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Thailand stays under COVID-19 emergency with third extention

Curbs will be eased, paving way for allowing business travel from Japan and China

 Passengers walk through Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on June 8. Thailand is extending its coronavirus state of emergency for a third time but will also further ease restrictions, including some covering travel into the kingdom. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- The Thai government has decided to keep the kingdom under a state of coronavirus emergency until July 31 despite having recorded no local transmission for over a month.

It is the third extension of the emergency decree, which was originally imposed from March 26 and was scheduled to end on April 30. Two previous extensions followed, each lasting a month.

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