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Thailand reports biggest coronavirus surge of 500-plus cases

Infections found in seafood industry employing many migrant workers

Migrant workers of a seafood market are tested for COVID-19 in Thailand's Samut Sakhon Province, on Dec. 19.   © Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) -- Thailand reported over 500 cases of coronavirus from the centre of its seafood industry where there are many migrant workers on Saturday, in by far the biggest one-day rise in a country that had previously brought the epidemic largely under control.

The outbreak appeared in Samut Sakhon province, southwest of Bangkok, where four infections were reported at a shrimp market on Friday -- the first a 67-year-old woman.

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