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Thai government may replace emergency decree with strict amendment to Communicable Disease Act

Maya Taylor

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The Thai Public Health Minister says the government is considering repealing the emergency decree come the new year and replacing it with a tougher amendment to the Communicable Disease Control Act. Anutin Charnvirakul says the proposal was raised at a Cabinet meeting yesterday.

Addressing the Thai media, he said the amendment would allow the Disease Control Committee more authority to introduce measures such as budget approval for local and state quarantine during any new outbreaks of Covid-19. He adds that the amendment aims to create flexibility and address the needs of Thai people.

The emergency decree has been in force since late March and extended multiple times since its introduction. The last extension was on November 18 and is set to expire on January 15. Anutin says if the Covid-19 situation stabilises, it will be replaced with the Communicable Disease Act come the new year.

He adds that the government needs more time before deciding if New Year celebrations must be cancelled. Despite this, numerous local authorities around the country have already made the decision to cancel their festivities amid the latest outbreak that has spread beyond the original hotspot of Samut Sakhon.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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    john smith

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Disease Control Committee more authority to introduce measures such as budget approval for local and state quarantine during any new outbreaks of Covid-19.

    More corruption opportunities.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Everything is a “corruption opportunity” if involves money, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad idea.

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    preesy chepuce

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    All around the world, COVID increasingly looks like a sinister and cynical opportunity for governments to cross lines with regards to personal liberty. You start to wonder whether the tin-foil-hatters are the ones who believe that 1984 is really happening, or whether the tin-foil-hatters are the ones who believe the governments and their wrecking of the global economic system just to save about 0.1% of the population, mostly the unhealthy and elderly.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      Whatever the percentage, it’d be a pretty sad world if the “unhealthy and elderly” were just cast aside …..

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        Forget About It

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:38 pm

        You mean like New York City & “The Grinch” Como!?

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Anyone bothered to identify the medal ribbons on the health minister’s chest?
    Two are for the coronations. Rama X and Rama x1
    One is for the exalted order of the white elephant, Is he a white elephant?
    One is for devotional services to Thailand.
    One is for serving Thailand – Again!
    The others I cannot identify. Maybe one is for swimming the length of a pool at school.
    The other might be drinking five big bottles of Chang without falling over.
    There are also seven medals awarded by the Thai red cross, and he has not got one of them.
    I think that is deplorable for a health minister.
    I also notice he has no parachute wings, but do parachute wings mean a Thai has actually jumped? Probably not.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Covid the oh so convenient scapegoat for the control of the people

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