People queue inside a liquor shop before the ban in Bangkok and several other provinces took effect on April 10, to help curb the coronavirus disease. The ban in Bangkok has now been extended to then end of April. (Photo: Reuters)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has extended the ban on sales of alcoholic beverages until the end of the month, with the capital still the leading hotspot for coronavirus infections.
Sales of alcohol have been prohibited in the city since April 10, to discourage social gatherings during Songkran, and the ban was set to end at midnight on Sunday.
Hours after the end of the ban, BMA spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang announced on Monday it had been extended for another 10 days, until April 30.
The extension was necessary to help prevent the spread of the virus in the capital and bring the situation under control, he said.
Some shops had already posted signs advising customers that no liquor sales were allowed until the end of the month.
Thailand had 2,792 Covid-19 infection cases as of Monday morning, 1,440 of them detected in Bangkok.
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detected : noticed, discovered or found out - จับได้ พบได้
discourage : to make someone feel like something should not be done - ทำให้ไม่อยาก (ทำสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง)
extend : to add more time - ยืดออกไป
extension : making a period of time longer - การขยายออกไป
gathering : a party or a meeting when many people come together as a group - การรวมตัว, การประชุม
liquor : strong alcoholic drink - สุราที่ได้จากการกลั่น
prohibit : to not allow; to ban - ห้าม
virus (noun): a living thing, too small to be seen without a microscope, that causes infectious disease in people, animals and plants - เชื้อไวรัส