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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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wonder how many don't get caught :-[

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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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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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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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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Border security beefed up
Migrants paying to be smuggled across

The authorities are strengthening security along the Myanmar border to block illegal entry -- and vowing to prosecute anyone who helps to sneak people in -- after a Thai woman tested positive for Covid-19 after returning home.

However, Chiang Rai governor Prachon Pratsakul said officials had decided to keep open the permanent checkpoint at the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge because to shut it would have an enormous impact on cross-border trade.

He said officials would step up border security to prevent smuggling and would ask their Myanmar counterparts to help locate and send home any Thais they found stranded in Myanmar. A local quarantine facility would also be set up in Mae Sai border area, he said.

Mr Prachon said he had provided information about a smuggling gang to Chiang Rai police to investigate and this gang, which was reportedly led by a foreign national, was believed to be linked to the Thai woman who contracted the virus in Myanmar and sneaked home along a natural border.

The 29-year-old Thai woman reportedly caught the virus in Myanmar and despite going down with a fever, returned to Thailand and visited several places before finally going to hospital and testing positive for the coronavirus.

She was able to do so without entering quarantine, which has alarmed the authorities.

She returned with a female friend who also exhibited flu-like symptoms, although it has not been confirmed if she too contracted Covid-19.

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58 illegal Lao job-seekers caught
Fifty-eight illegal job-seekers from Laos were caught on the bank of the Mekong River in Khong Chiam district as they were preparing to travel to Bangkok on Monday morning.

Capt Nathawat Wichakul, commander of the Ubon Ratchathani Mekong Riverine Unit (MRU),  said a combined security force intercepted a white Toyota van shortly after it left Khong Chiam Marina Resort on Phrom Singto road, beside the Mekong river.

There were 27 Lao nationals in the van, who had crossed illegally into Thailand .

Pornthep Chansen, 54, the driver, said he was being paid 3,000 baht to take his passengers  to Ubon Ratchathani town, from where they would leave for Bangkok.

A search of four rooms at the resort found another 31 illegal migrants, raising the total to 58 - 27 men and 31 women.

They said they had crossed the Mekong river to the resort on Sunday evening and were to travel to Bangkok on Monday morning, having paid 5,000 baht each to smugglers. They planned to look for work in Bangkok and nearby provinces.

The 58 were taken to Khong Chiam MRU station where they were examined by health officials and were charged with illegal entry.

Under a bilateral agreement, they were to be handed over to Lao immigration officials after going through the legal process.

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Air force drones used for border Covid surveillance



Air force drones are being used on aerial patrols along the border with Myanmar, especially over natural crossings, to detect illegal border crossers and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Maj Gen Jakrapong Chanphengphen, of the Royal Thai Armed Forces emergency operations security centre, revealed the information on Monday at the Public Health Ministry's Covid-19 public relations centre in Nonthaburi. 

He said use of aerial drones was one of the various measures take to stop the coronavirus spreading across the border with Myanmar, which stretches for 2,400 kilometres.

Other measures included installation of more surveillance cameras and barriers such as barbed wire fences to limit the number of entry points.

Near the border, combined teams of police, military and defence volunteers were posted to conduct searches of vehicles.

Further Inside the country, police teams were being deployed to check business premises and factories that employ migrants, to find those who may have entered the country illegally.

They also checked on locations reported to have failed to follow the Public Health Ministry's guidelines. People could phone in information to emergency numbers 1138, 1559 and 191.

Dr Nathapong Wongwiwat, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, said that in the event of a fresh outbreak of Covid-19, the Public Health Ministry's network of military, university and private hospitals could take in 230-400 infected people per day in Bangkok and nearby provinces, and 1,000-1,700 per day nationwide.

In Chiang Rai, the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital had 60 beds and there were 300 additional beds at other hospitals.

There were about 120 hospital beds available in Chiang Mai and 120 in Mae Sot, Tak, he said.

Dr Nathapong also said rumours that a 70-year-old man with Covid-19 had died in Mae Sot, Tak, were unfounded. The man had been put on a ventilator and given medication. His condition had improved, he said.

Details of the drones being used along the border were not given. But on July 30, 2018, the Israel based website Globes reported that Yavne Aeronautics Ltd had won a US$27 million  contract with the Thai Ministry of Defence for its Dominator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The deal included UAVs, land equipment, and accompanying services. The company reported the deal to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Payment was over three years.

The Dominator, developed by Aeronautics on the basis of a manned aircraft converted by the company into a UAV, can carry up to 1,900 kilograms in special payloads (such as a camera, radar or bombs) simultaneously and can stay airborne for 20 hours, the report said.

Aeronautics said that the Thai Ministry of Defence was one of its veteran customers and that the Thai army had been using the company's UAVs for the past decade.

