Tak’s border with Myanmar closed after 3 more COVID-19 cases are confirmed

The Governor of Thailand’s Tak province, Pongrat Phiromrat,has ordered all 33 border checkpoints and natural crossings with Myanmar closed, for at least a week, after three relatives of an infected Myanmar couple, living in Mae Sot district, tested positive for COVID-19.

The Governor said that Thai health officials quarantined the couple after they tested positive and quarantined the couple’s child and two grandchildren, as well as four other migrant workers, at a mosque in Mae Sot district.

Following tests, the couple’s child and grandchildren were found to be infected, said the Governor.

He added that the family lives in a close community and rarely ventured out, and that tracing of their close contacts has identified 55 people, who have all been tested, with the results, so far, being negative.

Additionally, about 3,000 people in the community have been tested today by Thai health officials, with the results still pending.

To contain any possible spread of the virus, the Governor has ordered a partial lockdown of the community where the infected family lives and another nearby community.

Religious activities at temples, in churches and at mosques in five communities have been suspended and all five schools are to close for a week.  All food shops and convenience stores have been told to increase screening of customers.


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