Ready or Not, Cambodia Plots its ‘New Normal’

Official caseloads are plummeting after the government scaled back rapid COVID-19 testing.

Cambodia’s daily number of COVID-19 cases has fallen sharply since Prime Minister Hun Sen urged a change in testing policies as part of preparations for a “new normal” and the reopening of the country to international visitors.

Lockdowns and red zones in the provinces have ended, travel restrictions have been lifted amid the annual Pchum Ben festival, and sources say factions among government and business elites are demanding a return to normal and an opening of airports to foreign arrivals.

The justification has been Cambodia’s impressive rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. According to Our World in Data, 80 percent of the 16.72 million-strong population has received at least one jab and 66 percent are now fully inoculated.

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