Cambodia extends lockdowns as Covid numbers escalate

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Cambodia has extended its lockdown measures as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases continues to rise by more than 500 a day. The pandemic is also hitting a critical point in neighboring Laos and Thailand.

In a bid to improve food distribution, the government has divided capital Phnom Penh’s lockdowns into three zones — red, orange and yellow — with people living in red zones facing absolute quarantine. The lockdowns have been extended by a week to May 5.

Local authorities and charities have been working around a nighttime curfew to ensure food gets to the poor. Among the hardest hit in the red zones, mainly in Phnom Penh’s outer suburbs, are garment workers who have been left without jobs and say food vendors are price gouging.

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