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Bangkok to Close 196 Nightlife Venues Amid New Coronavirus Cluster

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s capital Bangkok will close 196 entertainment venues for two weeks, the city’s governor said on Monday, following a new surge in coronavirus cases.

The venues will be closed from Tuesday until April 19 as they are located in three districts where some venues are linked to a new cluster of more than 100 people who tested positive for coronavirus in recent days, said Asawin Kwanmuang, governor of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

“We will close entertainment venues in the three districts, while other venues where cases are found will be individually closed,” Asawin told reporters late on Monday.

Thailand reported 194 new COVID-19 cases earlier on Monday, a rare three-digit figure, which included 45 from Bangkok’s nightlife cluster.

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Night clubs and go-go bars street Soi Cowboy is seen empty after Thai government ordered the closure of cinemas, bars and other entertainment facilities as part of a raft of measures intended to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The country has largely been successful in curbing the spread of the virus. Since last year it has reported 29,321 cases and 95 deaths.

On Wednesday, Thailand’s COVID-19 taskforce will consider a proposal from the public health ministry to label five provinces, including Bangkok, “red zones”.

Under the proposal, nightlife venues in the red zones would be allowed to open only until 9 p.m. and they cannot serve alcohol.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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