Cambodian capital Phnom Penh goes into two-week lockdown

The Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh has been placed into a two-week lockdown as the country looks to halt a rapidly growing wave of COVID-19.

The outbreak stems from an incident on 20 February 2021 when four Chinese nationals bribed their way out of a quarantine hotel and visited a series of nightclubs. Two of those Chinese nationals later tested positive for COVID-19, setting in motion Cambodia’s first major outbreak. The 177 new cases reported Wednesday took the total number linked to the 20 February incident to 4,337.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that Phnom Penh would be placed into lockdown for two weeks until 28 April.

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