Vietnamese in Cambodia severely affected by pandemic

Khmer-Vietnam Association President said that the most severely pandemic-hit sites are Phnom Penh’s central districts, where most Vietnamese-born perform trading activities.

The Vietnamese community in Cambodia currently includes nearly 30.000 members, mostly living in the districts of Chbar Ampov, Russey Keo, and Prek Pnov in Phnom Penh. Mr. Sim Chy, President of the Khmer-Vietnam Association in Cambodia said that this COVID-19 outbreak had led to a lockdown order that hard-hit four central districts. Though Vietnamese in Cambodia mostly live outside those districts, they still are Vietnamese’ trading places. Therefore, the pandemic is seriously affected Vietnamese-born Khmers who live in Phnom Penh, shared Sim Chy.

The lockdown order applied to Phnom Penh and Takhmao lasts from April 15 to 28, intending to slow down the COVID-19 community infection rate and preventing further transmission. On April 18, Cambodia reported 618 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total tally to 6,389, said Reuters. There are a lot of Vietnamese who haven’t visited their homeland for up to 2 years. There also are Vietnamese Khmer born and raised in Phnom Penh but never for once in their lives see the capital such deserted.

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