11 July 2024

The Governor of Thailand’s northwestern province of Tak has ordered a temporary halt to all movement of goods across the border with Myanmar, from today until October 25th, in order to stem the possible spread of COVID-19 from Myanmar.

The temporary measure was imposed by Governor Pongrat Piromrat after three Myanmar truckers, and three members of a family of Myanmar migrant workers living in a Muslim community in Mae Sot district, were found to be infected with COVID-19.

The Thoong Thong community in Mae Sot, where five infections were recorded, has been placed under 24-hour watch by village guards, who check the body temperatures of everyone entering and exiting the location.

Meanwhile, the CCSA reported seven new COVID-19 cases today, including three Myanmar people who had been in close contact with an infected person.

The new infections include a 47-year old Thai housemaid returning from Sweden, a 39-year old Thai businesswoman returning from United Kingdom, 54-year old Belgian technician arriving from Belgium, a 33-year old Myanmar truck driver, who has returned to Myanmar for treatment, and three other Myanmar people.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 3,686, with 3,481 recoveries and 59 deaths.