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Coronavirus

Bangkok ramps up measures to contain coronavirus spread

Shopping malls, department stores, leisure facilities to close from Sunday

Traditional Thai dancers in Bangkok on March 16. The city closed entertainment venues on March 21.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Bangkok will ramp up closures of commercial and leisure venues to contain the spread of COVID-19 disease as quickly as possible.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Saturday ordered shopping malls and department stores in Bangkok to close from March 22 to April 12, according to local public television. Barbershops, spas, tattoo shops and spas have also been asked to close.

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