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Re: covid-scare - 14 Lao migrants arrested in Ubon
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2020, 01:11:50 PM »
14 Lao migrants arrested in Ubon
Fourteen Lao migrants were arrested in the small hours on Sunday in Muang district of this northeastern province from a van destined for Bangkok.

Pol Capt Pakin Purithadawatana, a Muang police traffic officer, said the van was stopped for a search on a ring road near Big C superstore at about 1am while it was heading out of the town.

Found in the van were 14 Lao migrants, seven men and seven women, all of them from Champassak province of Laos. The Thai van driver was Patipol Chanthakhet, 54, from Surin's Lamduan district.

The migrants said they they took a boat from Ban Mai Singsamphan of Muang Sanasomboun across the Mekong river to the Thai side of the border at Ban Huay Mak Tai in Ubon Ratchathani's Khong Chiam district.

From there, they were taken on a vehicle to a PTT patrol station in Tan Sum district where Mr Patipol was waiting with the van. The migrants said they paid 4,000 baht each to brokers who arranged the trip.

Mr Patipol said he was to be paid 15,000 baht to take the migrants from the PTT petrol station to Bangkok.

The migrants were charged with illegal entry and had their temperatures taken before being handed over to the immigration police for further action.

Sarit Withoon, the Ubon Ratchathani governor, said combined units of military, police and defence volunteers have been deployed to prevent migrants from illegally entering the country via natural border crossings.

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Re: Thai-Myanmar borders closed + Chinese man held crossing illegally
« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2020, 03:25:55 PM »
All natural Thai-Myanmar borders closed to curb Covid-19 cases
Maj-General Thakad Lordsiri, commander of the Surasi troop which patrols the Thailand-Myanmar border in Prachuap Khiri Khan, checked the barbed wire fences placed in different parts of the province, including the Dang Singkhon pass, which is only used to transfer goods for now.

Surveillance in this area has increased in response to rising Covid-19 cases in Myanmar.

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Chinese man held for crossing into Thailand illegally from Myanmar
A Chinese national was caught on Monday (September 14) for crossing into Tak’s Mae Sot district illegally from Myanmar.

Recently, soldiers, police and immigration officials were deployed to monitor the five border districts of Tak province to prevent illegal crossings for fear illegal migrants may bring new Covid-19 infections with them.

The Chinese man apparently works in Myanmar in an area controlled by the Karen Board Guard Force.

Over the past 24 hours, 233 new Covid-19 cases have surfaced in Myanmar and the situation there is so bad that MP candidates in Myawaddy have had to cancel their election campaigns.

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Re: covid-scare - Ban on sale of aquatic animals from Myanmar
« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2020, 12:29:00 AM »
Ban on sale of aquatic animals from Myanmar due to Covid-19 fears

Mae Klong Fish Market in Samut Songkhram province will temporarily ban aquatic animals from Myanmar from September 23 due to the risk of Covid-19.

The announcement was made on September 18 after a second Covid-19 wave in the neighbouring country and the increasing number of patients.

Aquatic animals from Myanmar would be temporarily banned and buyers would be prohibited from bringing the animal containers out of the market, the announcement said.

The market believed that there was a danger of the virus infecting the animals and causing a new outbreak in Thailand too.

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Re: covid-scare - Govt wary of foreign 'carriers'
« Reply #33 on: September 22, 2020, 11:13:56 AM »
Govt wary of foreign 'carriers'
The Public Health Ministry on Monday claimed that foreigners, illegal migrants from neighbouring countries and asymptomatic carriers present the main threats for a second wave of Covid-19 infections in Thailand.

"Despite government efforts to control these three factors, there is concern about non-compliance among foreigners. For illegal migrants, it is hard to seal the entire border so we need to rely on cooperation from employers," Dr Bancha Kakhong, deputy director-general of the Health Department, told a press briefing.

In terms of asymptomatic Covid-19 carriers, he said people need to adhere to social distancing and strictly comply with preventive measures including wearing face masks and washing hands regularly.

"If they are wearing face masks, when an infected and healthy person talks to another, the risk of transmission is just 1.5%," he said.

During the weekly press briefing on measures to prevent Covid-19 returning to Thailand, Dr Bancha praised the public's adherence to health measures but said he could not rule out the possibility that there were still asymptomatic carriers living among the general population.

He said the country and the world still have a long way to go before success can be claimed in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

"Although those who have had the virus might develop some immunity, reports from foreign countries suggest it may be short-lived. Meanwhile, vaccine trials have yet to yield verifiable protection," he said.