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Bureau nets 6,400 illegal entrants since May
More than 6,000 people have been caught on charges of illegal entry since May, said the Immigration Bureau.

The office announced on Tuesday that 6,421 people had been arrested on illegal entry charges nationwide since May 1, when the country's borders were mostly shut to stem the spread of Covid-19.

It has been reported many slipped across the border to avoid the 14-day mandatory quarantine, raising the fear of imported infections which could trigger local transmission of the virus.

The bureau's announcement followed the disclosure by the immigration office in Chon Buri of the arrest of three Thai men involved in illegally importing and exporting workers through natural border channels in tambon Thep Nimit in Pong Nam Ron district of Chanthaburi.

No details were given as to when the men were arrested.

The suspects allegedly admitted to police they had been paid 2,500 baht each to send workers over the border to Cambodia.

People wanting to take up employment in Thailand paid them 3,000 baht each to be transported through the border.

Police were expanding their investigation in a bid to catch the mastermind of the gang.

The three men were charged with importing and exporting workers without permission.

Bureau commissioner Sompong Chingduang said labour gangs had operated as a network picking up workers and finding them transportation. This arrangement is for both the people entering the country illegally in search of work and those heading out to Cambodia to find work.

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Surin: Thai arrested for smuggling 13 Cambodians across border
A man who illegally smuggled 13 Cambodians into Thailand was arrested in Surin province early on Wednesday.

At 5.30am, the police arrested Thawatchai Yantaphan, 24, who was hired to transport illegal immigrants to appointed provinces.

Each of the 13 Cambodians paid him Bt2,000 for the trip into Thailand.

Thawatchai was charged with hiding or helping illegal immigrants enter the country and for illegal transportation, while the Cambodians faced charges of illegal entry.

Police patrols in Surin have been intensified as vehicles transport goods into the kingdom from the neighbouring country.

The truck drivers are normally screened and their vehicles sanitised before entering Thailand to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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Fear over Myanmar strain
Govt says returnees not superspreaders

The coronavirus spreading in Myanmar is a different strain that spreads 20% faster than the original one in Wuhan, according to Dr Prasit Watanapa, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital.

Dr Prasit on Wednesday said around 60% of Covid-19 infections in Myanmar were caused by the G614 strain. The strain that spread in Wuhan last year was called D614.

The G614 strain has spread significantly in Western countries and is responsible for the most cases at present. "G614, which can spread faster, therefore needs a faster response," said the doctor.

Dr Prasit warned that hiding information from the authorities would make the virus situation worse and put everyone at risk.

"Only one slip can cause great damage to the country," said Dr Prasit.

He said society cannot be complacent after the recent news of vaccines being rolled out. "Don't pin your hopes on it, as it could take at least half a year for Thailand to gain access to Covid-19 vaccines," he warned.

In Tak, governor Pongrat Piromrat said the provincial communicable disease committee has allowed Thai nationals in Myanmar to return to Thailand through legal border crossings since Dec 7 in a bid to deter illegal entry -- the cause of Covid-19 transmission recently.

One border crossing which Thai returnees are allowed to use is the one at the 2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge. Tak closed the border with Myanmar on March 21.

On Wednesday was the first day in almost two weeks that Thailand saw no local infections caused by illegal entry. Thailand recorded 25 new patients from nine countries.

In Chiang Rai, governor Prachon Pratsakul urged stranded Thais in Tachileik to visit the Township Border Committee in Myanmar to express their desire to return to Thailand.

The governor said they would not be jailed but would be fined 1,800 baht per person for illegally entering Myanmar. Once they arrived home, Thai public health officers would take care of them, he said.

Around 400 Thais have been stranded in Myanmar. Some 42 Thais who filed requests to return to Thailand travelled back through the crossing at the 2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge on Wednesday.

Army chief Gen Narongpan Jitkaewthae said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had instructed all military units responsible for security at the Thai-Myanmar border to step up measures by patrolling more frequently, by foot and drone, around the clock.

Thai returnees travelling back from Myanmar would not face serious punishment, Gen Narongpan said.

Director-general of the Disease Control Department Opas Kankawinphong said there were 46 confirmed cases related to infected Thai returnees from Myanmar. All were in state quarantine facilities or being treated at hospitals.

Over 5,100 at-risk people who had been in contact with the infected returnees had been tested. The only person who tested positive was a friend of the returnees and they had travelled together, said the doctor.

Director of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Sopon Iamsirithaworn, said all 55 people who had been in contact with a 51-year-old infected woman from Sing Buri had tested negative for the virus.

Passengers on Nok Air flight DD8717 -- the flight she and two of the infected returnees travelled on -- all tested negative.

Government spokesman Anucha Buraphachaisri on Wednesday said the government had the situation under control and the infected returnees were not superspreaders.

