Thailand on Tuesday (Apr 27) reported 15 new COVID-19 deaths, another daily record in a fast-rising third wave which has prompted new shutdowns in Bangkok and other areas. MEDICAL Ministry also reported 2,179 new daily infections.
Thailand imposed new COVID-19 restrictions on Monday in a bid to contain a new outbreak that emerged weeks ago.
In Bangkok - where in fact the latest outbreak has been traced back again to a nightlife district - along with 46 other provinces, wearing masks is currently compulsory in public spaces. Those that flout the rule face an excellent as high as 20,000 baht (US$640).
Authorities in the administrative centre also have closed a raft of venues including cinemas, parks, gyms, pools, spas and nurseries.
The new restrictions come a week after authorities ordered bars and nightclubs to close and banned restaurants from serving alcohol.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was fined 6,000 baht for not wearing a face mask in public on Monday while attending a gathering at Government House to go over the COVID-19 situation in Thailand.
In a Facebook post, Prayut said his government was pushing to secure more COVID-19 vaccines and attached an image of the meeting. It showed him at a table with several advisers - all of them wore face masks except the prime minister.
The picture was later removed.
In the rest of the post, Prayut said that Thailand aimed to administer at least 300,000 doses each day in order to get 50 million persons vaccinated within this season.
The government may also try to secure more COVID-19 vaccines with an try to get 10 million to 15 million doses per month, he added.