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Thailand goes 100 days without locally transmitted COVID-19 case

Thailand goes 100 days without locally transmitted COVID-19 case
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Thailand has gone 100 days without any locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, relying on strictly policed borders as its top strategy.

The country joins a shortlist of other areas of the world such as Taiwan and New Zealand that have seen virtually zero COVID-19 cases for the past 100 days, save for marginal isolated and quarantined infections near borders, Bloomberg reported.

On Wednesday, Thailand's Health Ministry reported no community transmissions of the virus since May 26.

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While the country has maintained its safety amid the global pandemic, the strategy comes at a cost as barring visitors has taken a toll on Thailand's tourism-reliant economy.

Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Bank of Ayudhya Pcl in Bangkok, lauded the strict system used to contain the virus, but added "now is really the time to focus on the economy."

"Without proper policies, the exit of some businesses and workforces could cut the country's long term growth by 0.5 percent each year, which is significant for a country that's also rapidly aging," he added.

Throughout the pandemic, Thailand has recorded 3,425 cases and 58 total fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University data.