Luck, Culture Helped Cambodia Contain Coronavirus

Count Cambodia among the lucky countries when it comes to the coronavirus.

With only 141 confirmed cases this year and zero reported deaths, Cambodia has one of the world’s most enviable records for containing the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. But independent experts say that has more to do with good luck and long-established cultural habits than with government policies.

In fact, Cambodia was slow to act as the virus began spreading out of China early this year. In mid-February, when cruise ships were turning out to be floating incubators of the disease, Prime Minister Hun Sen made a public show of welcoming more than 2,200 passengers aboard the MS Westerdam who had been refused entry by other countries.

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