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PM puts decision on lockdown off by a week

By THE NATION

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday (April 21) that he will decide in a week’s time whether the state of emergency should be extended beyond April 30.

 

He added that people’s collaboration in curbing the infections and updated information from the Public Health Ministry will be key to his decision.

 

Though the situation appears to be improving, he said he does not want to lift the restrictions in a rush. He added that he will not be pressured into anything and will instead rely on medical information and on whether the country prepared to handle the situation after restrictions are lifted.

 

He said that if things get worse after the easing of restrictions, all the good work in curbing the contagion will be a waste of time. The prime minister also called on business operators to propose measures they will take after the lockdown is relaxed.

 

Businesses are hoping that the government will ease some restrictions this week to give them some breathing space after it has been hit badly by the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

The government put the country under a state of emergency from March 26 to April 30 and imposed a 10pm to 4am curfew on April 3 until further notice.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30386480

 

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1 minute ago, z42 said:

The next pandemic WILL come anytime bacause people continue to demand flesh. 

Please don't blame me. She told me she had her flu shot!

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3 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

One wonders how bad things have to get before Prayut wakes up and smells the coffee.

It is beginning to look like we might just find out.

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Well he aint spending anything so what's the hurry it's the cheapest place in the world for a pandemic just a few million hungry people but never mind all that🤔 

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11 minutes ago, kotsak said:

Just read the news about a mother hanging herself because she couldn't afford buying milk for her child.. His flip-flip antics are costing lives already.

She need help and didn't know where to go. I thought that's what village heads were for.

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1 hour ago, darksidedog said:

One wonders how bad things have to get before Prayut wakes up and smells the coffee. There are millions starving with no work and no  money. The authorities seem to be spending more time closing down food handouts than doing anything constructive.

Right now the people need some hope and light at the end of the tunnel, which they will get when they know the end is in sight. Pushing the date back and holding people in suspense is really not helpful, especially given the current new case  numbers.

 

I understand your point and I am really hoping that restrictions will start being lifted next week.

 

In this case, I actually agree with the government about delaying any such announcement.

 

If you announce it today then people will just start changing their behaviour tomorrow and not on 1st May (or whenever). That is what we don’t need at this stage.

 

Thinking about it, there’s still a decision to be made about the end date.

Next week and week after have several public holidays (1/5, 4/5 & 6/6) so if you give the ‘all clear’ on 1/5 then we might expect a lot of travelling and socializing from 1/5-6/6, which is probably not the best way to come out of this....

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I for one hope he keeps the lockdown for as long as possible, to stop the spread of the virus, with the caveat that the Govt. must step up the relief efforts for those affected.

 

Opening the borders... well, let's see after another three months how the situation is.

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