Gov’t Cancels New Year Holidays, Fears Spread of Virus Through the Provinces

The Cambodian government took the major step of cancelling this year’s Khmer New Year holiday to prevent people from travelling within the country and to stop mass gatherings during the annual celebration.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said he had cancelled the Khmer New Year holiday as a precautionary measure because despite the low number of cases in the country there was still a “high risk” of the novel coronavirus spreading.

The prime minister said the four-day holiday starting Monday would be given to workers at a more suitable time; annual national holidays are assured to workers, especially in the garment sector.

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