Thailand look to extend state of emergency while 10,000 tourists are still stranded on the islands – The Sun

THAILAND may extend their state of emergency as cases of coronavirus increase across the country.

The plans come as more than 10,000 are reported to still be stranded on some of the islands popular with holidaymakers.

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According to local media, Thailand’s National Security Council are to suggest that while some restrictions may be lifted, such as limited shop openings, the state of emergency should continue.

The council is to meet on Monday to discuss the current regulations, in place until April 30.

While it hasn't been confirmed how long it will be extended to, the prime minister is able to extend up to 90 days.

A spokesperson for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration added that there were fears of a second wave of coronavirus if returning to normal life again.

The country has implemented a nationwide curfew from 10pm until 4am, according to the UK Foreign Office, while all shopping centres, entertainment venues and schools are closed.

Cases of the deadly virus continue to climb, with popular tourist destination Phuket being the 'hotspot'.

However, the country's numbers remain lower than the UK – coronavirus cases have hit 2,854, with 50 confirmed deaths.

It follows reports of 10,000 foreign tourists still stuck on islands in the south of Thailand.

Approximately 5,700 remain on Koh Samui, while 3,300 are on Koh Phangan and 1,000 are on Koh Tao, reported the Bangkok Post.

Thailand paused all international flights at the end of March, and stopped the rest of incoming flights on April 4.

The flight ban was extended on April 15 until April 30, although is likely to be extended again.

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Hotels on the islands are being urged to allow tourists to stay until they can leave the islands, with countries attempting to charter repatriation flights.

A Russian couple left stranded in Thailand due to the pandemic were found living in a cave for weeks after the hotels in the area closed.

The duo were found by police living amongst the rocks on the coast of Krabi.


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