InfoQuest, (April 27, 2020) -- Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the Center for Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) meeting. Cabinet members, and staff from security agencies, the Ministry of Public Health and other relevant departments attended the meeting.
Mr. Prayut said the joint meeting was mainly aimed at addressing issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thailand has done well in controlling the outbreak. Despite some problems, the work it has done has been recognized at home and abroad. The meeting's focus is to review the extension of the emergency decree, to adjust regulations and relax control measures, to ensure that buffer periods are allowed before the lockdown is fully lifted, and to implement parallel measures in public health sector.
Mr. Prayut said thanks are due to those who fully performed their duties during the one-month period after the emergency decree was declared, including consultants beyond the center who provided assistance. He added that in the wake of the outbreak, Thai society has become more united, and the meeting would also consider recommendations jointly submitted to the government by all walks of life and all parties.
"What I asked for at the meeting was a plan to relax controls after the extension of the emergency decree," said Mr. Prayut. "The plans must be based on the principles laid down by the Ministry of Public Hhealth and the World Health Organization. And what I'm concerned is that the relief measures provided are not enough."
Culture Minister Ittipol Khunpluem said before the meeting that the meeting will mainly hear reports from the Ministry of Public Health and security agencies and assess relevant situation, and his ministry will present guidelines for Visakha Bucha Day, which will be celebrated on May 6, recommending avoiding gatherings and banning events attended by many people.
The Ministry of Culture will consider and evaluate the situation of different provinces. In particular, those provinces that have relaxed some controls may be allowed to hold important Buddhist rituals - walking with lighted candles in hand around a temple, if only people keep distance from each other. But first of all, it is necessary to hear the reports of the Ministry of Public Health, along with its assessment of the situation and suggestions.
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