Phnom Penh locked down as Cambodia’s Covid toll spikes

Secretary of state for the Information Ministry is among the latest deaths.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is continuing to climb in Cambodia, claiming the life of a storied filmmaker who became a senior minister after the capital was locked down in the latest dramatic moves to curb the spread of the contagion.

Government-friendly media reported that Mao Ayuth, secretary of state for the Information Ministry, had died of Covid-19 at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital on April 15 evening.

The 77-year-old directed the films The Crocodile in 2003 and Luong Preah Sdech Korn in 2016. His death was one of three reported overnight, taking the country’s death toll to 38.

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