Cabinet approves B36 bn additional Covid relief measures

Cabinet approves B36 bn additional Covid relief measures

Volunteers prepare free meals of omelette and rice for people affected by Covid-19 restrictions at Sungai Kolok police station in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat province last month. (Photo: Waedao Harai)
Volunteers prepare free meals of omelette and rice for people affected by Covid-19 restrictions at Sungai Kolok police station in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat province last month. (Photo: Waedao Harai)

Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday approved an additional 16 billion baht of financial support for those affected by tougher restrictions to contain the country's biggest coronavirus outbreak, a government spokesman said.

The restrictions were imposed in July in 13 provinces, including Bangkok, before being extended into August and expanded to 29 provinces. Those curbs have been eased from this month.

About 16.1 billion baht will be provided in a second month of support for employers and employees in the 13 provinces, while 862 million baht will be for those who missed earlier assistance, spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana told a briefing.

The government has so far approved 34 billion baht for those affected by the restrictions, he said.

The cabinet also approved 20 billion baht of housing loans for lower income earners, which will be provided by the Government Housing Bank, said deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek.

The loans offer an interest rate of 1.99% for the first four years for borrowers with a monthly income of up to 25,000 baht and for a home of up to 1.2 million baht, she said. 


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