Thailand to reopen malls, shorten nightly curfew starting Sunday (May 17)


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BANGKOK: Thailand's government will shorten a nightly curfew and allow shopping malls, fitness centres and other businesses to reopen on Sunday (May 15) as it eases measures against the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the government's coronavirus task force said on Friday (May 15) that places such as museums, public swimming pools, sports facilities, and conference rooms will also be allowed to reopen starting Sunday with certain restrictions.

Shopping malls must be closed by 8 pm, gym-goers will only be allowed to use free weights at fitness centres, and public swimming pools will have to limit the amount of people it services.

Thailand has seen a lower number of coronavirus cases since strict measures were imposed in late May when a state of emergency was declared.

The country has seen less than 10 new cases a day this month, compared to the more than 100 cases it saw on most days in March.

A nightly curfew from 10pm to 4am that has been imposed since early April will be pushed back to 11 pm to 4 am starting Sunday, Taweesin said.

On May 3, the government allowed people to return to restaurants, markets, and parks.

The government reported seven new coronavirus cases on Friday, tallying a total of 3,025 cases, with 56 deaths, while 115 people are being treated.

Four people recovered from Covid-19 and returned home, bringing the percentage of coronavirus patients who have made full recoveries to 96.35.

Of the 3,025 cases recorded so far in Thailand, 115 are under treatment, 2,854 have recovered and been discharged, and 56 have died.

More infections have been found among people returning to Thailand by air than by land.

These include 65 of 137 plane passengers returning from Indonesia, 16 out of 122 from Pakistan and two out of 33 from the UK.

Meanwhile, only person out of 9,695 people crossing the land border from Malaysia was confirmed to be infected.Since May 1, a total of 41,232 suspected Covid-19 cases have been tested, with only 64 (0.16 per cent) confirmed positive.

Total global Covid-19 infections reached 4.5 million on Friday, with more than 300,000 deaths. - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network

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