Thai authorities hand over convicted 172 Myanmar nationals

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Freed Myanmar workers are seen before being transferred to Myanmar.

Thai authorities transferred 172 Myanmar citizens, who were released from the immigration prisons after serving their sentences, to Myanmar authorities from Ranong, Thailand, to Kawthoung, Myanmar, by sea.
A total of 172 workers, including 116 men, 48 women and eight children (six males and two females), were brought by 10 rudder boats on 17 August noon.
They were received by Labour Officer U Ye Lin Htet, border committee officials, officials from Ranong District Immigration Department and officials from Anti Cross-border Special Force.
The transferred Myanmar workers are the ones who were trapped in Thailand for various reasons during the outbreak of Covid-19 and those who were given punishment. Kawthoung District and Township Administration officials, Department of Health and other respective departments, and NGOs will check the returnees to confirm the involvement of people suspected of COVID-19 infection, non-Myanmar citizen and drugs. Then, they provided the necessary support for food and health.
Myanmar workers who have re-entered and received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be given a third booster dose and those who have not been vaccinated at all and only once have been tested for infection, and are placed in three quarantine centres in Kawthoung where men and women are kept separately. They will be sent back to their respective homes only after a strict three-day travel restriction and no infection is detected, it is learnt. — TWA/GNLM

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