Connect with us

Coronavirus Thailand

PM says restrictions could be eased by April 30

Published

 on 

PHOTO: thaivisa

The current national state of emergency is due to expire on April 30. While PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has hinted he might extend it, which he has the constitutional right to do (up to 90 days), he says that he’ll evaluate the Covid-19 situation in the last week of April to see if some restrictions can be lifted.

The PM has told state agencies to ease restrictions if the situation improves and what to do if infections rise.

“The Centre of the Covid-19 Situation Administration consider all factors before making any decision.”

Prayut warns that if people let down their guard, the situation will worsen, and says his administration is giving equal attention to all who are affected. Thailand has around 37 million workers in the “informal” and formal sectors combined, about 9 million freelancers and 17 million in the farming sector.

Meanwhile, in Chon Buri, the provincial government has picked up on the optimistic tone saying, that if the situation with Covid-19 continues to improve and does not worsen, the current plan is to reopen some businesses by May 1 and get the tens of thousands back to work. That includes Pattaya.

It’s already been determined that Thailand’s public schools will remain closed until July 1.

Prayut says the Thai government is diverting money from many sources to help those affected by the outbreak.

All ministries has been told to allocate 10% of their budgets to the cause. But this contribution, which adds up to 100 billion baht, will first have to be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Thai army has announced it will delay all hardware acquisition, including its controversial purchase of Chinese made submarines, until the situation improves.

Prayut says he expects the budget to be released in June.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Road deaths7 hours ago

‘Drowsy’ driver crashes van, killing 3 Laotian workers

Thailand7 hours ago

Is the dream over? China walks back Belt & Road ambitions

Politics8 hours ago

Prasert levels 6-billion corruption accusations at Prayut

Sponsored10 hours ago

Segafredo Zanetti Coffee teamed up with Bangkok Airways and hosted “Bangkok Airways Surf Festival 2022”

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Baht plunges to 38 against USD for the first time in 16 years

Phuket8 hours ago

Phuket dwellers honour 10th Lunar Month

Thailand9 hours ago

Thai govt owes 100 million baht to hospitality industry

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand9 hours ago

BMA reveals Bangkok druggies buy yaba online 

Phuket9 hours ago

Delivery driver & customer brawl over payment in Phuket

Transport9 hours ago

Thai Airways flying high at Skytrax Awards

Thailand10 hours ago

Soi Dog Foundation steps up fight against rabies and dog meat trade in Vietnam

Visa10 hours ago

Thailand to extend Smart Visa scheme to draw talent

Cannabis10 hours ago

Can I take cannabis on domestic flights in Thailand?

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand pays 3.8 billion baht for first train hub in hospital

Transport11 hours ago

Bomb scare on flight from San Francisco to Singapore

South12 hours ago

English teacher’s body found in South Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending