Local Economies Suffer in Cambodia as Thailand Closes Border to Stop Spread of Virus

Citizens of Cambodia living along the country’s border with Thailand are struggling to make ends meet as authorities close checkpoints between the two nations to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), prompting calls for a government bailout.

Authorities in Thailand, where 322 people have been infected with the disease caused by the virus (COVID-19) and one person has died from the disease, recently announced multiple checkpoint closures in coming days, which Cambodians living along the border say has placed a stranglehold on trade.

Long Sokunthy, a resident of Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrov district, said that the closure of the border with the region’s biggest economy had impacted her daily wages as a food vendor, both because of a lack of Thai business, as well as an increased fear of contracting the disease among Cambodians, who instead choose to stay home.

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