Hun Sen’s Critics Fear Coronavirus, Ask Him to Reconsider Decision Not to Suspend Flights to China

Scholars and rights activists in Cambodia are urging Cambodia to more carefully consider Prime Minister Hun Sen’s decision not to cancel flights from China for economic reasons amid the novel coronavirus scare.

On Monday, Cambodia became the latest country to confirm a case of coronavirus, announcing that a Chinese national in the coastal city of Sihanoukville had been infected in the outbreak that as of Friday afternoon has sickened nearly 10,000 people worldwide and killed at least 213, all in China.

Hun Sen dismissed fears of an epidemic in Cambodia Thursday, warning that a ban on flights from China would “kill” the country’s economy and “destroy ties with China.”

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