Buddhist devotees stand in squares for social distancing as Covid-19 cases surge in Thailand

Buddhist devotees are using specially marked squares on the ground to following social distancing while praying at a shrine.

The red-and-white tape has been laid out today (Dec 29) on the ground at the Ganesha and Trimuti temples at the Central World building in Bangkok, Thailand.

Followers must also wear face masks and have their temperatures checked before making donations of the Hindu Buddhist deities.

The measures came after hundreds of Burmese migrant workers contracted the virus while working at one of the country’s largest seafood markets in Samut Sakhon province near Bangkok.

Cases have now spread to more than 44 provinces and infected more than 2,000 people, including several taxi drivers and hundreds of gamblers at an illegal casino.

Covid-19 task force spokesman Taweesilp Wisanuyothin warned that daily cases in Thailand could soar to 8,000 unless they act quickly to prevent a second wave from ravaging the country.

He said that the best-case scenario if ‘everybody works together’ is around 1,000 cases a day.

‘Unless we tighten measures there will be 8,000 cases per day,’ he added.