Thai PM chairs cabinet meeting today from home quarantine

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the cabinet meeting today (Tuesday) via tele conference, as he began his self-imposed home quarantine in an army barracks, after he was in close contact with an infected person while presiding over launch of the Phuket tourism “sandbox” project on July 1st even though his recent COVID-19 tests were negative.

President of the Surin Provincial Chamber of Commerce, Veerasak Pisanuwong, was photographed next to the prime minister during the event but, upon returning to Surin yesterday, he went for a swab test which confirmed his infection. He subsequently offered an apology to anyone who was in close contact with him and asked them to monitor their condition for 14 days.

According to Government Spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri the prime minister tested negative for the coronavirus, but vowed to carry on with his work from home. He cancelled his afternoon schedule and left Government House.

Other ministers attending the cabinet meeting today included Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai and General Nattaphon Narkphanit, Secretary-general of National Security Council and director of operations centre of the CCSA.

The Thai Khu Fah building, which is the official office of the prime minister, is closed today for disinfection.


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