Two immigration officers who work at the Sadao checkpoint with Malaysia in Songkhla have tested positive for coronavirus.
The new cases have come just after the borders reopened between Thailand and its neighboring countries, allowing thousands of stranded citizens to return.
The infections place approximately 70 other staff members at risk in addition to the Thai citizens who have crossed the border and come into contact with the infected staff.
The two infections were detected on Monday and Wednesday. The first was an officer who had visited family in Pattani. The second had no travel history and is assumed to have caught the virus from the first officer.
Numerous staff at the immigration checkpoint including a lieutenant colonel, three captains, and six senior sergeant majors have been placed in isolation for 14 days.
The remaining staff has all had samples taken for testing and are currently classified as “at-risk”.
Songkhla had previously had no covid-19 infections for two weeks before these cases.
Source: Bangkok Post | Photo: The Nation