On Wednesday night, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen gave a recorded address on state-run television in order to address the country’s alarming spike in COVID-19 infections.
“Please my people – join your efforts to end this dangerous event,” the long-time leader begged his country. “We are on the brink of death already. If we don’t join hands together, we will head to real death.”
Hun Sen also announced a two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and the nearby town of Takhmau beginning on Thursday, which prevents people from leaving home except for going to work, to buy food, or for medical treatment.