Boy believed to have contracted COVID-19 while traveling from Thailand to Myanmar

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-21 15:17:16|Editor: huaxia

BANGKOK, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- A two-year-old Myanmar boy, who has tested positive for COVID-19 in Myanmar, was believed to have contracted the disease while traveling from Thailand to Myanmar earlier this month, according to an official report released on Sunday.

The report from the Disease Control Department of Thailand's Ministry of Public Health said the Myanmar boy was likely infected with the virus during the time when he was taken across the Thai-Myanmar border by his parents through a natural path in Mae Sot district of Tak province in western Thailand.

His parents managed to slip out of the Thai border area with apparent intent to evade anti-pandemic measures at Mae Sot border checkpoint.

The toddler was suspected to have contracted COVID-19 between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10 after his parents had quit jobs in Ayutthaya province last month, according to the department's report.

The reports said the boy was not suspected to have been infected while living in Thailand since a total of 146 people, reported to have been in contact with him at migrant workers camps in Ayutthaya province and those in Nakhon Ratchasima province, have tested negative.

Another 2,635 people in Mae Sot district, including Myanmar migrants, have also tested negative. Enditem