Movement control order: Nearly 50,000 Thais returns home

Movement control order: Nearly 50,000 Thais returns home

NARATHIWAT: Nearly 50,000 Thai nationals working in Malaysia, have returned home following the Malaysian government’s decision to impose the Movement Control Order (MCO), from March 18 to 31 to contain COVID-19.

Fourth Army deputy commander Maj Gen Kriangkrai Srirak said, it was estimated that 100,000 Thais were working and 1,100 were studying in Malaysia.

“The authorities have decided to close all entry points of the Malaysia-Thailand border, following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the southern provinces of the kingdom,” he said.

Eight land entry points, Satun (Wan Prachan), Songkhla (Ban Prakob, Sadao and Padang Besar), Yala (Betong) and Narathiwat (Sungai Kolok, Bukohta and Takbai) as well as one sea entry point namely the Tammalang Port in Satun have been closed beginning today.

Today, Thailand reported its largest daily increase in COVID-19 infections, with 89 new cases bringing the tally to 411.

In Malaysia, 153 COVID-19 positive cases were recorded today, raising the cumulative tally to 1,183.

An additional four COVID-19 deaths were reported today, bringing the total to eight.