Man who smeared bodily fluids inside lift during coronavirus crisis jailed

A man has been jailed for smearing the contents of his shorts and mouth inside a stadium lift amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The unidentified 32-year-old, from Bangkok, was caught on camera getting into the public elevator at BTS National Stadium last week.

Once alone inside he began touching his own tongue and reaching into his shorts.

He then ran his filthy hands over the handrail and the buttons, which are touched by thousands of people every day.

The footage from the lift camera went viral on Friday after being shared on Facebook, and the disturbing video prompted the city's Skytrain system – which has a stop at the stadium – to undergo a mass disinfection of its facilities.

On Monday, the man was arrested and charged with maliciously causing a public nuisance.

The following day he was convicted in Bangkok's Pathumwan Court and sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Thailand was the first country to confirm a case of COVID-19 outside China, a warning sign to the rest of the world that the virus had spread outside of its country of origin.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced an emergency decree will take effect on Thursday as Thailand's number of coronavirus cases soars to 827.

The decree means the government will have the power to impose curfews, prohibit travel and stop evacuations.

"We're asking for your cooperation not to return to your home towns," Mr Prayut told the nation in a press conference on Tuesday.

Last week there was a mass exodus of migrant workers fleeing Bangkok to return home after various businesses were shut and the capital's five adjacent provinces were closed down.

Schools, shopping malls, restaurants, gyms, massage parlours, cinemas and theme parks are among the establishments forced to shut their doors to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

Supermarkets, fresh food markets and restaurants offering takeaway food will remain open.

Last week Thailand saw a spike in the outbreak, with 106 new cases reported on Tuesday. The death toll stands at four.

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