Govt considers implementing new law on communicable diseases in 2021
The government plans to implement a new law on communicable diseases to empower the disease control committee into new issuing measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 next year, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Tuesday.
He said this move was in response to criticism over the use of emergency decree, adding that Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has checked the new act thoroughly.
"We believe that if the situation does not worsen, we will suspend the emergency decree and implement the new act after New Year holidays,” he said.
He said it was not necessary to launch additional measures during this time, adding that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has the situation under control.
He also said that people who have symptoms can take a free Covid-19 test at hospitals. "The ministry will get reimbursement from the National Health Security Office,” he added.