Schools in Mae Sot shut 1 hour after reopening as 5 children test positive


All 15 schools in Mae Sot were ordered to shut down on Monday morning less than an hour after reopening, following the discovery that several children had tested positive for Covid-19.

Mae Sot district in Tak province shares a border with Myanmar.

Today is the first day that schools nationwide were permitted to reopen by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), after the new wave of virus cases reported since December subsided.

A news source revealed that the order came after a merchant in Mae Sot district tested positive for Covid-19 and was taken to Mae Sot Hospital along with 25 people who were in close contact with him.

“Last night [January 31], further test results showed five children who are related to the patients are also infected,” said the source. “This led to the shutdown of the community where the patients live as well as 15 schools in the municipality.”

As of Monday, Tak has reported 144 cases during the fresh Covid-19 outbreak, with 49 patients currently being treated, 93 recovered and discharged, and two deaths.