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Thailand bans entry by foreigners in emergency decree

Coronavirus measures take mall shutdown nationwide while factories remain open

Passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport near Bangkok: Thailand has banned most foreign nationals from entering the country and asked Thais not to leave. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Thailand on Thursday declared a state of emergency through April 30 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, banning most foreigners from entering the country but largely sparing the manufacturing sector.

The restrictions include a nationwide extension of Bangkok's shutdown of department stores, shopping malls and entertainment facilities such as movie theaters and arenas. Retail conglomerate Central Group has closed 33 department stores around the country. Supermarkets, convenience stores and other shops that sell food and daily necessities can stay open.

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