State of emergency in Thailand extended for two months

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Government spokesman Traisulee Traisoranakul said on Tuesday that the government extended the state of emergency in the country for another two months until September 30.

The emergency was extended to tackle surging Covid-19 infections, with 288,643 cases reported between April 1 and July 9, The Nation reported.

Bangkok and its surrounding provinces are now the center of the epidemic, where new cases reach thousands each day and dozens of fatalities every 20 hours.

On Wednesday, Thailand recorded 13,002 new cases and 108 deaths.

According to the Public Health Ministry, unless tighter restrictions are imposed, the current daily caseload of more than 10,000 new infections would generate more than 100,000 new cases over the next two weeks. This would bring the public health system to the point of collapse, it said. The state of emergency allows authorities to impose special measures to control the spread of Covid-19, the report added.

Source: The Nation

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