Thailand to relax COVID restrictions

The Thai government says some coronavirus regulations will be relaxed from October 1 as it speeds up vaccine rollouts.

Thai health authorities said on Monday the looser rules include shortening quarantine for fully vaccinated international arrivals from the current 14 days to seven.

Meanwhile, more businesses can reopen, such as cinemas, gyms and nail salons, in high-risk provinces, including Bangkok. Authorities cut the curfew by an hour, from 10 p.m to 4 a.m.

Daily new cases in the country have been trending down in recent weeks, with around 10,000 reported on Monday.

The government says it will accelerate vaccine rollouts, aiming to revive the devastated tourism sector. From November, it plans to allow vaccinated foreign visitors to visit 10 provinces, including Bangkok, without having to quarantine.