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Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi Schools Shut As Panic Spreads Over Myanmar Coronavirus Outbreak

Even seeing a Burmese now reason for knee-jerk shutdowns as 5 farangs in quarantine test positive for Covid-19

Kanchanaburi School Sanitized Covid-19 Coronavirus
healthcare officials and volunteers sanitized a Kanchanaburi school on Tuesday.

Three schools in the two western provinces were closed Monday out of fears of the coronavirus leaking over the border from Myanmar.

Baan Kui Yae School in Kanchanaburi’s Thong Pha Phum District has been closed for three days after three pupils came in contact with two Burmese nationals.

School officials said the two foreigners, ages 17 and 20, illegally entered Thailand and later fell ill with fevers. They have been tested for the coronavirus with results expected today.

As preemptive measures, school workers, healthcare officials and volunteers sanitized classrooms on Tuesday.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan province, two schools in the two sub-districts of Hua Hin district were ordered closed for a week after the parents of several students recently crossed over into Myanmar and returned home.

No explantion was given for why the parents left the country via an unguarded natural border or what they did there. But authorities feared they came into contact with Burmese people infected with Covid-19.

Both schools, accommodating Thai, Myanmar and ethnic Karen students have suspended classes from Sept 1-7.

Thailand has beefed up border-control measures as the number of Covid-19 patients in Myanmar has soared.

The number of cases in Myanmar rose on Tuesday to 919 with 32 new infections, according to a statement from the Health and Sports Ministry. Of those, 15 confirmed cases are from the Yangon region while the rest are from Bago region, Rakhine and Mon states, said the ministry’s statement.

The ministry also issued a stay-at-home order in seven townships of Yangon region on Tuesday, where locally transmitted cases were mostly reported.

Thailand, meanwhile, on Tuesday logged five new imported Covid-19 cases, all of them foreigners who returned to Thailand tested positive for the coronavirus in quarantine.

Three cases were Filipinas ages 26-37 while the other two are French nationals, a three-year-old French boy and a 15-year-old girl.