Thailand wants to win the battle against Coronavirus with the Government deciding to put the country under an Emergency Decree. The state of emergency started on Thursday and could be lifted on April 30.
For the time being, the decree translates into the complete ban of foreigners except for a few exceptions such as diplomats, shippers, drivers, pilots, working forces with a working permit. Foreign travellers will also still be able to transit at Bangkok airports until 31 March 2020. Thai nationals stranded in other countries will be allowed to return provided they have a fit-to-fly health certificate. They also face a quarantine period after arrivals and health check.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Wednesday the country would be under a state of emergency as of Thursday until 30 April, as Thailand reaches a turning point in its battle with Covid-19 transmissions.
The armed forces will set up checkpoints across the country under the Emergency Decree and 16 first-level instructions have been issued such as a full ban for public gatherings as well as the list of shops still open for the public to serve essential needs.
The checkpoint will help control and refrain the Thai population from travelling upcountry and eventually spread the disease to new areas. Interprovinces’ travellers are requested to install an app to track their movements.
A curfew is not imposed at this point but it could be implemented if the crisis increases. According to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, the possible curfew would be extremely strict, following the example of Italy.
“The curfew for Covid-19 is likely to cover 24 hours, with exceptions for individuals seeking medical treatment, those going to court or those working in broadcasting services.”
Thailand passed on Thursday the 1,000 mark for people contaminated with the COVID-19. It is the second country with the highest number of cases after Malaysia.