Cambodia cancels Water Festival due to pandemic

Decision brings disappointment after hopes of reopening the country amid the 'new normal'.

Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the government has canceled this year’s Water Festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic, upsetting expectations the country will shortly reopen after its rapid rollout of vaccinations.

Despite the cancellation, Sar Kheng praised the government’s control of the disease and encouraged people to strictly follow the preventive measures and “to learn to live the new normal.”

In his speech at a ceremony in Battambang province, he said the cancellation of the festival and the annual boat races was aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly disease.

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