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Thailand braces for COVID-19 spike after Songkran holiday

Field hospitals established near Bangkok and other population centers

A woman is administered Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine after hundreds of residents of Bangkok's Watthana district tested positive on April 7.    © Reuters

BANGKOK-Thailand expects a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases owing to the increase in domestic travel during Songkran, the four-day Thai lunar new year that began on April 12.

At least 3,000 extra beds have been prepared in ten new field hospitals in the environs of Bangkok. More will be set up around other major population centers, including Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Hua Hin.

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