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Thailand's Border on High Alert after Virus spreading in Myanmar

8 Sep 2020

Following predictions that the virus could reach the Thai-Myanmar border in the next two weeks, the Ministry of Public Health remains concerned about Covid-19 infections in Myanmar. 

 

Sophon Iamsirithavorn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division, said the Covid-19 situation in Myanmar was a big concern as the country now reported more than 100 cases per day in many cities. 

 

The disease had begun to spread from the Rakhine state on the west coast to the central region, he said, and while the Covid-19 hotspots in Myanmar were still far from Thailand, it was predicted that the virus would spread to the border areas in two weeks ' time. 

 

Dr Sophon said he had already put in place stringent measures along the border. 

 

With regard to South Korea's report of a 50-year-old infected man who had just returned from Thailand, he said officials in Bangkok had asked the person's details from South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare to investigate the infection. 

 

Col Akekapong Krittayakiatchuti, commander of the 12th Ranger Forces Regiment Control Group, led a team of officers on Monday to patrol at-risk areas along the Thai-Cambodian border in the district of Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo, including the famous Rong Kluea Market, in an effort to prevent Covid-19 from entering the country. 

 

Three Cambodian men have been arrested while crawling under Poipet's razor-wire fences in Cambodia and all have been screened for the virus immediately. 

 

They admitted trying to sneak into Thailand to market goods, saying they used to be stall vendors there but the pandemic had prevented them from re-entering Thailand for over four months. 

 

On Monday, the Department of Disease Control reported the results of Covid-19 investigations after a male inmate tested the virus positively on Sept. 3, saying that 520 out of 990 people who had been in contact with him had tested the virus as negative. 

 

Governor Aswin Kwanmuang of Bangkok said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Department of Health had dispatched a team to the condominium where the infected man lived and found there were 149 people in close contact with him. 

 

However, six people in his family tested negative and now stayed at a local quarantine facility. The other 143 also tested negative and had quarantined themselves. 

 

The prisoner works at two bars as a DJ, on Rama III Road and Khao San Road. Both places have been shut down by authorities until further notice. 

 

Over the past 24 hours, the government reported on Monday one new case of coronavirus, a return from India, as overall cases rose to 3,445. 

 

The Covid-19 Situation Administration Center said the 27-year-old Thai worker arrived on the same flight last Tuesday as a previously confirmed case. 

 

He was quarantined in Bangkok and his first test on Saturday confirmed the infection although he was asymptomatic. 

 

To date, the rate of infection among more than 3,000 people arriving from India is 10.1%. Of the 3,445 cases in Thailand, 95.2 per cent have recovered, and 106 are in hospital.

Source Bangkok Post