Kickboxing match in Bangkok leads to spike in infections

Posted at 9:36 AM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 09:36:54-04

BANGKOK (AP) — Kickboxing aficionados came from all over Thailand to attend a major Muay Thai match at an indoor stadium in Bangkok.

More than 100 went home unknowingly carrying coronavirus. A rise in infections this month led by the boxing fans has forced the government to abandon its less than sturdy approach to combating the disease.

Confirmed cases from three boxing stadiums in Bangkok totaled 104, more than a quarter of the national toll. It's feared hundreds more boxing fans in all corners of the country could be viral time bombs.

The government has postponed a major three-day holiday, shut down schools and allowed provincial governors to close any gathering spaces.