Thailand After three Thais illegally entered the country from Myanmar and conducted a positive test a few days later, the country is racing to track about 200 people in its northern provinces to prevent a potential coronavirus outbreak.
Prachon Pratsakul, the governor of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand, said the three women bypassed immigration checks and entered through natural border crossings last Tuesday and Friday, skipping the mandatory quarantine for newcomers.
Prajon said at the press conference that 356 people in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai provinces may be exposed, including staff and customers of hotels, shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and passengers taking vans and taxis.
Thailand has adopted strict measures and border control measures to keep the coronavirus out. Although its economy dependent on tourism has been hit hard, the country has fewer than 4,000 cases and 60 deaths.
In recent months, most of the infections were imported and detected by the government quarantine department, only a few cases spread by the community were reported, and a large number of contact tracing efforts were carried out for each case.
Senior health officer Sopon Iamsirithaworn said at another press conference that so far, more than 1
The first of these three new cases arrived in Chiang Rai on November 24 and went to Chiang Mai. She subsequently developed symptoms of coronavirus and was hospitalized.
On Friday, two other people working at the same entertainment venue in Myanmar returned. They stayed in a local hotel and later tested for Covid-19, and the result was positive.
Myanmar currently has an average of 1,447 new coronavirus cases every day, with a total of nearly 88,000 infections and 1,887 deaths.