Many of Thailand’s virus case are male bar patrons, kickboxing fans

Muaythai fighters, officials gather at a makeshift screening facility outside Rajadamnern boxing stadium. (AP pic)

BANGKOK: Many of Thailand’s confirmed coronavirus cases have arisen among men drawn to Thai boxing events and Bangkok’s nightlife.

About two-thirds of the 272 cases confirmed through Thursday are men mostly in Bangkok, according to Health Ministry figures.

The number infected jumped to 322 on Friday, with well over 100 of the overall number linked to clusters at boxing stadium events and bars.

These figures may climb as more than 500 people could have been at the boxing events, according to Taweesilp Witsanuyotin, a Health Ministry spokesman. A number of cases are working-aged men in their 30s, Taweesilp added.

Infections in Thailand have jumped more than sevenfold in March, prompting the government to temporarily shut schools and universities, as well as many entertainment and recreational venues.

People are also being advised to stay at home as much as possible and avoid non-essential trips.

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