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Health officials in Samut Prakan check motorists' body temperature at a road checkpoint in Muang district as part of the government's measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country. Photo by WICHAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Monday hinted it would soon consider lifting Covid-19 restrictions.

This is despite cases in the capital rising on Monday by 37 and bringing its tally to 1,989.

A BMA spokesman said the situation in the capital was likely to improve, provided that there were no new superspreader events, after it imposed urgent measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

"If the number of new cases drops within a fortnight and clusters in other provinces are confined, the BMA might consider lifting restrictions," he said.


He said that City Hall had been able to identify the origin of the latest infections and was keeping a close watch on two main clusters, one relating to entertainment venues in the capital and the other in Si Racha district of Chon Buri province.

The two clusters consisted of 135 cases in total, he said, adding that some people from Bangkok had brought the virus home with them from Si Racha during the New Year.

Bangkok's governor said the capital's new patients had visited or worked in entertainment places, restaurants and massage parlours.

Health authorities were now trying to find other people who had been to these places, he said, adding public health authorities have already tested 15,908 at-risk people who visited markets across Bangkok.

Vocabulary:

cluster : group of people, animals or things close together - กลุ่ม

confined : limited - จำกัด

curb : to control or limit something - จำกัดขอบเขต, ควบคุม

despite (prep): used to show that something happened or is true although something else might have happened to prevent it; used to show that somebody did not intend to do the thing mentioned - ถึงอย่างไรก็ตาม, ทั้ง ๆ ที่

hint : to say or do something that shows, but not directly, what is meant - แย้ม

impose : to force someone to accept something - กำหนด,บังคับ

lift : to end a warning, a restriction, etc. - ยกเลิก

massage parlour : a place where you can pay to have a massage - โรงนวด,สถานบริการ (อาบ,อบ,นวด)

measures (noun): actions taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ

restriction : a rule, action or situation that limits or controls someone or something - การจำกัด, การควบคุม

spokesman : a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก

superspreader : someone who can spread a virus and cause infection in many people with minimal contact -

tally : a record or count of a number of items - การบันทึกจำนวน

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