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Thai capital plans to reopen some businesses as coronavirus cases slow

Thai capital plans to reopen some businesses as coronavirus cases slow

Authorities
in Thailand’s capital plan to lift coronavirus curbs over the next few days or
weeks for some businesses, ranging from restaurants and hair salons to pet
groomers, a city official said on Tuesday, as the pace of new infections slows.

Many
businesses in Bangkok have spent more than a month under closure orders,
crippling the economy. The re-opening date was not clear as details remain to
be worked out, but will be announced on Wednesday, a civic administration
spokesman said.

“It will
not be a return to normal like before,” said the spokesman, Pongsakorn
Kwanmuang, adding that markets, sporting grounds, public parks, medical
facilities and golf courses are also among the services eligible to re-open
first.

“All
activities in these places will be regulated,” he said, adding that the
announcement would set out strict social distancing measures and other rules to
prevent a fresh virus outbreak.

On Tuesday,
Thailand reported seven new infections and two more deaths for a tally of 2,938
cases and 54 deaths since the outbreak began in January, while 2,652 patients
have recovered.

The numbers
fit a trend of fewer new cases, down from past weeks in which more than 100
were recorded each day.

The
government is considering how to relax curbs nationwide, Prime Minister Prayuth
Chan-ocha said, while urging people to keep up vigilance against the virus.

Since
emerging in China late last year, the virus has spread worldwide, causing more
than 3 million infections and over 210,000 deaths.

To fight the
virus, Thailand declared a state of emergency and curbs on movement between its
provinces as well as nighttime curfew nationwide, along with a ban on incoming
international passenger flights.

Source: Reuters 

Posted on : 28 April 2020
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