Stricter Measures against Illegal Entry into Thailand to Stop COVID-19 Crisis

In a move to prevent a second wave of COVID-19, the Government will take legal action against those entering the country illegally through natural passages to avoid mandatory quarantine.


Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that stricter measures would be adopted at all levels, especially along border areas, and that more checkpoints would be set up. Those who helped illegal border crossers would also face legal punishment.


The Prime Minister called on Thais traveling to work in neighboring countries to come back legally and enter a mandatory quarantine, as they are listed in the risk group.


He explained that the COVID-19 situation in Thailand now is not a second wave of infection, or super-spreaders. Officials are able to trace those who have managed to sneak back. The Prime Minister also urged the people not to panic over the situation. The Government has been working seriously to avoid the virus spreading in the country and to prepare for a second wave of infection.


Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on 8 December 2020 visited Chiang Rai province and observed the operations of the local quarantine.


He said that most people who were in local quarantine were from the 1G1 Hotel complex in Thachileik town, Myanmar. All of them were screened in accordance with public health standards, and 45 cases have been infected with COVID-19 and were being treated in hospital. The rest have tested negative for COVID-19 and are now under a 14-day quarantine.


Mr. Anutin stressed that the COVID-19 situation in the country remained under control.


The Ministry of Public Health reported on 8 December 2020 that the total number of cumulative COVID-19 infections in Thailand thus far was 4,126, with 3,874 recoveries, and 192 are still in hospital. The number of deaths remained unchanged at 60.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department