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PM approves Emergency Decree extension

Jack Burton




PM Prayut Chan O’Cha has signed off on a proposal by the National Security Council and the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration to extend the Emergency Decree until the end of August. The Emergency Decree gives the government sweeping powers to manage the Covid-19 crisis at the national level from a “top down” perspective. It also provides draconian penalties for those who disobey or break regulations that are part of the decree.

The government has repeatedly maintained that the Emergency Decree is needed to effectively manage the Covid-19 situation, especially to control who can enter the country. The NSC has publicly said that without the decree individual provincial governors would have to manage the process directly, which could see different styles of management and approaches that could potentially cause issues.

But opponents say current laws, such as the Communicable Disease Control Act, give more then enough protection to manage the situation without the decree. They also claim that the decree is, or will be, used to stop mass gatherings and anti-government protests versus controlling the virus.

In a speech yesterday afternoon, the PM strongly disagreed with those claiming the decree is to stop anti-government protests. He said the aspects of the decree which affects people’s lives, such as domestic travel restrictions, curfew and all gathering bans, have been removed, and essentially the decree is now just a management tool and not a set of rules and measures.

The announcement, once it appears in the Royal Gazette (which is expected today), will officially extend the decree until the end of August.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Bob M

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 4:54 am

    You cannot eradicate Covid 19 until a vaccine is approved and distributed.

    You have to live with it and learn how to control it. You have an amazing recovery rate The cost of controlling and or treating it. Even if you provide it provided free of charge for all, is far less than the overall cost to your economy by trying to have zero cases.

    Open the doors and allow your economy to recover.

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    Ray W.

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    This is well past the point of stupidity. The point of a lock down is to extend the curve of the virus outbreak to decrease the chances of out pacing medical capacity, so you’ve done that now. We know more about the virus and morality rates are dropping all over. There is a very small chance an effective vaccine will actually be completed so unless you plan to keep the Country closed for the next 5 years you may want to start accepting risk and move in the direction of herd immunity. At this point you will cause scores more deaths from poverty, increased crimes, and depression from the economic damage. This has been like watching a good friend self immolate to prevent a cold, then congratulating themselves on not getting sick as they burn to a charred husk.

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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.

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