Two Myanmar workers in Thailand test positive for COVID-19

20 March 2020
Two Myanmar workers in Thailand test positive for COVID-19
A woman wearing a protective mask walks past closed bars in a nearly deserted entertainment street in Bangkok, Thailand, 20 March 2020. Photo: EPA

Two Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand tested positive for coronavirus, Surasak Thanaisawanyangkoon, chief of the AIDS, TB and Sexually Transmitted Infection bureau within Thailand's Ministry of Public Health, wrote on his social media page. 

Surasak Thanaisawanyangkoon told Mizzima one of the workers is a 34-year-old woman who worked as a waitress in the entertainment industry. She is receiving treatment in a Bangkok health centre.

The other worker is a 24-year-old male and worked in a crowded entertainment complex in an area now classed as high risk for the virus. 

The official said it was unclear how long they had been in Thailand and whether they had travelled back to Myanmar recently.

As he noted, they both contracted the virus in a high risk area of Bangkok. They did no contract it in Myanmar. 

Myanmar has allowed Thai and Myanmar citizens to travel through Thai-Myanmar border gates, but other citizens have not been allowed to travel through the gates since 19th March.

Myanmar nationals make up the largest migrant worker population in Thailand, with an estimate in August 2019 putting the figure at 2.3 million Myanmar workers.

Updated: This is an update of our story published earlier with a change of the woman’s age.