Thai PM blames virus surge on illegal migration

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends an agreement signing ceremony for purchase of AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine at Government House in Bangkok

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's prime minister on Tuesday attributed a recent surge in coronavirus cases to illegal migration and said additional regulations to fight the epidemic could be announced this week.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said he would meet his COVID-19 task force this week and may introduce "appropriate" measures ahead of New Year celebrations, without elaborating.

Prayuth said the more than 1,000 cases detected mostly among workers from Myanmar since the weekend in Samut Sakhon province - the country's biggest coronavirus outbreak so far - were primarily due to networks responsible for illegal migration.

(Reporting by Orathai Sriring; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Andrew Heavens)