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Thailand to close malls early as COVID surges after Songkran

New restrictions starting Sunday target sectors beyond nightlife

A new field hospital in Bangkok on April 12: Thailand is fighting a fresh wave of COVID-19 infections.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's government on Friday decided to expand coronavirus restrictions in Bangkok and elsewhere, targeting shopping malls and convenience stores in the hope of halting an infection surge.

The attempt to discourage public movement, on top of existing nightlife curbs and other measures, comes as confirmed cases rise sharply following the weeklong Thai new year holidays, Songkran.

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