The Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has said he will consider easing lockdown and curfew restrictions during the last week of April as covid-19 case numbers continue to decline.
The nationwide curfew between 10 pm and 4 am is due to expire on April 30th, but many people believe it could be extended throughout May if the situation doesn’t improve.
However, the PM spoke on Wednesday and addressed the issue, noting that there has been a sharp decline in official new coronavirus cases and that he will take that into account when considering whether to extend the emergency decree and curfew later this month.
He said that it will be necessary to ease restrictions gradually and to put in place measures to deal with a potential second wave of the virus.
He noted the effect that the recent restrictions have had on people, saying:
“I have realised that restrictions under the emergency decree have affected people. The government is trying to come up with alternative measures.”
However, the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital believe that the restrictions should be lifted sooner on April 22nd.
The Prime Minister also said the government will funnel money from various ministries to help people that have lost their jobs and require the 5,000 baht monthly handout.
Source: Bangkok Post