Cambodia permits provinces to implement travel restrictions as Kambal casino forced into lockdown

The Cambodian government has reportedly granted provincial administrations permission to restrict travel in and out of their individual provinces as the country fights a growing outbreak of COVID-19.

According to various media reports, the governments of Pailin, Kep, and Siem Reap have all announced restrictions on travelers entering or exiting their provinces, joining the popular casino province of Preah Sihanouk which shut its borders to all but essential workers last week.

The number of confirmed cases from this latest outbreak climbed above 1,000 on Thursday – more than double the entire number of cases reported in Cambodia through all of 2020. The outbreak is said to have started when four Chinese nationals bribed their way out of a quarantine hotel on 20 February and visited a series of nightclubs, with two of those Chinese nationals later testing positive for COVID-19.

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