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Thai govt plans US$235 million to ease impact of virus curbs

Thai govt plans US$235 million to ease impact of virus curbs

FILE PHOTO: Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends an agreement signing ceremony for purchase of AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine at Government House in Bangkok

BANGKOK: Thailand's government has prepared about 7.5 billion baht (US$235 million) to help ease the impact of restrictions imposed to curb a recent spike in infections, its prime minister said on Monday.

The tighter restrictions announced on Sunday include a ban on restaurant dine-ins and closures of construction sites in the capital Bangkok and five surrounding provinces.

The assistance will be offered to affected employers and workers, Prayuth Chan-ocha told a briefing.

More than 690,000 workers in the six provinces have been affected, Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin said.

Prayuth said a planned reopening of the resort island of Phuket to vaccinated foreign tourists would go ahead on Thursday while other economic measures including a co-payment scheme are still on track, Prayuth said.

(US$1 = 31.95 baht)

(Reporting by Satawasin Staporncharnchai; Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Martin Petty)

Source: Reuters

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