Cambodia drafts in army to speed up Covid-19 vaccinations

Cambodia’s army began a drive on Saturday (May 1) to vaccinate nearly half a million people in the parts of Phnom Penh worst-hit by Covid-19, as the South-east Asian nation looks to step up the pace of inoculations.

The country, which had been one of the least affected by the pandemic, is fighting a surge in coronavirus cases that has seen the total number of infections jump from about 500 to 13,790 since late February, including all 96 of the deaths it has recorded.

Phnom Penh is under lockdown until May 5 and has declared some districts of the capital “red zones”, banning people from leaving their homes except for medical reasons.

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