Bangkok ask for co-operation; cancels new year celebrations after covid outbreak

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said on Sunday that it was canceling all public new year countdown celebrations and they were asking private companies to do the same after a Covid-19 outbreak in nearby Samut Sakhon.

The Ministry of Public Health said on Sunday that it had discovered 689 confirmed coronavirus cases in Samut Sakhon, mostly isolated to migrant worker dormitories. [Read more here]

Two of the new cases traveled to Bangkok after visiting Samut Sakhon.

In addition to cancelling the new years countdown, the BMA said on Sunday it was setting up checkpoints for vehicles entering the capital.

It is also asking businesses and public organizations to allow workers to work from home for the next 14 days.

While restaurants and bars can still open, the BMA has asked owners to ensure social distancing and to no longer allow dancing and festivities.

Gatherings at religious institutions must respect social distancing and mass gatherings at parked are now banned for the next fourteen days.

The BMA has also asked citizens to download its contact tracing app Thai Chana and to maintain strict vigilance.

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