BANGKOK, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- A Karen man at a refugee camp in northwestern Thailand was found infected with the COVID-19, said a Thai government official on Saturday.
The 48-year-old Karen refugee took a natural path along the Thai-Myanmar border in Phop Phra district of Tak province to slip into Karen state of Myanmar earlier this month. He then managed to return to Umpiem camp where he has been given shelter in the Thai border district, according to district permanent secretary Phuwadon Khaokhlueng.
The man was believed to have been infected with the coronavirus inside Myanmar territory after he had quietly left the refugee camp in a border area of Phop Phra district, Phuwadon said.
The infected refugee was sent to Phop Phra hospital while about 10 people, known to have earlier made contact with him, have undergone a test for the infectious disease, the district permanent secretary said.
Authorities have stepped up anti-pandemic measures throughout the Thai border district, he said. Enditem