The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration is set to be dissolved and the country’s Emergency Decree canceled as the government hands over control of the coronavirus crisis to the Public Health Ministry at month’s end.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha plans to convene the CCSA on Sept. 10 to evaluate the Covid-19 situation after lockdown measures were eased over a week ago.
Ignoring the fact there were still 13,821 new coronavirus cases and 241 deaths today, the embattled premier appears ready to perform his best George W. Bush “Mission Accomplished” impression and signal that the crisis is over, when, of course, it’s months away from being so.
As part of that, the CCSA will end its role in the pandemic and let the government impose the newly modified Communicable Diseases Act instead of the emergency decree to deal with Covid-19 from Oct. 1 onward.
Earlier the state-of-emergency decree was set to be exercised to cope with the pandemic until Sept 30. It has been in place for 18 months.
The change in the legal tool would automatically end CCSA and concerned organizations, especially the Public Health Ministry, would instead be responsible for COVID-19 solutions from Oct 1 onwards, sources said. (TNA)