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The curfew in dark red zones may be shortened or lifted depending on the Covid19 situation, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday, Sept. 1.

Prime Minister Prayut said this in response to questions from reporters who spoke to him and five other cabinet ministers in parliament on the second day of the no-confidence debate.

He said that the administrative centre for Covid19 containment, the CCSA has already relaxed some disease controls and hoped everyone would adhere to this strictly. Restrictions could be further relaxed as the situation improves, he said.

As for the 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. curfew, which remained unchanged, Prayut said it could be shortened or lifted entirely – depending on the number of infections, deaths and other signs of the severity of the situation.

He said he knows that the curfew has had an impact on entertainment venues. His advice was that associations of pubs, bars and other nightlife owners should discuss the matter with the CCSA and make suggestions for consideration.

Prayut said he could not resolve the matter without the advice of health professionals. When asked about purchasing 8.5 million antigen test kits (ATK), he said it was the responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration. FDA-approved drugs and medical devices are of good quality and reasonably priced. He stressed that the government will distribute the 8.5 million ATK sets free of charge into dark red zones.

The prime minister said he still had faith in the country’s health system despite it being battered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It would not be fair if only infection and death rates were used to measure the effectiveness of the system. The number of Covid patients who have recovered should also be taken into account, Prime Minister Prayut said.

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