This state of emergency is the 16th extension to the nation's status, which was previously slated to end on 31 January 2022.
Thailand's state of emergency, a decree which gives the Government autonomy to set restrictions and measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, will be extended for another two months, from 1 February 2022 (Tuesday) to 31 March 2022 (Thursday), the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced.
According to The Nation Thailand's report, the extension was signed off by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on 24 January 2022 (Monday), and is the 16th time it has been extended. In a report by Thaiger, the 15th state of emergency was slated to end on 31 January 2022 (Monday).
Further, The Nation Thailand reported that although most Thailand residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of people who received a booster dose is "still low" which is "a situation that can pose risk to the public health system, and to the health and life of Thai people," should the pandemic worsen in the country.
In the same announcement, the CCSA also reiterated to locals that as the Lunar New Year holiday is approaching, they are encouraged to continue to practice and abide by Thailand's "universal prevention" COVID-19 guidelines.
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