Thai PM assures lockdown relaxation to let people make a living

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants the Public Health Ministry to consider relaxing some disease control measures to let people make their livings.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants the Public Health Ministry to consider relaxing some disease control measures to let people make their livings.

BANGKOK– Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Public Health Ministry to consider relaxing some disease control measures to let people make their livings as long as some necessary measures including social distancing remain in effect.




Gen Prayut made the order during a meeting of the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration. He assigned the Public Health Ministry to consider statistics and see if and where some earlier suspended activities could resume. Necessary disease control measures would remain there and relevant organizations would consider the extents of retained measures, he said.

The prime minister stressed that social distancing would have to continue and working from home would also remain but could be adjusted to suit present circumstances. He ordered officials to seriously look for infected people in risk groups including vendors.

For returnees, Gen Prayut ordered Thai embassies and consulates-general to explain that they would have to be quarantined. He said screenings at airports should be quick but safe and the number of returnees through the southern border was limited at 350 a day.

The government would simultaneously implement economic solutions and apply big data to work them out, he said. (TNA)