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Thailand reports record 548 COVID-19 cases

Thailand has reported a daily record of 548 new confirmed coronavirus cases in connection to its largest seafood market.

The new infections were linked to a 67-year-old seafood vendor who tested positive on Thursday in Samut Sakhon province near Bangkok, said Opas Karnkawinpong, chief of the Disease Control Department, during a live television broadcast.

“More than 90 per cent of the confirmed cases showed no or few symptoms, and most were migrant workers,” he said.

Provincial governor Veerasak Vichitsaengsri said Samut Sakhon will enforce travel restrictions and shut down businesses in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

“I have to say to the people that this is more than we expected and there is an urgent need to remedy this immediately and urgently,” Veerasak said.

The number marked a record high for daily cases in the country since Thailand reported its first coronavirus infection in mid-January.

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