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Only essential travel to and from 5 coastal “red zone” provinces

Caitlin Ashworth




Only essential travel is allowed to and from the 5 coastal “red zone” provinces under the highest level of control to contain the spread of Covid-19. The new travel restrictions for Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Trat and Chanthaburi were made official in the Royal Gazette.

More checkpoints will also be set up throughout the 5 provinces and screening procedures will be more stringent. Those who need to travel to and from the provinces need permission from local authorities. People passing through checkpoints must use the Mor Chana tracing application and have a temperature check. Those who violate the new travel measures face up to 2 years in prison and a fine of up to 40,000 baht.

Earlier this week, the Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha announced a “total lockdown” restricting travel in and out of the 5 coastal provinces. That proposal was rejected by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. Now the restrictions are official and published in the Royal Gazette.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Photo says it all.
    Ants crawling on the face of the earth, powerless against the force of mother nature.
    Standing with a temperature gun to fight a now endemic virus, that will mutate like the seasonal flu.
    Thailand 6 months to a year behind deploying vaccines.
    When the new strains arrive their pathetic test and trace strategies will be as useful as beggar Johns sh1tshack roof is at keeping the Isaan rain out.
    Vaccinating 50% of the population is not going to get Thailand herd immunity.
    Porous land borders are going to ensure the pandomine will continue for years.
    Today GP practices are starting to vaccinate in England. Weekly or daily press conferences are due to start next week giving updated figures on how many have been vaccinated.

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    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Whoopty do. Go and live in England, after all its perfect.

    Despite the death figures.

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    James R

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:57 pm


    I suppose if we in England did not test people here by the millions we could also say we have very few cases as they do in Thailand.

    But wait and see what happens soon after we have vaccinated two million people per week with our own vaccine.

    Let’s see where “after all its perfect” is.

    Do you think anyone from the rest of the world will want to visit Thailand as the Thai government might just be talking of thinking of maybe ordering a few vaccines samples by this time next year.

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    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Get a false positive test result, close down a mall. Or a province. Sounds logical.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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