There have been more than 6,500 curfew violators since the nationwide order was announced just over a week ago.
However, the average of just under 1,000 violators per night will not influence the Thai Government to impose stricter measures according to Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha.
The Prime Minister said that people who break the curfew “lack a social conscience,” but insisted that the cooperation from the majority of the public has helped infection rates decrease.
Prayut mentioned he is satisfied with how Thailand has dealt with the coronavirus over the past 100 days, saying:
“Since January 4th, we have been fighting together against covid-19 for almost 100 days with preparation, strict monitoring, a strong public health system and cooperation from all sides. We now have the number of infected patients at a controllable level, and a low death rate compared to other leading countries.”
He also addressed people who had broken the curfew rules, a violation that carries a fine of up to 40,000 baht. He warned:
“People who lack conscience and responsibility will make life miserable for those who are struggling to earn their living. I want to warn them to correct themselves, though the CCSA still has no plan to extend the current curfew hours.”
In the address made on a TV Pool broadcast on Friday evening, the Prime Minister also emphasized that the Songkran Festival is postponed and told the public not to take part in any celebrations or travel to see their families.
Finally, the Prime Minister also signed a new order that allows certain people to work during night curfew hours including food delivery staff, refuse collection workers, some civil servants, transport vehicle drivers, the staff at petrol stations, and nightshift workers such as security guards.
Source: Bangkok Post | Photo: Reuters