BANGKOK, Sept 16 (TNA) – The Disease Control Department is conducting an investigation on a report that a two-year-old Myanmar boy was infected with Covid-19 after returning from Thailand.
The news report said the boy left Thailand with his mother on September 4 and the test confirmed he was infected with the virus on September 13, prompting Myawaddy authorities to impose a curfew on the following day.
The director –general of the Disease Control Department, Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai said there was no record of the boy and his mother, leaving Thailand at the Mae Sot- Myawaddy checkpoint on September 4.
It was presumed that they left the country through a natural border pass, he said adding that there are more than 50 natural border passes, which are difficult to control.
He said mobile testing units were deployed to Tak’s Mae Sot district on Sept 8-9 to collect samples of 2,623 people, including 1,128 migrants in the random surveillance testing.
He confirmed that Thailand has screening and surveillance measures to monitor at-risk groups as well as contact tracing. He asked people to be confident in the country’s existing disease control measures.
The department remains vigilant and has closely monitored the outbreak in the neighbouring country, he added.
Thailand on Tuesday reported 10 new cases of Covid-19 in state quarantine, raising the total cases to 3,490, the vast majority of which or 3,316 cases have recovered.
Currently, 116 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals and the death toll remained at 58. (TNA)