PM Hun Sen Cites Impact on Cambodian Economy in Refusing Ban on China Flights Amid Virus Fears

The economic risks associated with banning flights from China is far deadlier than the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) believed to have originated in China’s Wuhan city, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday, downplaying reports about the severity of the epidemic.

On Monday, Cambodia became the latest country to confirm a case of coronavirus, announcing that a Chinese national in the coastal city of Sihanoukville had been infected in the outbreak that as of Thursday afternoon has sickened more than 8,200 people worldwide and killed at least 171, all in China.

Following the confirmation, Cambodian aviation authorities announced that all flights between Cambodia and Wuhan had been cancelled, following a ban by Chinese authorities on all local and international flights to the city, but many Cambodians have called for the suspension of all incoming flights to Cambodia from China, citing a substantial spread in the country of origin.

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