March 24, 2020 / 7:49 AM / 16 days ago

Thailand to declare one-month emergency on March 26: prime minister

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha wears a protective face mask due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak during a teleconference for a weekly cabinet meeting with his ministers at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, March 24, 2020. Thailand Government House/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will be in an emergency mode from March 26 for a month to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told a news conference on Tuesday.

The emergency decree will mean the prime minister will have the executive power to declare further measures to contain the virus, including giving extra authority to officials and allowing the setting up of checkpoints to reduce people movements, Prayuth said.

He said details of the measures will be announced later.

Thailand reported three deaths and 106 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. The country now has 827 cases and four fatalities since the outbreak began.

Reporting by Panu Wongcha-umm, Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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