Southern border checkpoint shut again as Thai Lion Air gears up to resume flights

SUPREME Commander Gen. Pornphiphat Benyasri ordered the closure of Sadao checkpoint on the Thai-Malaysian border from midnight tonight till April 29 after an immigration police officer and a police detective got infected with the coronavirus, INN News reported this afternoon (22.4.2020).

Thais returning to their country from Malaysia were told to cross over via Padang Besar checkpoint, with both being in Songkhla province.

This is to enable a thorough cleaning of the checkpoint and prevent any further spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Meanwhile Channel  7 news site ( reported earlier that the immigration officer and the police detective who got infected shared a house while 36 other people close to them have been quarantined and 60 sent for a checkup at a Songkhla hospital.

In another development, Thai Lion Air announced this afternoon that it is ready to resume flights within the country from May 1 onwards, Thai News Agency reported.

The airline said it will initially start flying to Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani, Hat Yai and Nakhon Ratchasima once a day and within a week of the resumption of the service will study the figures from some of these provinces to possibly increase the number of flights.


The temporarily closed Sadao checkpoint. Photo: INN News


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