Thailand mulls extension of emergency decree, disease control measures for foreign visitors


  • Thailand
  • Saturday, 26 Sep 2020

In this photo made from UNTV video, Gen. Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on Friday, (Sept 25, 2020), at the UN Headquarters in Geneva. - AP

BANGKOK, Sept 26 (Xinhua): Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Friday (Sept 26) said the Thai government and the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will discuss whether to extend the emergency decree designed to stem the virus outbreak.

The prime minister said his team will be reviewing regulations for visiting business representatives and tourists ahead of the cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

"I strongly believe that the emergency law is useful in preventing outbreaks as normal laws were not adequate to the task," Prayut said, adding that as long as the pandemic is prevalent, emergency laws should be in place.

In regards to opening the Thai skies to foreign visitors, Prayut said he believes that quarantine period should be shorted for business visitors if they pass the Covid-19 test at Thai airport upon arrival.

"As you know, Thailand is facing a very challenging time economically with the Covid-19 outbreak.

"We need tourists visiting Thailand to spend money," said Prayut, "International companies also need to send people here to supervise their production bases in Thailand."

Though the prime minister did not spell out exactly whether the emergency law would be extended by month end, the CCSA team on Friday said it will convince Prayut to rubber stamp approval to extend the law for the sixth time.

The CCSA has reported 3,519 Covid-19 infections in the country since the outbreak began in January. - Xinhua
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