Cambodia – With a Little Help – Charts Its Own COVID Course

Flights from Indonesia and Malaysia were cancelled as confirmed cases from abroad spiked.

Cambodia, like all members of ASEAN, has avoided a regional approach to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, with Prime Minister Hun Sen preferring to take the reins and govern as he sees fit.

It’s a reasonable strategy given the inability of ASEAN to act uniformly on any political issue to erupt in Southeast Asia, ranging from human rights to maritime disputes in the South China Sea or a coordinated approach to the new coronavirus.

Like Vietnam and Laos, Cambodia has emerged relatively unscathed from the pandemic when compared with elsewhere. There have been 226 confirmed cases and no deaths from a pandemic that has reached 13 out of 25 provinces and the capital Phnom Penh.

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