Minister says MorChana app safe, does not violate rights

AMID confusion and fear about downloading MorChana application to control the transmission of diseases Minister of Digital Economy and Society Puttipong Punnakan today (Jan.8) reassured the public that their rights are not being violated with this app having been designed to ensure privacy, Amarin TV reported.

He explained that the name and surname of those who download the app will not be appearing in the computer system which will give each one a numeric code, such as 111.

It is the Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department officials who will be able to see the information for the past 14 days.

The system will also send a signal to those who are at risk to contracting coronavirus that they are now in danger.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced late this morning that there were 205 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours with 131 being domestic infections, 58 among migrant workers, nine overseas travellers who have entered state quarantine and seven people caught illegally crossing the border.

This takes the total to 9,841 confirmed cases, 5,255 discharged from hospital and no additional death with the toll remaining at 67.

Of the nine overseas arrivals, four came from the US and one each from India, Sweden, France, UK and Czech Republic.

Seven Myanmar people were caught sneaking into Thailand.

Of the 131 domestic infections, 123 caught the disease by going to risky locations, through occupational risk or contacting those infected with eight cases still being investigated while 58 more migrant workers were found to be infected over the past day.


Top: Minister of Digital Economy and Society Puttipong talking to the press. Thai headline says, “confirming MorChana is safe.” Photo: Amarin TV


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