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Thais make cautious return to malls, adjusting to 'new normal'

Government reopens shopping centers to rekindle sagging consumption

People wearing protective face masks walk at a shopping mall in Bangkok on May 17. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Thailand on Sunday further eased its coronavirus-related restrictions by reopening shopping malls across the kingdom in an attempt to jump-start consumption, a key driver of the economy.

The move followed its May 3 decision to reopen outdoor markets after closing them for nearly 50 days.

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