- Title: Thailand partially closes malls as coronavirus cases jump
- Date: 22nd March 2020
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (MARCH 22, 2020) (REUTERS) EMPTY BANGKOK STREETS VARIOUS OF EMPTY SKY WALK PEOPLE WEARING MASKS AND WALKING ON SKY WALK
- Keywords: Bangkok Thailand closure coronavirus curb department stores disease health malls outbreak virus
- Reuters ID: LVA003C64TJK7
- Location: BANGKOK AND NONTHABURI PROVINCE, THAILAND
- City: BANGKOK AND NONTHABURI PROVINCE, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Duration: 00:00:20
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Thailand partially closes all malls in the capital Bangkok and other vicinity provinces on Sunday (March 22) as the country reported its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections.
Bangkok's shopping malls, except for supermarkets, are closed for 22 days beginning March 22 to April 12 in a bid to curb the outbreak of the coronavirus, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said in a statement on Saturday (March 21).
The governor asked the public not to panic and hoard goods. Restaurants are open for takeout orders and pharmacies will also remain open.
Some Bangkok residents welcomed the partial close down of the malls and opening of the supermarkets, allowing them to get necessities without hoarding, while some deemed the measures to curb the outbreak should be intensified.
The measures come as Thailand reported 188 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing its tally to 599, with the majority of cases in Bangkok.
The majority of the new infections are connected to a previous cluster of cases from a boxing stadium, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a Public Health Ministry spokesman, told a news conference adding one patient had recovered.
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