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Mae Sot Declared ‘Safe’ After 5 Local Coronavirus Cases

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Thai health officials declared an end to the coronavirus crisis that erupted in Tak Province this month after two infected truck drivers touched off a spate of locally transmitted cases.

Disease Control Department Director-General Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong told the media Tuesday that Mae Sot District, where five members of a family from Myanmar tested positive for Covid-19 inside Thailand, was now “safe”.

He said 10,000 people were tested for the virus in Mae Sot, Phop Phra and Umphang districts and no new cases were found. Transmission was able to be curtailed quickly as the border cargo-handling area is relatively small.

Burmese trucks drivers have not been allowed to continue their deliveries inside Thailand, instead handing over their vehicles to Thai partner drivers.

Random testing will continue, however, on local workers and all patients with pneumonia and respiratory symptoms.

Meanwhile, Thailand reported three new imported coronavirus cases, all of them are foreigners in state quarantine.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported the newly confirmed cases arrived from Qatar, the U.S. and Sudan and were found being infected with coronavirus in alternative state quarantine and alternative hospital quarantine.

The total cases increased to 3,746 of which 3,551 have recovered. The death toll remained at 59.