Thailand sees 548 new coronavirus cases setting new daily record – National

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Thailand reported more than 500 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, the highest daily tally in the country.
The 548 new cases, most linked to an outbreak at a seafood wholesale market on the outskirts of Bangkok, come after the country has seen only a small number of infections in recent months due to strict border controls and quarantine.

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Health officials said 516 of the new cases were found in connection with the outbreak at the Klang Koong shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province. All of those infections were linked to a 67-year-old seafood vendor who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier, Department of Medical Sciences director-general Opas Karnkawinpong said on Saturday evening at a press conference broadcast on all TV channels. .

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The first case on the market was confirmed on Thursday, followed by 13 more on Friday.

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Governor Samut Sakhon Veerasak Vichitsangsri said on Saturday evening that strict measures, including a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, would be taken in the province to tackle the outbreak. The restrictions will be in effect until January 3.


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Samut Sakhon is 34 kilometers (21 miles) southwest of Bangkok, the capital.

With less than 5,000 cases and 60 deaths, Thailand has been able to largely control the virus. Before this week’s outbreak, there had been very few cases of local transmission in recent months, with life largely returning to normal.

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