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Thailand reports record spikes in daily coronavirus cases to more than 500 people

Bangkok: Thailand reported more than 500 cases of coronavirus among migrant workers in the heart of the fishing industry on Saturday. This is by far the largest daily rise in countries that have previously largely suppressed epidemics.

The outbreak occurred in Samut Sakhon, southwestern Bangkok, and four cases were reported in the shrimp market on Friday. The first confirmed case was a 67-year-old woman who was a market seller.

“We may find more infections in the crowded foreign communities around the shrimp market, but they are a low-risk group because they are healthy at work age,” said Opus.

The state was ordered to close until January 3, and was placed under a curfew from 10 am to 5 pm.

Samut Sakhon Governor Willasak Wichizensi said the number of infections was higher than expected and “control measures need to be taken to quickly stop the rapid spread of the epidemic.”

Thailand is one of the 10 largest exporters of shrimp in the world.

In 2019, about 1.9 million Myanmar workers officially stayed in Thailand. Another recent outbreak was tracked by people who illegally crossed the porous border. Myanmar has registered more than 115,000 coronavirus cases and 2,424 deaths.

Other Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore and Malaysia, have also reported thousands of cases among migrant workers.

The surge in incidents in Thailand happens in the same way that it is trying to revive the tourism industry devastated by the epidemic. On Thursday, restrictions were relaxed to allow more foreign tourists to return home.

(Additional report by Panarat Thepgumpanat, Satawasin Staporncharnchai, Jiraporn Kuhakan, edited by Matthew Tostevin, David Evans, Clelia Oziel)





Thailand reports record spikes in daily coronavirus cases to more than 500 people

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