Thailand announces closure of borders with Myanmar, Malaysia hinh anh 1At a border checkpoint in Thailand's Tak province (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Thai Royal Police on March 24 announced temporary closure of borders with Myanmar and Malaysia adjacent to Thailand's deep southern provinces to contain the COVID-19 epidemic.

Deputy spokesman of the Thai Royal Police Kritsana Pattanacharoen said from 0:00 on March 24, the provinces of Songkhla, Satun, Yala, Narathiwat, and Ranong will be temporarily sealed, adding that people of all nationalities, including Thais, will not be allowed to cross the border.

However, the measures will spare cargo trucks passing through designated border checkpoints, and only one person is allowed on each truck, he said.

Meanwhile, Chak Daeng temple in Thailand, famous for a campaign led by its environmentally
conscious abbot, is about to produce face masks from 15 tonnes of plastic bottles it receives every month.

On March 23, a spokesperson of the Thai Ministry of Public Health confirmed 106 more infection cases and three deaths, bringing the total to 827 with four deaths./.