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Thailand Sending Coronavirus Tests, PPE to Myanmar After Record 1-Day Case Rise

Twenty-three employees at a Mandalay hotel have tested positive for coronavirus this week.
Twenty-three employees at a Mandalay hotel have tested positive for coronavirus this week.

Thailand will send coronavirus testing kits and personal protective equipment to Myanmar for support its fight against Covid-19, a battle the kingdom has a large vested interest in.

Sophon Iamsirithavorn, chief of the Communicable Disease Division, said Thursday that the Public Health Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide the medical equipment to Myanmar for fast and precise disease investigation and protection of medical personnel.

Meanwhile, sending Thai experts to Myanmar can be done upon request from the neighboring country, he said.

Thailand is confident that Myanmar will be able to contain coronavirus like Vietnam, which took more than a month to curb the virus as Myanmar has already shut down cities to control the coronavirus outbreak, he added.

Myanmar has been Thailand’s biggest coronavirus worry, with the army sealing the border to prevent illegal aliens from carrying the virus into the kingdom.

The country reported more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, a record daily increase. Total cases now are 8,344 cases with 150 deaths.

The government has locked down Yangon, closing schools and factories, and halted air and land travel across the country.

Thailand’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, meanwhile, reported two new cases on Thursday, both in state quarantine. Both returned from the United States.

The first case was a businessman and was found being infected in the second test. The other case was an English-language teacher. She tested positive for the virus while being asymptomatic.

Of the total 3,516 cases, 3,353 recovered. The death toll remained unchanged at 59.