Thai PM fined for not wearing mask; Indians cannot visit the country since May 1 | India News
BANGKOK: Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha was fined 6,000 baht (14,270 rupees) on Monday for not wearing a mask as his government struggled to combat a new wave of coronavirus cases in the country.
Thailand, which has banned travelers from India, with the exception of Thai citizens, since May 1, announced 2,048 new infections and eight new deaths on Monday, the fourth day in a row with more than 2,000 new cases of Covid-19. .
General Prayut was fined for not wearing a mask during a meeting with his vaccine procurement advisers on Monday, the Bangkok daily reported.
The thai capital Bangkok has made the use of the mask mandatory as of Monday.
Thai officials are imposing fines of up to 20,000 baht (Rs 47,610) on people who do not wear masks in public in 48 provinces, as the government struggles to cope with a new wave of coronavirus cases that is affecting the country’s medical system. .
Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang posted on Facebook on Monday that he had filed a complaint against the prime minister with the police.
City officials spring into action after social media criticized the prime minister. His Facebook page showed him sitting with his face unprotected at the head of a meeting table while everyone else wore a mask.
In his Facebook post in the afternoon, Police General Aswin wrote that Gen Prayut had asked him to check for wrongdoing.
“I told him that I had violated an ad by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, which requires everyone in the capital to wear a mask at all times while away from their home or residence. The violation results in a fine of up to 20,000 baht under Section 51 of the Disease Control Act of 2015, “he wrote.
Since investigators can determine the fine for the crime based on a fine regulation, Gen Prayut was asked to pay 6,000 baht, the Bangkok Post reported.
Meanwhile, Thailand will close its border to travelers from India, with the exception of Thai citizens, starting on Saturday, the Thai embassy in New Delhi announced on Sunday.
The embassy said it will not issue entry certificates for non-Thai citizens until further notice. Starting May 1, only Thai citizens will be able to enter Thailand from India, the mission announced on Sunday.
“The issuance of the Certificate of Entry (COE) for non-Thai citizens arriving in Thailand from India from May 1, 2021 will be suspended until further notice,” the embassy said in a press release.
“Therefore, the Embassy will not admit non-Thai citizens on the flights on May 1, 15 and 22, 2021,” he said.
Thailand has reported a total of 57,508 Covid-19 cases and 148 deaths.