State of emergency extended


Thailand extended an emergency decree until the end of July in a bid to avoid the risk of a second wave of the coronavirus, as the country was poised to reopen bars and allow some foreigners into the country.

The Cabinet approved the extension of the emergency decree because the pandemic was still ongoing, Narumon Pinyosinwat, a spokesperson, said.

With the government set to ease more restrictions today, it was necessary for the government to continue using the decree to control travel and reduce the risk of a second wave, she said.

The emergency decree gives the government a range of additional powers including to deploy officials to investigate venues, bring in curfews, restrict gatherings and control travel. — Reuters

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