26 May 2024

It may take two more months to bring the current COVID-19 wave under control, according to Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and Public Health Ministry.

A CCSA meeting today (Friday) resolved to propose, to the cabinet, another extension of the State of Emergency, until the end of July, citing the Public Health Ministry’s estimation that another two months will be needed to bring the pandemic under control.

The nationwide State of Emergency, in place since March 2020, was due to expire at the end of May. The government can only invoke an Emergency Decree for up to 3 months at a time, hence the repeated extensions.

The third wave of infections began in early April and isthought to have originated in Bangkok’s Thonglor area nightclubs. Over 94,000 cases have been found so far in this new round of infections.