Thailand to extend state of emergency

Thailand is set to extend its nationwide state of emergency for another month, saying it is still necessary in order to keep the coronavirus outbreak under control.

This will be the second such extension. The country first declared the state of emergency in late March, and it was due to expire on May 31.

Thailand had loosened restrictions this month, allowing shopping malls and other commercial facilities to reopen following a sharp drop in the daily number of new cases.

The country has reported over 3,000 cases so far, but there were no new infections on Friday. The daily tally of new cases has stayed mostly in single digits since late April.

But government spokesperson Taweesin Visanuyothin said after a task force meeting on Friday that people should not be reckless. He said the extension is necessary so the government can prepare for the next stage of easing restrictions.

Strict measures will remain in place for foreigners seeking to enter the country, in order to prevent infections from abroad.