The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), under the chairman of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O’Cha, concluded in a small gathering yesterday, September 24, that the government should extend the state of the emergency decree for another month due to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in a neighboring country.
The panel stated that the emergency decree is still mandatory to ensure and strengthen strict health measures nationwide under the supervision and the cooperation of the Public Health Ministry to prevent the local transmission.
The emergency decree is also crucial in terms of preventing the surge of Covid-19 infections in neighboring Myanmar, where the number of new cases has rapidly risen to 5,000 cases within one month.
The further talks regarding the extension will be discussed at the big CCSA meeting next Tuesday before being considered and finalized by the cabinet on Wednesday, September 30. More details of re-opening the country under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) program will also be available at the meeting.
The current emergency decree will end on September 30 and has been in effect since last April. It would be the seventh time of the degree extension if the cabinet has eventually agreed on another extension in October.
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