Thailand reports show increase in local Covid-19 infections linked to shrimp market


BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand has nine new local coronavirus infections, the largest one-day rise in local transmissions in more than seven months, health officials said today.

The nine cases are connected to a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province, near Bangkok. Reports yesterday tell there are 4 infections, officials told a rendezvous.


The cases started with a 67-year-old woman, who sells shrimp within the market. Reports confirm she was to possess the infection before three of her family also tested positive.

So far, there is no need for a lockdown. However, we will take action if cases keep rising,’ Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for Thailand’s Covid-19 taskforce, told the conference.

“If the number of cases won’t come down tomorrow or the day after and become a cluster with unfound origins, we are going to choose measures from light to strong to handle it,” he said.

Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said late yesterday he is not worrisome over matters. Over 2,000 people within the area have done testing, with more to follow.

Findings show local cases are from people observing quarantine after having been in close contact with an infected person. Most of Thailand’s recent cases are from other countries.

Thailand has kept infections at just 4,331 cases and 60 deaths, but its tourism-reliant economy has suffered from a travel ban imposed since April to curb the outbreak.

The country on Thursday further eased restrictions to permit more foreign tourists to return.

The government predicts about 8 million foreign tourists in 2021 after 6.7 million expected this year. Last year’s foreign visitors were a record of nearly 40 million.


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