Thailand sees 14% rise of durian export to China in Q1; reports 1,763 new Covid-19 cases, 27 more deaths

BANGKOK, May 4 (Xinhua): Thailand has exported US$186 million worth of durian to China during this year's first quarter, said a senior government official on Tuesday.

According to Trade Negotiations Department Director General Oramon Sapthaweetham, the sales of Thai durian to China from January to March this year secured US$186 million, registering a 14 per cent increase from the same period last year and accounting for 88 per cent of a total of Thai durian export values to the world markets.

Thailand exported US$1.5 billion worth of durian to China throughout last year, marking a 78 per cent increase from 2019 and accounting for 73 per cent of a total of Thai durian export values to the world markets, Oramon said.

Given the tax-free trading under the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-China Free Trade Agreement, China has become the Thai durian's biggest export market, she added.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in Thailand increased by 1,763 to 72,788, data from the country's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) showed on Tuesday (May 4).

Another 27 deaths were reported, raising the national death toll to 303, with more than 200 reported since April 1.

Of the new infections, 1,750 were local transmissions, including 562 in the capital Bangkok, the epicentre of the recent outbreak which quickly spread to the rest of the country, and 13 were imported, according to the CCSA.

Over 30,000 confirmed cases are currently hospitalized, with 1,009 in serious condition and 311 of which on ventilators. As the number of people in critical condition keeps rising, the country is likely to witness a further increase in fatalities.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Thailand said that it might take up to two weeks before it can assess whether the recently imposed measures are sufficient to contain the spread. - Xinhua
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