Covid-19: Thailand tightens control at Malaysia borders

BANGKOK, Jan 24 (Bernama): Thailand is intensifying enforcements at the Thailand-Malaysia borders to prevent migrant smuggling and curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fourth Army Region Commander, Lt General Kriangkrai Srirak, said the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia and the implementation of the Movement Control Order in the country had caused migrants to attempt to return home.

He said since October last year until Jan 22, the security forces had arrested 624 migrants comprising 408 Myanmar nationals, Laos (76), Cambodia (64) and Malaysia (21) who attempted to enter Thailand via rat trails at the border areas.

"The authorities will tighten border control especially in the districts of Tak Bai, Sungai Kolok and Wang.

"We will collaborate with all relevant parties to prevent migrant smuggling and at the same time, intensifying efforts to track down the syndicates involved,” he said in a news conference here, today.

Kriangkrai said a total of 13 arrests were made in Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Thailand recorded 198 new Covid-19 cases and one death over the last 24 hours, bringing the tally in the kingdom to 13,302 and 72 fatalities.

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) assistant spokesman Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul said the single fatality involved an 81-year-old Thai man from Phichit province, who had underlying health conditions. He tested positive on Jan 3 and died on Friday night.

Of the 198 new cases, Dr Panprapa said 180 were local transmissions, including 111 that were detected through active case detection (107 in Samut Sakhon and four in Bangkok) while 18 were imported cases.

"Of the 13,302 Covid-19 cases reported in the kingdom since January last year, 10,945 cases were local transmissions including 4,495 found through active case detection, and 2,357 were imported cases,” she said at the Covid-19 daily briefing here today. - Bernama

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