THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will be considering both the phase six relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown and the emergency decree next week, Naewna newspaper reported today (July 19, 2020).
Answering reporters’ questions after the daily briefing on the Covid-19 infection in this country, CCSA’s spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the next phase of the lockdown relaxation would include allowing foreign workers to return to Thailand to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, such as contractors, food companies and trade show organizers, with foreign movie makers and some groups of tourists likely allowed in.
There will be a comprehensive discussion on the sixth phase lockdown easing, with this expected to end by the middle or the end of the week, after which the issue will be tabled to the full committee.
Where the extension of the emergency decree is concerned, Dr. Taweesilp said either tomorrow or on Tuesday both the small and full CCSA committees will meet and decide whether to end or extend it.
Regarding the economic impact of the lockdown, this is of secondary importance even though it concerns the livelihood of the people, with their health being the top priority, he underscored.
Before answering these key questions Dr. Taweesilp had announced that over the past 24 hours there were three new Covid-19 cases all having returned from abroad, two from Singapore and one from Sudan, and now under state quarantine.
With the inclusion of these three now cases there are now 312 people in state quarantine. The total number of cases has reached 3,249, with 3,096 having recovered while 95 are undergoing medical treatment.
Top: Dr. Taweesilp talking to the Press today. Photo: Naewna