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Leading Backer of Covid-19 Restrictions Named Health Ministry’s Top Bureaucrat

Opas Karnkawinpong
Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong

Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, one of the faces of Thailand’s coronavirus pandemic who continues to push restrictions and disease controls, has been named the Public Health Ministry’s next permanent secretary.

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the appointment of the current director-general of the Department of Disease Control, which takes effect in October.

Opas will take over for Dr Kiattiphum Wongrachit, who will retire on Sept. 30.

Opas has been a leading voice in Thailand’s disease-control effort, proposing restrictions and measures over the past two years. He has frequently appeared in the press and media to advocate continued restrictions and controls.