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301 Thais return home from Malaysia, majority quarantined

Apr 21. 2020
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By The Nation

A total of 301 Thais stranded in Malaysia returned home via Songkhla’s Sadao border checkpoint from April 18 to 20. Of these, 69 were sent home, 212 were made to undergo 14 days of quarantine in Sadao District and 20 sent to hospital to take a Covid-19 test, Sadao sheriff Chawakit Suwankiri said today (April 21).

“Fortunately, their test results came back negative, but they still need to undergo a 14-day quarantine,” he said.

Chawakit said no Thais have returned home via the natural border in the past three days, thanks to soldiers and police who are patrolling the area to prevent anyone else from illegally entering the country.

“Some returnees filled in incorrect information while some had requested to enter the country because other checkpoints in Malaysia were closed,” he said. “The Sadao border checkpoint decided to send those returnees with proper ID cards back to their homes.”

Chawakit added that from today, returnees will be allowed in via a “registered route” as specified by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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