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COVID-19: New cases fall to single digit as more Thai businesses open

BANGKOK Thailand has reported three new COVID-19 cases and zero fatality over the last 24 hours, as the kingdom further eases restrictions and allows shopping malls and department stores to reopen.


The positive case tally now stands at 3,028 and the death toll remains at 56.



Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin said the three new cases were detected at a state quarantine facility involving Thais students aged 21 to 23 – one who returned from Pakistan and two from Egypt early this month.


“Of the 3,028 COVID-19 cases in Thailand, 1,183 cases were linked to close contact with previous confirmed cases while risk career cluster (284 cases), boxing stadium cluster (276 cases) and Thais returning from abroad (270 cases) and entertainment outlets cluster (226 cases),” he said at COVID-19 daily briefing here today.


To date, 2,856 of those tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and discharged from hospitals while 116 remain warded.



Thailand today began further easing of restrictions with more businesses and venues reopening.


From today, department stores, shopping malls and community malls in Thailand could resume operations between 10 am and 8 pm but premises such as cinemas, bowling alleys, amusement parks, spas and massage parlours remain closed until further notice.


Restaurants and cafes in office buildings and food courts will be allowed to resume operations although alcohol sales remain banned at the venues. Other businesses now allowed include manicure and pedicure salons, cosmetics and clothing store, electrical appliances, sports equipment and office supply stores.


A check at shopping malls and departments stores in Bangkok indicated sparse crowds, with shoppers having to wear face mask and undergo temperature check before entry.


Thai government today launched a website – “Thai Chana” for contact tracing where shoppers and visitors must register and scan a QR code before entering and leaving the premises.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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