To prevent a fresh domestic outbreak, he said the government was focusing on three areas -- the disease, people and places.

"We are focused on tracing and containing infections as quickly as possible to reduce transmission potential. In terms of the people, we have set a goal that at least 80% of the population must wear masks and comply with social distancing. And we also need all those responsible for public places to cooperate with prevention measures," he said.

In the middle of June, the government lifted the ban on concerts and then, in mid-August, on sports events. The government has also gradually let some foreigners enter the country albeit under strict conditions including a mandatory 14-day quarantine and Covid-19 tests.

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Re: covid-scare - DDC keeping a close eye on Myanmar
« Reply #34 on: September 24, 2020, 11:20:34 AM »
DDC keeping a close eye on Myanmar  bangkokpost.com
Warning after 592 new cases reported
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) is keeping a close watch on Myanmar cities that border Thailand after learning the country on Wednesday reported 592 new cases of Covid-19.

The coronavirus disease situation in Myanmar is a great concern, so business operators should stop hiring foreign workers, especially Myanmar people, to help prevent a second wave of Covid-19 infections in Thailand, said DDC director-general Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai on Wednesday.

Dr Suwannachai was speaking at a press conference after learning the number of new Covid-19 infections in Myanmar surged on Wednesday, taking the total number of Covid-19 infections to 6,743.

He said the increasing number of patients infected with Covid-19 in Myanmar are in line with a similar trend in India which has reached nearly 100,000 new cases each day. The countries share a border, which has prompted public health and security officers to monitor the situation closely.

Dr Suwannachai said Covid-19 infections in Thailand's neighbouring countries are of concern because they are increasing, especially in Malaysia where the number of patients climbed to 10,358 on Wednesday.

He said the worrying situation had prompted the Myanmar government to lock down Yangon, the former capital.

It also shut down schools and garment plants in the city.

People have been told to work from home. Rigid health measures have been ordered to control the disease.

"Various agencies have been working together to prevent people from sneaking into the country illegally," he said.

"The network of public health officers and public health officers for the alien workers are scanning the border areas."

He warned that tough legal action will be implemented against those found to be involved in human smuggling gangs.

Walairat Chaifu, chief of Epidemiology Division of the DDC, said the department is concerned about the risk of a second wave.

There were 169 cases in Mon state sharing the border with Kanchanaburi, 36 cases in Karen sharing the border with Mae Hong Son, Tak and Kanchanaburi, 23 cases in Shan state sharing the border with Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son, 21 cases in Temasserim sharing the border with Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Ranong.

(pic below) Security officials arrest illegal Myanmar migrants in Mae Sot district of Tak mid this month. (Photo: Assawin Pinitwong)
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Re: covid-scare - 19 Thais held for crossing Myanmar border
« Reply #35 on: September 29, 2020, 12:54:37 PM »
19 Thais held for crossing Myanmar border

Soldiers arrested 19 Thai casino employees who fled Myanmar for Tak's Mae Sot district early on Tuesday morning.

Despite a ban on crossing into or out of Myanmar, 10 males and nine females with Thai nationality crossed the Moei river.

On being arrested, they told the soldiers they were employees at casinos in Myanmar and just wanted to return home. They were all promptly quarantined.

On Monday, Myanmar reported 897 new Covid-19 patients, taking the total of those infected to 11,631.

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Re: covid-scare - Myanmar Thailand concerned over rising cases (video)
« Reply #36 on: September 29, 2020, 08:06:09 PM »
Myanmar coronavirus: Thailand concerned over rising cases
The number of coronavirus cases has more than doubled in the past week in Myanmar, bringing the total to more than 11,600.
Thailand has quickly moved to stem the flow of migrants crossing their shared border.


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Re: covid-scare - 19 Chinese held in Chiang Mai for illegal entry
« Reply #37 on: October 09, 2020, 12:08:38 AM »
19 Chinese held in Chiang Mai for illegal entry
Nineteen Chinese nationals were arrested on Thursday for entering the country illegally during a police raid on two rented houses in Muang district in this northern province.

Immigration police and other officials on Thursday inspected the two houses at a housing estate in tambon Faham in Muang district following a tip-off that many Chinese nationals had rented the houses there and they might have been involved in illegal activities, said Pol Maj Gen Decha Kalayawutthipong, chief of the Immigration Division 5.

Authorities began the investigation and later sought court approval to search the two houses on Thursday.

