Cambodia locks down capital after third Covid outbreak

Chinese accused of bribing their way out of quarantine as Hun Sen imposes strict measures.

City blocks in Phnom Penh have been locked down after at least 32 people — nearly all Chinese — tested positive for Covid-19 within 10 hours of heavy partying in the Cambodian capital’s nightclubs.

Some of the patients and two security guards are also being investigated for breaching quarantine and taking bribes.

The third community transmission since the pandemic emerged about a year ago prompted Prime Minister Hun Sen to impose strict measures, locking down residential areas at Diamond Island in the center of the capital and other parts while initiating nationwide tracing.

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