Cambodia in a race to curb latest COVID-19 outbreak

The Cambodian government has taken additional measures to curb the country’s latest outbreak of COVID-19, including giving power to provincial and municipal authorities to close shops not adhering to public health protocols, imposing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers entering the country, and controversial moves such as publishing the names of people infected with the coronavirus.

These measures come on the heels of the first cases of a community transmission, dubbed the “Nov. 28 incident,” after Cambodian General Director of Prisons Chhem Savuth, his wife, and several family members tested positive for COVID-19.

The incident led the government to again close schools in the capital of Phnom Penh and limit gatherings to no more than 20 people.

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