Thailand considers easing restrictions amid COVID-19 crisis hinh anh 1As boxing gyms have been closed to contain the spread of COVID-19, Prakit Choltanachaikul now practices near the Maha Jessadabodin on Ratchadamnoen Avenue for an hour before curfew begins at 10pm on April 22. (Photo:

Bangkok (VNA) - 
Thailand’s National Security Council is expected to present a proposal for the extension of the state of emergency to the Prime Minister on April 27, with some current restrictions to be relaxed to allow some businesses and daily activities to resume amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The number of new infections in Thailand has been on the decline in the past two weeks. Because of limited testing, however, the actual number of infections is believed to be higher.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may call a meeting of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration on April 27 to decide whether to extend the state of emergency.

If the extension is agreed, the matter will go before the cabinet meeting on the next day for approval.

Thailand reported 15 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths on April 24. The national total currently stood at 2,854, with 50 fatalities.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has discussed with more than 20 airlines compulsory measures which must be adopted when most domestic flights are expected to resume on May 1.

CAAT Director-General Chula Sukmanop said airlines must implement stringent public health safety measures both before and during flights.

Cabin crewmembers must also wear face masks, gloves and face shields for the duration of a flight.

On the ground, social distancing must be practised at check-in as well, he added./.