THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is today (Jan. 5) preparing to propose to the Cabinet meeting that the emergency decree be extended from the original expiry date Jan. 15, 2021 to Feb. 28, 2021,Amarin TV reported.
Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesman, mentioned this move after announcing that the there were 527 new Covid-19 cases over the 24 hours to this morning with 82 being domestic infections, 439 among migrant workers and six overseas travellers who have all been quarantined.
This takes the overall total to 8,966 confirmed patients with 4,397 having recovered. But there were no additional deaths with the toll remaining at 65.
Of the six overseas arrivals two were from India and one each from Turkey, Pakistan, the UK and Denmark.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said after today’s cabinet meeting that the five provinces where the coronavirus outbreak had worsened would not be locked down as yet but if the situation did not improve then this step would be implemented.
The five provinces are Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.
Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha had said in a Facebook post that the Prime Minister and CCSA had agreed to lockdown these five provinces where the number of Covid-19 cases had soared.
The Prime Minister had also said that news on this issue could be confusing with this stemming from misrepresentation.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut talking to the press. Thai headline says, “No lockdown as yet.” Photo: Amarin TV