200 tracked as returnees skip quarantine

THE Thai government was racing to track down about 200 people in its northern provinces to stop a potential Covid-19 outbreak, after three Thai nationals entered the country illegally from Myanmar and tested positive days later.

Three women entered via natural border crossings last Tuesday and Friday, skipping the mandatory quarantine, Chiang Rai governor Prachon Pratsakul said yesterday.

There were 356 people in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai potentially exposed, among them people in a hotel, shopping mall, cinema, restaurants and passengers in a van and taxi, Prachon said.

Most infections in Thailand in recent months were imported and found in quarantine, with only a handful of community-transmitted cases reported, each followed by mass contact tracing. — Reuters

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