Thailand imposes strict cross-border control, effective immediately amid COVID-19 spread

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BANGKOK, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda told the media on Friday that he had ordered provincial governors to strictly control cross-border activities and to temporarily shut entertainment venues to reduce public gatherings in order to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

"All 51 temporary border passes were closed and one permanent border pass remained open in each border province, except Chiang Rai that bordered two countries, Laos and Myanmar," said Anupong.

The Interior Minister also said that he has given provincial governors the power to close their permanent border crossings and quarantine visitors from risk countries.

"I stress that people need to cooperate with instructions from the government to reduce transmission. Please do not gather or go to other provinces," Anupong said. Enditem

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