BANGKOK (NNT) – The Prime Minister has ordered related agencies to provide assistance to jobless and homeless people, and pledges to offer help to all groups of people, while asking the general public to comply with COVID-19 pandemic control measures.
These measures come as news media across the country has become dominated with pictures and videos of unemployed and hungry people affected by the crisis standing in food charity lines, many of them stretching into the thousands across the nation. The Government has previously ordered local and regional government’s to help ensure that social distancing takes place at these events as some fear the large numbers could spread the Covid19 Coronavirus.
Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, and related agencies to provide assistance to unemployed persons and homeless people seeking shelter in public spaces.
The ministries were ordered to provide food to these people, register them in a database, and provide assistance to unemployed persons who wish to travel back to their hometown.
The Prime Minister said the government is well aware of disruptions caused by measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 among the general public. He has stressed the government will be providing help to all groups of people as best it can, asking members of the general public seeking assistance to contact their local administration.
The Prime Minister stated to the press earlier this week that he will be reviewing the current restrictions in place next week that have put an estimated ten to fourteen million directly out of work due to various force closures to control the spread of the the Covid19 Coronavirus. As the lines increase across the nation a growing number of voices are calling for reopening of at least some businesses. The Prime Minister has stated the health of the nation will come first and he will be carefully considering all factors as the country does not want a second wave of the Covid19 Coronavirus.
Source :NNT with additional material by the Pattaya News