COVID-19 outbreak in Cambodia

In Cambodia, which is experiencing a new coronavirus wave, the World Health Organization urged factory owners in the key garment sector to help protect their workers.

The WHO’s representative in the country urged factory owners to do more temperature screening and rearrange workshops to allow social distancing.

The capital Phnom Penh has been under lockdown for three weeks until May 5. Officials had also previously ordered all wet markets in the city to close for a two-week period.

Around 1.3 million Cambodians have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The country, which has a population of 16 million, is using China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines as well as AstraZeneca.

The Prime Minister Hun Sen appealed to countries “not to hoard the vaccine more than needed as well as not to use the vaccine as a political tool.”

Cambodia has reported some 11,000 cases in total and around 100 deaths.


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