The coronavirus simply threw chilly water everywhere in the world’s greatest aqua fight.
Thailand’s Songkran celebration of the Buddhist new 12 months — which features a packed water competition, the place revelers douse each other with spray weapons and chuck water off pick-up vans in free-for-all-fight — has been postponed this 12 months as the nation turns its consideration to curbing the coronavirus outbreak, Thailand authorities officers stated Monday.
A complete of two,579 coronavirus instances and 40 fatalities have been confirmed in Thailand for the reason that outbreak started in January, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesman for the federal government’s Heart for COVID-19 Scenario Administration, stated on Monday.
Workplace employee Ratikorn Cheunsuksombook, 40, advised Reuters he was disenchanted concerning the cancellation.
“I’ve to remain dwelling, can’t go wherever,” he stated. “I need to see my pals, however none of them need to see me.”
“It feels unusual,” stated Srisopa Phogphun, one other resident who was trying ahead to the celebration. “It looks like it’s alleged to be an extended weekend, even whether it is postponed to later within the 12 months, however it doesn’t really feel the identical.”
The Thai authorities final week urged the general public to keep away from all Songkran actions — together with touring again to dwelling cities and pouring water for blessings with older members of the family.
Officers additionally introduced a ban on the sale of alcohol to restrict social gatherings.
Malls in Bangkok have been shuttered, apart from eating places for supply, and a nationwide curfew is in impact from 10 pm-Four am.
With Submit wires