Cambodia issues order banning travel to and from Phnom Penh

Restrictions block citizens' movement ahead of traditional holiday.

The Cambodian government on Thursday issued an order banning most travel throughout the country for a week, in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Issued with little warning, the order, signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, comes ahead of Cambodia’s new year holiday, when many people visit their families in the countryside.

The ban, which comes into effect at midnight, blocks movement throughout most of the country until April 16, with a few exceptions.

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