Since May 18, Myanmar reports 22 patients. They are all imported cases.
Thailand’s opposition has raised suspicions over the government’s motive for extending emergency powers as the COVID-19 crisis starts to ease.
Tests at the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border gate are intended to prevent the spread of imported coronavirus cases in the country.
To counter major drug dealer claims, the UWSA has handed an alleged smuggler and 3.5 million methamphetamine pills to Myanmar’s authorities.
Thai police in Mae Sot have detained 15 Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine State for illegal entry; they are believed to have been heading for Malaysia.
Buses under police guard will bring migrants from Bangkok to Mae Sot each night as Thailand grants an exception to its travel bans to send migrants home.
Thailand’s economy contracted by 1.8 percent in the first quarter and is predicted to shrink by 5-6 percent this year, as COVID-19 has decimated the tourism industry.
The Irrawaddy talks with migrant worker rights advocates U Aung Kyaw and U Htoo Chit about why Myanmar migrants remain stuck in Thailand and the challenges they face.
Starved of cash by the COVID-19 lockdown, Thai social enterprises that employ socially disadvantaged people are calling for help from the government and companies.
A surge in home delivery services amid the COVID-19 restrictions has seen plastic waste soar in Thailand, which began the year with a plastic bag ban.
Some 26,000 migrant workers in Thailand have registered with the Myanmar Embassy to return home but need official Thai permission to travel amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Thousands of migrants workers cannot return home because of Thai travel restrictions and they now lack money for food and rent.
Thailand has begun to lift some restrictions on street food stalls and restaurants as the spread of COVID-19 in the country slows.
Some 500,000 migrants in Thailand are now unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis; many cannot access government aid, but are unable to go home due to border closures.
A woman swallowed rat poison outside the Thai Finance Ministry to protest the long wait many people have had to endure for COVID-19 relief payments.