The Thai Cabinet has approved the extension of the country's state of emergency for an additional month, starting on 1 November and ending on 30 November 2020.

This decision comes following a proposal by the Office of the National Security Council, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the Government's Public Relations Department said in a statement today (Thursday, 29 October).

According to the Office of the National Security Council, the coordinating office of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the global situation of the COVID-19 outbreak remains severe in many parts of the world.

Further, it shared, Thailand’s neighbours, Myanmar and Malaysia, have been hit by a second wave of COVID-19; while many groups of foreigners have also been allowed to enter the Kingdom. Thus, the need for Thailand to "closely monitor the situation."

The Council added that mass gatherings of people for political protests in the country could also increase the risk of transmission.

As of 28 October (Wednesday), the CCSA had reported a cumulative total of 3,759 infections in Thailand, with 3,561 recoveries and 139 patients still in hospital. The number of deaths still stands at 59.

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