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30,000 workers forced to self-isolate over factory no-shows

Almost 30,000 garment workers who failed to show up to work during last week’s cancelled Khmer New Year holiday will be forced into quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days amid fears of coronavirus, a Labor Ministry official said on Monday.

China dam claims should be studied, says rivers official

A new report that found China’s upstream dam management is responsible for dangerously low water levels and drought conditions along the Mekong River needs to be “studied”, according to a Cambodian National Mekong Commission official.

In cramped factories, garment workers fear coronavirus

With the cancellation of Khmer New Year due to fears about the spread of coronavirus, Cambodia’s garment workers have been forced back into their factories this week during a time they would typically be in their hometowns celebrating.

Journalist charged and jailed for relaying Hun Sen’s coronavirus advice

According to an order from investigating judge Key Manera, Rithy was charged under articles 494 and 495 of the Criminal Code and sent to Phnom Penh’s P.J. prison for pre-trial detention.

Gov’t bans provincial travel for Khmer New Year

Cambodia’s government has banned travel in and out of Phnom Penh and between any districts across the 24 provinces for a week amid fears people would ignore an official cancellation of the coming Khmer New Year break.

Journalist arrested for repeating Hun Sen’s advice to motorbike taxi drivers

The director of online news outlet TVFB, Sovann Rithy, was arrested Tuesday night for reporting on advice from Prime Minister Hun Sen to motorbike taxi drivers to sell their vehicles if the coronavirus crisis leaves them broke.

Hun Sen cancels Khmer New Year, but says no ‘emergency’ yet

Cambodia will most likely not be placed into a state of emergency for the coronavirus using the government’s new powers, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen, but next week’s Khmer New Year holiday will be indefinitely postponed.

Garment factories flag money issues as workers go without pay

Cambodia’s garment and footwear factories say they might not be able to continue paying workers even reduced wages beyond this year’s Khmer New Year, as foreign orders for clothing dry up amid the global coronavirus crisis.

Staff of ex-hotel used for coronavirus quarantine protest for pay

About 50 former employees of Phnom Penh’s old InterContinental Hotel, which was sold and then shuttered last year and is now being kept as a hospital ward for Covid-19 victims, protested outside the Labor Ministry on Friday to demand unpaid benefits.

European Nations Charter Flights for Citizens Stranded in Cambodia

Special flights chartered by the Swiss and French governments to help citizens stranded due to the coronavirus crisis are leaving from Phnom Penh International Airport, with some embassy officials saying that the flights would likely be the last to head back to Europe from Cambodia for the foreseeable future.

Gov’t to claim extensive new powers under emergency laws

People who violate Cambodia’s extensive new state of emergency powers set to fast-tracked into law from Friday face up to 10 years in prison, according to a leaked draft of the pending legislation championed by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Hun Sen Hints ‘Military Forces’ to Oversee Coronavirus State of Emergency

Cambodia’s government has drafted a law to put the country in a state of emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who said details would be made public on Friday but may allow authorities to “use military forces for control.”

Journalists complain of detention after trespassing

Eight journalists were earlier this month detained by police overnight after they “unknowingly” entered a private plantation in Ratanakiri province.

National Assembly approves gov’t cabinet reshuffle

The National Assembly approved Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet reshuffle on Monday, replacing four ministers who were in turn appointed as “senior ministers” without portfolio.

Authorities on alert for coronavirus spreading in rural provinces amid migrants’ return

Authorities are disseminating coronavirus warnings across the countryside and say they are prepared to quarantine entire villages as tens of thousands of migrant workers return from Thailand.

Coronavirus cases in Cambodia hit 86

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cambodia has climbed to 86, including a cluster of 29 French tourists in Preah Sihanouk province, according to the Health Ministry.

Tycoon Kith Theang sentenced to four years in prison in drug case

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday sentenced business tycoon Kith Theang to four years in jail in connection with a drug raid at his Phnom Penh nightclub last year.

50 factories suspended operations amid coronavirus-driven supply shortage

Fifty garment factories suspended their operations — affecting the jobs of more than 20,000 workers — amid global challenges, the Labor Ministry said.

Fears of loss of livelihoods grow as coronavirus lockdown tightens

The government has ordered the closure of all karaoke clubs and cinemas in the country amid a further surge in coronavirus cases, sparking fears of jobs losses among workers in the entertainment sector.

Coronavirus cases in Cambodia climb to 24

All public and private schools, institutes and universities of all levels across the country have been ordered to temporarily close as the number of coronavirus cases climbed to 24 late Monday.