage parlors. Meetings of more than 20 people are prohibited. Shopping malls and department stores can continue to operate, but business hours will be shortened.

Despite the surge in numbers, there are currently no national blockades, curfew, or travel bans, but individual states have their own restrictions, including forced quarantine for visitors from other states. Is allowed to issue. Forty-eight of the 76 states are fined for not wearing a face mask.

Thai health officials announced 2.048 new infections and 8 new deaths on Monday, resulting in more than 2,000 new cases for the fourth consecutive day. It brought the country total to 57,508 cases and 148 deaths.

Due to the large number of cases, there is a shortage of beds and intensive care units. It also emphasizes that the government did not have a sufficient supply of vaccines. Less than 2% of Thailand’s 69 million people are vaccinated.

Thailand struggled to cope with the new outbreaks that occurred in Bangkok and its surrounding nightspots in March. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha’s government was reluctant to impose stricter restrictions that would further hurt companies already hit by the pandemic.

Apisamai Srirangsan, a spokeswoman for the National COVID-19 Situation Management Center, said Thursday that the government would discuss whether to impose additional measures in several areas, including the country’s two major cities, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Apisamai said finding a bed for everyone who tested positive was a problem, but the government will stick to its policy of putting all patients under medical supervision. She said the government has added more beds to the hospital and has set up more field hospitals, including the Bangkok stadium, which has become the primary care location for patients waiting for the hospital’s location. It was.

Thailand also bans visitors from India, except for its own citizens. The ban, which comes into effect on May 1, was announced Monday by the Thai Embassy in New Delhi as India set a daily world record for new infectious diseases.

Thai citizens who wish to return to their home countries are allowed to enter the country by repatriation flight.