Thailand to declare state of emergency over COVID-19
Updated 18:16, 24-Mar-2020

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Tuesday that the government will issue an emergency decree, which will be effective on Thursday, to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the emergency rule, the government is setting up ad hoc committees to steer the stringent measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the prime minister.

Nevertheless, no curfew has been declared yet.

On Tuesday, 106 new cases of COVID-19 infection were reported in Thailand, totalling to 827, including four fatalities.

The prime minister said the emergency decree will empower authorities to impose curfews, travel bans, and close down buildings without warrants.

Security officers will also have the power to censor and shut down media if deemed necessary.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency