Thailand It is racing to track about 200 people in its northern provinces to prevent a possible outbreak of the Corona virus, after three Thai citizens entered the country illegally from Myanmar and tested positive days later.
Prachun Pratsakul, governor of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand, said three women bypassed immigration checks and entered through normal border crossings last Tuesday and Friday, skipping mandatory quarantine for the new arrivals.
Brachun said at a press conference that 356 people in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai provinces were likely exposed, including employees and customers in a hotel, shopping mall, cinema, restaurants, and passengers in a van and taxi.
Thailand is implementing strict measures and border controls to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as it has kept its cases below 4,000 cases and deaths at 60, even though its tourism-dependent economy has suffered badly.
Most of the infections in recent months have been imported and found in government quarantine, with only a few community-transmitted cases reported, each of which has seen massive contact tracing efforts.
So far, more than 150 people in the northern counties have been found and tested negative, senior health official Supon Amsethorn said in a separate press conference.
The first of the three new cases arrived on November 24 in Chiang Rai and traveled to Chiang Mai, where she later developed symptoms of the Coronavirus and went to the hospital.
Two others who worked at the same entertainment venue in Myanmar returned on Friday. They stayed at a local hotel and later sought to get the Covid-19 tests, which were positive.
Myanmar sees an average of 1,447 new coronavirus cases every day, with nearly 88,000 infections and 1,887 deaths overall.