Illegal Cambodian migrant confirmed with COVID-19 caught commuting through Chonburi, not considered a local case


The Chonburi Governor has confirmed that a Cambodian woman has tested positive for COVID–19. She was caught in Chonburi in a minivan with ten others after illegally entering Thailand last week.

  However, in this case the Chonburi Governor said the case does not count into the total number of Chonburi COVID–19 cases, which means Chonburi remains at zero cases for months currently. The case is being considered as an imported case from a different country. This is due to the fact the woman was commuting through the province and had no exposure or timeline to the province as a whole, having recently entered illegally and was nearly immediately caught. Two other people who live in Banglamung and Mueang district who went to a market in Samut Sakhon are waiting for full test results and The Pattaya News is monitoring this situation.

The Chonburi Governor, Pakathorn Teanchai, revealed the details of the incident with the Cambodian woman to the local Thai press this afternoon (December 23rd).

Governor Pakathorn told The Pattaya News and other local press, “On December 17th A Cambodian woman, 19, was caught in the Panthong sub-district.”

“She was found to have illegally entered Thailand. She was on her way to Panthong sub-district via a minivan with 10 other people whose COVID–19 tests are currently negative to find a job in Panthong.” Pakathorn continued.

“This case has not been added in the total number of Chonburi confirmed Covid-19 cases as it is considered an imported case and was caught before she could be exposed to the community. So the number of Chonburi confirmed cases are still the same.”

“In addition there are two people who have come back from a sea food market in Samut Sakhon. On December 2nd. They have presented themselves to test for COVID -19 and the test result is currently being processed.” Pakathorn concluded.

The Cambodian woman was evidently caught at a routine checkpoint in the Chonburi area where officers asked to inspect her papers and found she was undocumented. She was then tested for Covid-19 and tested positive. The nationality and legal status of the other people in the minivan with the woman were not explicitly stated by Pakathorn.


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