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Thailand nightlife to go dark over Songkran amid third COVID wave

Kingdom reports largest single-day spike since February ahead of holiday

The latest round of restrictions on nightspots in Thailand is likely to push many venues out of business permanently. (File photo by Reuters) 

BANGKOK -- The Thai government has ordered lights-out for nightlife venues in 41 of the kingdom's 77 provinces for two weeks to tame the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the country since late March.

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, the central government's body in charge of COVID-related policy, advised local governments to close pubs, bars, karaoke bars, nightclubs, bathing facilities and other such venues from April 10 to 23.

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