The Thai COVID-19 Agency Has Opened Two Sa Kaeo Checkpoints To Stop Thais From Crossing Illegally

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on May 25th, 2021 that the two border checkpoints at Sa Kaeo will be open five days a week, up from three, to discourage Thais from crossing the border illegally.
As a rule of thumb, Thailand receives its returnees on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and the quota is 100 per day, explains Dr Apisamai Srirangsan, the CCSA’s deputy spokesperson.
Because they didn’t want to wait, some Thai returnees were trying to illegally cross the border, she said.
Thais will be tested and quarantined if they return through the checkpoints under COVID-19.
After receiving a recommendation from local authorities in Sa Kaeo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha approved an extension of the opening days to all weekdays, while the daily quota remains unchanged, Apisamai said.
According to her, this will reduce the number of Thais trying to return illegally.
One of the busiest border checkpoints in the country is located at Ban Khlong Luek in Aranyaprathet district, one of two permanent checkpoints in the province.
In the past 48 hours, 256 people have been arrested for trying to illegally enter Thailand via natural crossings. Of those, seven have tested positive for coronavirus including three Thai nationals.
Before the pandemic, many Expats in Thailand would do a border visa run to this checkpoint as it is one of the closestt checkpoints. A border visa run when a foreigner crossea the border in a foreign country and then comes right back into Thailand. To this checkpoint, it would take a few hours to do a border run.
There have been 256 arrests in the past three weeks for trying to enter Thailand illegally through natural crossings at all borders, mostly Burmese, Cambodian, Thai, and Laotian.
In the past 24 hours, CCSA reported 3,226 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 26 related deaths.
1,142 of these cases were found in medical facilities, 1,183 in known clusters, 882 in prisons, and 19 imported from other countries.
Based on 2,325 local cases found (not including cases in prisons) in the past 24 hours, Bangkok had the highest number followed by Nonthaburi with 590, Phetchaburi with 227, Samut Prakan with 126 and Pathum Thani with 66.
After a new cluster of cases was discovered at Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction’s worker camp, the number of cases in Nonthaburi rose to almost 600 in a day.
Agricultural workers will be screened at all 409 camps in 50 Bangkok districts as part of a proactive program offered by the CCSA. 62,169 people live there. The CCSA added that 26,134 of these workers were Thais, and 36,035 were migrants from neighbouring countries.
The province of Phetchaburi reported nearly 1,800 cases in the past three days because of a new cluster found at an electrical part factory and nearby communities.
In the third wave of the outbreak, which began at entertainment venues in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces on April 1, 2021, Bangkok remains the hardest hit province.
Of the 106,576 cases found in the third wave, 35,567 were found in Bangkok, followed by 6,037 in Nonthaburi, 5,581 in Samut Prakan, 4,301 in Chonburi and 4,033 in Chiang Mai.
Six people out of every 1,000 people living in these 11 districts are infected, out of 33 active clusters in Bangkok.
Lak Si, Din Daeng, Khlong Toei, Ratchathewi, Pathumwan, Bang Rak, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok Noi, Bang Phlat, and Dusit are among these places.
A total of 33 clusters have been located in construction worker camps, around markets and shopping centers, in crowded communities, in businesses, and at care homes.

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