Despite there being five fewer coronavirus cases than yesterday and no new deaths announced today, the Thai Government is not yet ready to ease restrictions around the country.
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration today announced 27 new cases of coronavirus of which 16 were people who came into contact with previously known cases.
For the third day in a row, there were no new deaths announced and also no new cases in the hotspot of Phuket for a third consecutive day.
Despite this, the government remains extremely cautious about allowing businesses to reopen – a key agenda at the meeting today.
Taweeslip Visanuyothin, the spokesman for the Center, said that the “emergency decree is still necessary under the present circumstances,” indicating that it is very likely the emergency decree will be extended beyond April 30th.
He went on to say the Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha has stressed the importance of striking a balance between battling the virus and the economic benefits of businesses restarting.
The government will consider measures such as the zoning proposal set out to allow businesses in low-risk areas to open again while businesses in high-risk areas remain closed.
However, at present, it seems the government is erring on the side of caution and will allow the restrictions to carry on past the original end date in 10 days’ time.
Source: Department of Disease Control | Photo: Reuters