Thailand will have the CCSA disbanded and the lifting of the the emergency decree from October 1, according to the Thai PM today.
An adviser to the CCSA announced that the disbanding of Thailand’s Covid taskforce coincides with the Thai government’s move to downgrade Covid-19 from its current “dangerous communicable disease” to “communicable disease under surveillance”.
He told media that the 2015 Communicable Disease Act will take over as the governing law to “tackle Covid-19” instead of the current Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations, which has been in place since March 24, 2020.
“The goal is for people to be able to coexist safely with Covid-19 and live normal lives”, according to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin today.
Thailand currently has some 70,000 confirmed Covid-19 patients, most of them have few or no symptoms.
The CCSA predicts that the daily reporting of new Covid infections and patients will “remain flat for around a month” before falling during October.
Dr. Taweesilp said, despite the disbanding of the CCSA and the removal of th emergency decree “wearing a facemask in crowded public places will remain necessary”.
“Before its dissolution, the CCSA will propose guidelines for people to follow to stay safe from Covid-19, as well as instructions on how to seek treatment now that the disease has been downgraded.”
Thailand’s emergency decree has been extended 19 times since March 24, 2020. The decree enabled officials and the CCSA to “control Thailand’s outbreak more efficiently”. The current extension finishes on September 30, 2022.