They found 19 Chinese nationals, both men and women, had stayed in the houses. Only 10 of them carried passports, said Pol Maj Gen Decha.

During the interrogation, all confessed to having entered the country illegally via a natural border pass  before brokers took them to the houses. Police charged them with illegal entry.

The investigation was being extended to find those who brought them there. They were quarantined at Chiang Mai Central Prison pending Covid-19 lab test results.

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Re: covid-scare - travel restrictions Mae Sot + 74 Thais in quarantined
« Reply #38 on: October 12, 2020, 11:12:35 AM »
New travel restrictions imposed in Mae Sot and Myanmar’s Myawaddi
Effective from today (Sunday), new travel restrictions have been imposed in the Mae Sot district of Thailand’s northwestern province of Tak and Myanmar’s Myawaddi Township, after two truckers from Myanmar, who crossed into Mae Sot, tested positive for COVID-19 on their return to Myanmar.

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74 Thais in Mae Sot quarantined after contact with infected Myanmar truckers
So far, seventy-four people in Mae Sot district of Thailand’s northwestern province of Tak have been identified as having hadclose contact with two truckers from Myanmar, who were found to be infected with COVID-19, according to a border doctor,who declined to be identified.

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Re: covid-scare - 4 Myanmar nationals arrested trying to sneak into Tak
« Reply #39 on: October 12, 2020, 07:31:47 PM »
Four Myanmar nationals arrested while trying to sneak into Tak via Moei River
Four Myanmar nationals who had sneaked into Tak province on the border were arrested, while three Burmese drivers who came to collect goods in the province tested negative for Covid-19, authorities in Tak said.

Patrolling units reported that four males were arrested while sneaking into Thailand via the Moei River early on Monday.

The authorities found Bt12,340 cash and one cellphone among them. Initial tests showed some of them might have used drugs.

They were later taken to Mae Sot Police Station for questioning.

Meanwhile, locals are worried about Covid-19 spreading in the province, as Myanmar has been struggling to contain a second wave of the pandemic. Last week, Mae Sot Hospital confirmed that three drivers from Myanmar who had travelled to receive some goods in Mae Sot district were infected with Covid-19. nationthailand.com
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Re: covid-scare - 8 Cambodians illegal entry - on Thai driver motorcycle
« Reply #40 on: October 16, 2020, 11:09:40 AM »
Eight Cambodians arrested for alleged illegal entry, along with Thai driver
Eight undocumented Cambodian nationals have been arrested for allegedly entering the country illegally, enabled by a Thai man who helped transport them near the Thai-Cambodian border in the Khok Soong district of Sa Kaeo province.  nationthailand.com
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Three Chinese arrested with Bt8m on border while fleeing Myanmar due to Covid-19
Three Chinese citizens allegedly trying to sneak into Thailand from Myanmar were nabbed on the border in Tak province. They were driving in a Toyota White sedan and orange Ford pickup truck with Thai registration licence, both cars were owned by Thai people. The officers also founded Bt8 million cash, along with four mobile phones. full article nationthailand.com

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Re: Tighter security at borders 2,000 foreigners expected to hop across
« Reply #42 on: October 26, 2020, 01:13:49 PM »
Tighter security at borders as 2,000 foreigners with expired Myanmar visas expected to hop across
Security at Thailand-Myanmar border checkpoints has been tightened as it is believed that more than 2,000 foreigners in Myanmar whose visa has expired may flee to Thailand.

Myanmar officials informed their Thai counterparts on Monday that foreigners who have invested in casinos and other entertainment businesses whose visa has expired may enter Thailand’s Tak province via the Moei River.

Up to 1,914 Chinese nationals, 34 Vietnamese, eight Malaysians, four Filipinos, two Taiwanese, two Cambodian, two Laotians and one Australian are expected to hop across the border.

Three Chinese people were recently arrested trying to cross into Thailand via Mae Sot district. They had about Bt8 million in cash and had reportedly contacted agents in Thailand to help them cross the border.

Security at all border checkpoints has had to be heightened to support the Public Health Ministry’s attempt to stop Covid-19 infections being brought in from Myanmar, where the pandemic is at a critical level.

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Re: covid-scare - 16 Thais arrested for crossing Myanmar border illegally
« Reply #43 on: November 05, 2020, 02:47:34 PM »
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16 Thais arrested for crossing Myanmar border illegally

Tak officials early on Thursday arrested 16 Thai nationals who crossed back into the province from Myanmar without going through any checks.

