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Buriram province has closed all entertainment venues amid the Covid19 wave


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Buriram province has closed all entertainment venues amid the Covid19 wave

Authorities have ordered the closure of all service locations and restaurants offering musical entertainment after more than 300 Covid19 could be linked to these locations.

The Buriram Provincial Commission on Infectious Diseases made the announcement yesterday afternoon.

The announcement said the shutdown is indefinite, province-wide, and will take effect from Monday. The order followed an increase in Covid19 cases in Bangkok and other provinces, mostly involving the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

More than 8,600 cases of Covid-19, with 10 deaths, have been reported in Buriram since last month. More than 300 infections have been linked to service locations and eateries with music shows, the panel said.

The infection rate there exploded during the New Year holidays and Valentine’s Day.

If said locations were left open, the virus outbreak could spread to communities and then be difficult to contain, the panel said.

Failure to comply with the closure order carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and/or a fine of 100,000 baht under Article 52 of the Transmissible Sickness Act.

Yesterday, a total of 414 new cases of Covid-19 and one more coronavirus-related death were registered in Buriram province. According to the provincial public health agency’s Facebook page, a total of 3,687 patients remained under treatment.

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