Thousands of returning migrants from Thailand face two weeks in quarantine as some border towns struggle to cope with the influx.
All parks in Bangkok will be closed as the Thai capital tightens restrictions on public movement amid a mounting number of cases and deaths from COVID-19
After an imported COVID-19 case among a migrant returning from Thailand was detected, Myanmar imposes a mandatory quarantine on all migrant workers.
With a migrant returnee testing positive for COVID-19, health officials warn a serious outbreak is likely; more than 23,000 workers have recently returned from Thailand.
ASEAN leaders must do more to coordinate their efforts to combat COVID-19 as each country’s health depends on that of its neighbors.
Thailand has closed its borders to most foreigners as the country prepares for a state of emergency that will grant the prime minister sweeping powers to combat COVID-19.
Prayuth Chan-ocha said Tuesday he will invoke emergency powers to curb the spread of COVID-19, with more details to be announced Thursday.
Myawaddy on the Thai border is being flooded with returning migrants as they flee COVID-19 and factory closures.
Myanmar workers coming from Thailand face home quarantines and high-risk journeys back to their families as the two governments shut the border.
Thai officials said one border crossing between Mae Sot and Myanmar’s Myawaddy will be closed; the other will remain open to those with border passes.
The Thai government has announced that all foreign arrivals to the country will need to carry health insurance and a medical certificate showing they don’t have COVID-19.
The government has told diplomats based in Myanmar and its staff overseas to cancel all public events to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
The Myanmar Embassy in Thailand tells migrants not to travel home for water festival celebrations in April. Anyone who ignores the advice faces 14 days in quarantine.
The coronavirus has dominated business in Myanmar with interest rates falling, the Indian border closing and a special committee opening to address the economic impact.
Rights groups say Thailand has made little progress in efforts to protect fishing and garment workers from neighboring countries.