Thailand: Academicians are calling Prayut to resign as nine imported Covid-19 cases reported

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BANGKOK, Oct 20 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): As many as 1,118 academics have signed the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights’ petition demanding that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha step down.

A group of academics and students led by Thammasat anthropology lecturer Anusorn Unno and Rangsit University’s political science lecturer Thamrongsak Petchlertanan marched to Government House on Tuesday to deliver the letter.

The letter decries the Oct 16 crackdown on protesters and the government’s moves to silence critics.Anusorn said the water cannons directed at the protesters caused injuries and only resulted in further angering the public.

Hence, he said, the network wants the government to stop using violence against unarmed protesters, cancel laws that silence critics or violate people’s right to freedom of speech and accept the protest movement’s demands.

The protesters are calling for the resignation of the prime minister, the Constitution to be rewritten so it is more democratic and for the monarchy to be reformed.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported nine new cases in state quarantine facilities over a 24-hour period on Tuesday (Oct 16).

Six soldiers who returned from a UN mission in South Sudan on Oct 12 tested positive on the same day, but the results were unclear. Their infection was confirmed on Oct 15.

A 22-year-old Thai male student returned from the United Arab Emirates on Oct 9 and tested positive on Oct 16 in a Bangkok state quarantine hotel.

A 26-year-old Thai woman who returned from Oman on Oct 14 tested positive in the Chonburi state quarantine facility.

A 25-year-old Thai masseuse returned from the United Arab Emirates on Oct 9 and tested positive on Oct 16. She developed a severe cough and headache while in quarantine in Bangkok, and revealed she been infected once before in September.

Meanwhile, three other patients have recovered and discharged.

The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand has risen to 3,700 (753 in state quarantine), 150 of whom are in hospital and 3,491 have recovered and been discharged. The death toll remains unchanged at 59.

According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Tuesday, the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 40.6 million (up by 337,854). Of them, 30.3 million have recovered, while 9.17 million are active cases (72,805 in severe condition) and 1.12 million died (up by 4,389).

Thailand ranks 144th in the list of most Covid-19 cases in the world, while the US tops the list with 8.45 million cases, followed by India 7.59 million, Brazil 5.25 million, Russia 1.41 million and Spain 1 million. - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network

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