CM Governor warns lockdown measures will occur if coronavirus cases increase

Chiang Mai Governor Mr. Charoenrit Sanguansat has warned that the province would consider introducing lockdown measures if the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase.

The governor made the comments yesterday, March 31 following the latest Chiang Mai COVID-19 update that brought Chiang Mai infections to 34 in total with 29 ongoing cases. Most cases in Chiang Mai are related to a number of entertainment venues in Mueang with authorities seeking out anyone who may have been exposed.

Exactly what form a lockdown would take is unknown. The Governor did note that unlike Phuket that has shut off the island to all, it may be difficult for Chiang Mai to implement similar measures.

How many additional cases would trigger a potential lockdown was not mentioned by the governor.

Across the north other provinces have started to introduce new measures. Mae Hong Son has issued a curfew between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. and has shut off the province to all foreigners. Lamphun has introduced an alcohol ban starting at 5 p.m. today, April 1.

We can only hope that the numbers do not rapidly rise in Chiang Mai and that it won’t get to that point.

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