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Dozens of Cambodians arrested for attempting to enter Thailand illegally

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PHOTO: The Pattaya News

Thailand’s border patrol forces are upping their game in the fight to prevent the Covid-19 virus being imported by illegal migrants. A report in The Pattaya News says officials have arrested dozens of Cambodian workers for entering the country illegally. The arrests took place in Sa Kaeo, in the east of the country, less than 50 kilometres from the Cambodian border.

The arrests come as Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan calls for greater monitoring of all border crossings in an attempt to stop illegal migrants entering the country while possibly carrying the Covid-19 virus. Most of those attempting to cross are doing so in an attempt to find work.

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Border officials say multiple checkpoints are now in place in the Ta Prayha region, which is of particular concern. Authorities are also relying on village chiefs and local community health volunteers to tip them off about any new arrivals in the area, while forest rangers patrol the woods to stop illegal migrants from trying to cut through those areas and evade checkpoints.

Officials say they are also tracking down Thai nationals involved in the illegal trafficking of migrants into the country. They say those involved in such operations usually receive around 3,000 baht for every illegal migrant they smuggle into the country.

Thailand’s borders remain shut to almost all international arrivals as the country has now gone over 56 days without a case of community transmission. The only new cases of Covid-19 being found in Thailand are in repatriated Thai nationals and foreigners in mandatory quarantine.

The Thai government says it will introduce a system whereby workers from Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Malaysia can legally enter the country, but they will have to be tested for Covid-19 and carry out the required quarantine. Cambodia has reported 171 cases of the virus, with no deaths.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Suspected insurgent shot and killed by rangers after bomb attack in Narathiwat

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Bomb attack in Narathiwat / Photo via Facebook/คนรักทหารพราน

Rangers in Thailand’s deep south shot and killed a suspected insurgent and arrested 2 others after an attack at a defence volunteer outpost. The southern province Narathiwat, which borders Malaysia, has been plagued with violence from the religious separatist insurgency with ongoing reports of roadside bomb explosions, as well as armed and sometimes fatal clashes with rangers.

Yesterday, police in Narathiwat received a report that a bomb had been thrown at a volunteer outpost in the Yi-ngo district. Authorities suspect the attack is linked to the insurgency. No one was injured in the explosion. Witnesses say around 6 men who drove in on 3 motorbikes attacked the outpost.

About a kilometre away from the outpost, rangers patrolling the area spotted people they suspect are the attackers. As the officers moved in, guns were fired. The officers and the suspected insurgents exchanged shots for about 5 minutes. One man was shot and killed. The rangers were not injured in the clash.

The rangers arrested 2 men. The other 2 suspects fled the scene. Officers seized an assault rifle and 3 motorbikes.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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PM Prayut will skip ASEAN summit addressing Myanmar situation, says he needs to deal with Covid situation

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Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will skip out of attending the Asean summit in Jakarta, Indonesia this Saturday, saying he needs to stay to deal with the country’s Covid-19 situation. The summit was to specially address the worsening situation in the neighbouring country of Myanmar, which saw a military coup February 1. The decision for PM Prayut to skip out is seen by some as a lost opportunity as Thailand plays an important role in Asean. The Indonesian president personally called Prayut to persuade him to join the meeting.

But, instead, Prayut assigned Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai as a special envoy to the meeting. He did express concern during their phone call, saying the situation poses challenges to peace and stability in the region. He says Thailand is ready to stand by any decision made by Asean. The Indonesian president said he understood Prayut’s decision and noted that they are both on the same page in trying to find a way to stop the violence and de-escalate the situation.

As the Myanmar military leader Min Aung Hlaing is reportedly attending the meeting, the forum could provide the Asean leaders with a chance for a tete-a-tete with the junta leader, further pointing towards Thailand missing the opportunity for negotiations. PM Prayut was the only Asean leader that the Myanmar general wrote to, after the February 1 coup, asking for his support in restoring democracy to Myanmar. The decision for the junta leader to attend the Asean meeting has many critics of the military up in arms, saying his role is not legal and shouldn’t be recognised as a leader of the nation.

Prayut has been advised to stay home and deal with the 3rd wave of Covid-19 in Thailand, after receiving sharp criticisms of his handling of the pandemic. The public perception is that the vaccine rollouts have been too few and too slow. If Prayut were to attend the meeting, he would have to enter a 10 day self-isolation, taking time away from managing the resurgence of the pandemic, which today has seen the highest amount of daily infections, at 2,070, along with 4 deaths, since its onset at the beginning of 2020.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Covid UPDATE: 2,070 new infections, provincial totals

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2,070 new Covid-19 cases and 4 coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed today by the CCSA, raising the total number of cases since the outbreak on April 1 to 21,230 and this month’s Covid death toll to 27.

The reported number is the highest daily total ever reported in Thailand.

There are now 15,642 people being treated in hospitals for Covid-19, including 352 people who are in critical condition with with “severe pneumonia”. 91 Covid patients are on ventilators. Another 4,231 people with Covid-19 are in field hospitals.

Here are the provincial totals in an infographic from the NBT…

Covid UPDATE: 2,070 new infections, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

Here are some additional notes, also from the NBT site…

• New small cluster of Covid-19 infection found in elderly care nursing home in Bangkok while Chiang Mai also found other small cluster in Meditation venue
• More personnel have been deployed to staff the 1668 and 1669 Covid-19 hotlines
• Russian President Vladimir Putin has personally vowed to support Thailand’s Covid battle and agreed to supply Thailand with Sputnik V vaccine via a “government-to-government” contract
• More provinces have ordered people to wear face masks in public in response to the so-called third wave
• The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is planning to establish more ‘hospitel’ (hospital/hotel) for patients without severe symptoms to cope with the increasing number of serious virus patients
• Thailand’s Immigration Bureau announced that its online service has been resumed (Thaiger readers are still not having much luck)

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