Thailand imposes a national curfew to curb the spread of COVID-19

BANGKOK: Thailand has imposed a curfew across the country starting Friday to prevent people from leaving home at night in an effort to stop the spread of the pandemic.

The Prime Minister announced Thursday that the curfew will be effective across the country starting at 10 p.m. at 4 a.m. every day, reports the Xinhua News Agency.

Previously, Thailand stated that the emergency rule contained the spread of COVID-19, but the number of confirmed cases has been growing daily, reaching a total of 1,875 on Thursday.

The Center for Situation Management COVID-19 has repeatedly asked people to stay home, either day or night, to reduce the risk of infection.

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In Bangkok, all retail stores, convenience stores and cell phones were ordered to close on Wednesday between midnight and 5 a.m., according to the Bangkok governor.

Department stores, discount stores and markets across the capital have previously been ordered to temporarily close, except for restaurants and food stores that promised to remain open only for take-away orders.

In several provinces, including the adjacent Bangkok province of Nonthaburi, the curfew has already been in effect before Thursday.