Cambodia’s Covid-19 cases ease but economy crumbles

Signs are emerging that Cambodia’s rapid vaccination rollout is having an impact with the daily number of confirmed cases falling slightly, but infection rates remain high and the death toll continues to climb with the full impact of the Delta strain yet to hit.

The seven-day average fell to 856 this week from a peak of 960 on July 7, with the daily figure consistently under 900 cases.

But there are signs that the country’s health system is overstressed, with warnings from Health Ministry secretary of state Mov Kang that lockdowns could be reimposed if people and some businesses, particularly bars, continue to flout laws designed to curb the pandemic.

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