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Thailand confirms first human-to-human spread of coronavirus

King sends China message of solidarity as Bangkok orders aid for tourism industry

Bangkok's Chinatown: The new coronavirus outbreak threatens a $3 billion blow to Thailand's economically vital tourism industry. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Thailand agreed on relief measures for the tourism industry Friday after the country confirmed its first case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly new coronavirus originating from China.

The aid includes low-interest loans from government lenders and debt repayment grace periods for the industry, which generates nearly one-fifth of Thailand's gross domestic product.

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