Thailand asks for face-mask wearing cooperation

Children wearing masks are being entertained by a clown at a trade exposition on assorted consumer goods and tourism destinations at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre on Sunday (Oct 4, 2020). - AFP

BANGKOK, Oct 4 (Xinhua): Thailand's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Sunday said in its daily press conference that despite rare new cases of local Cvirus transmission, it is advisable to wear face masks, especially inside an indoor premise accessible to the general public.

"There is no law in Thailand that gives the police the power to issue fines against people not wearing face masks during a pandemic," said the CCSA, "however wearing a face mask is to protect yourself and others from contracting Covid-19."

The CCSA made the plea on Sunday after an ex-convict on Saturday night went berserk and stabbed three people at a Bangkok shopping mall after being told to wear a face mask before entering the building.

The injured were immediately sent to a nearby hospital.

Thankfully, no deaths were reported.

The assailant, according to police, was a former convict who had served jail terms three times in Chiang Mai prison for robbery.

As of Sunday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Thailand were 3,585 (647 in state quarantine), of whom 138 are in hospital and 3,388 have recovered and been discharged while 59 people have died. - Xinhua
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