Bangkok orders stores to close from midnight to 5am

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BANGKOK (April 1): Bangkok city hall has ordered all restaurants and stores to close from midnight to 5am, its latest move to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Apart from the late-night shutdown of businesses, all parks will be closed starting from Thursday to April 30, according to Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang.

The shutdown add tiers to state-of-emergency rules imposed nationwide by the government last week, under which non-essential businesses are shut and inter-provincial travel is discouraged. Group gatherings are also banned.

Bangkok hasn’t announced a curfew like other some provinces but will ask for cooperation from people to stay home. Checkpoints will be set up across the capital city to enforce the rules, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang told reporters on Wednesday.

Further restrictions are likely to be considered in Thailand as cases are still being reported among individuals whose work brings them into contact with large numbers of people, according to the World Health Organization’s daily report on Tuesday.

Bangkok has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Thailand, with 850 patients as of April 1. Thailand reported 120 more cases on Wednesday, taking the total to 1,771.

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