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Prime Minister Hun Sen said a new law on declaring a state of emergency is coming soon as the country’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus climbed to 107 on Monday.
The nation’s casino and rice industries are the latest sectors to face restrictions as part of the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving some casino workers worried about lost income and the rice sector largely unfazed.
The Health Ministry confirmed two more cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease late Thursday, and another recovered patient, bringing the nation’s total number of infections since January to 98.
Workers at a Kampong Speu shoe factory protested on Thursday, accusing the owner of suspending them from work without agreeing to pay partial salaries as companies would be required to according to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Nearly 1,000 garment workers protested outside a Phnom Penh factory on Wednesday after the owner failed to pay their regular wages, which the company said was due to declining payments from buyers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Six more Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours, all foreign nationals, while four Cambodians have recovered and were released from hospital quarantine after testing negative for the virus, officials said.
Amid the global Covid-19 outbreak, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said the government was considering declaring a state of emergency, raising concerns among some about potential civil rights restrictions.
At least 17 people have been arrested since January over their unverified claims about Covid-19, criticisms of the government’s outbreak response and other online posts deemed “fake news” by authorities, a human rights organization said on Tuesday.
Thousands of migrant workers from Thailand and Vietnam returned to Cambodia in the last week, as governments closed borders in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19.
The Health Ministry reported 31 new Covid-19 cases late Sunday, marking the nation’s largest number of new confirmed cases in a single day and bringing the total infection count to 84 since January.
Hel Sari says his recent feelings of isolation are not the result of quarantine, social distancing or other measures intended to halt the spread of Covid-19.
Cambodia’s Covid-19 infection count has risen to 51, with four new cases announced by the Health Ministry late on Friday.
The nation’s Covid-19 total case count rose to 47 on Thursday, as the government announced that it will temporarily suspend travel between Cambodia and Vietnam for both nations’ citizens, effective late Friday.
Cambodia confirmed two new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday morning, bringing the total number of infections to 35, including 22 Cambodians and 13 foreign nationals, a Health Ministry official said.
Cambodia confirmed 12 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, doubling the nation’s previous infection count, which now stands at 24, the Health Ministry said.
Four anti-logging activists were let go on Monday after being questioned by a provincial court prosecutor and labeled as suspects by local authorities, following their detention by a timber company with a land concession next to Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary.
The government on Monday ordered all schools shut nationwide until further notice, and advised citizens not to travel to several countries due to coronavirus fears, as Cambodia reported five more Covid-19 cases over the weekend, all people who recently entered the country from abroad.
Cambodia will ban entry for foreigners traveling from five Western nations for 30 days, beginning on Tuesday, and close schools in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap City in an effort to halt the spread of Covid-19, government ministries said on Saturday.
Two more foreign nationals have tested positive for the Covid-19 respiratory disease in Cambodia, bringing the nation’s total number of cases to seven, the Health Ministry said late Friday.
The U.S. ambassador to Cambodia on Thursday raised concerns that prosecutors are introducing “fabricated conspiracy theories” about the U.S. into the ongoing trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha.