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Epidemic Reconstruction Reveals Gambling and Trafficking of Migrant Workers are Major Sources of Ongoing COVID-19 Spread 

As many as 45 provinces have been infected by the infection cluster first exploding among migrant workers communities in Samut Sakhon, while several more have been added to the list by the clusters involving gambling dens and local gambling such as cock fighting The disease control ...

B.Tribune

Myanmar Migrant Worker Says His Seafood Market Boss Started Chain of COVID-19 Infections

A Myanmar migrant worker in Thailand who became infected with the coronavirus said Wednesday that he contracted the illness from his Thai employer in a huge seafood market compound in coastal Samut Sakhon province near the capital Bangkok. On Monday, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and ...

Nayrein Kyaw for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Ye Kaung Myint Maung. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

Anti-Myanmar hate speech flares in Thailand over virus

“Wherever you see Myanmar people, shoot them down,” read one Thai comment on YouTube after a surge of coronavirus cases among workers from Myanmar. The outbreak, first detected at a seafood market near Bangkok, has prompted a flare-up in such online hate speech as well as ...

Reporting by Shoon Naing in Yangon; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Sam Holmes

Covid Infections, and Blame, Rise Along Southeast Asian Borders

The border between Thailand and Myanmar is more than 1,500 miles long, much of it thickly forested. Myanmar has suffered runaway transmission of the coronavirus. Thailand, so far, has not. But over the past couple of weeks, at least 19 Covid-19 cases in Thailand have been ...

Hannah Beech

Cops nab 58 illegals bound for the capital

Fifty-eight illegal job-seekers from Laos were caught on the banks of the Mekong River in Khong Chiam district as they were preparing to travel to Bangkok yesterday. Capt Nathawat Wichakul, commander of Ubon Ratchathani’s Mekong Riverine Unit (MRU), said a combined security force intercepted a white ...

NILA SINGKHIRI

Cambodia and Thailand agree on migrant worker MoU

Ministry representatives from Cambodia and Thailand have held a meeting to solve migration issues between the neighbouring countries amid the pandemic. The meeting was held via a conference call on November 5 between Labour Minister Ith Samheng and Deputy Minister of Labour, Surachai Chaitrakulthong, who was ...

Sen David

First Person: supporting migrants on the COVID-19 frontline in Myanmar

Myanmar has been preparing for the return of hundreds of thousands of workers – some 650,000 are in Thailand alone – and one of the key tasks was to set up quarantine facilities for those returning migrants. Sandi Swe, who has been working in a ...

UN

‘I have to do this’: Myanmar garment workers forced into sex work by Covid

When Hla, 19, tried to go back to work seven months ago after having a baby, there were no jobs. Hundreds of garment factories in Myanmar had closed after western fashion brands cancelled orders due to the pandemic, leaving thousands of women jobless. As lockdown gripped Yangon, ...

Lorcan Lovett and Nay Chi Nway

PM warns against illegal migration brokers at border

Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged Cambodian people to work within the country and avoid being deceived by brokers who illegally send them to Thailand for work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Please don’t be deceived by a broker. We have to work in our country. Some ...

Ry Sochan

UN Condemns Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya, Other Minorities

The UN Human Rights office reports the Myanmar military continues to attack, persecute and commit gross violations against the Rohingya Muslims three years after similar actions triggered a mass exodus of more than 750,000 Rohingya to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.  The report has been submitted to ...

Lisa Schlein

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