Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia — all early COVID success stories — are now using an iron fist on their residents in bids to halt the spread of more virulent variants.
Thailand on May 1 issued a nationwide mask mandate and banned dining in restaurants in Bangkok and elsewhere. The first local transmissions of the U.K. variant were confirmed in early April.
By late that month, the country had counted about 65,000 total COVID-19 cases, more than twice the number reported a month earlier.
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