Thailand recorded two locally-transmitted coronavirus cases on Saturday – the first in more than a month – in a province bordering hard-hit Myanmar.
A 63-year old Burmese man and his 53-year old Burmese wife were both are asymptomatic but tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct. 13. Unemloyed, the migrants in Mae Sot District of Tak Province reportedly had been in close contact with three truck drivers who tested positive while trying to enter the country last week.
Tak Gov, Pongrat Piromrat said Saturday that residents were notified about the locally transmitted cases and were advised to protect themselves against infection by wearing face masks, regularly washing their hands with sanitizer, maintaining social distancing and avoiding congested places.
Thai disease-control officials on Oct. 3 warned of the proverbial “wolf at the door” as Myanmar’s uncontrolled coronavirus epidemic had spread to border provinces. It was only a matter of time until the disease leaked into Thailand, which it did Oct. 10 when two Burmese truck drivers crossed the Thai-Myanmar border through the Friendship Bridge checkpoint and stopped at the Ali and Sing Rungruang warehouses to unload cargo.
About 75people they came in contact with were ordered to enter quarantine with fears others had been infected.
Myanmar on Saturday reported 1,138 new Covid-19 cases and 35 deaths. Total cases now are now 33,488 with 799 deaths.
In Thailand, meanwhile, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Saturday also reported eight other imported Covid-19 cases.
The other eight include a 26-year old Nepalese student in quarantine in Pathum Thani, a 43-year old Thai restaurant owner returning from the United States, two female students and ahouse maid returning from United Kingdom, a 24-year Thai woman from the United Arab Emirates, a 57-year old Thai woman working at a spa in Poland and a 24-year old Thai office worker returning from Japan.
Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 3,679, with 3,478 recoveries. 142 others are still being treated in hospitals and the death toll remains 59.