More migrants from Myanmar have been caught trying to illegally enter Thailand in hope of finding jobs as the border has been sealed off to prevent the risk of imported COVID-19 cases.
Thailand has closed its borders to almost all international arrivals as the country has gone 57 days without a case of local coronavirus transmission.
To prevent a potential virus spreader among illegal migrants, local officers including those in Mae Sot, Tak, have stepped up their fight. Immigration officers and border patrol unit on Tuesday intercepted an attempt to transport two migrants from Myanmar on a pickup truck.
The driver, a 50-year-old Thai woman, told police that she was hired by an agent to take the two Myanmar nationals to Tak city, some 80 kilometers from the border.
As Thailand is reopening the businesses and economic activities, the government is expected to allow workers from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos to reenter the country legally under a tight health screening. (TNA)