As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe and turn economies and healthcare upside down, the level of stability in systems of government around the world are being exposed— whether sturdy or fragile. Cambodia is one of the countries that has shown success in addressing COVID-19 in Cambodia, despite being known to have a weaker healthcare system and fewer resources than many other countries.
While Cambodia has found success in controlling the outbreak of the virus, the developing COVID-19 crisis has and will continue to affect the entire population of Cambodia. Not only in the health sector but in education, tourism, trade and finance as well. This causes unique challenges for the country regarding Cambodia’s already problematic loan crisis, returning migrants from Thailand and its vital garment industry. Although poverty is expected to increase from 13.5% in 2014 to 20% during the pandemic, many measures have been put into place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 along with its social and economic ramifications.