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Prayut Backs Extension of Emergency Decree, CCSA to Vote Tuesday

Thai army patrols the Myanmar border in the north to catch illegal migrants after hundreds of Covid-19 cases were reported in August.
Thai army patrols the Myanmar border in the north to catch illegal migrants after hundreds of Covid-19 cases were reported in August. (Photo: TNA)

A Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration panel has recommended the government extend its emergency decree for another month with the full CCSA to decide Tuesday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will chair the Sept. 29 meeting. On Friday he said “illegal immigration must be prevented both by land and water and the serious imposition of existing measures will continue”.

Regarding measures on air travel, Prayut said the CCSA would consider disease-control measures for visiting businesspeople on short visits who could be escorted by health and security officials.

The current emergency decree will end on Sept. 30. The panel said an extension was needed to ensure cooperation and faster work in combating the virus crisis by government agencies.

The CCSA highlighted the surge of COVID-19 infections in neighboring Myanmar, where the daily number of new cases has soared above 1,000. The CCSA said it will also discuss plans to open the country to foreign travelers under the Special Tourist Visa, which should be available soon.