On 22 Nov, police arrested 11 migrants near the Tabaek Border in Au Noi district, Prachuap Khiri Khan for illegally crossing into the country. The migrants were hiding in a palm plantation when a villager working in the rubber field heard dogs barking and human voices coming from the bush.
The villager alerted the police and border securities to conduct a search and eventually found all of them. Health officials arrived shortly and immediately screened the migrants and check their temperatures for a possible Covid-19 infection.
The migrants told police that they paid a Thai agent 6,500 baht each to sneak across the border, wait at the rubber plantation and later transport them to Phuket island.