Northeastern province closes schools, theaters and fitness facilities



Ubon Ratchathani Governor Pongrat Phiromrat has ordered all schools, cinemas, fitness clubs, gymnasiums, stadiums and sports fields to be closed until at least January 17. Ubon Ratchathani is found in northeastern Thailand. For restaurants, only air-conditioned places will be allowed to offer take-out meals, unless there is “natural ventilation”.

329 new Covid infections have been reported in Ubon Ratchathani province in the past 24 hours and health officials in the province expect infections to continue to rise. 1,565 patients remain in the province’s health system due to previous Covid infections.

Thai PBS World reports that a cluster at a local pub / restaurant has so far infected 619 people. 84 other cases were discovered yesterday.

All schools will be required to switch to online education as part of the new orders. Earlier, authorities in Khon Kaen closed schools in the province for 2 weeks and students will be back to online learning.

The Thai PBS World report states that sports competitions, such as football, futsal or basketball, will need to seek permission from provincial authorities where players will have to complete ATK tests within 48 hours before the competition.

In other Covid news, Thai health authorities are asking state agencies and private companies in Thailand to allow staff and contractors to work from their homes. They suggest that staff work from home for at least 14 days.

Today, the public health department reported 2,927 new Covid infections and 18 Covid-related deaths. 33,114 patients are still supported by the State.

Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government hopes to avoid any new cluster of infections in Omicron like that in Kalasin, also in northeast Thailand, which is causing the disease. a total of 244 cases that have now been identified.

On the day people return from the provinces to the capital, the prime minister announced that there will be free testing at Mor Chit bus station and Hua Lamphong station where rapid antigen testing will be provided to all. passengers who wish to take them.




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