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Coronavirus.- Thailand extends the state of emergency while waiting to start the vaccination program

MADRID, 22 (EUROPA PRESS)

The Thai authorities have decided this Monday to extend the state of emergency until the end of March, waiting for the vaccination campaign to begin next week.

It is the tenth extension of the state of emergency since Thailand decreed it in March last year on the occasion of the outbreak of the pandemic at the global level, and that only in Thailand has left more than 25,500 cases and about 80 deaths.

However, this new extension of the state of emergency brings with it a certain relaxation in some of the restrictions imposed so far, since the sale of alcohol in restaurants will be allowed until 23:00, local time, after having prohibited this since mid-September. December.

While Thailand has eased some of its restrictions to encourage the return of foreign visitors, the mandatory two-week quarantine and suspension of commercial flights have kept most of them away from a country heavily reliant on tourism.

However, in recent days, Thailand has reduced its daily cases below a hundred, after applying tighter restrictions in the regions most affected by the coronavirus since the beginning of the year.

Next week, the Bloomberg agency reports, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China is expected to arrive in the country. The first doses of the pharmaceutical company Sinovac will go to medical and health workers who are on the front line of the fight against the pandemic.