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Bangkok's shuttered restaurants fight the virus gloom

Chefs cook up recipe for survival, including Michelin star meals in takeout boxes

Deepanker Khosla, head chef at Haoma, hands out food in Bangkok's low-income Onnut neighborhood as part of his No One Hungry Program. (Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Measures to protect the public from COVID-19 have transformed daily life in Bangkok, as elsewhere. But the food and beverage industry, its survival threatened by a ban on on-site dining, is fighting back with a wide range of emergency strategies.

Restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic, which has slashed tourist arrivals as well as stopped locals going out to dinner: International visitor arrivals plunged by 91.15% in the first 20 days of March, compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

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