Thailand is going through another period of lockdown and restrictions, as authorities announced a seven-hour night curfew in Bangkok. Nine more provinces have been added where restrictions will be imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The country is currently in the middle of a third wave of the coronavirus, and there have been. After hours of high-level meetings, a government official announced the new restrictions.

According to which, people are expected to work from home and there will be a curfew from 9 pm to 4 am from Monday.

The statement from Apisamai Srirangasan, assistant spokesperson for the task force, said "We apologise for difficulties of people living in areas with maximum restrictions, but this will support disease control efficiently. Thailand will be victorious."

Thai officials have also mentioned that there will be a ban on unnecessary travel.

The government in Thailand is already facing criticism for being slow on vaccine roll-out and for a low number of trials. The country's economy is suffering to a great extent, one of the worst since the 1997 Asian economic crisis.

The new restrictions are imposed at a time when the country is looking to reopen for tourism, which makes up about 20 percent of its national income. Surely, as you can imagine, the country's tourism industry has been badly hit by the pandemic. Phuket however reopened to vaccinated travellers as reported here last week.

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