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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 179

Quarantine for COVID-19: Management on mass immigration of deported illegal workers


1 Private Academic Consultant, Dimapur, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidhyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

Date of Submission07-Dec-2022
Date of Decision07-Dec-2022
Date of Acceptance08-Dec-2022
Date of Web Publication11-Jan-2023

Correspondence Address:
Won Sriwijitalai
Private Academic Consultant, Dimapur
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sujhs.sujhs_44_22

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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. Quarantine for COVID-19: Management on mass immigration of deported illegal workers. Santosh Univ J Health Sci 2022;8:179

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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. Quarantine for COVID-19: Management on mass immigration of deported illegal workers. Santosh Univ J Health Sci [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Feb 1];8:179. Available from: http://www.sujhs.org/text.asp?2022/8/2/179/367578



Dear Editor,

COVID-19 is a new problem that becomes a big challenge of our world. The disease started in China[1] and already imported to more than 100 countries around the world. Southeast Asia is the second area attacked by COVID-19 and the disease is still uncontrollable.[2] The continuous influx of patients from aboard still occurs. According to a recent study by Sookaromdee and Wiwanitkit,[3] an accelerating rate of disease importation is observed and it implies the necessity for good immigrant health control. Recently, there is a new challenge, a mass immigration of deported workers from an industrial country in East Asia back to Southeast Asia. Those illegal workers are deported during the outbreak of COVID-19 in East Asia. From starting point of mass immigration on March 2, 2020, there are already 1,716 immigrants in this population. A quarantine process is applied. In the governmental quarantine center, 1284 cases are quarantined, and 357 cases are quarantined at home using the selfquarantine process. There are 75 immigrants who ran away from the immigration check and quarantine process. From all 1716 immigrants entering quarantine, fever was detected in 75 cases, but there is still no case with final diagnosis of COVID-19. According to these data, there is still a high chance that the immigrant can illegally violate and run away from standard quarantine process. Focusing on self-quarantine, it is also necessary to have protocols to verify that the immigrants actually perform quarantine.

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Hsia W. Emerging new coronavirus infection in Wuhan, China: Situation in early 2020. Case Study Case Rep 2020;10:8-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Editorial: Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and imported case. Adv Trop Med Public Health Int 2019;9:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. Imported cases of 2019-novel coronavirus (2019- nCoV) infections in Thailand: Mathematical modelling of the outbreak. Asian Pac J Trop Med 2020;13:139-40.  Back to cited text no. 3
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