New Year celebrations in Thailand will be largely subdued as officials close their offices, with the city’s celebrations largely confined to the streets.
The celebrations in the southern province of Phuket, traditionally the home of the capital and the most populous city in the country, are expected to continue for several days, the Bangkok Post reported.
The last major official celebration was in December, when more than 70,000 people attended the swearing-in of President Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Thais also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain in December with a parade.
The celebrations in Bangkok are likely to be overshadowed by the deadly terrorist attacks on New Year Eve that killed 22 people, including three police officers, in the Thai capital.
Buses are already being diverted in major cities across the country as officials scramble to contain the spread of the virus.
The United Nations warned on Thursday that the outbreak has made Thailand vulnerable to an “unprecedented pandemic.”