Officials have been conducting strict surveillance along southern border areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection that might be brought in by people returning to their hometown from Malaysia.
Assistant Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center Teerapong Petcharat said that the Prime Minister had expressed his concern over the safety of the people during the current COVID-19 situation. He had instructed relevant officials to closely monitor border areas, stop the illegal entry into the country, and strictly implement measures against COVID-19.
The Prime Minister stressed that Thai nationals staying in Malaysia and wanting to return must travel through legal channels. If their travel documents expire, or they have no travel documents, they should contact either the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Kota Bharu, or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Penang. They may also contact authorities through the Damrongtham Center, which is ready to give a helping hand.
Meanwhile, the Spokesperson of the Fourth Army Area Command’s Internal Security Operations Command, Forward, Col. Kiatisak Neewong said that the army had set up two field hospitals in the southern border of Songkhla. Each hospital comprises 100 beds to accommodate people infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Moreover, he said, border army forces have stepped up their patrols along the Thai-Malaysian border to stem the disease, while COVID-19 control measures have been implemented continuously and seriously.
At the same time, surveillance along southern border areas has also been stepped up to prevent any attempts by people to enter the country illegally through natural borders.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department