Thailand reports 111 new coronavirus infections, total now 1,045

A photo taken on March 25, 2020 shows a local villager ride a bicycle along a usually busy road in Bangkok.
A photo taken on March 25, 2020 shows a local villager ride a bicycle along a usually busy road in Bangkok.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BANGKOK (REUTERS, AFP) - Thailand reported 111 new coronavirus infections, taking its tally to 1,045, the government said on Twitter on Thursday (March 26).

A state of emergency has taken effect. The authorities in Thailand, which has suffered four deaths in the pandemic, set up checkpoints on major roads linking provinces so as to increase screening in a bid to limit the spread of the virus.

Entry by non-resident foreigners has also been banned. Diplomats and returning Thais who have health certificates will still be allowed to return.

All gatherings are also outlawed, and the authorities have asked vulnerable people - like the elderly - to stay home.

But festive ceremonies, like weddings or family activities, may continue under rules issued by the government.

The authorities also banned "reports of untrue news which could lead to fear", under penalty of up to two years in prison. The state of emergency will continue until April 30.