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Thailand likely to extend State of Emergency for another month

According to a posting from SawadeeSiam.com, the state of emergency in Thailand looks set to continue for yet another month until at least the end of June with officials deciding later today whether the decree should be extended.

Security authorities say they are “not confident” about the current Covid-19 situation despite the country recording very low new cases in the recent weeks.

Government and military agencies have been carefully watching the introduction of the gradual easing of the lock-down restrictions which include the reopening of shopping malls that saw vast numbers of people heading to shopping centers around the country.

They are concerned of the second wave of the Covid-19 that if the state of emergency is lifted while re-opening the economy.

Should the emergency decree end, the government’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration would be dissolved and the government would lose the legal power to implement lock-downs and curfews when necessary as a quick reaction to contain the spread of the virus.

A meeting later today will feature security officials and representatives from business and health sectors who will all have input when deciding whether or not to extend the state of emergency.

However, the final decision lies with the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration who will consider the outcome of today’s meeting before sending its recommendation to the Thai cabinet next Tuesday.

With the government’s desire to continue having the power to control safety measures, it is highly likely that the emergency decree will continue beyond its current May 31st expiry date.

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