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Thai PM announces Emergency Decree for the whole country

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“The Emergency Decree act of 2005 gives the government sweeping powers to enact these measures.”

Thai PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha has declared an emergency decree from March 26)until the end of April, 2020 to deal with the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in Thailand.

The decree means the prime minister will have executive power to declare any measures to contain the Covid-19 virus, including giving additional authority to officials and creating checkpoints to stop people travelling

A special committee will be actioned and based in Bangkok to implement new policy and procedures to match the requirements of the day. the Thai PM did not state who will be on the committee.

Prayut is urging people not to return to their home provinces and says there will be checkpoints and quarantine measures to restrict those who try.

“Provincial governors have full authority and are cooperating to quarantine those trying to return. Violator of quarantine or self isolation face fines of up to 20,000 baht.”

The emergency decree gives various powers, including the potential restriction of domestic travel, censoring media, curfews, commandeering or closing building, among others.

None of these measures has been officially announced and will not be until at least this Thursday. Rumours of a curfew taking place as early as this evening are false.

The PM also said that social media will be “very closely monitored” during the emergency decree period. Those sharing fake news or making claims of cover-ups or conspiracies “will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Thailand reported 3 deaths and 106 new coronavirus cases today. The country now has 827 cases and four fatalities since the outbreak began.

Thai PM announces Emergency Decree for the whole country | News by Samui Times

SOURCE: Reuters | The Pattaya News

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