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China’s Wuhan reports first coronavirus cluster since lifting of lockdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wuhan, the original epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, reported on Monday its first...

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South Korea scrambles to contain new coronavirus outbreak threatening Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean officials scrambled on Monday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak that is threatening to...

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France, Spain ease virus lockdowns but UK wary

Millions of people in France and Spain were set to embrace a relaxation of stay-at-home rules on Monday, but...

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Shanghai Disneyland re-opens after three-month closure due to coronavirus

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co reopened its Shanghai Disneyland park on Monday to a reduced number of visitors,...

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China reports 17 more COVID-19 cases amid new infections in Wuhan

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported 17 new COVID-19 cases for May 10, rising from a day earlier and marking...

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Japan may end state of emergency this week for regions with stable virus cases

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government will consider lifting the state of emergency on many of the 34 prefectures...

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Australian children slowly resume school as coronavirus curbs eased

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Children in some Australian states began returning to school on Monday after an extended break due...

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Chatuchak market reopens as City Hall considers waiving shop rental fees

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will negotiate with the State Railway of Thailand over the waiving of rental fees...

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China to reform disease prevention system

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will reform its disease prevention and control system to address weaknesses exposed by the coronavirus...

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Four new COVID-19 infections and one fatality reported today

Thailand reported four new COVID-19 cases today, bringing accumulated infections to 3,004, and one more fatality. The death was...

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WHO urges countries to quickly identify Covid-19 cases while easing restrictions

GENEVA (XINHUA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that countries that lift restrictions and open their...

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Britain to introduce two-week quarantine for arrivals

Britain plans to introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for most international arrivals, reports said Saturday, despite growing pressure on...

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Australia’s biggest states hold off relaxing COVID-19 lockdowns

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous states held back from easing COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday even as some states...

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Summer storm warning for Thailand

Thailand’s Meteorological Department is warning people to be prepared for summer storms, expected between 10th and 13th May, bringing...

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China reports one new coronavirus case, 15 asymptomatic cases

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported one new coronavirus case for Friday, unchanged from the day before, data from the...

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New Privy councillor in spotlight over past role in disbanding political parties

Former Constitutional Court president Nurak Mapraneet was named privy councillor on Monday (May 4), becoming the 17th since His...

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US tightens visa rules for Chinese journalists amid coronavirus tensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States issued a new rule on Friday tightening visa guidelines for Chinese journalists, saying...

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US accuses China, Russia of coordinating on virus conspiracies

The United States on Friday accused China and Russia of stepping up cooperation to spread false narratives over the...

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Indians queue for liquor as capital eases some coronavirus curbs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Hundreds of people queued outside liquor stores in New Delhi on Monday as the Indian...

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Italy’s daily coronavirus death toll drops sharply ahead of lockdown easing

ROME (Reuters) – Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 174 on Sunday, against 474 the day...

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Thailand reports 18 new COVID-19 cases

Thailand’s daily new COVID-19 infections rose from 3 yesterday to 18 today. They are all illegal immigrants being held...

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Japan’s PM expected to extend state of emergency until end-May

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to extend the country’s state of emergency on Monday...

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New Zealand and Australia consider coronavirus “travel bubble”

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand and Australia are discussing the potential creation of a “travel bubble” between the two...

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Trump says up to 100,000 Americans may die from coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he now believes as many as 100,000 Americans could...

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COVID-19: We need a vaccine for the mind

SYDNEY (IDN) – Today the global media reports daily about the race to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, but...

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UK had contingency plan for PM Johnson’s death as he battled COVID-19

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government had a contingency plan for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s death as he battled...

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Global coronavirus cases surpass 3.5 million, although rate slowing

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Global coronavirus cases surpassed 3.5 million on Monday, with deaths nearing a quarter of a million,...

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Pompeo says ‘significant’ evidence that new coronavirus emerged from Chinese lab

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday there was “a significant amount of evidence” that...

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Officials inspect preparedness of shopping malls for reopening tomorrow

Officials of the CCSA, the City Administration and police today inspected two luxury shopping malls in Bangkok, to check...

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Media urged not to be used by unscrupulous protesters seeking state handouts

Finance permanent secretary Prasong Poonthanate has criticized those engaging in sporadic and highly visible protests in an attempt to...

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Six new COVID-19 cases as Thailand prepares to ease lockdown tomorrow

Saturday saw 6 new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand, but no fatalities. Two of them caught the disease from...

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Harbin city shuts eateries, coronavirus curbs ease elsewhere in China

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A northeastern Chinese city of 10 million people struggling with currently the country’s biggest coronavirus cluster...

