Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha denied he issued a warning on the risks of COVID-19 transmission to threaten anti-government protesters.
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The prime minister warned of a new wave of coronavirus disease 2019 through his nationwide address via TV Pool as demonstrators planned to rally at the ThaPrachan campus of Thammasat University on Saturday.
“Regarding my statement on Thursday, I do care about people and did not mean to threaten anyone. All adults must create understanding and take care of their children. Can they cope if anything happens?” Gen Prayut said.
“I care about people on all issues. I did not raise one matter to pressure another matter. Please consider the intention of the one who is the prime minister,” he said.
Officials had worked hard to control COVID-19 and people’s cooperation could relieve their burden, he said.
Effective COVID-19 control by the government resulted in economic recovery and if the success continued, the government would proceed with tourism promotion, the prime minister said. (TNA)