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When civic and pro-democracy elements opposed the extension of the emergency decree for another month, state authorities, especially those from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), tried to calm them down, saying that the draconian law is only meant to control the coronavirus outbreak better.
It is encouraging to see the government and the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) act swiftly against reports of alleged extortion that unnamed state officials demanded "commissions" from Pattaya-based hoteliers who agreed to turn their premises into state quarantine facilities.
The country's performance in controlling the spread of coronavirus is quite impressive, with new daily infections hovering in the single digits, if any at all, for weeks now. This strong record has led to the gradual reopening of the country, with the first phase starting early this month to try to reignite the economic engine.