111 new cases in Thailand

BANGKOK (CNA) – Thailand reported 111 new coronavirus infections, taking its tally to 1,045, the government said on Twitter yesterday. Four people in Thailand have died from COVID-19 so far.

A state of emergency took effect late on Wednesday night. Authorities in Thailand set up checkpoints on major roads linking provinces so as to increase screening in a bid to limit spread of the virus. Entry by non-resident foreigners has also been banned.

All gatherings are also outlawed, and authorities have asked vulnerable people – like the elderly – to stay home. But festive ceremonies, like weddings or family activities, may continue under rules issued by the government.

A member of the Royal Thai Police offers hand sanitiser as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 to a food delivery rider at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Bangkok yesterday. PHOTO: AFP