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CCSA spokesman apologises for jail threat over non-use of Mor Chana app

Maya Taylor

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Yet another misunderstanding… The spokesman for the government’s Covid-19 task force has apologised for threatening those who don’t install the Mor Chana app with jail time. Taweesin Visanuyothin, from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has clarified on his personal Facebook page that the risk of imprisonment only applies to those in the 28 provinces currently colour-coded red for “high risk”. His apology comes after social media users went up in arms over the threat, pointing out that many Thais do not have smartphones or devices capable of installing apps.

In his subsequent apology and clarification, Taweesin says that the penalty only applies to people in the 28 high-risk provinces who test positive for Covid-19 and do not have the Mor Chana app installed. Those individuals could face up to 2 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 40,000 baht. He says this will be strictly applied to the provinces of Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chon Buri, Trat, and Chanthaburi. These 5 provinces currently face strict restrictions on movement due to their Covid-19 situation.

The Mor Chana contact-tracing app colour-codes users based on their level of risk, which is determined from the data they provide. It also tracks their location. Nation Thailand reports that prominent medic Parkpoom Dejhutsadin says officials want to encourage use of the app as it is a powerful contact-tracing tool. However, he adds that the CCSA spokesman has assured him that people who test positive and don’t own smartphones will not be prosecuted, provided they cooperate with officials.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:37 am

    SoSo…he apologized..so whats about the bootlicking leftist libtard Thaiger than apologizing to deleting my comment on another post regarding this app ?

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      You still managed to make plenty of other comments about it!

      FFS stop whingeing and just go …

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    George Verbeec

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:51 am

    If someone needs to go to jail it are the elite business leaders of the shrimp industry, for organising illegal immigrants to work without quarantine and thus causing a covid epidemic in thailand.

    Togethet with those responsable for keeping a corrupt system in place.

    In fact it is corruption, and only corruption that brought in covid. Illegal workers, illegal casinos… they exist because they are organised, allowed and incentivised by authorities.

    An avoidable massive loss of life, and collapse of the economy will be the direct result.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      Most weren’t / aren’t “illegal”, and there’s no evidence to show that they didn’t catch Covid here.

      Absurd and completely unjustified to put the blame on “illegal workers” and “corruption and only corruption” for “bringing in Covid” without a shred of evidence to support it.

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      Thaiger comment reader

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      Massive loss of life? Where? How many?

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    harry1

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    just a few years ago thailand was a welcoming nation,now it threats people with jail time for feeding fish or paragliding ? bring back the happiness and support the needed now

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    Tony

    Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    I think he needs to read the reviews for the app on the play store, many people are complaining the app increases battery use so maybe if thay want more people to use it they should fix the problems first. (i won’t be using it till the problems are fix)

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    pew

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Well you won’t ever use it as it turns on your bluetooth device and thats what’s chews up the battery

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