COVID-19 among returnees from Thachilek is the highly infectious G-strain

COVID-19 carried by returnees from Myanmar’s Thachilek township has been identified as the G strain of the virus, which is easily transmitted and causes more severe symptoms than other strains, said Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of Disease Control Department, today (Saturday).

49 of the hundreds of people returning from Myanmar have tested positive for COVID-19 and they are now scattered across seven provinces; 37 in Chiang Rai, 5 in Chiang Mai, 3 in Bangkok and 1 each in Phayao, Phichit, Ratchaburi and Sing Buri.

The 49 include nine cases among 107 who returned to Mae Sai district, of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, through orderly repatriation arranged by Thai and Myanmar officials under the Thai-Myanmar Border Committee

Chiang Rai records three more COVID-19 cases linked to Thachilek

Three new COVID-19 cases, all of whom are Thai returnees from Myanmar’s border township of Thachilek, were reported in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai today, raising the total number of such infections in the province to 37.

The three new cases are not included in the 18 new cases reported by the CCSA today.

Dr. Tossaporn Boonthong, the provincial health chief, said today that the three new asymptomatic cases, a Thai man and two women, worked at the same entertainment venue in Thachilek and are now in a local quarantine facility.

Governor Prachon Pratsakul launched a cleanup campaign todayin all 18 districts of the province.  Officials and members of the public helped to clean and disinfect public places, such as bus terminals, sho

Conflict over trucks operating between Thailand and Myanmar

Thai and Myanmar officials are in conflict over the operation of cargo trucks travelling between Thailand’s Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province and the Thachilek township in Myanmar.

The conflict stems from an order from Mae Sai district chief officer, Prasong La-on, forbidding trucks and vans from Thachilek from entering inner areas of the Thai district, to pick up goods from various warehouses to be transported back to Myanmar, as part of the lockdown measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 into Thailand.

More than 200 vans from Thachilek travel into the inner areas of Mae Sai district each day to pick up goods, as well as trucks which are allowed into the district to take fuel and construction materials back to Myanmar, on the condition that

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