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Thai tourist city of Pattaya placed under COVID-19 lockdown


BANGKOK (AP) — The #Thai tourist city of #Pattaya and the surrounding district were placed under lockdown on #Wednesday as the country continues to grapple with an intensifying outbreak of the coronavirus.

#Health workers sprayed restaurants and other establishments as part of preventative measures.

The governor ordered the closing of non-essential shops in #Banglamung district in #Chonburi province, which includes #Pattaya, southeast of #Bangkok. #Restaurants are allowed to serve only takeaway food. The province has also shut schools and ordered 24-hour convenience stores to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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#Prime #Minister #Prayuth #Chan-ocha visited the city on #Wednesday to give his support to health workers at quarantine centers.

#Thai media reported that he expressed concern for the effect the new restrictions will have on #Pattaya’s economy, which relies heavily on tourism, but said it was necessary to concentrate on controlling the spread of the virus.

#Thai officials on #Wednesday reported 250 new cases of the coronavirus, including 241 local transmissions.

#After months of seeming to have the COVID-19 situation under control, #Thailand has seen two major clusters develop since mid-December. #One has mainly infected hundreds of migrant workers from #Myanmar at a seafood market near #Bangkok, while in recent days another cluster has grown connected to a gambling den in an eastern province.

#Bangkok has been designated a zone 2 area, meaning that more than 10 new cases have been confirmed there, and the the number is likely to increase.

#Earlier this week, officials in #Bangkok announced new restrictions, including the closure of some entertainment facilities, during the #New #Year’s holiday.

#Thailand has confirmed a total of 6,690 cases, including 61 deaths.

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