Good morning and welcome to the morning briefing this Monday, April 27th. Here are some of the headlines you may have missed from the past 24 hours:
Covid-19 measures here to stay for the foreseeable future
The Thai Government yesterday informed the public that coronavirus measures such as wearing a face mask and social distancing will remain in place until at least next year.
These measures will remain in line with the timeline for a vaccine becoming available to the general public and are designed to try and stop the second wave of covid-19 infections.
People were also warned not to lower their guard and to remain vigilant to try and stop the second wave of infections.
New coronavirus infections drop again
After a surge in new covid-19 cases on Saturday, the official numbers of new cases plummeted again on Sunday with only 15 new cases reported.
There also no new deaths reported on Sunday and 47 new recoveries.
Phuket police track quarantine skippers
Police in Phuket are tracking people who were meant to be in self-isolation but have instead been visiting people outside of their homes.
The number of cases in Phuket has continued to rise despite a lockdown being in place and officials suspect the reason is that people who are supposed to be in quarantine are not properly isolating themselves.
More than 30 police officers will help to track quarantine skippers and anyone they have been in contact with over the past few weeks.
New guidelines for air travel
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has released nine new guidelines that will be in place for anyone who travels by air when domestic flights resume on May 1st.
The new guidelines include social distancing measures, face mask-wearing, and no food or drinks allowed to be served on board.
Airlines will need to ensure that all nine guidelines are adhered to until further notice.
Amnesty publishes a damming report
Amnesty International has published a severe report criticizing Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government in regard to the expression of freedom online.
The 26-page briefing describes how the government is using overly broad laws to punish people who speak out against the government and suggests that the covid-19 pandemic is being used as an excuse for the government to silence critics.
The report’s research, Clare Algar said that the government has “created a climate of fear designed to silence those with dissenting views.”