Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Fined for Not Wearing Mask in Government House

Authorities fined Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday for not wearing a face mask during a Covid-19 meeting at the Government House.

The PM posted a photo of him and advisers on Facebook at a meeting to discuss the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, but only the PM did not wear a mask.

He was fined 6,000 baht ($190), according to Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

Aswin said, “After the meeting, the prime minister asked me as the governor of Bangkok to investigate if the case is a wrongdoing. I informed him that his action violates the announcement by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration which ordered people in Bangkok to wear surgical masks or cloth masks anytime they leave their residence.”

“The prime minister agreed to be fined,” the governor added on Facebook.

Stricter measures on wearing face masks have been implemented across Thailand as the country faces a surge of Covid-19 cases this month, with the highest daily recorded on Saturday at 2,839 additional cases.

The country reported another 2,180 cases on Tuesday bringing the total to 61, 699.


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