Thailand closes entertainment outlets in 41 provinces

A lone tourist pushes her luggage while workers install decorations ahead of Thailand's Buddhist New Year celebrations, locally known as Songkran, on Khaosan Road in Bangkok on April 8, 2021 as Thai authorities imposes public safety restrictions on the festival due to the resurgence of Covid-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

THAILAND has decided to close all entertainment places in 41 provinces, including Bangkok, for at least two weeks as Covid-19 cases linked to them spread rapidly across the country. Health authorities said the cases were all linked to the Thong Lor cluster spread rapidly across the nation.

According to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), new cases linked to pubs, bars and clubs in Thong Lor area of the capital, have leapt from Wednesday’s report of 291 cases in 15 provinces to 504 cases in 20 provinces on Thursday.

The Bangkok Post reports CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin saying the closure would take effect on Friday after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signs the order.

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