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Songkran to be postponed, venues and schools closed

Songkran to be postponed, venues and schools closed

THAILAND: The government said it plans to temporarily close venues that attract crowds of more than 50 people and postpone the traditional Songkran New Year holiday, as part of efforts to prevent a widespread outbreak of the new coronavirus.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 16 March 2020, 04:56PM


Children take part in a water war during the Songkran festival in Soi Sukhumvit 101 on April 14, 2018. The government plans to postpone the holiday this year to control the spread of the new coronavirus. Photo: Patipat Janthong.

Children take part in a water war during the Songkran festival in Soi Sukhumvit 101 on April 14, 2018. The government plans to postpone the holiday this year to control the spread of the new coronavirus. Photo: Patipat Janthong.

Universities will be shut and courses moved online, Ratchada Thanadirek, a government spokesperson, said today (Mar 16). The holiday will no longer fall on April 13 to April 15, but new dates weren’t announced.

The plan calls for the closing of universities, schools, international schools, boxing arenas, cock fighting arenas, bars and theatres nationwide to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The government will submit the proposal to the Cabinet tomorrow (Mar 17), Ms Ratchada said.

Thailand yesterday (Mar 15) reported its biggest daily spike in cases of the disease known as COVID-19, stoking fears that it’s on the cusp of a larger outbreak. They jumped by 32 to 114, with many others being tested for suspected infections.

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Kurt | 17 March 2020 - 10:20:01

Great water saving news for Phuket! Forward future Songkran festivals permanent to be held during raining seasons. Go with the flow of the climate change.

Foot | 16 March 2020 - 17:32:32

 There have been, essentially, NO DEATHS from Corvid-19 in people under 50, as of March 16. Yes, you can get sick for a few days.  It's not a threat to most of the world.  Old folks, such as me, need to be careful + all efforts should be directed to the +50 year olds.
Honestly, why the panic?
Economies and countries are being destroyed all for the sake of an inflammatory news story.

 

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