21 held in Phuket for violating curfew

21 held in Phuket for violating curfew

Officials and volunteers stop a car at an intersection in Phuket and arrest the driver for violating the 11pm-4am curfew in the early hours of on Saturday. A total of 21 people were caught overnight at various locations in Phuket for curfew violations. (Photo by Achataya Chuenniran)
Officials and volunteers stop a car at an intersection in Phuket and arrest the driver for violating the 11pm-4am curfew in the early hours of on Saturday. A total of 21 people were caught overnight at various locations in Phuket for curfew violations. (Photo by Achataya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: Twenty-one people were arrested in Phuket overnight for violating the 11pm-4am curfew imposed nationwide by the government to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.

Teams of officials and volunteers conducting night patrols in the island province from 11pm on Friday to 4am on Saturday found 21 people had been out during the period without justifiable reason. One of them was found possessing some bottles of kratom drug cocktail. 

All were taken to Muang police station for legal action.

From April 3 to May 29, a total of 1,820 people in 1,762 cases for violating the night have been arrested in this island province. The provincial court has already given its rulings on 1,403 cases, said police.

Phuket reported no new coronavirus infections on Saturday and the number of total cases remained at 227 from Jan 5 to Friday. Of the total, 220 recovered and were discharged, said the provincial emergency response panel. 

The curfew will from Monday be shortened to 11pm-3am from 11pm-4am. 


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