Thailand to ease COVID-19 curbs on some construction projects

Representative imageThailand will allow certain construction projects to be resumed in the capital and nearby provinces, but most sites and worker camps will remain closed while the country is dealing with its largest coronavirus epidemic to date.On Sunday, the government announced that the national COVID-19 taskforce had agreed to loosen restrictions on construction projects in areas where they could pose danger or damage. It gave examples such as underground projects, scaffolding, and traffic safety.Projects related to COVID-19 control such as field hospitals will also be permitted to proceed.The government announced that construction workers can move to contain outbreaks. This includes health screening and vaccinations.To contain COVID-19 deaths and infections, construction sites and workers' camps will be closed in Bangkok and the five surrounding provinces.Since April, Thailand has been fighting its worst coronavirus epidemic. The country reported 5,916 coronavirus-related deaths and 44 new cases on Sunday. This brings the total number of cases to 283,067, and 2,132 deaths.You can read our complete coverage of the coronavirus pandemic right here