Bangkok shopping malls eerily quiet amid lingering Covid-19 third wave


Footage shows how once-busy shopping malls are now eerily quiet today (May 12) as a third wave of Covid-19 lingers in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Siam Paragon and Siam Square centres – two of the biggest shopping outlets in the country – were packed with hundreds of thousands of tourists every day in 2019.

However, the ban on tourists last year combined with a resurgent third wave of coronavirus cases which started in the capital in March has impacted on business again.

Unlike restaurants and bars, shopping malls have remained open but most shops are deserted with locals staying away from high risk areas and no new holidaymakers arriving.

Ministers┬áhope┬áthat 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 1,983 new Covid-19 cases today (May 12) and 34 deaths, taking the total number of infections recording since the pandemic began to 88,907 with 486 dead.