By: Linah Alsaafin
Thailand has seen its worst outbreak of the coronavirus yet after hundreds of cases were traced to the country’s biggest seafood market.
A lockdown has been imposed in and around Samut Sakhon, a province near the capital Bangkok, as up to 40,000 people will be tested, health officials have said.
Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia has suspended all international passenger flights for one week following news of a new strain of the coronavirus, state media reported.
An increasing number of countries have banned flights and travellers from the UK due to the spread of a new, more infectious coronavirus strain London described as “out of control”.
Meanwhile, shipments of the second vaccine are under way in the US, as a roll-out of Moderna shots is expected on Monday.
There have been more than 76.7 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 1.69 million deaths.