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T.Thailand reported 1,335 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the largest daily increase since the pandemic began and the third record increase this week as the Southeast Asian country grapples with a new wave of infections.

The surge in cases is due to the fact that Thais celebrate the New Year holidays in Songkran and authorities have urged people to avoid unnecessary travel and reduce gatherings to limit the outbreak, which includes the communicable variant first identified in the UK B.1.1.7 heard.

“The post-Songkran period is a critical time to control the outbreak. If not, we could see 10,000 to 20,000 cases a day,” said chief health officer Grandpas Karnkawinpong, urging people to stop for two weeks after the vacation Work from home.

As of Thursday, shopping malls will close earlier than usual at 9 p.m. to contain the outbreak, a retail group said.

Thailand has so far managed to keep the number of cases relatively low compared to many other countries. The total number of cases is now 35,910 and the number of deaths is 97.

Of the new infections reported on Wednesday, 351 were in Bangkok, the epicenter of the third wave of falls. No new deaths were reported.

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