Corruption threatens Cambodia’s COVID success as cluster spreads

Outbreak linked to Chinese nationals bribing guards to leave quarantine early.

Cambodia is scrambling to control its worst COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began.

Detected on Saturday, the new cluster is mostly among Chinese nationals in the capital, Phnom Penh, and stood at 76 infections as of Monday. The figure, expected to rise, represents a significant chunk of the country’s current total of 568 cases.

Authorities have locked down some two dozen hotspots around the city, closed several schools and instituted a “limited ban” on sports. They have also ordered entertainment venues to shut, with the outbreak’s epicenter identified as a nightclub.

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