Prayut calls for renewed vigilance against Covid-19; will prosecute migrant trafficking networks

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday evening made a televised address to the nation in which he called for more vigilance against the second wave of Covid-19 infections and said he would consider additional measures to stop the spread of the disease.

Over 1,000 people have been infected by coronavirus mostly isolated to Samut Sakhon Province in migrant worker dormitories but with some local infections in other provinces stemming from the Samut Sakhon outbreak.

Prayut said on Tuesday that the situation globally was also deteriorating due to lax vigilance and called on Thais to renew their fight and safeguards against the pandemic.

“We made – and continue to make – very painful sacrifices for the sake of the rest of the community,” he said. “We must continue to be unrelentingly vigilant in our behavior.

Prayut added that the new strain in Samut Sakhon was likely due to illegal immigrants coming to Thailand and looking for work and that he would prosecute “those network that brings illegal immigrants into the country, they must be prosecuted without any leniency.”

Prayut said the traffickers and the illegal immigrants have brought “much grief to the country.”

Prayut said because of the deteriorating condition in the rest of the world, Thailand must secure its borders and worried in his speech about the economic impact of a prolonged pandemic.

The prime minister said he would continue to ensure a strict screening process and drew into question Thailand’s gradual relaxation of rules regarding incoming arrivals from overseas.

The prime minister also said he would take take into consideration additional measures to fight against the disease within a week but said he would keep in mind the need for people “to relax” and the additional income made by businesses over the new year period.

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