Following on from a report earlier today that two immigration officers at the southern border checkpoint of Sadao in Songkhla province tested positive for coronavirus, the crossing has now been shut down indefinitely.
The border point with Malaysia has recently reopened to allow stranded Thai citizens to return home. However, after an inspection of the checkpoint today by Gen Pornpitat, Head of Security Affairs, the border is now closed again.
100 Thai citizens had crossed the border this morning before it was closed for disinfection around lunchtime.
Gen Pornpitat said he is unsure when the border will reopen and that it depends on a thorough assessment of the coronavirus situation.
High-ranking staff who work at the checkpoint have been placed into isolation for 14 days along with as many as 70 immigration officers who have all been tested for the virus.
Thai citizens who were planning to use Sadao checkpoint to return to Thailand are now being redirected to the Padang Besar checkpoint.
Since the borders with Malaysia have reopened, more than 1,600 Thai citizens have passed through and been placed in mandatory quarantine.
As of yet, none of the returning Thais have tested positive for covid-19.
Source: Bangkok Post