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Thailand reopens shopping centres

Thailand reopens shopping centres

People in Thailand have been rushing to shopping centres today as the government begins to ease lockdown restrictions. With new virus cases dwindling, the centres are opening for the first time in more than eight weeks.

But strict measures are in place. All visitors must walk through a disinfectant mist at every entrance, and thermal scanners are in place to check people's temperatures.

Staff and visitors are also required to wear masks and keep a two-step distance from those around them.

In a controversial move, shoppers must adhere to a contract-tracing system through their phones. They have to register when they enter and leave the facility, as well as checking in and out of individuals stores within it.

More than 3,000 cases have been reported in the southeast Asian country, along with 56 virus-related deaths.

A ban on international visits has been extended until the end of June, and the government said it will be monitoring infection rates before deciding when to ease other restrictions.