Cambodia’s COVID-19 success and economic challenges

Unlike Europe, North America and recently Russia, Southeast Asia does not seem to have been hit as hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of total deaths and confirmed cases. Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia are the worst affected countries in the region, but Vietnam, Cambodia and previously Singapore, have managed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Cambodia is a successful case in point. There is speculation that the country is either underreporting cases or lacking the capacity to detect the virus. But despite its initial downplaying of the pandemic, Cambodia’s response has been somewhat effective.

As of early June, Cambodia has a total of 126 confirmed cases, with 124 recovered patients. Cambodia now has just two active cases and no deaths from COVID-19.

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