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Decree could be extended by a month

Decree could be extended by a month

THAILAND: The National Security Council (NSC) has recommended extending enforcement of the emergency decree imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic for another month until July 31.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 26 June 2020, 09:46AM


About 20 members of the Democracy Restoration Group rally against the emergency decree outside Government House on June 18. Photo: Chanat Katanyu.

About 20 members of the Democracy Restoration Group rally against the emergency decree outside Government House on June 18. Photo: Chanat Katanyu.

The decree period is set to expire at the end of this month.

NSC secretary-general Somsak Roongsita said yesterday (June 25) they wanted the decree enforced for one more month due to continued concerns about the COVID-19 situation.

Schools across the country will start a new term on Wednesday. Businesses which pose a high risk of virus transmission, including nightclubs, will reopen if a meeting of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday approves the latest proposal to further ease restrictions, Gen Somsak said.

Gen Somsak said the proposed extension of the state of emergency will be also decided at the CCSA meeting on Monday. It will then go before the cabinet for approval on Tuesday. Critics and the opposition have called on the government to end the decree as it gives authorities the power to stop gatherings and curb other freedoms.

Gen Somsak said the state of emergency had nothing to do with politics and it “has had no impact on people’s daily lives”. The decree has been extended twice since it was invoked on March 26.

Without the decree, it will be hard for authorities to enforce disease-control measures if there is a new surge in virus transmission, Gen Somsak said, adding the global pandemic situation has not improved.

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Without the decree, the government will have to use five normal laws to deal with the pandemic, such as the disease control law which has a limited scope of enforcement whereas the emergency decree contains sweeping provisions allowing the government to carry out surveillance of disease control nationwide, Gen Somsak said.

“The primary aim of the emergency decree is to deal with public health concerns. It has nothing to do with politics, nor is it intended to ban gatherings,” he said, adding the government has not used the decree against those involved in political gatherings during the past three months.

Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said people should know and respect the laws. If they violate the law, no matter if it is the emergency decree or any other law, they must face legal action.

Measures imposed under the emergency decree to control the spread of COVID-19 were the curfew and the prohibition of gatherings, as well as “spreading information that would cause panic”.

However, a security source said yesterday that a ban on public gatherings under the emergency decree will be lifted when the new extension starts next Wednesday.

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JohnC | 29 June 2020 - 08:25:08

{............ said the state of emergency had nothing to do with politics and it “has had no impact on people’s daily lives”.} No impact on people's lives??? What planet do you live on! I guess not really for the pampered hi-so oxygen thieves. Has a bigger lie ever been stated and published in Thai media?

ThorFinger | 26 June 2020 - 16:01:39

as I don't vaccinate for that. It is now clear that either everyone is really really stupid, or there's other agendas at play... I'm not going there either. I love Thailand. I want to spend the rest of my life here and become Thai one day. I'll leave someone else to poke the bear. 

ThorFinger | 26 June 2020 - 15:58:12

R u sure... I'm not sure you quite get a grip on the politics... but I'm not going there. 
The virus has been dead for at least 11 days going by WHO's guidelines. Why are we still wearing masks? I'm 59, in good health and have only a minute chance of being adversely affected by covid19. I will probably at some time over the next few years get the virus as I do the normal flu as I ...

r u sure | 26 June 2020 - 14:28:57

Lalala it would be interesting for you to share the politics of your "chosen destination" for when we and the Thai people finally get rid of you1 my suspicion is it will be somewhere else that is "emerging" Why? because I don't think you could "hack it" in the "real world"   I'm probably not alone in that assumption!!!

LALALA | 26 June 2020 - 12:58:00

Totalitarian rules by a totalitarian government in 3rd world country... nothing else...whatever they may argue.

Kurt | 26 June 2020 - 11:18:26

Hopla, another month? Just like that? For what? Not for Covid-19 containing, that is done now! Just the 'National security cover' to control coming 'Songkran', hide the hesitation to let THAI fly, with all the impounding plane risks abroad, and 'guide' the local political developments. All this has nothing to do anymore with 'disease control'.

Fascinated | 26 June 2020 - 10:31:11

More like 'would' than 'could'-it suits the Gov't to keep this in place as long as it can. It's no longer about the virus and hasn't been for a while. Anyone who thinks otherwise is not opening their eyes.

 

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