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Thailand's misleading COVID numbers cast a shadow on reopening

Health experts warn of undercounted cases after restrictions lifted

Shoppers ride an escalator outside a Bangkok mall on July 5. Although the government has relaxed COVID-related mandates, many Thais continue to wear masks in crowded spaces.   © Sipa via AP Images

BANGKOK -- Thailand enters a five-day weekend on Wednesday with doctors warning that a COVID surge and undercounted cases are belying the government's ambitious reopening scheme.

The string of holidays will be the first long break since Songkran, in mid-April, which saw COVID-19 infections peak at over 28,000 new daily cases.

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