Bangkok to close schools for 2 weeks as COVID-19 cases rise

Bangkok to close schools for 2 weeks as COVID-19 cases rise
The Thai capital of Bangkok will close all schools for 14 days following the New Year holiday since it tightens measures to control a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the city said on Friday. Thailand verified 279 new coronavirus cases on Friday, with most of them associated with a cluster among migrant personnel in Samut Sakhon province south of Bangkok, and another cluster associated with against the law gambling dens that were only available in the eastern province of Rayong.

These innovative clusters have started to spread into Bangkok, prompting the city's administrator to tighten steps to curb the spread of the virus. "We get started to find new cases linked to students and other provider businesses," stated Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, the spokesman for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. "Therefore we made a decision to close more places," he said. 

All schools, daycare centres for the young and elderly, preschool and tutorial centres will be close from January 4 to 17 while different public facilities including amusement parks, playgrounds, open public baths and massage parlours will be shut starting from Saturday, he said. Pongsakorn also said metropolis is considering limitations on eating-in at eating places but said that additional discussions were wanted with the federal government COVID-19 taskforce on Saturday. 

Thailand recorded two new deaths from coronavirus on Friday, taking the full total quantity of infections to 7,163 and the amount of deaths. to 63 because the outbreak started previous January. A lot of the new circumstances resulted from native transmission of the condition while six had been imported from abroad, the federal government COVID-19 taskforce said.
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