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Singapore to ease some coronavirus curbs over next few weeks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will start easing some curbs put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus...

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Air passengers should check destination restrictions prior to travel

As Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air and Thai VietJet have resumed domestic services from Lampang, Mae Sot,...

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Malaysia rounding up migrants to contain coronavirus spread, police say

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian authorities are rounding up undocumented migrants as part of efforts to contain the spread...

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Canada bans assault weapons after deadliest shooting

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced an immediate ban on military-grade assault weapons in response to the...

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WHO says virus ‘natural in origin’

The World Health Organization reiterated Friday that the new coronavirus was of natural origin after US President Donald Trump...

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un appears in public amid health rumors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days...

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CCSA to propose extension of state of emergency and curfew until end of May

The CCSA, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, has decided to extend the current state of emergency, due to...

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Government whips reject Opposition call for debate on executive decrees

Opposition demands for the convening of a special parliamentary meeting, to debate the Thai government’s three executive decrees, related...

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New COVID-19 infections fall to 9, lowest since January

Thailand today reported 9 new COVID-19 infections, which is the lowest daily increase since January 27th, when eight cases...

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PM Johnson back to work as UK virus problems mount

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to work on Monday more than three weeks after being hospitalised for the...

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China says all coronavirus patients in Wuhan have now been discharged

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, now has no remaining cases...

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168 Thais from New Zealand to arrive in Bangkok tonight

168 Thai nationals, many of them students, who have been stuck in New Zealand during the coronavirus lockdown, will...

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New York may partially reopen May 15: Cuomo

New York, which has ground to a halt to stop the coronavirus pandemic, may start reopening manufacturing and construction...

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China reports three new mainland coronavirus cases on April 26, two imported

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China reported three new confirmed coronavirus cases on April 26, down from 11 a day earlier,...

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PM mourns death of 72-year old health volunteer in road accident

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has offered his condolences to the family of a 72-year old public health volunteer...

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New procedures for airline operations during COVID-19 pandemic

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) recently held a meeting with 20 airline operators to discuss compulsory operating...

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Summer storms to affect most parts of Thailand today and tomorrow

Thailand’s Meteorological Department has warned people in most parts of the country to brace for summer storms, bringing with...

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Britain nears grim milestone of 20,000 coronavirus hospital deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain could hit the grim milestone of 20,000 COVID-19 deaths later on Saturday, when the daily...

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India, Pakistan ease restrictions for some small businesses amid lockdown

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Indian government allowed a limited reopening of shops in neighborhoods and residential areas from...

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Japan economy minister cancels appearances after contact with virus-infected staffer

TOKYO (Reuters) – A key government official in charge of Japan’s economic response to the coronavirus outbreak called off...

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Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections rise by 53 [UPDATED]

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand jumped nearly four-fold today (Saturday), compared to yesterday, with 53 being reported. They include...

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Coronavirus came to New York from Europe, not China, governor says

(Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday pointed to research showing that strains of the novel coronavirus...

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China sees more imported coronavirus cases despite restrictions

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s northwestern province of Shaanxi reported on Saturday seven new imported cases of the novel coronavirus,...

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3 states partly reopen, despite health officials’ warnings

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Even as the confirmed U.S. death toll from the coronavirus soared past 50,000, Georgia, Oklahoma...

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Restrictions could be eased in 32 provinces with no new infections for 2 weeks

Thirty-two provinces, in which no new infections have been reported in the last fortnight, will be the first where...

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Hong Kong reports zero new coronavirus cases for first time since early March

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong recorded zero new coronavirus cases on Monday for the first time since early...

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Thailand reports fewer new coronavirus infections today and no new fatalities

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand continued to fall today to 27, from yesterday’s 32, as the total number of...

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South Koreans return to work, crowd parks, malls as social distancing rules ease

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Koreans are returning to work and crowding shopping malls, parks, golf courses and some restaurants...

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Doctors caution against early relaxation of lockdown restrictions

A group of 14 doctors is cautioning the Thai Government against the premature easing of lockdown restrictions, as pressure...

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New Zealand extends lockdown by a week, to ease measures on April 27

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand will extend the lockdown measures in place to beat the coronavirus by a week,...

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16 killed in shooting rampage, deadliest in Canadian history

TORONTO (AP) — A gunman disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires in...

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3 COVID-19 related economic support executive decrees now in effect

An Executive Decree, which empowers the Thai government to secure loans of up to 1.9 trillion baht to help...

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New Zealand set to announce whether to ease virus lockdown measures

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s top leadership met on Monday to decide on whether to ease harsh lockdown measures...

