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74 Thais in quarantine after Burmese truck driver tests positive for Covid-19

Tanutam Thawan



74 Thais are now in quarantine after coming in close contact with 2 Burmese truck drivers, who had since tested positive for Covid-19, in Thailand’s northwestern Tak province. According to an unnamed, female doctor’s Facebook post yesterday, all 74 Thais were given PCR tests and told to enter home quarantine for at least 14 days, and are being monitored by Thai health volunteers.

Earlier, the 2 Burmese truck drivers crossed the Thai-Myanmar border through the Friendship Bridge checkpoint and stopped at the Ali and Sing Rungruang warehouses to unload cargo. The doctor complained that authorities did not giver her direction as to how to proceed with the border checkpoint, and admitted she would prefer to lockdown some Mae Sot communities to restrict the movement of the people and conduct surveillance of Burmese in the area who may be considered to be at high risk.

“I cannot do that, so I will concentrate on my duty as a doctor. For the past 10 months, I feel I have been working beyond my duty.”

meanwhile, the CCSA has today reported 2 new Covid-19 cases in state quarantine over the past 24 hours. One is a Thai soldier returning from South Sudan and the other is a Japanese woman arriving from Japan. Thailand’s total number of Covid infections is now at 3,636 with reported deaths remaining unchanged at 59.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Issan John

    Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Border controls must be genuine “controls”.

    It shouldn’t matter if you arrive by private jet or driving a truck to buy goods at the market.

    If not, what the hell’s the point?

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Just keep the Burmese truckers out with all the cheap goods they bring in.
    Naw they won’t do that . . .

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    John Brig

    Monday, October 12, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    As of Sat.10, Oct. MYANMAR’s cases had spiked to 26k with 598 deaths, according to NPR news org.
    The border with Thailand is so porous that tons of drugs are slipped into Thailand every week, and people looking for work come in too. You can just guess at how many hundreds of covid virus spreaders there are here, so go back to masks, distancing a washing hands. The worst is yet to come.

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