Chiang Rai, Thailand
Four Thai women who had been working in Myanmar were caught by Thai authorities yesterday, November 29th, after posting on Facebook about illegally crossing from Myanmar. Two of them were on a bus coming to Pattaya. Myanmar is currently having an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.
The four women, who were not immediately named but in their twenties, were working at a Karaoke in Myawaddy, Myanmar.
They decided to leave Myanmar as the Covid-19 situation worsened and illegally snuck across the Moei River in Mae Sot on November 24.
Two of the women were arrested in Mae Sai and another two were arrested on a bus headed to Pattaya by way of Bangkok.
The women were caught, according to authorities, due to posting publically on Facebook and bragging about crossing the border despite the current Covid19 pandemic situation. Several concerned citizens then reported the women.
They are initially charged with entering illegally and may face further charges related to the Emergency Decree and health measures. They are being tested for Covid-19 but results have not yet returned. None show symptoms. They have been quarantined for the time being.