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Tak Camp with 10,000 Burmese Refugees Locked Down After Covid-19 Case Found

The Umpiem refugee camp in Phop Phra District, Tak Province
The Umpiem refugee camp in Phop Phra District, Tak Province

A Tak Province camp housing Burmese refugees was lcoked down after an illegal migrant infected with the coronavirus was found living there.

Local residents told officials that the Burmese man had crossed the Thai-Myanmar border through the jungle and entered the Umpiem refugee camp in Phop Phra district. Once caught, he was found to be running a high fever and was sent to Mae Sot Hospital.

Defense volunteers were then deployed to restrict access to the camp and strictly screen everyone who enters and leaves. The area inside the camp where the infected man had stayed was locked down and health officials were quarantining people who had been in close contact with him.

There are about 10,000 refugees at the Umpiem camp.

Thailand on Monday reported seven new cases of Covid-19 including six Thais and a foreigner in state quarantine. The total cases were recorded at 3,920.