Nearly 30,000 Garment Workers in Isolation; Even Split Between Capital and Provinces

A Labor Ministry official said around 30,000 garment workers were being placed in 14-day isolation, with around 15,000 of the workers located in the capital.

The Labor and Health Ministries have started conducting health checkups in the capital and provinces to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus. These workers had either applied for leave or skipped work during the canceled Khmer New Year holidays last week, stoking fears of the disease spreading through the provinces.

Heng Sour, a Ministry of Labor spokesperson, spoke to reporters at the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, where a few hundreds of the workers waited to have health checks. He said that around 30,000 garment workers took leave during Khmer New Year, 15,000 of whom were now in Phnom Penh.

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