The National Security Council today approved further extension of Thailand’s state of emergency clamiing it is necessary to maintain 14-day quarantine rules, which it calls an an effective tool to contain the novel coronavirus.
Gen Natapol Nakpanich, the deputy army chief and deputy head of an ad hoc committee on the relaxation of Covid-19 control measures, said the one-month extension would have little impact on society because people can continue with their normal lives, and rallies or anti-government protests can be organized.
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration needed the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations because the Disease Control Act cannot be applied in some situations while the decree could be exercised to integrate efforts by various governmental organizations to swiftly respond to Coivd-related situations, he said.
“The panel of CCSA recommends the decree be imposed for another month. It will propose this to CCSA,” Natapol said, referring to his ad-hoc committee. The state of emergency was earlier set to be valid until the end of this month.
He expressed gratitude to the public for their cooperation with disease-control measures and said that the 14-day quarantine measure for people arriving in Thailand would remain no matter whether the state of emergency would continue, because infected people could be detected within the quarantine period.
The quarantine would also be applied to foreign cyclists who would arrive for an upcoming international cycling event in Thailand and if the event is successfully organized, atmosphere in the country will improve, Natapol said.