Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

UPDATE: PM calls for urgent meeting, expected to discuss “lockdown” measures



UPDATE: The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting set for 10am tomorrow will address the “worsening situation” in Thailand, according to spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the daily CCSA meeting in English.

Natapanu says the media has been “predicting the results” of the meeting, but he assures the public that there will not be a so-called “lockdown.”

“We would not call it a lockdown, but measures that would be appropriate for the situation now where we have an increasing number of new cases per day.”

Original story… 

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has reportedly announced an urgent meeting for tomorrow to discuss measures to control the spread of Covid-19. Reports in Thai media say officials are considering travel restrictions similar to those set back in April of last year during the first wave of infections. Restrictions are likely to be imposed in Bangkok and other provinces with high infection rates and could be in place for 14 days to control the spread of the virus as the rapid-spreading Delta variant becomes more prevalent.

Nightly curfews could be imposed. Other restrictions reportedly on the table for discussion include work-from-home orders and travel bans between provinces, like the measures set in April 2020. Last year, the government also ordered the temporary closure of non-essential businesses.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has danced around the word “lockdown,” but media reports in both Thai and English have said a lockdown could be in the near future.

With the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus becoming more prevalent, especially in Bangkok, the CCSA is preparing for a spike in infections and says the daily Covid count could exceed 10,000 new cases by next week. To prepare for the influx of infections, a new field hospital is being set up at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport to treat patients, including those with severe symptoms.

Nateetorn Sinthopwaragul contributed to this report.  


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

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.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Video7 hours ago

Timeline of the mass shooting in Thailand

Crime8 hours ago

Finnish CEO detained for alleged mistreatment of 1,100 Thai berry pickers

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | No drugs detected in system of daycare center killer

Sponsored16 hours ago

5 reasons why Thailand educators shouldn’t miss Bett Asia in Bangkok this year

Myanmar9 hours ago

Burmese junta sentences Japanese journalist for sedition and other charges

Thailand9 hours ago

Thai woman & foreign men charged for child sex trafficking in Pattaya

Guides9 hours ago

10 strange laws to be aware of in Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand9 hours ago

Love rat Thai soldier threaten’s Israeli husband of adulterous wife

Best of10 hours ago

Outstanding halal restaurants in Bangkok

Pattaya10 hours ago

Pattaya dwellers want public restrooms built faster at pier

Thailand10 hours ago

No Buddhist temples willing to cremate body of daycare centre killer

Phuket11 hours ago

AI upgrade planned for pier in Phuket

Medical11 hours ago

When snakes strike, why not call for the chicken-ass squad?

Crime11 hours ago

Massacre in Thailand: No drugs detected in system of daycare centre killer

Thailand11 hours ago

Woman’s body in suitcase identified as Lao millionaire

Crime11 hours ago

Massacre in Thailand raises questions on gun control

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11