Lockdown imposed in three other provinces as Thailand’s COVID-19 cases broke records for a third day in a row.
Thailand has developed COVID-19 restrictions that include home stay orders and a night curfew in three more provinces as the number of daily infections has climbed to a record high for a third consecutive day.
An announcement in the Royal Gazette on Sunday said people living in Chonburi, Ayutthaya and Chachoengsao provinces will not be allowed to leave outside unless it is necessary from Tuesday onwards.
He added that a curfew will be imposed from 9pm to 4pm, while checkpoints will be set up to prevent people from traveling outside their provinces.
Bangkok and nine other provinces have already been under these restrictions, the hardest in more than a year, since last Monday.
Thailand is struggling with its longest and most severe fire so far. The country reported 11,397 infections and 101 deaths on Sunday, bringing the cumulative total to 403,386 cases and 3,341 deaths.
Most deaths and infections in Thailand have been recorded since April, due to a fire fueled by the highly transmissible variants Alpha and Delta.
The source has scrapped hospitals, strained the economy and questioned tourism recovery plans.
In an attempt to contain the fire, Thailand on Friday imposed a national prohibition of public meetings, with a maximum penalty of a two-year prison sentence or a fine of up to 40,000 Thai baht ($ 1,219.88) or both.
Meanwhile the implementation of the country’s vaccines remains slow due to supply problems.
Only 5 percent of the Thai population has been completely vaccinated and health authorities said last week that they would seek to impose limits on exports of locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine because the country does not have enough for its needs.