Following a committee meeting involving security agencies earlier today, a recommendation will be passed on to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration to extend the state of emergency until at least the end of June.
The announcement was made by National Security Council Secretary-General, Gen Somsak Rungsita, who said that the meeting on Thursday morning had concluded that an extension of the emergency decree was necessary as the global situation remains concerning.
While Thailand is doing a good job containing the virus, Gen Rungsita said the committee believes that extra caution is crucial to prevent a second wave of covid-19 infections that could damage Thailand’s health system and economy even further.
An official recommendation has been passed on to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, which is likely to agree with the decision and make submit a proposal to the cabinet early next week.
An official announcement is expected by Tuesday, extending the state of emergency in Thailand until June 30th.
The state of emergency has already been extended once and currently ends on May 31st. The Thai Government has previously claimed that extending the emergency decree is not a power-play to maintain political control of the country.
Source: Bangkok Post