With the Cambodian migrant workers COVID-19 cluster increasing at an alarming rate, the Government has reiterated its call for workers to remain in Thailand.
Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, Ith Samheng said, the Cambodian migrant workers who violated the Thai authority’s movement restrictions and crossed the International Cambodia-Thailand border illegally to enter the Kingdom have now posed a high risk to the people and their effort to curb the spread of the virus.
In a statement released today by the committee to legalise the Cambodian workers in Thailand, Samheng said, the Cambodian migrant workers should remain in Thailand and adhere to the Thai authority’s movement restrictions.
“During the outbreak of COVID-19, the Thai authorities do not take any action against the [illegal] employees or workers in Thailand,” he said.
“In contrast, if you [the migrant workers] go from one place to another or make your return to Cambodia, you will be at high risk of being apprehended by the Thai authorities or even get infected with COVID-19.”
Samheng also called on the Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand to remain calm and stay put where they are and follow the preventive measures implemented by the Thai government.
“Please trust the capacity and capability of the Thai authorities in preventing and treating the disease,” he added.
This is not the first time that the Cambodian government had asked the migrant workers in Thailand not to return home, as it did so earlier when the nation (Thailand) was hit by the second wave of coronavirus and imposed more movement restrictions to break the chain of COVID-19 virus transmission.
Prime Minister Hun Sen three weeks ago called on all the Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand to stay calm and believe in the Thai government’s capacity to control the issue.
“The true illness is fear (psychological factor). We can fear the COVID-19 pandemic, but must not get into panic,” he underlined in a voice message shared to the media.
In the first 15 days of this year, Cambodia has reported 56 COVID-19 cases among its migrant workers returning from Thailand. Meanwhile, the Thai Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control has reported this week on its website that 157 Cambodians working in Thailand have been tested positive for COVID-19.