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COVID wave crushes Thailand's already hobbled tourism sector

Hotel operators seek government support as at least 1m workers lose their jobs

Wat Phra Kaew, a major Bangkok tourist attraction: Due to the pandemic, the number of foreign visitors to Thailand dropped 83% in 2020 from the previous year. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's celebrated tourism industry is being rocked by an unprecedented number of business closures and job losses as it suffers through the country's second wave of COVID-19 infections and pleads with the government for aid.

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