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Thai PM says tougher COVID-19 measures are necessary

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Thursday) tougher measures are necessary to handle the rising COVID-19 infections and deaths over the past few weeks, as further restrictions proposed today by the Public Health Ministry are to be deliberated by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) which he chairs tomorrow.

Currently on home quarantine, the prime minister said, in his Facebook post, that he has been keeping track of the COVID-19 situation in the country with growing concern and has been receiving information from all relevant agencies, so he can assess the situation and select appropriate measures to cope with the pandemic. Failing this, he said, the impacts on the people will be more serious.

He has assured the public that, before any restrictive measures are to be rolled out, the government will very carefully consider all the aspects concerned, particularly public safety, even if that means the economy and businesses will be affected.

Appealing for cooperation from everyone in Thailand, the prime minister said that no country can fight the COVID-19 alone or with just one person.

“The only thing which will mean we win this war (against coronavirus) is the unity of the people in the country, the discipline, the perseverance, cooperation and, more importantly, mindfulness in digesting news during this critical moment, when there are ill-intentioned elements bent on spreading fake news, aimed at causing misunderstanding and public confusion,” he wrote.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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