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Thailand locks down Greater Bangkok as delta rips through ASEAN

Variant makes up 52% of recent cases in Bangkok, government sampling shows

Health workers collect nasal samples in Bangkok. The Thai government has adopted unexpectedly stringent measures to deal with the especially virulent delta variant.   © AP

BANGKOK -- Thailand on Friday decided to implement a stringent lockdown of Greater Bangkok as it struggles to contain its third and deadliest COVID wave, one driven by the same delta variant that is wreaking havoc across Southeast Asia.

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