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Samut Sakhon Covid-19 Cases Hit 1,063 as Thailand Reports 427 New Cases

16 local infections found in other provinces

Shoppers to the Mahachi fresh market in Samut Sakhon check their temperatures before entering.
Shoppers to the Mahachi fresh market in Samut Sakhon check their temperatures before entering.

Thailand on Tuesday reported 427 new coronavirus cases as the number of infections linked to a Samut Sakhon seafood market soared above 1,000.

Of the total disclosed by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, 397 cases were discovered through testing of the large migrant-worker population around the Mahachai fresh market.

Another 16 cases were transmitted locally and 14 were found among overseas returnees in quarantine. The tally brings Thailand’s total number of official Covid-19 cases to 5,716.

Along the worrying local cases, which have popped up in either other provinces, are the owner popular seafood restaurant in Thonburi, two Samut Prakan natives who sell vegetables and seafood throughout northern Bangkok, and two seafood vendors at a market in the northwestern suburb of Pathum Thani.

All had visited the now-infamous Central Shrimp Market in the province southwest of Bangkok.

In Samut Prakan, infections were found in a 39-year-old man and his 37-year-old wife who recently bought seafood in Samut Sakhon. The pair reportedly drove around multiple parts of Bangkok in their vehicle selling their wares before being tested.

Connected cases now have been reported in Saraburi (3), Chachoengsao (1), Bangkok (5), Pathum Thani (2), Phetchaburi (1), Samut Prakan (2), Uttaradit (1), and Nakhon Pathom (1).

Monday’s CCSA report brings the total cases connected to the market to 1,063. So far, more than 6,150 people – mostly migrant workers – have been tested with thousands of test results outstanding.

This story will be updated.