Festivities for the Khmer New Year have been subdued this year as Cambodia locked down its capital. While families are missing out on the celebrations, economic pain and uncertainty are a bigger concern for many.
“When Covid first hit, I lost maybe 70% of my income,” So Saroeun, who sells clothes in a Phnom Penh market, told Nikkei Asia. “This time, I’m finished.”
As much of the world shut down in 2020, Cambodia was an exception, recording less than 500 coronavirus cases and no COVID-linked deaths in the first year of the pandemic.