Corona virus restrictions likely to ease in Thailand
The corona virus restrictions were imposed until 30th April 2020. There is no confirmation of when they’ll be eased yet. The government will discuss the matter on April 28. The cabinet will discuss the extension of the state of emergency next week on April 28, 2020. The decision will be made based on records of public cooperation and public health data. “People’s cooperation will result in the continuous decrease of infected patients”. The Prime Minister emphasized the Government’s top priority is to come out of this crisis.
Details of CCSA spokesperson press briefing
Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, M.D., CCSA Spokesperson, disclosed that continuous decline in the number of COVID-19 infected patients in Thailand is the result of cooperation of all Thai people. However, he insisted that we could be more at ease, but should not let our guard down. The best example is Singapore where there were initially 4 patients, but now the number is over 1,000. CCSA Spokesperson declared that Thailand is still under the State of Emergency, and would like to seek cooperation of the private sector to continue its ‘work from home’ measures.
The CCSA Spokesperson also stated that those who were in state quarantine for 14 days and tested negative are unlikely to transmit the disease. Unless they behave in a risky manner after the quarantine. He also suggested the Thai people must adapt to a ‘new normal’ after COVID-19, such as wearing hygienic masks, etc.
The CCSA Spokesperson said CCSA and Ministry of Public Health have implemented active case finding measures in identifying patients, especially in high risk areas of Bangkok and Phuket. They will further intensify the operations. He also emphasized that health and concerns on employment are equally important. He said, we have to survive to be able to sustain economic and social life. The public is therefore urged to have confidence in the operations of CCSA. He wanted the public to join forces in decreasing the number of infected patients to below 10 for at least 14 consecutive days.
Prime Minister of Thailand responds to calls for easing restrictions
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha responded to a call for the Government to ease various measures related to COVID-19. Easing the measures needs careful consideration, and public healthcare related data must be taken into consideration. The Government would not hastily loosen up the situation simply because of external pressure. In reopening businesses, especially shops and department stores, entrepreneurs must propose supportive measures to be put in place.
Businesses must come up with screening measures, temperature checks, restriction on number of customers, social distancing, etc,. Otherwise they will not be allowed to reopen. According to the Prime Minister, the Government truly understands the people’s plight, but public health is the topmost priority. If restrictions are eased without careful consideration, spread of COVID-19 may be worsened. All the past efforts to curb the disease would be in vain.
Thai ministry of culture announces help to artists
The ministry of culture of Thailand has conducted a survey of local artists and members of arts and culture networks. The survey found over 26,000 artists affected by the cancellation of shows and performances. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted many local performers. The Ministry worked with provincial cultural offices to compile the list of artists and members of arts and culture networks. They wanted to check if all the artists were registered with the government to get the 5000 baht handout.
This article is based on information released by the Royal Thai government