Thailand records a depressing new high today, with a record 7,058 new infections and 75 Covid-related deaths. 68 infections are from Thai prisons. This is the highest number of new cases and deaths this month, as concern grows over the highly contagious Delta variant, which is expected to become the dominant strain in the Kingdom by the end of the month.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has yet to rule a lockdown in or out, other than to say the option remains on the table. Assistant spokesperson Apisamai Srirangson says the number of new infections may reach 10,000 a day next week.
However, Natthapol Nakpanich from the CCSA acknowledges the severe financial impact a lockdown would have for many, particularly those who are already struggling to get by. The CCSA next meets on July 12, but the possibility of a lockdown being imposed before then has not been ruled out.
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