As many as 42 foreign nationals being detained at an immigration detention center in Songkhla province have contracted covid-19 from an immigration officer.
The detention center near the Sadao border holds a total of 115 inmates who have been caught trying to enter Thailand illegally and other visa violations.
Officials have traced the infections to an immigration officer from Sadao checkpoint who visited the detention center on April 4th and later tested positive for coronavirus leading to the closure of the border crossing.
The detention center has now been turned into a field hospital to deal with the situation. Provincial Public Health Office Chief, Uthitsak Harirattakul, said:
“All of them are in stable condition, but we have to monitor another group of 73 detainees for chances of infection. The facility was placed under lockdown and transformed into a field hospital to isolate them. Only those in critical condition will be transferred to a hospital.”
Songkhla Governor, Juruwat Kliangklao, said that the infected inmates will be treated until they are fully recovered and then deported back to their own countries.
He also reassured the residents of the southern province, urging them to remain calm as the infections are confined to the detention facility.