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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Eight journalists were earlier this month detained by police overnight after they “unknowingly” entered a private plantation in Ratanakiri province.
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 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.
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.
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.
Fifty garment factories suspended their operations — affecting the jobs of more than 20,000 workers — amid global challenges, the Labor Ministry said.
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.
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.