Once-popular Thai tourist market closed after Covid-19 outbreak

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Footage shows a once-popular Thai tourist market that has been closed after an outbreak of Covid-19 among the stallholders.

The Rot Fai Night Train Market in the Ratchada area of the capital Bangkok was popular with holidaymakers from neighbouring China but has been eerily quiet during the pandemic, with hundreds of stalls closed. Video taken today (May 11) shows the dire situation for the tourist-dependent attraction.

Stalls have been taped off after a number of people visiting or working at the market tested positive for Covid-19.

Thailand is currently in the grip of a deadly third wave of Covid-19 infections which started last month following an outbreak at upmarket coyote clubs in the Thong Lor district of the capital. 

Ministers hope that a vaccination roll-out will allow tourists to return to the country – once the most popular in the world for tourists – by the start of 2022.

Thailand recorded 1,919 new Covid-19 cases today and 31 deaths, taking the total number of infections recording since the pandemic began to 86,924 with 452 dead.