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Thailand moves to bring back tougher COVID-19 restrictions

Relative safe haven in Southeast Asia faces new flare-up of infections

People visit shopping center in Bangkok on Dec. 31. The Thai capital has since moved to close entertainment venues.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand is poised to reinstate tougher restrictions on businesses next week in response to a rise in coronavirus cases.

The measures urged by health authorities require the approval of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and could take effect as soon as Monday. Steps include closing or shortening business hours at places that pose a high risk for infection, as well as calling on people to avoid travel between provinces.

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