Thailand Mulls Lifting Curfew Despite 14,956 New COVID cases and 262 Deaths

Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the night curfew in dark-red zones could be shortened or lifted, depending on the COVID-19 situation. 

Gen. Prayut said the 9 pm – 4 am curfew remained unchanged but the possibility of changing it depends on the number of infections, fatalities, and other indications of the seriousness of the situation.

Gen. Prayut admitted the curfew had affected entertainment businesses but would not decide to adjust or lift entirely without advice from health personnel. 

Gen. Prayut advised entertainment business associations to discuss curfew with the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Meanwhile, the Public Health Ministry was mulling over the possibility of issuing colored cards to show the status of vaccinated people and those who have recovered from COVID-19, as people re-engage in social activities. 

Tourism and sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said he is confident the pandemic situation would improve from October onwards.

The Health Ministry reported 262 COVID-19 deaths and 14,956 new cases in 24 hours on Thursday.

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