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Govt to accept more returning Myanmar citizens through border checkpoints after April 15

There is high potential for COVID-19 to spread via the mass returns of Myanmar citizens at the border checkpoints. Myanmar will start accepting returning citizens after April 15, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today (March 30).

The government is still preparing additional quarantine facilities and procedures to handle high-volume arrivals, the statement said. Myanmar is expecting mass returns at the borders for another two weeks after April 15. Most of these people are migrant workers.

All those who return from the border areas will not be allowed to return directly to their homes and villages, but shall be subject to 14 days of mandatory confinement at government designated locations.

Between March 19 and March 28, some 23,000 Myanmar citizens returned to the country via Myawady border gate in Kayin State.

The government is unsure how to monitor the thousands of Myanmar migrant workers who returned from Thailand last week after the kingdom announced a lockdown.

One of the two people who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday had returned from Thailand through Myawady on March 23 and travelled to Mingaladon township in Yangon on Thursday (March 26). He was quarantined with a cough at Pale Myothit Hospital and later transferred to Wai Bar Gi Hospital in Yangon, the dedicated hospital for COVID-19 in the country.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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