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February 4, 2021 at 2:56 am #3185karissagillen9Guest
<div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div> <div class=”image-wrap”> </div> <noscript> </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Thai soldiers guard a river crossing between Thailand and Myanmar in the border town of Mae Sot in Tak province in late October</p> </div> <p>A coronavirus cluster in Thailand grew to 10 on Wednesday amid fears scores of other Thai women connected to a hotel in a notorious Myanmar border town could be infected and may attempt to return home under the radar.</p> <p>Health authorities in Bangkok were holding emergency talks on Wednesday night, an official said.</p> <p>Thailand has managed to contain Covid-19 infections to just over 4,000 cases.</p> <p>Its Achilles heel is an extremely porous 2,400-kilometre (1,500-mile) border that it shares with Myanmar, where the virus is rampant, with more than 1,000 new cases a day in recent months.</p> <p>The Thai Public Health Ministry announced a further six Thai women who had returned from Tachilek had tested positive, up from four on Tuesday.</p> <p>Two of the women remained in Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north while the other four caught planes, minibuses, taxis and motorbikes to travel to Bangkok, Phayao, Phichit and Ratchaburi provinces.</p> <p>Thai officials could not confirm the number of people who had come into contact with the six new cases.</p> <p>The whole cluster of 10 Thai women worked at the same “entertainment venue” – 1G1 Hotel about 1.5 kilometres from the border, according to local media.</p> <p>The hotel has a casino, VIP rooms, disco, massage parlour and karaoke bar.</p> <p>An estimated 70-100 Thai women are employed in the karaoke and VIP rooms, as models who entertain and flirt with male clients, according to Thai media.</p> <p>A hotel staff member told AFP the general manager was in police custody for breaching Myanmar’s disaster laws relating to coronavirus regulations, by opening the venue.</p> <p>The four confirmed coronavirus cases from Tuesday remained in Thailand’s north.</p> <p>Since the pandemic, 수원가라오케 Thai border patrols have stepped up surveillance to prevent illegal crossings.</p> <p>Long plagued with a seedy reputation, 수원풀싸롱 Tachilek serves as a conduit for 수원가라오케 the so-called Golden Triangle’s lucrative drug trade and is home to numerous casinos and brothels.</p> <p>Myanmar has more than 90,000 confirmed coronavirus infections with just under 2,000 deaths, according to the latest official figures.
<b>Parts of northern Rakhine state and commercial capital Yangon are under lockdown.</p></div></b>
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