Thai government plans to issue PR for Myanmar workers at border

Myanmar migrants and Thai workers gather fresh shrimps at a seafood market in the Thai coastal province of Samut Sakhon. - AFP

BANGKOK (ElevenMedia Group/ANN): The Thai government plans to issue documents to undocumented Myanmar workers for permanent residency, Ye Min from the Aid Alliance Committee in Thailand said on Wednesday (Jan 20).

“The Thai government plans to issue documents to undocumented Myanmar workers who have no permanent residency in Thailand. But the price is very high. We urge the Thai authorities to reduce the cost, ” said Ye Min.

Thai authorities placed a lockdown again in Mahachai on Jan 4 as there has been a renewed outbreak of Covid-19.

In order to control the spread of Covid-19 virus in Samut Sakhon Province which is the first Covid-19 outbreak area, Thai authorities had carried out travel restrictions for foreign workers since the beginning of Dec 21.

Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced more than 4,000 Myanmar workers are stranded in the Samut Sakhon province.

The Thai Health Department announced that over 1,700 Myanmar migrant workers in Mahachai are infected with the virus.

Due to the second wave of Covid-19, there were over 1,900 Covid-19 confirmed cases in Samut Sakhon Province, Thailand, as of Jan 3.

Among 1,900 confirmed cases, over 1,700 infected patients are Myanmar migrant workers.

A 68-year old Thai woman from the Central Shrimp Market in Mahachai fell ill on Dec 13 and tested positive. Thai authorities conducted swab tests in the area.

The Covid-19 outbreak occurred in Mahachai, Samut Sakhon Province, where Myanmar migrant workers mostly live.

Most of the people living in Mahachai are Myanmar migrant workers and only 10 per cent of the population are Thai citizens. - Eleven Media Group/Asia NewsNetwork

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