Fewer infections ‘no excuse to drop guard’ Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha calls for measures in place to prevent a resurgence in infections. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday said that public health considerations will take priority when the government makes a decision over whether to ease the coronavirus lockdown.
Speaking to the media at Government House, Gen Prayut said that although Thailand has, so far, managed to flatten the infection curve, the nation cannot afford to lower its guard.
"What we are concerned about most is people’s health. This will determine what can and cannot be done," the prime minister noted.
If the current restrictions imposed to control the Covid-19 pandemic are to be safely eased, there must still be some measures in place to prevent a resurgence in infections, he said.
The government is nevertheless concerned about people’s livelihoods, their incomes and other daily activities, Gen Prayut said.
"The government has always had two things in mind. Keeping people healthy is the primary concern, and the secondary concern is to keep the economy running. The government must come up with measures to address these two issues, though it has to spend the money carefully so that it will not be in trouble in the future," Gen Prayut said.
He said that while the government will do everything in its power to solve the problem, it is also ready to listen to the opinions of those outside the administration.The prime minister said that even though the number of new daily cases has fallen and remains low, this does not mean the country is now safe as the virus has struck more than 200 countries and […]