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400 illegal migrants test positive for Covid-19- UPDATE



Earlier today, Thailand authorities announced that almost 300 allegedly illegal migrants tested positive for Covid-19, and now, that number has raised to almost 400. The migrants are being housed in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district awaiting to be transferred to a field hospital, with authorities saying the situation is “under control.”

Sompong Chingduang, commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said on Tuesday that 297 migrants tested positive for the virus, but then that number was raised to 393. 370 men and 23 women had tested positive for the virus in the Immigration Bureau’s detention facility, after being placed in crowded conditions. The facility currently has 490 people detained, in which the number of cases may rise as more people are tested.

Sompong says the infected people were isolated with some being treated at a field hospital in the Royal Thai Police Sports Club in Bangkok.

“The Immigration Bureau deployed police to guard the field hospital around the clock and disease-control measures of the Public Health Ministry are strictly implemented to prevent a spread.”

Now, the bureau’s detention facilities in Bangkok have stopped accepting new detainees, and instead, sending them to a facility in Nonthaburi province. Those who did not test positive for the virus are either being repatriated or sent to the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, says most of those who tested positive were asymptomatic or only displayed minor symptoms.

According to the Department of Disease Control, the Covid-19 virus reared its ugly head at the detention facility in Bang Khen on March 11, with 9 people testing positive. Then, on March 13, 52 more tested positive. The original group that infected the facility were transferred from a facility in the Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat province in the deep south of Thailand.

40 of the 52 who tested positive on March 13 were reportedly in close contact with the original group from Sungai Kolok. On March 15 and 16 other detainees who were in close contact with the original group began testing positive.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Tim Houston

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Funny that it’s always mostly migrants or foreigners that catch the covid in Thailand, Thai people should stop fear covid, they seems to be immune to this virus. Or else…

  2. toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I doubt it.
    The Thais just want to make money off the government for quarantine.
    Any second opinion? Naw they will not be.

  3. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    “The Thais just want to make money off the government for quarantine.”

    So how does that work, Toby?

    “The government” sends “the government” the bill for putting migrants in a “government” field hospital set up and run by the Army – who are paid by “the government”?

    … I’m a bit confused how this latest scam by “the government” on “the government” works, Toby …

  4. James R

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:17 am


    Yes I agree, the illegal immigrants must have been in the general population before being caught, but for some strange reason Thais do not seem to catch the virus according to the official declared numbers.

    The whole world does not need a vaccine, Thais can just sell their special blood and we will all be saved. ?

  5. Ben

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Whatever the Thai’s are doing it’s working. Restaurants, bars and clubs are open and busy and the hospitals are not filling up.

    Thai’s with special blood? Cmon Man, I thought you were smarter than that.

    It’s all going to be moot soon when the world gets its vaccination act together. James, wake up, the world has a lot of vaccines now and they’re being deployed. A year from now you’ll be singing the same tune and it’ll be all over.

  6. Michael

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:32 am

    So, I understand that for foreigners the most easy way to enter Thailand is to fly to Myanmar or Cambodia, cross the Thai border illegaly and avoid the quarantine and ridiculous Covid insurance that way?

  7. Issan John

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Agreed, Ben.

    Migrant workers, legal or illegal, live and work in crowded conditions, generally isolated from the rest of the (Thai) community – not integrated. and NOT “in the general population before being caught”.

    It’s hardly complicated, and hardly needs insider knowledge as it’s widely and regularly rwported.

  8. toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    No Michael.
    There are more Thai soldiers in the jungles around the border than lizards.

  9. James R

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Ben and Issan John

    If you wish to believe the number of cases published by the Thai government then that is up to you.

    It is not possible for a country to be open as Thailand is and there be so few cases when the rest of us have to be locked down, illogical.

    Dream on.

    I supposes when you leave everything behind and commit to a foreign country to visit for a number of years you have to believe you have done the right thing and so you believe all the nonsense you are told.

    But it is a great place for holidays.

  10. Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Only “illogical”, James R, if you think that just because the West, with few exceptions, stuffed up so badly everyone else must have done the same although all the available evidence makes it very clear they didn’t.

  11. James R

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:16 am


    If you wish to believe in the nonsense the military dictatorship is telling you then that is up to you.

    So far 120k plus have died here, I did not get that figure from visiting hospitals or seeing dead bodies in the street as there are none, I got it from the local news, you are getting your daft info from Thai news which is not a free press.

  12. James R

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 3:36 am

    I have explained it all before, not a single country in the world has beaten the virus unless there was a strict lockdown, that has not happened in Thailand.

    But if you want to believe the military controlled government then that is up to you.

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