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State of emergency extended

THAILAND: The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (July 22) approved the extension of the state of emergency nationwide for another month until Aug 31.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 22 July 2020, 02:39PM


Rescuers in full protective kit take part in a drill in Samut Prakan province in April to practise responding to emergency medical calls during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government today (July 22) extended the emergency decree imposition for another month. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul.

Rescuers in full protective kit take part in a drill in Samut Prakan province in April to practise responding to emergency medical calls during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government today (July 22) extended the emergency decree imposition for another month. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the extension was necessary because the novel coronavirus was still spreading worldwide and Thailand was allowing in foreign visitors and easing lockdowns on business and activities that pose high risks of disease transmission.

“There must be strict and continuous supervision to prevent a local spread, and the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations enables the prevention and solution to the problem,” he said.

The emergency decree allows the government to restrict arrivals, follow up suspected cases of COVID-19 and impose disease control measures on all business and activities, Dr Taweesilp said.

“The decree enables the mobilisation of civil servants, police and soldiers for efficient operations. The emergency decree will be an important tool to prepare national transition to the new normal until other laws can be put in place.”

Gen Somsak Roongsita, secretary-general of the National Security Council and the man who proposed the extension, said global COVID-19 cases were rising by over 200,000 a day and were occurring in countries nearby to Thailand.

The disease control law would be amended to provide an efficient response to COVID-19. Pending that, the emergency decree should be exercised, he said.

“We neither impose a curfew nor ban gatherings to prove our sincere intention for disease control,” Gen Somsak said.

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LALALA | 23 July 2020 - 09:06:30

Its all about control and suppression of citizens, nothing else. Covid is used as an excuse but what you would expect from a military government ruling a third world country.

ThorFinger | 23 July 2020 - 08:29:49

It's a no- win situation for the government. A vaccine will not make any difference, the virus will still be here. At some time they're going to have to recognise this. As I said before, I'm not taking any vaccine for years!

CaptainJack69 | 22 July 2020 - 19:41:08

The way they're going there'll already be a vaccine before they relinquish the state of emergency. By then there wont be any 'new normal' to get used to. Of course by then there wont be any tourists and the national economy will be in ruins be hey, at least they can say no foreigners brought the virus into Thailand.

Kurt | 22 July 2020 - 15:40:33

Does this mean that the ..."Nobody left behind handouts".. also will be extended?  Until that national transition to 'new normal'  can put in place?  When?

Nasa12 | 22 July 2020 - 14:55:22

This is the final blow to thai tourism. Well done, Prayuth.

 

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