Thailand’s Minister of Digital Economy and Society has Covid-19. The minister, Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, is currently hospitalized with fever and headache. He says he may have contracted the virus during a trip to Chiang Mai last Thursday. It is unknown which variant he contracted. The infection did not reach his lungs, however, other ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) members who were exposed to him are now at risk.
Chief Government Whip Nirote Sunthornlekha, who was close to Chaiwut at a meeting last week, said he would discuss with House Speaker Chuan Leekpai whether or not to postpone this week’s meetings. . He also said he would ask party MPs to take RT-PCR tests. A video conference of government whips will be held on Wednesday, according to Atthakorn Sirilatayakorn, MP on the PPRP list and member of the government whip. Atthakorn believes Chaiwut’s infection could disrupt parliament as all ruling party MPs who attended the party meeting last week may have to quarantine. This would mean, he said, that no bill on the House agenda would pass.
Thailand has already run into problems delaying deliberations on bills last week when the first meeting of the House of Representatives was adjourned due to a lack of quorum. The House of Representatives has had to adjourn meetings in the past for the same reason, and some have noted that if “it happens too frequently, the public could lose faith in politics.”
Source: Bangkok Post