Over 95,000 Myanmar migrants return home from Thailand during pandemic

August 3, 2020

A total of 95,102 Myanmar migrants have returned home from neighboring Thailand through a friendship bridge between the two countries during the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, a local official told Xinhua on Friday.

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 U Tayzar Aung, administrator of Myawady District of Kayin state.

Of the total returnees, 37 persons have tested positive for COVID-19, who have been transported to the quarantine centers by the local authorities for healthcare services.

Those returnees include migrant workers, their family members and those who returned home after medical treatment in the neighboring country, the official said.

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

According to the latest figures released by the Health and Sports Ministry, the country has reported 353 COVID-19 positive cases with six deaths, and 295 patients have recovered as of Friday morning.