Mor Chana application is not mandatory nationwide, no penalty for not installing, says CCSA spokesperson in apparent backpedal

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Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the CCSA spokesperson, declared a statement this afternoon, January 7th, regarding the ‘Mor Chana’ tracking application that it is not mandatory in other provinces that are not in the highest and strictest control.

The announcement follows the heavy social responses of the CCSA announcement this morning, stating that one should require the ‘Mor Chana’ application otherwise they could face a hefty fine of a maximum of 40,000 baht and/or two years in jail if caught with Covid-19 infections.

The prominent spokesperson, however, has responded to the social outrage to the measure, stating that the app installation is only mandatory for interprovincial travel in the highest risk zones, including Chonburi, Rayong, Trat, Nonthaburi, and Samut Sakhon.

The application is not required for people residing in other less strict provinces, noting their own travel records is also beneficial. The penalty will not be applicable for those leaving out of the highest controlled areas either, according to his online statement.

His status reads: “I’m sorry if my statement was misleading that those who don’t install Mor Chana will go to jail. One will be found guilty if they are trying to conceal their travel records, which cannot also be found in the ‘Mor Chana’ application.”

Prior to this, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul also posted his statement online that he has raised a question regarding the mandatory use of the application to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha and they might amend in a more direct measure, such as in a paperwork form, for strict travel records. The post, however, has already been deleted.

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