Connect with us

Coronavirus Thailand

Thailand’s Security Council eyes extending state of emergency, easing some restrictions

Jack Burton

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the CCSA - Thai PBS World

Next Monday, the day before the weekly Cabinet meeting, Thailand’s National Security Council will present a proposal to extend the national state of emergency to PM Prayut Chan-o- cha, recommending the relaxation of some current restrictions to allow some businesses and daily activities to resume amid the Covid-19 crisis.

The NSC met with other security agencies to evaluate the current state of emergency, which are set to expire on Thursday, April 30.

Bangkok Post reports that the NSC secretary-general Somsak Roongsita says the meeting agreed that enforcement of the Emergency Decree should be extended since the pandemic has not yet been fully brought under control.

The government will decide how long the extension will be, according to Somsak, and it will discuss the relaxation of some restrictions with the National Economic and Social Development Council. The PM has the right to extend the current Emergency Decree for up to 90 days under the Thai Constitution.

Somsak says Prayut will call a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on the same day to decide whether to extend the state of emergency. If the extension is agreed, as now appears likely, the proposal will go before the Cabinet on Tuesday for approval.

Details regarding the relaxation of restrictions will be known after Monday’s meeting, and the NSC will invite business leaders to give opinions on how they can help curb new infections if restrictions are relaxed.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, says there is concern that a second wave of Covid-19 transmissions will erupt once life starts returning to normal.

Taweesilp denied a report about the lifting of the curfew in 32 provinces in early May, saying any relaxation of the state of emergency must be approved by the Cabinet.

On his Facebook account, Yong Poovorawan, head of the Clinical Virology Department at Chulalongkorn University, explained the criteria which would is likely to be used to decide which areas should be designated as coronavirus-free.

He said an area must have gone at least 28 days without a new infection, or double the 14-day incubation period for Covid-19.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

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.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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:

Drugs31 mins ago

Expat arrested on drug charges allegedly claims to be a local “Robin Hood”

Thailand54 mins ago

Thai Airways selling 10 properties to raise capital

Best of1 hour ago

The 5 Best Cafes in Koh Samui

Sponsored7 hours ago

Tour Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | record Covid deaths, ban on ‘mass gatherings’ | August 4

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Vaccine updates for expats; hospital extends hours to accelerate vaccinations

Guides2 hours ago

8 things to do correctly in Thailand

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Best of3 hours ago

Thailand’s 5 most absolutely luxurious hotels

Myanmar3 hours ago

Myanmar envoy updated to Brunei’s 2nd Foreign Affairs Minister

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand’s national parks ban the use of some sunscreens containing particular chemicals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 20,200 new cases, provincial totals

Guides5 hours ago

Visa Exemption Rule – 56 countries to enter Thailand without a visa

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Third phase testing successful for Vietnam Covid-19 vaccine

Phuket6 hours ago

Phuket police arrest 2 men and seize more than 160,000 methamphetamine pills

Thailand7 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | Hemp Ice cream, Thai English proficiency, Covid stats

Best of8 hours ago

5 Best Seafood Restaurants in Koh Samui

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Phuket5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending