Thailand detects three more local COVID-19 cases near border

BANGKOK (Xinhua) – Thailand yesterday reported three more local COVID-19 cases, family members of two Myanmar nationals in Thai soil, who previously tested positive for COVID-19 this past week, said the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) yesterday.

“On September 11, we discovered the first local COVID-19 case in Thailand in 100 days of free transmission,” said the CCSA in Bangkok, “and in the past week, we discovered two COVID-19 cases of Myanmar nationals, and today (Sunday) we confirmed another three, also Myanmar nationals”.

The CCSA said the five cases tested positive in Tak, a province in northwest of Thailand, bordering Myanmar.

Meanwhile, Tak province Goveror Pongrat Phiromrat ordered 33 border checkpoints and natural crossings with Myanmar closed, for at least a week.

Thai health officials quarantined the couple after they tested positive and quarantined the couple’s child and two grandchildren, as well as four other migrant workers, at a mosque in Mae Sot district, said the governor.

People walk on a street in Bangkok, Thailand. PHOTO: XINHUA

The Tak governor added that following tests, the couple’s child and grandchildren were found to be infected with the virus.

Pongrat said health authorities are vigorously conducting COVID-19 tests throughout Tak province.

Some 3,000 people in Tak’s Maesot district were tested yesterday by Thai health officials, with the results still pending, Pongrat said.

The minister also said he had yesterday morning, ordered a partial lockdown of the community where the infected family lives and another nearby community.

Religious activities in five communities have been suspended and five schools will shut for a week.

Food shops and convenience stores have been told to increase the screening of customers.

Thailand’s total cases as of yesterday, stand at 3,686. No new deaths were reported, leaving the death toll at 59.