More Thai curbs loom amid COVID records

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Thailand is looking to introduce more restrictions on movement as authorities report record numbers of new cases and deaths, despite partial lockdowns in Bangkok and nine other provinces this week.

The country's COVID-19 task force on Saturday reported 10,082 new coronavirus cases and 141 additional deaths, both daily records and bringing total infections to 391,989 cases and fatalities to 3240 since the pandemic started.

"From the current situation we predict that if we don't introduce more measures there will be more infections and deaths in large numbers for the next three to four months," Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said, advising people to stay at home as much as possible and avoid travel between provinces.

Thailand has already imposed a nationwide ban on public gatherings, which carries a maximum penalty of a two-year jail term or a fine of up to 40,000 baht ($A1650), or both.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the government was considering more restrictions as the country battles its worst coronavirus outbreak yet, fuelled by the highly transmissible Alpha and Delta COVID-19 variants.

Areas considered high risk in Thailand have since Monday been under the toughest restrictions in more than a year, involving curbs on movement and gatherings, the closure of malls and some businesses, and curfews between 9pm to 4am.

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