© Reuters. The spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand will impose a nationwide curfew starting Friday to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the prime minister said Thursday, adding that people need to adjust to survive.
The indefinite curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. is the government's latest move to curb gatherings and leave people at home as much as possible.
Exceptions are people who transport medical care and health workers who travel to and from work, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said.
"We take precedence over health," said Prayuth, a retired army general who took power in a 2014 coup and was reinstated as a civilian prime minister after controversial general elections over a year ago.
"We may not feel as comfortable as before, but we all have to adjust to survival and take social responsibility so that we can overcome this crisis."
Prayuth also said he would see to it that the hospitals received the care they needed and described the medical staff as "avant-garde" against an "invisible enemy".
In a television speech, Prayuth also called on all Thai citizens abroad to "delay" their return to Thailand until after April 15 to stop imported cases.
Since March 1, more and more cases have been infected abroad in Thailand before returning to Thailand, and almost 2,000 people who have come into contact with them have been quarantined.
Last week, Thailand closed all border crossings for everyone except Thai nationals, diplomats and their families, and foreigners with permission to work in Thailand.
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