Thailand cases rise as government prepares to invoke emergency

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Thailand cases rise as government prepares to invoke emergency

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Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand rose to 934 on Wednesday, a day before a state of emergency is due to come into force, giving the government sweeping powers.

A health official said a further 107 people had been diagnosed with the infection.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first took power in a coup in 2014, said emergency rule would begin on Thursday. The decree allows the government to "censor or shut down the media if deemed necessary", among other measures.

The US has lifted a ban on a Malaysian medical glove maker it previously accused of using forced labour.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday said disposable rubber gloves made by WRP Asia Pacific after March 16 would be allowed into the country.

Malaysia is the world's biggest manufacturer of medical gloves and WRP has the capacity to produce more than 11 billion gloves a year.

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