THE Cabinet today (May 24) approved the extension of the state of emergency decree by another two months till end of July to control the spread of Covid-19, Thansettakij newspaper said.
Mr. Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office,said this extension from June 1 till July 31 was made to allow for assessing that the pandemic had passed the Public Health Ministry’s criteria to be declared an endemic disease.
The extension is also in accordance with the resolution of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee chaired by the Prime Minister.
“The emergency decree is being extended to help all agencies integrate and jointly resolve the Covid-19 problems similar to previous extensions,” he added.
There were 4,144 Covid cases and 36 deaths today with only one patient being from overseas and this taking the cumulative confirmed total since the beginning of the year to 2,196,302, Thai Rath newspaper said.
Another 7,235 patients were cured raising total recoveries since Jan. 1 to 2,173,553 while 47,879 patients are still undergoing treatment.
Among those hospitalised 1,034 are suffering from pneumonia or an average of 13 per province with bed occupancy rate being 13.8%.
Top: A graphic image showing Pe Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha extending the emergency decree by Thansettakij.
Home page: A doctor talking to a Covid patient. Photo: NNT