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2 infected Thai women took domestic flights after illegal crossing from Myanmar

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2 Thai women, both infected with Covid-19, took domestic flights after entering the Kingdom illegally from Myanmar and bypassing health checks and quarantine. It’s understood that a total of 10 Thai women have now crossed illegally from Myanmar, without undergoing any health checks or carrying out mandatory quarantine. All 10 have tested positive for Covid-19, with several having worked in the same hotel and entertainment establishment in the Burmese border town of Tachileik.

Nation Thailand reports that a 21 year old woman and her friend travelled to Myanmar between November 17 and 27. Both then both crossed back into Thailand at a natural border in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai, in the early hours of November 28, avoiding health checks. At the time, both were experiencing symptoms that included a fever, runny nose, and cough.

They checked into a hotel and later that day, booked a Grab taxi to Chiang Rai airport. The 21 year old woman flew to Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, while the second took a flight to the neighbouring province of Phitsanulok. Some media reports say the woman who flew to Bangkok was not wearing her mask properly during a taxi journey to her condo in the suburb of Udomsuk. When she reported her symptoms at a clinic the following day, in the company of her boyfriend, she was told to go to hospital. She subsequently tested positive at a private hospital in the Bang Na district of the capital. Her boyfriend is considered high risk.

There is currently no information on her friend who flew to Phitsanulok, whom it’s understood had plans to travel to the neighbouring province of Phichit. Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is pushing to have the women prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Graham Smith

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Now Thai covid-FBI has a lot to take care of. Just wait and see how long it gonna take before a new wave explod,sad but truth.Lets keep the border closed…. well done!

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      Mark Peters

      Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      Graham, obviously you don’t have to worry about losing your job, losing your income, not being able to feed your family or being homeless, like many millions of Thais, since the full border lockdown. Full marks for a total lack of empathy shown to the poorest and most vulnerable in Thai society.

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        john brig

        Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 3:50 pm

        Do you always think of money first?

        The inescapable truth is that it is not safe for tourists to travel in Thailand. Sad, but the return of tourists is now much later than we want.

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          William

          Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8:37 pm

          If people don’t have money, how do they feed themselves? Without money they cannot maintain proper physical and mental health. Money=health

          Let’s not forget the science says old people are at risk and they are the ones who should stay home.

          It kills less than 0.01% of infected, mostly old and unhealthy. Its the flu.

          What really bothers me is those that afraid of the misrepresented data in an effort to police those of us who are not afraid since we can interpret the data from the cdc for what it actually says.

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            Ben

            Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:54 pm

            You’re making an incorrect assumption if you open up the country then tourists will return and all other things will remain the same as they are now. The thing you’re forgetting is the virus will spread and the domestic population will not go out as they are now which will cause a whole different wave of economic pain which will cause a lot of people that currently have jobs to lose them. Also tourists will not come back in droves between now and May if the virus is everywhere like it is in the UK or America.

            You’re thinking one dimensionally and Thai leadership has to be better than that. The consequences of any action are on them and not you.

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            Issan John

            Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:17 am

            What really bothers me are the people who say “old people are at risk and they are the ones who should stay home” who are too stupid to realise that Thais live in multi-generational households.

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        Issan John

        Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:13 am

        Ironically, the “poorest and most vulnerable” are the ones most at risk from an outbreak of Covid-19.

        … and it’s not the “full border lockdown” (which isn’t actually a “full border lockdown”) that’s affecting them most, but the global recession and the 8% drop in demand for Thai exports.

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        Patrick Kelly

        Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:39 am

        Could not agree more with that statement! The poor don’t have years to wait until the coast is clear and there is zero Covid in Thailand.

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    James

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    No mention about testing and tracing the passengers of that flight ???
    The punishment is the easy part !!

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:19 am

      Not in this report. Try the others.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Get those girls treated and back to work ASAP, so they can “stimulate” the economy!

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:21 am

      God almighty.

      They were working in Myanmar; that’s why they had to cross the border to return to Thailand.

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    Alan

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Don’t expect prostitutes to care about other human beings.

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