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Bangkok Orders More Closures To Curb Pandemic

Schools, entertainment venues, sports arenas, gyms, and more are closed

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Chatwan Mongkol
Chatwan Mongkol
A freelance journalist based in Bangkok, Thailand covering Thai politics

THAILAND. Bangkok: Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced on Saturday closures while imposing stricter disease control measures for places that remain open amid almost 200 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the capital.

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Places include entertainment venues, amusement parks, floating markets, boxing stadiums, beauty salons, massage places, nursing homes, and fitness centers are temporarily closed until 17 January.

While some places like movie theaters, public parks, restaurants, and shopping malls remain open, they are asked to strictly comply with disease prevention and control measures. Those measures are temperature check, social distancing, mask mandate, sanitization, hand washing, and registration through government-developed application.

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Bangkok along with other 27 provinces are designated as red-zoned areas, the areas  that reported over 51 cases.

Later on the day, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan ordered schools in those provinces to close until 31 January while asking schools to apply long-distance learning and online learning approaches.

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Since the new outbreak began on 20 January, Thailand discovered 3,158 confirmed cases with three deaths.


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