COVID-19 alert in Mae Sot district after Myanmar driver found to be infected
A Myanmar truck driver has tested positive for COVID-19 after he and an assistant arrived at a market in Mae Sot district, of Thailand’s northwestern province of Tak, to buy goods to be delivered to customers in the Myawaddi Township on Friday.
In a Facebook post on Friday night, Myawaddi Governor Tau Zar Aung said that the driver and his assistant had been sent to a hospital in the township for observation, as the result of a repeat test is still pending.
He added that at least 70 people, who were in close contact with the two men, had been told to come forward for tests and to isolate themselves at homes.
Meanwhile, in Mae Sot district, several residents have raised concerns that the truck driver might have infected several people in the district and urged authorities to take action to contain any spread of the virus.
They also urged authorities to tighten up on border crossings by Myanmar truck drivers.
According to the CCSA, six new COVID cases were recorded in Thailand today (Saturday), all among arrivals from abroad, including two Thais.
The new infections include a 57-year old Japanese office worker, a 53-year old German office worker, an Indian woman and an Indian office worker, a 32-year Thai woman returning from England and a Thai man returning from Kuwait.
Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 3,634, including 696 imported cases. 3,445 patients have recovered and 130 others are still being treated in hospitals. The national death toll remains 59.