Thailand to declare one-month emergency

Thailand to declare one-month emergency

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday that the country will be in “emergency” mode for one month starting Thursday in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

An emergency decree allows the prime minister executive power to implement additional measures, including giving officials more authority and allowing the setting up of checkpoints to reduce movements of people, according to the report. More details of the emergency measures will be announced later, the report said.

Thailand reported 106 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths, reported Reuters, adding that the country now has 827 cases and four deaths.

In a separate report, Reuters said the Thai government has approved 107 billion baht ($3.3 billion) in additional stimulus to cushion the economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak.