Cambodia Shuts Border With Vietnam Citing Virus Fears After Similar Measure From Hanoi

Cambodia’s government on Thursday announced it is temporarily closing the country’s checkpoints along its border with Vietnam as part of a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

In a letter to the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry said the shutdown would go into effect on Friday, adding that it is necessary to isolate people from one another on either side of the border to prevent additional infections.

The measure will not apply to Vietnamese and Cambodian nationals who hold diplomatic and official passports, the letter said, adding that local authorities on both sides of the border should work together to ensure that cross-border freight continues unobstructed.

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