More than a third of Thailand will be under a hard curfew tonight as the coronavirus lockdown measures are extended to 29 provinces.
Apisamai Srirangson, spokeswoman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the imposition of the restrictions were extended from Aug. 3 to at least Aug. 18, and the number of provinces subject to the measures increased from 13 to 29.
The center allowed restaurants in shopping malls to sell foods via delivery services.
On Tuesday, Thailand reported a near-record 18,901 Covid-19 cases with 147 deaths. Chonburi also broke its record with 1,359 cases and five deaths. Of those, a record 329 cases were in the Pattaya area.
Thirteen provinces earlier under the lockdown measures were Bangkok, Chon Buri, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Pathom, Narathiwat, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Pattani, Ayutthaya, Yala, Songkhla, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon.
The maximum and strict disease control measures expanded to 16 more provinces namely Kanchanaburi, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Prachin Buri, Phetchaburi, Phetchabun, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Suphan Buri and Ang Thong.
In the zones of maximum and strict disease control, people are asked not to leave home unless it is necessary. A night curfew is imposed from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m..
Interprovincial transport is suspended. Gatherings of more than five people are banned. Restaurants outside of malls can open for takeout and delivery until 8 p.m.
At shopping malls, eateries and beverage shops can open and sell products only via delivery services. Stores of drugs and medical supplies and supermarkets were allowed to operate until 8 p.m.
Beauty salons, beauty clinics, health massage parlors, banks and shops of mobile phones and communication devices must be closed.