Meanwhile, the private sector in Chiang Rai has decided to delay legal action against infected returnees who illegally entered the country.

President of the Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce, Anurat Inthon, said there were mixed opinions about whether to sue them.

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14 Myanmar nationals caught trying to enter Thailand in Tak
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Company arrested a total of 14 Myanmar nationals caught sneaking across the border into Trat province on Friday.

An Army patrol in Mae Sot district arrested 11 Myanmar nationals, one male and 10 females, as they were crossing the Mei River to enter Thailand at Mae Ku subdistrict. The illegal migrants were sent to Tak public health office for Covid-19 tests and interrogation.

On the same day, a 4th Infantry rapid response team arrested three more Myanmar nationals trying to cross the border at Mae Tao district. Officials said the suspects, two males and one female, were caught carrying 46 packages of smuggled cigarettes.

They were sent to Tak police station for interrogation and Covid-19 tests.

One of the patrolling officers said the Covid-19 outbreak in Myanmar's Myawaddy town, which shares a border with Tak, is getting worse with the number of infections growing. Thai officials have tightened security to prevent illegal crossings via natural channels, he said.

"Also, the economic recession in Myanmar has resulted in worsening unemployment, so more of its nationals are trying to enter Thailand to find jobs," he added.  nationthailand.com
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Thai man arrested for allegedly smuggling 12 illegal migrants into Ubon Ratchathani
An Ubon Ratchathani man has been arrested for allegedly transporting 12 illegal migrants from Laos in a pickup truck late on Friday.

The undocumented migrants comprised five males and seven females.

At 10pm on Friday, officers of Navy's Mekong Patrol Operation Command arrested Pranee (last name withheld), a local of Ubon Ratchathani's Sri Muang Mai district, near a border checkpoint in Na Pho Klang subdistrict, in Khong Chiam district, which shares a border with Laos.

One of the migrants reportedly said that they had travelled from several cities in Laos' Champasak province, and had paid an agency in Thailand Bt4,000 to Bt5,000 per person to transport them to Bangkok to find jobs.

The suspect and the migrants were taken to Khong Chiam Police Station for questioning.  nationthailand.com
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25 Myanmar migrants caught for illegal entry
Twenty-five Myanmar nationals were arrested on Saturday night after they illegally crossed the border into Thailand at a village in Muang district.

At about 11pm a combined military-police patrol spotted the 25 -- 14 men and 11 women -- hiding in the bushes near the border. They had just entered Thailand at Phu Nam Ron village in in tambon Ban Kao via a natural border crossing.

They were taken to undergo a screening process at the health office in Muang district. None of them were found to have a high fever. The illegal migrants were then handed over to the Muang police station for further legal proceedings.  bangkokpost.com
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Lao 'family' of six detained in Ubon Ratchathani
Six Laotians were detained in Ubon Ratchathani province on Saturday when they were waiting for a Thai man to take them to Bangkok.

At 5pm, police managed to detain three male and three female Laotions in Na Tan district. They said that they were a family looking for jobs in Thailand.

A Thai man who was responsible for taking them to the capital charged each of them Bt2,500 and told them to wait in a house.

They were taken to be screened for Covid-19 while the person who made the deal for their travel was summoned to the police station for investigation. 

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7 Vietnamese migrants caught in Sungai Kolok
A combined patrol of administrative officials and police arrested seven Vietnamese nationals -- two men and five women -- after they illegally crossed the Thai-Malaysian border into Thailand in Sungai Kolok district on Monday night.

The seven were arrested at 11pm after they crossed the Sungai Kolok river from Malaysia's Kelantan State to Kwa Ro Sila village in tambon Pasemat by boat, Sungai Kolok district chief Rungruang Thimabut said on Tuesday.

From questioning through an interpreter, it emerged that the two Vietnamese men had illegally worked at a factory in Malaysia. The five women also entered Malaysia illegally and drifted from place to place seeking employment.

Since the Malaysian authorities had taken stringent measures against illegal migrants, they sought help from brokers to help them sneak across the border to Thailand.

When their boat landed on the Thai side of the border, the Malaysian brokers jumped overboard on seeing the Thai authorities and swam back to Malaysia, Mr Rungruang said. bangkokpost.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Vietnamese illegal migrants arrested in South
Thirteen Vietnamese were arrested at a border village in Sungai Kolok district after they crossed illegally into Thailand.

A  combined team of police, local officials and soldiers took the six men and seven women into custody at a house in tambon Luborkhong in Sungai Kolok district near the Kolok river, the 4th Army announced on Thursday.

All failed to produce travel documents when asked for them.

They were taken to Sungai Kolok district police station for legal action. Health officials also took samples for Covid-19 screening.

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Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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