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Thailand sees record new infections ahead of major festival

Apr. 12, 2021 05:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand reported 985 new coronavirus cases on Monday, its highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic, and health officials said they were worried the number of new infections could be far higher after this week's traditional Thai New Year holiday. ...

Asian shares decline on vaccine, virus worries

Apr. 12, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were lower on Monday, as investors grew wary over the recent surge in coronavirus cases in many places while vaccination efforts are making scant headway. Shares fell in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney. The...

Thailand hits new daily record with nearly 1,000 virus cases

Apr. 11, 2021 07:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Health Ministry warned Sunday that restrictions may need to be tightened to slow the spread of a fresh coronavirus wave, as the country hit a daily record for new cases. The ministry confirmed 967 new infections, the highest ever in a 24-hour...

Thailand faces growing outbreak ahead of New Year travel

Apr. 09, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities struggled to contain a growing coronavirus outbreak just days before the country's traditional Songkran New Year’s holiday, when millions of people travel. Health officials reported 559 new infections on Friday, following increases over...

No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Apr. 09, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hospitals in Turkey and Poland are filling up. Pakistan is restricting domestic travel. The U.S. government will send more help to the state with the country's worst infection increase. The worldwide surge in coronavirus cases and deaths includes...

US sanctions on Myanmar gems target key junta funding source

Apr. 09, 2021 06:50 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The latest U.S. sanctions on Myanmar target an army-controlled gems business rife with corruption and abuses that is one of the junta’s key sources of revenue. It’s unclear if the sanctions will do much to close the taps of income and royalties from...

The Latest: 11 new COVID-19 cases in China's lone outbreak

Apr. 07, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese officials say 11 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in a southwestern city bordering Myanmar that is the scene of China’s current sole active outbreak. Cases in the Yunnan province city of Ruili have topped 100, including those not...

Divers rescue Thai Buddhist monk trapped in flooded cave

Apr. 07, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Buddhist monk who was trapped by floodwaters inside a cave in northern Thailand for four days has been rescued by divers, a provincial official said Wednesday. The 46-year-old monk, Phra Manas, entered Tham Phra Sai Ngam cave in Phitsanulok province on...

Thailand confirms first local cases of coronavirus variant

Apr. 07, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has confirmed its first local cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in the U.K., raising the likelihood that it is facing a new wave of the pandemic, a senior doctor said Wednesday. The variant was found in blood samples from 24 people...

Thailand orders bar closings in capital to stop virus spread

Apr. 05, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials in Thailand's capital on Monday ordered a two-week closure of all entertainment venues in three districts to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus from nightspots there. Health officials are also trying to cope with a coronavirus outbreak...