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Pathum Thani Bans Concerts, Sports Through Jan. 5

Gov. Chaiwat Chuenkosoom today issued the order prohibiting concerts, boxing matches and cockfighting through Jan. 5.
Gov. Chaiwat Chuenkosoom today issued the order prohibiting concerts, boxing matches and cockfighting through Jan. 5.

Pathum Thani on Wednesday joined the growing list of provinces banning New Year’s and other mass gathering that could spread the coronavirus.

Gov. Chaiwat Chuenkosoom today issued the order prohibiting concerts, boxing matches and cockfighting through Jan. 5.

Pathum Thani is among 17 provinces to have reported locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 stemming from the outbreak at the Samut Sakhon seafood market.

Four other provinces have imposed limited to serious lockdowns, with Samut Sakhon escalating its previous order to declare the entire province a “quarantined area”  through Jan. 3. Sports stadiums, public parks and educational institutions are now closed. Restaurants can only offer takeaway service and grocery stores must be close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

In Samut Songkhram Province, adjacent to Samut Sakhon, Gov. Charas Boonnasa on Tuesday night ordered all schools, including nurseries, cinemas, shopping malls (except supermarkets), drug stores and food halls, closed until Jan. 4. The province has confirmed six cases, all linked to Samut Sakhon.

Samut Prakan has closed all its public venues and canceled events until Jan. 4. And Chiang Mai has clamped a lockdown in three subdistricts – Tha Ton, Malika and Mae Ai – following new local cases unconnected to Samut Sakhon.