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Thailand extends ban on incoming international flights until end June

 

Reuters

Bangkok  /  Sun, May 17, 2020  /  10:42 am
Thailand extends ban on incoming international flights until end June

A cleaner walks through an empty Airport Link railway station, amid travel restrictions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Bangkok on April 10, 2020. (AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

Thailand on Saturday extended a ban on international passenger flights until the end of June, the country's aviation regulator said, as new cases in the country dwindle.

The Civil Aviation Authority's ban extends a previous order that was set to run until the end of May.

The announcement comes as the country begins to relax local restrictions after reporting single-digit increases of infections from the new coronavirus this month.

On Sunday the government will allow malls and department stores to re-open. It will also shorten a nighttime curfew by one hour, to 2300 to 0400, from 2200 to 0400.

The aviation regulator first introduced the suspension of international flights in April in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Thailand has reported a total of 3,025 cases of the coronavirus and 56 fatalities. 

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