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Emergency Decree extended until January 31

CCSA briefing (November 2021) | Photo courtesy of Royal Thai Government

The Emergency Decree has been extended until January 31, giving the Thai government sweeping powers to impose measures to combat the spread of Covid-19.

In its general meeting chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, the CCSA decided to extend the decree due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. The decree was imposed at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 and has been extended several times since then.

Recently, the government has been considering an amendment to the Communicable Disease Act, a more long term solution which would essentially replace the decree.

The government’s Covid task force, the CCSA, was also established under the decree. Ending the Emergency Decree would dissolve the CCSA and officials have said that with a new law in place, another government body similar to the CCSA could potentially be established.

Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.