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Bangkok (VNA) – The government of Thailand is considering tougher measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including a travel restriction, amid surging daily new cases.

On July 9, Thailand reported a record high of 9,279 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest daily number since the pandemic returned. The country also recorded 72 fatalities on the same day.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to chair a meeting of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on July 9 to consider proposals submitted by relevant parties. The PM said the government would do their best to control the situation as early as possible.

In order to overcome the shortage of hospital beds, Thailand will allow at-home and community isolation for COVID-19 patients with no or only mild symptoms in Bangkok, the epicenter of the third COVID-19 wave in the country.

Apisamai Srirangson, a CCSA official, said home isolation will be carried out by 69 health service centers under the Bangkok Metropolitan Government (BMA) as well as 201 public health clinics. Stakeholders must ensure that patients self-isolating at home receive appropriate medical care, she said./.