Thai prime minister says he is prepared to shut down country

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha told reporters on Wednesday that he would be prepared to shut down the entire country if Thailand reaches stage 3 of the coronavirus outbreak.

The government defines stage 3 of an outbreak as having mass person-to-person transmissions in multiple regions of the country.

Wednesday was the first day of the governments partial shutdown with schools and universities shuttered indefinitely. Bars, clubs and other entertainment venues would also be shut until the end of March.

“The measures that came out is not a shut down but more of intensified measures to restrict movement of people,” Prayut said.

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