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Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia hit COVID variants with iron fist

Bangkok closes eateries, Cambodia shuts garment factories and Hanoi bans karaoke

Thailand's restaurants are closed to diners until further notice but home deliveries and takeaways are an option in most places.    © EPA/Jiji

BANGKOK/HANOI -- Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia -- all early COVID success stories -- are now using an iron fist on their residents in bids to halt the spread of more virulent variants.

Thailand on May 1 issued a nationwide mask mandate and banned dining in restaurants in Bangkok and elsewhere. The first local transmissions of the U.K. variant were confirmed in early April.

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