Don to hold Myanmar aid talks

Don to hold Myanmar aid talks

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai yesterday said he will meet his Myanmar counterpart to discuss how Thailand can help curb the Covid-19 outbreak across the border.

Assistance will also include supporting the country in terms of medicine and protective equipment, he said.

Mr Don was speaking after attending the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) weekly meeting yesterday at Government House which discussed Covid-19 pandemic control measures along the Thai-Myanmar border following a spike in cases in the neighbouring country.

He said the government would initially help Myanmar by providing pharmaceuticals and sharing experiences on managing the pandemic. He did not say when the meeting would take place but said it would be soon.

Mr Don said another aspect of the pandemic the government was concerned about was a shortage of jobs in Thailand for Myanmar workers.

Permanent secretary for public health Sukhum Kanchanapimai who also attended the CCSA meeting said the ministry had adopted measures to prevent the possible spread of Covid-19 in Thai-Myanmar border areas.

He said restrictions on cross border travel had been put in place.

The ministry was closely monitoring the situation in Myanmar, the permanent secretary said.

The ministry earlier sent biosafety mobile units sponsored by His Majesty the King to conduct Covid-19 testing in the border zones. The teams tested more than 2,000 Thais and foreigners in Mae Sot district. No positive case has been reported so far.

The CCSA yesterday also discussed ways to prevent panic if a second Covid-19 wave takes place.

Myanmar has registered nearly 11,000 confirmed cases. The Thai government reported 22 new virus cases yesterday, raising the total to 3,545. The death toll was unchanged at 59.

Sixteen of the new cases were Thai soldiers returning from a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

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