The emergency decree in Thailand has been extended by another month until August 31st with Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, and the Ministry of Defense agreeing to maintain the emergency state beyond the end of July.
The announcement follows Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) stating on Sunday that an extension to the emergency decree was under consideration.
Reasons given for the continued implementation of the emergency law include enabling the government to monitor activity during further reopenings and relaxation of rules.
However, many young Thai citizens believe that the government is maintaining the state of emergency to stop anti-government protests, which have been taking place nationwide over the past few days.
Despite the extension, the Thai government will approve the sixth phase of easing restrictions that allows five more groups to enter Thailand, including migrant workers and members of the Thailand Elite Card scheme.