PM axes splash at festival bash
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will not hold a Songkran rod nam dam hua ceremony (pouring water on respected relatives' hands) out of public health concerns, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said.
It is customary for political party representatives, politicians and senior officials to seek a Songkran blessing at the ceremony. However this year Gen Prayut has asked that they organise their own Songkran celebrations and comply strictly with Covid-free measures.
There will be no rod nam dam hua ceremony at Government House in keeping with public health safety measures.
Gen Prayut has suggested that state agencies conduct celebrations online where possible.
Yesterday, there were another 24,252 Covid-19 cases and 94 new fatalities over the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported.
This is up from 91 coronavirus-related fatalities and 21,988 new cases reported on Tuesday.