Myanmar migrants return home during COVID-19 pandemic

02 August 2020
Myanmar migrants return home during COVID-19 pandemic
Officials conducting immigration processes to Myanmar returnees from Thailand on 30 July. Photo: MNA

Over 90,000 Myanmar migrants took advantage of a friendship bridge to return home from Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by Xinhua.

The migrant workers have been entering the country through the No. 2 Myanmar-Thailand friendship bridge from March 21 to July 30, with about 200 migrants per day, said Tayzar Aung, administrator of Myawady District of Kayin state.

Thirty seven of the returnees tested positive for COVID-19 and were placed in a quarantine centre by the local authorities for healthcare services.

According to the report, the returnees include migrant workers, their family members and those who returned home after medical treatment in the neighboring country.

Myanmar reported its first two confirmed cases of Covid-19 on March 23.

Myanmar has recorded 353 cases and six deaths during the pandemic.