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33 New Infections As Songkran Postponed, Venues And Schools To Be Closed

16 Mar, 2020

Thailand recorded 33 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total tally to 147, a health official said. Shortly before the new tally was announced, the government said it plans to temporarily close venues that attract crowds of more than 50 people and postpone the traditional Songkran New Year holiday, as part of efforts to prevent a widespread outbreak of the new coronavirus. Universities will be shut and courses moved online, Ratchada Thanadirek, a government spokesperson, said. The holiday will no longer fall on April 13 to April 15, but new dates weren’t announced.

The plan calls for the closing of universities, schools, international schools, boxing arenas, cock fighting arenas, bars and theatres nationwide to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The government will submit the proposal to the Cabinet on Tuesday, Ms Ratchada said. 

Thailand on Sunday reported its biggest daily spike in cases of the disease known as Covid-19, stoking fears that it’s on the cusp of a larger outbreak. They jumped by 32 to 114, with many others being tested for suspected infections.

Bangkok Post

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