Thailand disinfects temples

Thailand's authorities are on a cleaning spree, disinfecting temples in and around Bangkok.

Volunteers are spraying disinfectant and wiping down any surface that tourists regularly touch.
The process will take until Wednesday.

A monk of a temple at Bangkok said, "We want to reassure visiting tourists, so they know the temple is safe and clean."

A Japanese visitor said, "At this time when infection is spreading, it is very important to create an environment where everyone can be at ease while sightseeing and worshipping."

The Thai ministry of health announced 5 new cases of infection on Friday, bringing the country's total to 75.

Sukhum Kanchanapimai, an official of Thai Public Health Ministry said, "We are seeing clustered infections in Thailand. All the new cases are related to people who got infected abroad or who behaved inappropriately including by partying with those who may be infected."

Health officials are urging Thai citizens to stay away from crowded places and refrain from mass gatherings.
As a result, many cities are canceling events planned for Thailand's famous "Songkran" water festival, set for next month.