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Narathiwat checkpoint braces for another wave of returnees

Apr 17. 2020
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By The Nation

The deputy governor of Narathiwat inspected preparations at Su-ngai Kolok Checkpoint today as it braced for the arrival of 90 more Thai workers from Malaysia on Saturday (April 18).

“Only 100 returnees are permitted to return via the checkpoint each day, and they must have a letter from a Thai embassy or consulate and medical certificate issued in the past 72 hours to enter the country,” said Boonpas Raknui.

Three screening teams have been set up at the checkpoint, added Boonpas. Immigration police will measure returnees’ temperatures, medical staff from Sungai Kolok hospital and public health office will check their symptoms, and staff will register them to be sent to quarantine centres in their home provinces for 14 days.

“Staff will coordinate with officials in each province to have returnees transported to quarantine facilities,” he said. “Ninety returnees who registered with the province will return to Thailand via the Su-ngai Kolok Checkpoint on Saturday (April 18).”

Any found with Covid-19 symptoms would be sent to one of four field hospitals – a military base, two state buildings, and a hospital.

“These field hospitals can provide treatment for more than 300 Covid-19 patients,” he said.

He added that over 200 Thais stranded in Malaysia had been caught using a natural border to enter Thailand, with 98 nabbed on Wednesday (April 15) alone.

“Staff have asked soldiers to patrol at various natural border crossings to prevent Thais marooned in Malaysia from entering the country,” he added. “Meanwhile, Malaysia would also be patrolling its side of the border.”

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