Cambodia closes markets to curb COVID-19, thousands plead for food

A government Telegram group set up recently for people seeking emergency food aid, has received thousands of requests.

Cambodia closed all markets in the capital Phnom Penh on Saturday, April 24, to contain a surge in coronavirus infections and thousands of families pleaded to the government for food as a two-week lockdown continued.

Cambodia also reported a daily record of 10 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, its health ministry said, as infections spike following an outbreak first detected in late February.

The latest figures take the country’s overall number of cases to 9,359. Cambodia until recently had one of the world’s lowest numbers of infections. It has reported 71 deaths, all in the past two months.

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