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Prayut: Emergency Decree to Remain After Covid-19 Rules Relaxed

1 Thailand Emergency Decree Extended

Nearly all of Thailand’s coronavirus restrictions will be dropped on July 1, but the emergency decree isn’t going anywhere for a while.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday insisted that the emergency decree, which gives the former dictator full control of the government’s coronavirus-control plan as head of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, was still necessary.

The CCSA most recently extended the emergency decree through July 31 but Prayut believes the need for it will continue even as daily Covid-19 cases fall below 1,800 and deaths remain in the 20s.

The Move Forward Party on Sunday demanded the government lift the decree, claiming its now only being used to target anti-government protesters, not curb the spread of Covid-19.

Prayut said the emergency decree has proved successful in controlling Covid-19. If it’s removed, the CCSA would be disbanded and the country would have to control the last of the pandemic using public-health laws.

Introduced on March 26, 2020 to control the spike in Covid-19 cases, the emergency decree has been extended 18 times. Prayut claims that while most controls will be lifted July 1, some restrictions have to be maintained to prevent a resurgence in cases.