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PHOTO: A combined military-civilian unit patrols Burmese border in Tak province to prevent illegal border crossings - Assawin Pinitwong, Bangkok Post

Four Chinese nationals have been arrested in the Mae Sot district of the lower northern province of Tak, in north west Thailand, and charged with illegal entry and violation of Covid-19 coronavirus controls. The four were arrested this morning. They were crossing from Myanmar into Thailand.

They were arrested by a government patrol after crossing the Moei river from Myanmar to tambon Mae Tao. Authorities did not identify them in their reports.

The arrests come after the closure of all border checkpoints in the province to all traffic, with the exception of goods vehicles and their crews, to help stem the spread of the virus.

They have all been charged with illegal entry and violating the Communicable Disease Act.

They were handed over to Mae Sot police for legal action.

In February, 2 Chinese nationals, a man and a woman, were arrested for illegal entry in the same district.

In Tak’s Umphang district, a combined military-civilian unit was deployed this morning to patrol the Burmese border to limit illegal crossings into Thailand.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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