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Sudden Coronavirus Surge In Thailand After Shrimp Market Outbreak

According to the CNN article, “Thailand had kept its coronavirus cases under control. Now it’s testing thousands as it battles a shrimp market outbreak” on Sunday, December 20 2020, Thailand started testing tens of thousands of people for Coronavirus because of the sudden increase in cases. This outbreak began in a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, a center of the seafood industry and migrant workers. It started with just four cases on Friday, December 18 2020, which quickly surged to almost 700 by Sunday, December 20 2020.

Kiattiphum Wongrajit, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said up to 40,000 people would be tested in Samut Sakhon and nearby provinces to ensure everyone’s safety. He has also ordered all schools in the three districts that have borders with Samut Sakhon to close until January 4, 2021.

“The province is due to stay under lockdown and nighttime curfew until January 3, and Kiattiphum said the ministry expected to bring the situation under control in two to four weeks”

Written by Reuters in the CNN article, “Thailand had kept its coronavirus cases under control. Now it’s testing thousands as it battles a shrimp market outbreak”

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is aware of the surge in cases and is determined to change that immediately.

“Today is just the first stage,” Kiattiphum Wongrajit, the ministry’s permanent secretary, told a news conference. “Further results will show a lot more infections.”

Written by Reuters in the CNN article, “Thailand had kept its coronavirus cases under control. Now it’s testing thousands as it battles a shrimp market outbreak”

According to Johns Hopkins University data, Thailand has one of the lowest Coronavirus morality rates per capita in the world, with 60 deaths amongst 70 million population. Since Thailand is one of the world’s 10 biggest shrimp exporters, it will be hard for them to get their revenues back up after the news of the outbreak. Another cause of the surge is the attempt to revive tourism in Thailand. As Thailand started to ease restrictions on travel, the cases went up along it. However, Sunday’s local elections are expected to go ahead as planned, as long as voters wear masks. Foreign workers have been banned from leaving the province, since the source of the surge could be caused by migrant workers, particularly Myanmese workers.

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