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Thailand cancels New Year's celebrations amid COVID fears

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Thailand cancels New Year's celebrations amid COVID fears

Thailand cancels New Year's celebrations amid COVID fears

As the sun sets on 2020, Al Jazeera look at the cost of Thailand's relative success in battling the coronavirus threat.


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