State of Emergency to be Extended Again – Foreign Cyclists Allowed in for October Race

General Nathapol Nakpanit

The sub-committee of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration has proposed the state of emergency be extended until the end of September to allow continued compulsory quarantining of people arriving from abroad.

Deputy army chief General Nathapol Nakpanit, deputy head of the CCSA panel, said today that the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations should be continued after it expires on 31st August 2020.

He stated that it was needed to ensure people arriving from other countries were quarantined and to quickly mobilise organisations to respond to any fresh COVID-19 outbreak.

“If there is a second wave it would be regrettable because we have been doing well for as long as 90 days without a community infection. I would like to thank all people and sectors for having been cooperative,” Gen Nakpanit said.

He said the quarantine period was reliable. Infections were detected in quarantined people within the 14-day period.

After an infection is found, the disease remains in a person’s body for as long as 30 days, he warned.

The extension of the emergency to the end of September would not affect people’s lives in general, and they still had the right to rally, he said.

The extension still needs formal approval from the cabinet.

Gen Nakpanit also said Thailand had invited foreign cyclists to take part in an inter-provincial event between 6th-16th October. Foreign participants will be quarantined for 14 days first.

Cyclists would compete for a trophy from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The event would be held in Samut Songkhram, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Ranong provinces.

The Thai Cycling Association invited 172 international cyclists and expected at least 70 to participate, Gen Nakpanit said.

He also said that 237 army engineers would return from their peace-keeping mission in Sudan next month, and would be quarantined on arrival.

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