The Thai government is increasing security at the main border checkpoint between Thailand and Myanmar at the Mae Sot district in Tak province as coronavirus cases spikes in Myanmar. Government politicians told Thai Enquirer that the situation was ‘worrying.’
Checkpoints in nine other provinces were also put on alert. The tightening up of security came after three lorry drivers from the neighboring country tested positive for the coronavirus.
Two cases were found during active testing at Mae Sot Hospital last Friday and the third on Saturday.
The Disease Control Department said on Sunday that the three patients have been sent back and are now being treated in Myawaddy.
They have also tested and quarantined 74 others who came into close contact with the patients on the Thai side, all of them have tested negative for the virus so far.
“If we do not control the Myanmar border and migrants crossing over then we will definitely see a second wave of infections in our country,” said Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth.
“We have to be very vigilant along all our land borders if we want to keep infections low,” he told Thai Enquirer previously.
On the Myanmar side, more than 100 individuals have come in to close contact with the three patients with reports that all of them have been quarantined as well.
Myanmar recorded 2,158 confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, the country’s highest single-day rise since the pandemic began.
Its government then reported 1,910 confirmed cases on Sunday, bringing the country’s total up to 27,974 cases with 646 deaths.
Thailand’s government said on Monday that it had discovered five cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours in state quarantine.
The patients are all Thai returnees from the UK (2), Hong Kong (1), the US (1) and Singapore (1)
The new discovery brings the total number of cases up to 3,641 cases.
There are no new fatalities leaving the death toll at 59.
Three people have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of discharged patients to 3,454.
Currently, 128 people remain in hospitals.