Thailand's emergency rule against pandemic extended until Aug. 31

July 23, 2020

Thailand has extended emergency rule against the COVID-19 pandemic for another month in the face of incoming Thais and foreigners, who might possibly be infected overseas.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Wednesday extended the emergency decree, imposed nationwide since March until Aug. 31, said CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

Thailand's emergency rule, earlier scheduled to last until the end of this month, has been extended for another month due to the fact that many more Thai and foreign nationals are coming from foreign countries where the pandemic has not been put under control as yet, according to the CCSA spokesman.

For that reason, he said, Thailand is yet to continue to stem the pandemic with measures currently imposed under the emergency rule.

Prayut earlier commented the existing laws pertaining to communicable disease control measures cannot effectively cope with the current pandemic, thus prompting him to use emergency rule.