Cambodia to Prioritize Combatting Coronavirus Impact on Economy Amid Raw Material Shortages

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday announced that his government is placing a priority on combatting the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on his country’s economy, which he said is expected to last for a year or more.

COVID-19 has caused a severe disruption to the global supply chain originating in China, where more than 80,000 people have been infected and nearly 3,000 people have died since authorities warned of the outbreak early this year.

Authorities there have since scrambled to contain the spread of the virus, putting quarantines and travel restrictions in place that have created a dearth of raw materials that Cambodia’s crucial garment industry relies on to keep its factories operating and its workers employed.

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