Cambodia to provide cash to poor hit by COVID-19 outbreak

Cambodia has established a program to give cash handouts to the country’s poorest households to alleviate the financial burden caused by the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Wednesday that the government will spend $25 million a month to provide money to 560,000 households identified by an existing program as the poorest. He said the cash transfers will be carried out in June and July, and will be extended or expanded in the following months according to economic conditions.

The 560,000 households account for about 2.3 million Cambodians, or about 14% of the almost 17 million population.

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