Starting at 12:01am this morning, no one may disembark or embark by boat on Phuket, a busy port of call for small craft and cruise ships, nor enter or leave by bridge, except for deliveries, emergency services and the media.
Update: Phuket International Airport was ordered closed from April 1 until April 30.
The lockdown also exempts any other authorities granted permission by the prime minister.
Under the emergency decree effective since Thursday, the order was issued by governor Pakkapong Taweewat. He cited the intensifying rate of COVID-19 infections as the reason to impose the travel restrictions. It comes on the heels of a 8pm to 3am curfew that has been imposed.
Six new cases were reported Sunday on Phuket, making for 53 known patients there.
Thailand’s tally yesterday hit 1,388 infections and seven deaths since the outbreak began in January.
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