Thailand to close more sites as COVID-19 cases rise

BANGKOK, July 21 (Xinhua) – Thailand will order the closure of several sites in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the COVID-19 Situation Administration Center (CCSA) said on Wednesday.

Places and businesses due to close include beauty salons, swimming pools, public parks and museums in Bangkok and 12 other provinces identified as the worst affected areas, according to CCSA spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan.

The start date of the temporary shutdown has not yet been announced, she said.

The move came as Thailand’s daily COVID-19 tally hit a new high amid a new wave of a pandemic driven primarily by the highly contagious Delta variant.

The country reported 13,002 cases on Wednesday, the fifth day in a row with more than 10,000 daily cases, bringing the total number of cases to 439,477. Deaths increased from 108 to 3,610, according to the CCSA.

Local media quoted the Department of Medical Sciences as saying that the Delta variant has overtaken the Alpha variant as the dominant strain in Thailand.

To deal with the recent wave of infections, authorities will open a field hospital at two airports in the greater Bangkok area next month, deputy government spokesperson Traisulee Traisaranakul said on Wednesday in another report. press conference.

The planned field hospital at Suvarnabhumi airport is designed to have 4,500 beds while that at Don Mueang airport will provide 2,000 beds, she said.

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