Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Thailand doesn’t not need a national lockdown as the latest Covid-19 outbreak can be controlled regionaly.

After chairing a Thursday meeting of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Prayut said that, with pubic cooperation, Thailand would be able to control the outbreak and a shutdown is unnecessary.

Instead, parts of provinces would be subject to different levels of disease-control measures in accordance their respective Covid-19 situations.

He also said that the government planned to register illegal migrant workers because businesses needed labor.

Prayut said that CCSA would work out proper measures to allow people to celebrate the new year. He assured that, based on information from the Public Health Ministry, the Covid-19 situation in Thailand was controllable and ongoing control efforts were satisfactorily effective.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said Samut Sakhon was the now a “Highly Controlled Area” or red zone.

Meanwhile, the “Controlled Area” in orange covers Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Bangkok.

The “Close Survellance Area” involves Saraburi, Samut Prakan, Suphan Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Uttaradit, Chachoengsao, Phetchaburi, Phetchabun, Ayutthaya, Phuket, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Krabi, Khon Kaen, Chai Nat, Udon Thani, Phichit, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Sawan and Ang Thong. Chonburi was added to that list today.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Natapanu Nopakun said the red-colored “Highly Controlled Areas” with multiple cases that must perform active case finding operations, establish field hospitals and impose restrictions during business operating hours if needed. These areas must also establish checkpoints to monitor people’s movement.

The spokesperson said factories and fisheries operators must also implement strict coronavirus prevention measures, while online classes and “work from home” policies are strongly encouraged. He further noted that migrant worker movement from these areas as well as mass gatherings are prohibited.

“Controlled Areas” with more than 10 cases, such as Bangkok must maintain active case finding operations, while governors will have authority to determine operating-hour restrictions and closures for business. Online classes are also recommended.

Natapanu said people traveling from “Highly Controlled Areas” to the “Controlled Areas” must work from home, and that migrant worker movement is prohibited while only small-scale gatherings are allowed.

In “Close Surveillance Areas”, with fewer than than 10 cases, officials must conduct active case finding operations, with governors making decisions on whether to impose restrictions on businesses operating hours, the necessity of online classes, and work-from-home measures.

These areas are not encouraged to allow migrant workers movements, while events must be downsized with strict prevention measures in place.

Finally, officials in green “Survellance Areas” with no reported cases that are nevertheless deemed risky must also perform active case finding while upholding standard Covid-19 prevention measures.

These areas are allowed to hold events with mass gatherings, though officials recommend that organizers consider downsizing attendance and maintaining healthy safety protocols.

Natapanu also gave his assurance that the government is capable of performing aggressive testing and pledged to ensure the safety of migrant workers in Samut Sakhon, citing the capability of the Thai public health sector.

The spokesperson reiterated that the Thai government has implemented strict and standard measures for all persons entering Thailand, including all health criteria and quarantine, and the administration will continue to do so.

This story combines reports from the National News Bureau of Thailand and Thailand News Agency.