COVID: Latest news across Thailand

Thailand reported 205 new virus cases, a slight dip from previous days as it tightened controls on domestic travel.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesperson for the COVID-19 coordinating centre, said Friday that 131 of the additional cases were local transmissions, 58 were migrant workers and 16 international arrivals.

That brought the country’s total to 9,841 including 67 deaths. Of that total, 5,367 cases were found from the start of the new surge on Dec. 15 until Friday.

Infections have surged following months that saw only a handful of cases. Most of the new ones have been migrant workers from neighbouring Myanmar working in the seafood markets and factories in a province next to Bangkok.

Most were quarantined in their dormitories and quickly established field hospitals.

Many of the remaining ones have been blamed on itinerant gamblers, most of them stemming from a single hotspot outside Bangkok last month.

The capital, with a metropolitan area population of about 15 million, recorded 327 cases in that period. Thailand has about 70 million people.

The government has tightened controls on domestic travel and ordered a partial lockdown around Thailand.

Schools, bars, gambling, and other public paces have been closed. although mails. department stores and restaurants remain open with curtailed hours.

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