The Public Health Ministry is gearing up efforts to prevent foreign migrants from neighbouring countries entering Thailand through natural border channels after Covid-19 infections in those countries started increasing.
Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said yesterday that as cases across the border keep increasing, 274 in Cambodia, 2,595 in Myanmar, 1,060 in Vietnam, and 23 in Laos, Thailand must impose stricter protection especially where illegal migrants looking for work in Thailand are concerned.
Thousands of Cambodians had been hoping the border would soon be reopened so they could resume working at the border market, they said. The men were handed over to Cambodian officials via a border checkpoint in Khok Sung district, regarded as a lenient border checkpoint.
Dr Suwannachai said the department is conducting more inspections in border checkpoints and working with police, soldiers and village health volunteers to increase surveillance along natural border areas where illegal migrants enter the country.
He said the department has trained volunteers about screening tests, self-protection, searching infected people, passing on health knowledge and arranging local quarantine places.
The migrants were charged with illegal entry and had their temperatures taken before being handed over to the immigration police for further action.
Meanwhile, the country has added seven more coronavirus infections, raising the total tally to 3,473. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration(CCSA) yesterday announced seven new cases imported from Bahrain, India and Australia. Fatalities remain unchanged at 58.
Vitit Saritdeechaikul, the provincial health office director in Buri Ram, said yesterday 42 players and staff members of Buriram United are being quarantined after their return from the club’s training ground in Samut Prakan on Saturday.