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PM calls fake virus news “biggest threat”

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: PM Prayut Chan-o-cha addreses reporters at today's press briefing - Thai PBS World

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told a press briefing today that fake news is the worst threat to the public regarding the Wuhan Coronavirus and warned those who spread it will be “dealt with” decisively, and in accordance with the law.

The PM reassured the public that the government can contain the spread of the virus and is fully equipped and prepared to accommodate the 160 Thais being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, who face a 14 day quarantine.

“You can burn anything you like, but do not burn your own country. Above all do not burn it with distortions and fake news. I am not quarreling with you, but I must warn you.”

At meeting of officials managing the Coronavirus outbreak, the PM stressed that the situation does not currently warrant the use of special powers. He also says he regrets that some groups are politicizing the Coronavirus issue. He dismissed allegations that the government is hiding the true number of confirmed cases in Thailand.

“The most important thing now is to take good care of the public in Thailand.”

The PM also reports that the government will implement price controls on face masks and hand sanitizers to prevent profiteering, adding that the government is already distributing free face masks to people in some areas. He encourages those who can afford the face masks to buy them.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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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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