Security agencies want emergency extended for another month

Security agencies want emergency extended for another month

Two men pay homage to sacred objects at Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat, an iconic Chinese temple in Bangkok's Chinatown area, on Wednesday, after the easing of the lockdown. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Two men pay homage to sacred objects at Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat, an iconic Chinese temple in Bangkok's Chinatown area, on Wednesday, after the easing of the lockdown. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Security agencies have agreed on the need to extend use of the emergency decree for another month, until the end of June, on concerns about the Covid-19 situation.

National Security Council secretary-general Gen Somsak Rungsita said a meeting of the committee on easing Covid-19 restrictions, which he chairs, had resolved it recommend extending the emergency decree to June 30, as the global situation was still worrying.

Although Thailand had successfully controlled the spread of the coronavirus, extra caution was needed to prevent a possible second-phase of Covid-19 disease following the easing of the nationwide lockdown.

If a second outbreak occurred, the damage would be more severe, Gen Somsak said.

The ad hoc committee therefore decided to recommend extending the emergency decree, which is due to expire on May 31, for another month. The resolution would be forwarded to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

If the CCSA agreed, it would be forwarded to the cabinet next week for a decision, Gen Somsak said. 


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