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Australians told restrictions must stay even as new virus infections slow

SYDNEY (Reuters) – More than 150 Australian economists on Monday warned the government against easing social distancing rules aimed...

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Hundreds protest against US virus rules

(AFP) Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across America against coronavirus-related lockdowns — with encouragement from President Donald Trump —...

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13 killed in Canada shooting rampage, deadliest in 30 years

TORONTO (AP) — A man disguised as a police officer went on a shooting rampage in the Canadian province...

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33 new virus infections in Thailand today, but no new fatalities

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections today increased to 33, from yesterday’s 28, but no fatalities were reported. Meanwhile, another 100...

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Un-milled Thai rice fetches highest price in 10 years

The price of un-milled Thai rice, for the 2019-2020 crop year, has increased to between 10,800 and 11,000 baht...

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Australia sees 3 new coronavirus deaths as govt urges app installation

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s coronavirus-related death toll rose by three to a total of 68 on Saturday, health data...

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As coronavirus infections mount, Japan at last expands testing

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan, alarmed by rising coronavirus deaths and the specter of the collapse of the medical system,...

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China reports 27 new coronavirus cases, death toll at 4,632 after data revisions

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s National Health Commission reported 27 new confirmed coronavirus cases on April 17, up from 26...

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Indonesia reports most coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia reported on Friday 407 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number to 5,923 and surpassing...

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Thais find new harmony in songs to beat virus

“This is no joke, the super spreader can hurt everyone,” warn the lyrics of a new Thai YouTube hit....

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South Korea reports more recovered coronavirus patients testing positive again

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported on Monday that at least 116 people initially cleared of the new coronavirus...

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Thailand’s new daily COVID-19 infection rate falls to 28, the lowest for 3 weeks

Thailand has reported a steady drop in new COVID-19 infections for 5 consecutive days, from last Thursday’s 54 to...

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China vows improvements for Africans after virus discrimination claims

Under strong international pressure, China on Sunday vowed to improve the treatment of Africans in the southern city of...

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Countries facing pressure to loosen virus restrictions

TOKYO (AP) — South Korean officials warned Monday that hard-earned progress fighting the coronavirus pandemic could be upset by...

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Amazon stops accepting new online grocery customers amid surging demand

Many shoppers recently seeking to purchase groceries from the Seattle-based ​e-commerce company found they could not place orders due to a lack...

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Lockdown forces orange growers to dump their fruit due to lack of buyers

A number of orange growers in Thailand’s Sukhothai province have been forced to dispose of their fruit, because of...

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China’s new coronavirus cases rise to near six-week high

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported the highest number of new daily coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks, driven by...

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Boris Johnson says medics saved his life as UK deaths pass 10,000 mark

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson left hospital on Sunday and thanked staff for saving his life...

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Indonesia announces biggest daily rise in cases, 24 doctors die

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesia announced its biggest daily increase in novel coronavirus cases on Monday and a medical association...

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British PM Johnson moved to ICU as coronavirus symptoms worsen

LONDON (REUTERS) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit on Monday after his...

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Expats in Thailand feeling the pinch (and pleasure) of lockdown

As the deadly Covid-19 virus creeps through Bangkok’s streets, the city’s expatriate population has reason to be feeling extra...

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Thailand reports 51 new COVID-19 cases – a 50% drop from yesterday

Thailand’s 51 new COVID-19 infections today were only half the number reported yesterday. 119 new recoveries were also reported....

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“We’ll meet again”: Queen Elizabeth invokes WW2 spirit to defeat coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth told the British people on Sunday that they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak if...

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Phuket’s governor closes Karon and Rawai areas

Two more areas in Phuket, well known for their resort hotels and beautiful beaches, have been locked down, effective...

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South Korea reports fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases for first time since Feb. 29 peak

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases on Monday for the first time since...

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US firm denies masks for Germany seized in Bangkok

WASHINGTON (Agencies) – US firm 3M has denied allegations that thousands of its face masks destined for Germany were...

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UK PM Johnson hospitalised after persistent coronavirus symptoms

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday after suffering persistent...

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Thai cabinet announces 1.6 trillion baht third economic stimulus package

Thailand’s cabinet has approved a third economic package, estimated to cost about 10% of the country’s GDP, or 1.6...

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Phuket governor orders all hotels on the resort island closed

All hotels on Thailand’s popular resort island of Phuket have been ordered to close from Saturday until further notice....

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Thai government may impose 24-hour curfew

The Thai government may impose a 24-hour curfew, if the rate of new COVID-19 infections does not slow substantially...

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