Permanent Secretary of Labour Suthi Sukosol has announced that a special programme has been passed, where there will be an expansion of insurance coverage for people who have faced unemployment due to COVID-19.

Now with this approval, they will be eligible for 62% of their wages in benefits, for a period of no more than 90 days.

Further, if the insured has been placed on a 14-day quarantine after being in close contact with a COVID-19 patient, the coverage will be extended as well.

Last, if the employer has had to stop work due to the outbreak, per government orders, the insured will rightfully be paid 62% of their wages for a period of 90 days.

These measures will take effect soon, the Ministry said.

Thailand extends incoming travel ban to 30 April

In other COVID-19 news, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has further extended the country’s temporary ban on incoming passenger flights, it announced in a notification yesterday (15 April). The ban will now end at 2359 hours (GMT+7) on 30 April instead of at 0001 hours on 19 April.

On this move, the CAAT said: “The intent of the notification is to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and support the tackling of the emergency situation, so that the situation will return to normalcy as soon as possible.”

Exceptions will still be made for the following aircraft:

  • State or military aircraft;
  • Emergency landing;
  • Technical landing without passenger disembarkation;
  • Humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights;
  • Repatriation flights; and
  • Cargo flights.

Passengers disembarking from the above flights will be subject to communicable disease control measures, such as 14-day state quarantine, and regulations under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005).


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