The operation was conducted by soldiers and policemen, led by a permanent secretary of the local government in Phop Phra district.

The 16, who were nabbed when they were crossing a strait in Chong Kab subdistrict, travelled from Myanmar’s Myawaddy town and were carrying baggage.

They said they were staff of an online casino in the town.

They were charged with illegal crossing and promptly quarantined in Tak.

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Re: covid-scare - Three Myanmar migrants nabbed in Mae Sot for illegal entry
« Reply #44 on: November 08, 2020, 05:15:44 PM »
Three Myanmar migrants nabbed in Mae Sot for illegal entry
Three female Myanmar migrants were arrested on Saturday night by soldiers patrolling along the border in Mae Sot district to prevent illegal border crossings from Myanmar in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The three women were spotted by patrolmen from the Naresuan Force under the 2nd Thailand-Myanmar Friendship Bridge at Ban Wang Ta Khian in tambon Tha Sai Luat.

They were handed over to the Mae Sot immigration office for further legal action. They were also to undergo a Covid-19 screening process supervised by health officials.

Government forces have regularly patrolled the Moey river bordering Thailand and Myanmar to prevent illegal entry by migrants and cross-border smugglings of drugs and stolen vehicles.  bangkokpost.com

(pic below) Soldiers patrolling the bank of the Moei River on Saturday night arrested three Myanmar women illegally crossing the border from Maewaddy to Mae Sot district in Tak. (Photo by Assawin Pinitwong)
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Re: covid-scare - COVID Alert in Sa Kaeo
« Reply #45 on: November 11, 2020, 12:12:40 AM »
COVID Alert in Sa Kaeo

 Officials intensified disease control operations at the Aranyaprathet border checkpoint as three high-level officials in Cambodia contracted the novel coronavirus.

The movement followed the Cambodian government’s order to close nationwide entertainment venues, movie theaters and museums in the wake of the three new cases.

Strict disease control became joint efforts of immigration and local police, paramilitary rangers and disease control officials in Aranyaprathet district.

They carefully checked the health of Cambodian vendors who crossed the border to the Rong Kluea market in Aranyaprathet. The visitors had their body temperatures checked and gave their information to local officials.

Immigration police of the adjacent Cambodian town of Poipet told Aranyaprathet officials that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the closure of entertainment places, movie theaters and museums throughout the country on Nov 9 to contain the coronavirus disease 2019.

The announcement responded to the report of the three new COVID-19 cases in Cambodia comprising Cambodian People’s Party Member of Parliament Sous Yara, 47, Agriculture Ministry deputy secretary-general Sar Chetra, 47, and an official of the Hungarian embassies in Cambodia and Vietnam. The three cases were admitted to Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh and Cambodian officials were reaching people in close contact with them to try to contain the disease and prevent its second wave there.

Pol Col Arthit Yakaeo, Sa Kaeo immigration chief, said that given the newly confirmed cases in Cambodia, officials in Aranyaprathet had to carefully screen visitors and returnees from the neighboring country. (TNA)

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Re: covid-scare - 11 Thais detained in Mae Sot entering country illegally
« Reply #46 on: November 14, 2020, 11:06:21 PM »
11 Thais detained in Mae Sot for entering country illegally from Myanmar
Eleven Thai nationals face prosecution after they were allegedly found illegally entering the country from Myanmar by border officials in Tak province on Saturday.
They were found by soldiers and border patrol police in Mae Sot district.

The Thai nationals crossed the border with their belongings, officials said. They reportedly confessed later that they worked as staff in an online casino business in Myanmar’s Myawaddy city.

The 11 were tested for Covid-19 and placed in a government quarantine facility. They face prosecution after the quarantine period.
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12 Myanmar illegal migrants arrested  bangkokpost.com
Group says Thai broker promised them jobs in Phuket
Twelve Myanmar nationals arrested for illegal entry have told authorities that they paid a Thai broker 6,500 baht each to help them enter the country to get jobs in Phuket.

A team of soldiers, border patrol police, immigration officers and local volunteers spotted a group of people crossing the Thai-Myanmar border via the Tabaek natural border crossing in tambon Ao Noi in Muang district at around 1am on Saturday.

As the team moved in to arrest them, the group fled to hide in a rubber plantation where they were caught shortly afterward.

During the interrogation, the Myanmar nationals told authorities that they had paid 6,500 baht each in fees to a Thai broker via a Myanmar compatriot. They said the broker had promised to send a vehicle to pick them up and bring them to a Thai employer in Phuket.
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