Thailand extends state of emergency for one month hinh anh 1A health worker helps a person disinfect hands with sanitiser (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)
Bangkok (VNA) - Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has endorsed the proposal of the National Security Council (NSC) to extend the country’s current state of emergency until June 30.

According to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the proposal responds to developments of the global pandemic and allows time for the preparation of further lockdown easing at the start of next month.

The NSC on May 21 decided to propose the emergency matter as well as those related to the next phase of relaxation of the lockdown and curfew to the CCSA. It invited representatives from related agencies like national security, public health and economy to hold a meeting in order to discuss the state of emergency, which has been enforced since March 26 and was scheduled to expire at the end of May.

Following the approval by the CCSA, the NSC will propose this matter again to the Cabinet on May 26.

The Thai government has planned four stages of lockdown easing, which is expected to last for two months, to completely reopen all activities provided that new COVID-19 cases are controlled. The first phase of the process began on May 3, although the decree on state of emergency and nighttime curfew remains in effect until the end of May.

On May 22, Thailand reported no new coronavirus infections or deaths, keeping its total confirmed cases at 3,037, with 2,910 recoveries, 56 fatalities and 71 patients still in hospital./.