Thailand approves 42 bln-THB support package for people, firms affected by COVID-19 hinh anh 1Locals waiting in line for vaccination (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)
Bangkok (VNA) - Thailand’s Cabinet has recently approved a financial package of 42 billion THB (1.3 billion USD) for citizens and businesses affected by the partial lockdown, currently implemented in Bangkok and nine provinces to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The package was approved following strict COVID-19 control measures including a 9pm-4am curfew that were imposed in hotspots such as Bangkok and the surrounding provinces of Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, and the four southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla.

According to Danucha Pichayanan, secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), these relief measures are intended for both business operators and workers in the 10 affected localities.

Groups of business sectors added in the financial assistance programme include construction, hotels, food services, art, entertainment and recreation.

Thailand on July 16 reported 9,692 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, raising the national count to 381,907./.